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    Video Linking 3 separate locations

    Hi all.

    Semi-frequent lurker, first time poster, so here goes...

    In preperation for a school-wide presentation later this year, I have been charged with investigating the possibility of video linking 3 separate locations around school.
    The idea being that each area can see each other area live, on a large screen, with one area at a time being the 'active' camera that the other areas pay attention to - there is even talk of someone running around from area to area, presenting in an Anneka Rice-like fashion...
    The whole thing will last about an hour or two.
    I haven't a clue how best to go about doing something like this - is it something I should approach from a Skype-type angle, or am I way off there?
    I'm thinking I don't have any suitable equipment for this kind of 'show', so it might need all to be brought in.
    Anyone got any useful leads about who I could speak to even - AV hire-companies?
    Has anyone done anything like this before?

    Just wish we had an indoor space large enough for the whole school then we wouldn't need any of this faff... (there is a possibility of doing this outside with a huge marquee, but we want to compare likely costs before we decide)

    Thanks in advance,

    Dan

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    You could try Skype group calling. You can connect up to 10 people at once.....and its free as far as I know. Not sure on image quality through. I'm assuming you will be connecting to the large screens via a laptop/PC??

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    Ok thanks for the tip. Skype had tentatively been suggested as a way forward, so it's something I will definitely explore.
    I guess we will have laptops in each of the 3 areas - I can always do a dummy run well in advance in my office using

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    ... the intended equipment.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    depending on cost vs quality of picture and sound you could get 3 ip cameras plug them into the network in the 3 seperate locations and have a few browser windows pointing at the various cameras?

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    Google Plus Hangouts? It will switch to whoever is talking (which could be whichever microphone is unmuted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavhc View Post
    Google Plus Hangouts? It will switch to whoever is talking (which could be whichever microphone is unmuted)
    That's a point I was about to make. A Google Hangout can also be uploaded to YouTube (maybe something for the kids to look back on in their final year!)

    Other than that, if you want to do a profesh-CCTV-like jobbie, there's a program on Linux called "ZoneMinder". Maybe for the sake of quick configuration and possibly a one-time use I'd stick to Hangouts, but may be useful if this becomes a 'thing'.

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    Thanks for the pointers guys. When I get time (wishful thinking...) I will have a look at this Google Hangout.
    I did speak to Skype about Group Calling - all I would need is a Skype Business account on 1 computer (the 'host') at 5 quid a month, which was much cheaper than I expected.

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