Harvard style, known as Wright lecture theatre

There are seven 65″ LCD repeater screens linked to an interactive projector.

Please contact AV-support/MB429 for a demonstration of the interactive projector and AirMedia.

Front row lighting, and main lighting and blinds can be controlled from the touchscreen control panel.

Front row desks have 13A power and USB charging outlets.

NB. Please ask AV support to use the hearing loop.

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?

Crestron touch panel

TSW panel Start page

Tap the touch screen to display/select buttons for the equipment.

To switch off, tap Off or Exit/Shutdown, and then confirm with Shutdown Now.

Newer lecture ‘Digital‘ theatres have audio ‘send’ and multiple projectors and lectern monitor selectable for each input source, and separate mic(red \ ) and speaker(white \ ) mutes.

Some also have sub-menu/s for additional facilities like Camera, Lighting and Blinds controls.

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.

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 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 (HDMI)

HDMI connector

A flying HDMI cable (including audio) is usually* connected to the lectern faceplate.

Note All post-2014 refurbished rooms now support HDMI(digital) inputs, namely: G11(Byng Kendrick LT), Great HallMB220, MB253, MB304MB486, MB504MB518MB603, MB651(Sumpner LT), MB653(Wright LT), MB657(Proj.Room), MB708b, NW104b, NW805, NW807NX02Adrian Cadbury and Susan Cadbury LTs, and VS110, VS112.

Some laptops and tablets may require a special HDMI adapter.

*except G11, NW104b and newest meeting rooms MB125a, MB214k, MB435/7, MB502, ABS6.4/5

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.

Crestron/Kramer Wireless Presentation

Crestron AirMedia

Wireless presentation that uses WiFi to present photos, PDF, and Microsoft Office presentations, documents and spreadsheets on the room display/s from your wireless devices.

  • AirMEDIA: iOS/Android device and/or your Windows/OS X laptops.
  • VIA: iOS/Android device and/or your Windows/OS X laptops

When AirMEDIA or VIA ConnectPro is selected, it displays the Room address and a unique [code] to present the content on the screen/s. You can have up to four WiFi devices concurrently displayed in each corner of the picture.

New rooms that use

You can book a version for any room with wifi (and a demonstration) from AV-Support provided there is enough notice to setup and to configure it.

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.

Revolabs

Revolabs lapel mics

Rechargeable microphone/s which automatically unmute/mute when removed from/replaced in the charger. There are a maximum of two channels per room.

Please replace the microphones on the charger when they are not in use, and check the LED.

The LED on the microphone 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.

Wolfvision VZ-3

Basic operations

Lift the Arm to turn ON.

Zoom control is on top of the Arm.

Warning

The method of recording the contents of this visualiser in Aston Replay is different to the other rooms. Expand the instructions, below, for more information.

Unlike the other visualisers in use in Aston University learning spaces, the Wolfvision acts in the same way as a webcam or another camera. This means we can record it directly in Panopto.

When you’re presenting, you’ll need to switch to the Panopto recorder to add the visualiser as a secondary source. To get back to the Panopto recorder, either

  • come out of your full screen presentation and click the Panopto icon on the taskbar
    or
  • Press Alt & Tab until the Panopto recorder is selected

Then, in the Panopto recorder, you’ll need to add the visualiser as a secondary capture source:

  1. Panopto Add another video sourceOn the left hand side of the Panopto recorder, under Secondary Capture Sources, click Add Another Video Source
  2. Select Wolfvision as secondary sourceClick the dropdown that appears, and select WolfVision Video Capture II
  3. WolfVision secondary sourceThis starts recording the camera in the visualiser.
  4. Remove WolfVision secondary sourceWhen you want to stop using the visualiser, remove it as a secondary source by going back to the Panopto recorder and clicking on the X next to it.

If you do not remove the visualiser as a secondary capture source

When you stop using the visualiser, any viewers of the recorded session will continue seeing the content of the visualiser.

If you begin presenting using Powerpoint again, your viewers will have to manually switch back to the Powerpoint source themselves.

When your students view this recording back, it will show the visualiser at this point, like so

Wolfvision in Panopto viewer

At the point in the recording when you clicked the X to remove the secondary source, it will switch back eg to PowerPoint or the screen capture.

You can repeat the above steps as many times as you need during a lecture.

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.

Sony PTZ camera

This room features a remote ceiling camera connected to the PC for lecture capture. It is controlled from the touch panel or a remote control.

The camera will shut down after a couple of hours.

To ensure this doesn’t happen when you make a recording, you need to perform the following steps at the start of your lecture:

If you see colour bars in the Panopto recorder

This means the camera is switched off. Turn the camera ON by pressing the POWER button [a]

If you don’t want to record the camera, you will need to deselect it in the Panopto recorder, otherwise your recorded session will contain the colour bars.

If you see the image from the camera

Press CAMERA SELECT 1 [b] – this will prevent the camera from powering off during your lecture.

New Sumpner Remote

Sony – touch panel

Sony: Crestron Camera Controls

Touch Panel controls are similar to the Sony ‘Remote controls’.

If you see colour bars in the Panopto recorder this means the camera is switched off.

Choose from Presets ‘Scenes’ – which are set to face the optimal presenter positions for recording.

Interactive Screens

Epson Interactive Projector

Epson EB-595wi interactive projector

Epson EB-585/595 WI wireless interactive projectors use pens to draw or annotate on the screen.

Epson dual-pen interactive support
Epson dual-pen interactive support

There is an Epson ‘Easy Interactive‘ shortcut icon on the desktop.

  • Dual pen support — allows two users to annotate simultaneously anywhere on the surface on which the image is projected
  • Touch-based interactivity(Model 595) — enables as many as six students to touch, draw, select and interact using intuitive and familiar gestures

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…

Whiteboard/Wall

WhiteWall

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These are designed to be used with ‘Dry Markers’ and cleaning pad/cloth – Please wipe clean for the next user.

There is usually a ‘raised lip’ between glossy marker wall and non-writable or screen area (G11 and MB603).

Most pool rooms have a white board/s, or writable surfaces on the room divider/s, and the porters(x4000) can usually provide a mobile board or flip-chart on request(pads/pens not provided).

Content cannot be recorded to Aston Replay, but you could use the Visualiser or interactive display instead.