|This section relates to video suitable for use with the VRVS etc.
(i.e not for hardware-codec H.323).
The PPNCG was previously recommending the Winnov Videum kit for
this purpose, for example the kit which is marketed as "Videum Conference
Pro PCI kit": it did indeed seem to be better technically
than many of its contemporaries, but
whereas prices for this sort of gear have fallen generally, the Winnov kits
had maintained their price, and as a result they now seem
uncompetitive for our purposes.
It seems to this writer that the choice really now (2003) comes down to
*either* paying a little more and getting a dedicated H.323
hardware codec solution if that fulfils the user requirements:
as a minimum solution that would be
the ViaVideo, which can be used with both H.323-only conferences and in
H.323 mode with the VRVS (but limited to a Windows OS). *Or* to get whatever inexpensive USB-connected web camera happens to be available, in which case
VRVS users would probably want to use vic/rat modes, although linux users
still have the option of using Gnomemeeting for software-codec H.323 -
but keep in mind that, aside from point-to-point work with consenting
partners, your multipoint options, aside from the VRVS,
are likely to be quite limited.
The most maddening feature of video capture kits as I found in the past, is
the several different and incompatible ways of connecting the
golf-ball-type cameras to the capture card, in respect of powering the
camera, picking off the built-in camera microphone etc. as well as the
video connections. I drove myself near demented in the past with three
different connection conventions to support on the various kit we had bought.