JM DDA lectern 2011.

The following instructions are automatically generated, based on the list of equipment in the room

As such, we've kept them simple to account for any variations between rooms. For help on specifics, contact AV Support - details are at the bottom of the page.

If you're in one of the learning spaces, contact AV Support by pressing the AVSupp button on the phone

Control Panel

Button or touch controls for the audio/visual and projection equipment in the room.

Control systems are designed to be left powered up, please leave them powered up so they can be used to turn the equipment on/off.

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Please switch off projectors, computers and lights when when not in use. Find out more about Aston University’s energy awareness on the website.

Did you know that the lamps are not only expensive, but contain hazardous Mercury?

AMX/Crestron buttons

Crestron mpc-m10 buttons

Press the ON, OFF (or ON/OFF) button to switch the projector ON or OFF. The button will flash to indicate it is warming up/cooling down. The projector will beep(on=once, off=twice) and prevent you from selecting other buttons until it is ready.

PC 1 and PC 2 (or Laptop, or Doc Cam) buttons select the Main PC and Visualiser/Laptop connection if they don’t have separate control buttons.

Computer

Tips

  • We recommend that the projector is switched on after you login to the PC.
  • Drag/copy presentation documents from your USB stick onto the desktop.
  • Any change/s and added files are auto-deleted on Restart.
  • Choose VLC Media Player for DVD playback with sound.

Aston Teaching PC

The 2017/18 ‘pool room’ teaching PC is now Windows10 and includes Office Professional 2016 including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
Also included are the Panopto recorder, Skype, and a selection of web browsers/important teaching links. Shared/network drives are dependant on your Aston login. The IT Services website has the full list of installed software.

If your login or the network fails .\teach username & teach password will allow you to present locally (e.g. USB drive), but without any network or internet access.

The PC will shut down after an hour of inactivity

This will remove any changes you have made, any work you have open will be lost, and any files on the desktop will be deleted. Unfinished Panopto uploads will also be suspended until Panopto is re-connected in that room.

Bear this in mind if, for example, you are running an event and want to get the PC set up early or you are breaking for lunch.

The computer is set up to record to Aston Replay and upload to Blackboard, and there are usually 4 spare USBs on the main PC monitor.

We recommend that the projector is switched ON after you login to the PC. If you don’t need the computer to be displayed on the screen, you can use it without the projector on. Computer audio requires the projector to be ON, and all control panel, computer and application volumes should be up (not muted).

Laptop (VGA)

VGA with integrated audio cable

A flying VGA cable (with integrated audio jack connection) is usually connected to the lectern faceplate.

The laptop audio jack can also be used for iPod playback when laptop is selected.

Note Some laptops and tablets require a special adapter from the laptop to the VGA connection.

Microphones

Perform a variety of tasks in the rooms, depending on the type of room and microphone.

They can be used to feed audio to the induction loop, make sure people at the back of the room can hear the speaker clearly (voice enhancement), or be recorded in Aston Replay.

Lectern mic

Lectern Mic

To switch on/off, push the button at the base of the flexible gooseneck.

Beyer lectern mic
Beyer lectern mic

The LED will be lit when the microphone is on, and the level is preset.

There is no switch or LED on the Beyer flat models.

Samson UB1

Samson UB1 mic

These mics are primarily used for Aston Replay recordings (but is also available to other applications, such as Skype). The UB1 is an omni-directional boundary microphone, that uses a flat surface to enhance the sound pickup.

Aston Replay will default to recording from this mic over any other in the room. Make sure that the green light is on the mic, and always check the recording level in Panopto before you begin recording.

 

Soundfield

IR Charger

Rechargeable Lapel and Handheld Infrared (IR) microphones with charger. There is a small volume control on the Lapel belt pack, but none on handheld. There are a maximum of two channels per room, only one lapel and only one handheld to prevent interference.

Note May also be noisy/not transmit if black transmit window is obscured, two of same mics, low battery or in direct sunlight.

Fully charged spares are kept by AV Support if you experience noise or interference.

Soundfield IR mics
Soundfield IR mics

Please turn off microphones and replace correctly on the charger when not in use.

The LEDs on the charger base will turn RED to show they are charging, and GREEN when fully charged.

Visualiser

Elmo P10 visualiser/document camera
Elmo P10 visualiser/ document camera

A document camera that can display and zoom in on papers, books, and other 3D objects. There is usually a separate source selection button to display on the room screen/s.

A desktop application called ImageMate[IM] allows Elmo images to be recorded in Panopto.

The newer Wolfvision visualisers can be selected as separate video recording device in Panopto.

Elmo P10s / P30

Power slide switch, USB, SD
Power slide switch, USB, SD

Slide switch to turn ON/(OFF) and adjust lamp for best image.

Zoom control(blue) and Camera/SDcard/LAPTOP selection button at the front (unless there is a separate Laptop selection button on the control panel).

P30 laptop select
P30 laptop select

  1. Elmo Visualiser App IconOpen the Image Mate software – find the icon on the desktop
  2. Visualiser Image Mate windowsClick the maximise button – this will show the camera full screen on the computer meaning the Panopto recorder can capture it.
  3. Elmo full screenWhen you’ve finished using the visualiser, you can exit the full screen view by clicking on the button in the top right of the screen.

Panopto Camera

Use the camera to include video in an Aston Replay recording.

The Panopto recorder will default to including video where a camera is present. If you don’t want this to be included in your session, you will need to switch the camera off. You may also borrow a mobile alternative.

NoVideo

  1. In the Panopto recorder, click the dropdown next to video
  2. Click None

See the Replay TLC site for more information on how to make a recording.

Webcam

Logitech webcam in Ceiling

A fixed, high angle shot from a Logitech webcam – fixed either to the projector, or directly to the ceiling.

This webcam is also available to other applications on the main PC, eg Skype.

Induction Loop

Generic Induction Loop

Induction LoopAn Induction loop or Infrared (IR) based hearing system.

Hearing aid users should set their hearing aid to “T” to use the loop. more…