AV Controls in the Lecture Rooms. Trying to Navigate the Changes. Upgrades.
Trying to Navigate the Changes
We uninstalled the existing audiovisual equipment from the previous equipment racks and lecterns located in each lecture room and replaced them with a custom consolidated Multimedia Lectern. The lecterns are designed to simplify the use and installation of various pieces of equipment required to integrate the classrooms.
The following equipment has been integrated into the new lecterns:
Blu-ray DVD player: for DVD playback of both standard and Blu-ray media
HDTV capable tuner/modulator: for connectivity to cable TV
Classroom computers: for presentations. This includes the network computer and the Stand-Alone computer.
Six new 46” flat panel LCD displays have replaced the existing displays in each of the following rooms: Lecture Rooms C, D, and E.
Control System Processor and 17” touch panel/computer monitor for use during teaching. The panel is able to be used as a control system touch panel and lectern PC monitor. Existing wireless touch panels in the rooms are integrated into the system.
Hideaway cable enclosure for connecting and additional laptop computers.
VTC Codec in the Lecture Room C and Auditorium.
Existing High-resolution scan converters for laptop connections.
Multiple wireless microphones (all in one transmitter/microphone design) to allow the presenter to present/teach and be heard anywhere in the room.
Integrated an HD-capable all-in-one pan-tilt-zoom ceiling mounted video camera to allow for video conferencing and streaming along with allowing the ability for USUHS technicians to see into the room for trouble-shooting purposes.
New digital cabling has been run to all display devices from switcher/distribution amplifiers.
On top of the teaching station are the keyboard and mouse for the computers. The keyboard and mouse are wireless so that presenters can work from the table in the room. These devices work with both computers.
The mouse can also be used as a pointer on the screen.
The touch screen does not control computer functions.
An additional wireless remote has been added for those individuals that find the wireless mouse difficult to use as a pointer.
Audio and video recording equipment has been added to allow for capture of the lectures or programs in all lecture halls. They are currently in use in Lecture Rooms D and E. Testing is being done in the other halls for implementation soon.
Touching any of these icons will bring up that source which can then be viewed in the left hand preview screen.
The preview screen allows you to prepare for your lecture or switching sources without the audience seeing what you are doing.
Touching the preview screen increases the size on the touch screen for viewing.
When you are ready for the audience to view what you are presenting, you touch the base of the preview screen where it indicates to do so.
If there is already a projection; you can send the blank screen and work from the preview screen.
There is a secondary preview screen that can be set up for reading your notes during the presentation in a dual screen mode.
Either screen can be sent to the presentation devices.
Note: until you send the view to the presentation devices, there will be no audio from the source selected.
If the screen and projector are not already on, they will activate when you send the view to the projection devices. If they are already on, they will switch to that view.
The Blu-Ray source icon will bring up a control panel for the player.
The player will read both regular DVD and Blu-Ray disks. It should be noted that there is time involved in waiting for loading and playing of the disks.
Utilize the buttons to control the player. Make sure to send the display to the projector in order for it to be viewed and heard by the audience.
The TV icon will bring up a tuner control for use with the in-house cable TV network.
Currently, this network only has three channels, though eventually all the rooms will be connected for broadcast.
Type in the channel and push enter.
Again, until you send the source, no audio will be heard.
The phone icon activates a menu that allows you to call out to another phone and have that audio pumped into the room.
This feature is not active as it requires the use of a phone line that is not in the room yet.
The final source icon on the bottom is the one for the camera. This camera is in the rear of the room and is controlled by the menu activated by the icon.
The camera is typically used for recording events in the room, though it can be sent as a source to the projector and LCD panels.
Pan and tilt are controlled by the wheel icon.
Camera speed refers to how fast the cameral will move while controlled.
Presets are the camera positions already set in the camera.
The other icons on the touch panel control environmental aspects of the room: reduced screen projection; volume control of the panel mics; volume of the podium mic; volume of the program sources (i.e. computer, tv, and Blu-Ray player); and, the lights.
The lights have four presets for use during presentations: all the way up; two successive dimming settings; and off.
Touching the “Full Screen” icon will reduce the projected screen to allow for stage use. Touching it again returns the projection to full size.
The volume controls on this screen are over a range controlled by the arrows. The oval located below each volume setting allows you to mute the source with a touch. If the word “mute” is red the source is muted, if not, the source is projecting.
Touching the icon above the lights labeled “Room Controls” will bring you to another menu that controls devices individually: projector, screen, LCD panels, lights, and wireless microphones.
The wireless microphones have three preset volumes and mute. You should try the microphones before presenting to find the volume best suited to your voice.
There are three lavaliere microphones, one ear-piece, two hand-held mics.
If you are soft-spoken, you are probably better served with the ear-piece mic.
As with the volume, it is best to try the different microphones to find what works best for you.
The microphones are stored in a charger. Each microphone battery has a 16 hour charge and will appear green when fully charged.
When the microphone is removed from the charger, the light on the front will blink red, yellow, green. When it blinks red continuously, it has connected to the receiver.
You may now push the button the front of the mic for the microphone to be active (light will be green).
To mute the mic, push the button. The light will turn red.
To return to the main screen, just touch the back button in the upper right corner of the screen.
When you have completed your presentation, you need to log off the computer and if no one is following your lecture, you may shut down the system.
Shutdown is accomplished by pushing the “Exit” button in the upper right corner.
You will be asked if you are sure you want to shut down.
Pushing “Yes” will exit the system: i.e. shut off the projector; raise the screen; and turn off the podium mic.
Pushing “No” will return you to the main menu screen.
Please remember that turning off the projector means that there will be a cool down time and warm up time if you need the projector again.
The touch panel on the wall mimics the operations of the podium touch panel with the exception of the preview screens.
The menus associated with the icons appear differently due to size of the screen.
Please be aware of recording situations. Many of the lectures and programs in the halls are recorded. This means any microphone or computer use may be recorded and broadcast later to the students.
If you want to insure private conversations, mics must be muted.
As these are government computers, it is suggested that you do not conduct private business on the computers that include outside passwords or credit card numbers.
Your USUHS login and Group-Wise login are protected, but all others maybe visible when sent to projection devices or recorded during lectures.