Also known as the Edward May Lecture Theatre

Contains two projectors which can show separate or duplicate sources

(e.g. Use the AMX touch panel to select the computer on one screen and the visualiser on the other), with full width Whiteboard underneath. JM DDA lectern 2010, front row light switch on wall trunking.

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

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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. 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.

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.

Voice Enhancement

Generic Voice Enhancement

Uses a clip on or handheld microphone to ensure equal distribution of the presenter’s voice across the whole space.

The presenter should not be aware of any amplification at the front of the room, unlike a traditional PA system.

Note Microphone audio is separate from Computer audio, and usually fixed level.

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.

Whiteboard/Wall

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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.