So, my boss wants me to look into video conferencing for our three office locations. My predecesor got a quote from Polycom a couple of years ago and it was crazy expensive ($50,000). Of course, that didn't get approved. At my company, we are all about getting the job done for as little as possible. By the way, Polycom is now down to $30,000 for the same thing. When I saw the quote from Polycom, I started thinking about other ways to do things. I suggested getting three Mac minis and three iSights. We would use iChat to get all three locations conferenced in for our weekly meetings and everyone would be happy. With H.264, the resolution should be sufficient to have a good image up to about 10 feet away from the camera. What do you guys think about this as a possibility? See any massive holes in my logic here? Our main person at one of the other branches doesn't think we need all new equipment. He says that he can video chat with his friend in the UK with a $20 camera and AIM. I tried to explain the benefits of H.264 to them. Also, I don't know if you can have more than two people in a video chat at a time in AIM. Other than the Mac minis, I have basically two other options. Windows based hardware/software or stand-alone video conference units. The Windows software I found online is laughable. The mest seems to be Marratech but if you watch the demo of this thing, you will see the direct correlation to the new "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" ads. This paid software can't hold a candle to iChat. The other option I found is a stand-alone Sony unit that sells for close to $3,000. Of course, we would need three of them. Basically it is an LCD that also has a camera and a mic and hard encoding features to use H.264. But, why buy that when you can get an iMac with a bigger screen and it is actually a computer too for $1000+ less. Anyway, what do you guys think about all of this?