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Use a lecture capture camera

Please note you are able to make use of an in-room camera for your lecture capture if you have:

This guide explains how to use the camera controls and start camera capture in a lecture-capture camera enabled teaching room.

Click on the room name to open the Audio Visual room information page. You can filter the rooms further by toggling the keywords. [You must be signed in to view this information]

Camera Controls

In teaching rooms with a lecture capture camera, use the AV Touchpanel to start camera capture for Echo360 automated lecture capture and to control what the camera will focus on.

The Camera Control button is located on the bottom left corner of the touchpanel for all cameras that are not manually controlled. More information on manually controlled cameras.

Why doesn't the camera record video automatically in all teaching rooms?

  • Not all rooms have cameras.
  • Some people do not want to be recorded using the camera.
  • Echo360 can only record 2 inputs. Therefore, in rooms with 2 projectors, the camera is connected to the same input as some of the other room equipment, and camera capture cannot start automatically.
  • If you have requested video, then your lecture capture is set up to record the relevant input as soon as the camera capture option is selected on the touch panel. See below for methods.
  • In a small number of rooms, if video has been requested, it will happen automatically - it is easy to know where, if the options below are not present, the camera is wired directly to the Echo360 equipment as the 'right (hand) input'.
  • The home position/button for the camera usually positions the camera to face away from the teaching area until it is activated.

The camera controls section will list a number of presets for the room you are teaching in. Typically these will be one or more of the following:

  • Wide shot of the front of the room
  • Close up shot of the lectern
  • Medium close up shot of white or chalkboards (left)
  • Medium close up shot of white or chalkboards (right)

To select a preset, tap on the relevant button. If there is a preview on the teaching PC, you will see this change to match the new preset. Not all rooms with cameras have a preview.

You can fine-tune the camera focus using the arrow and zoom keys. These should be self-explanatory but essentially they allow the camera to be panned left and right, up and down, and to be zoomed in and out so that you can be sure the camera is focused on the area you will be teaching in, or that you want to focus on. This option is only useable in rooms that have a preview mode via the monitor.

A small number of rooms (L3, L4, L5 (Sciences), B3.03 (Zeeman), A0.23 (Social Sciences)) do not have camera control via the touch panel and you will need to contact the Audio Visual team to detail what you would like the camera to record in the room. The Audio-Visual team can then set up the camera prior to your session(s). These cameras cannot be changed during the session.

 Camera control summary

  • If you do not want to record video, check that camera capture is off at the start of your session. You can also point the camera away from the teaching environment to ensure nothing is recorded.
  • For video capture only, turn on the camera from the AV touchpanel 'touch to start' screen or from single mode, use the camera control button to select 'camera capture on' and choose a camera preset for what will be recorded.
  • For video capture alongside a presentation (or other input), use single mode, turn on camera capture and select the camera preset using the camera control button, and then select the second input to be recorded.
  • Turn off camera capture at the end of the session.

Methods

  • Whiteboards or chalkboards where the focus is on the written materials
  • Panel discussions without a presentation
  • Performances (or presentations) that do not require a computer

If you have requested video-only recording, and are in a suitable room, follow the instructions below to turn on the camera. Depending on the specific room setup, this can be done with or without bringing down the projector screens or starting up other room equipment.

  1. Prior to interacting with the AV Touchpanel it should display Touch Screen to Begin. If anything else is displayed you may prefer to power down the AV system before proceeding - effectively resetting it.
    • If you do not want to use any other room equipment (Teaching PC, document visualiser) with your recording, proceed to step 2.
    • Otherwise, press the Touch Screen to Begin screen and select Single Display.
  2. On the lower left of the touch panel, you will find a grey button labeled Camera Control.
  3. Press this button to pull up the camera control view. You may find that the PC Monitor switches to display a view of the camera. Do not be alarmed if the system does not do this as not all spaces have this functionality.
  4. You will see a list of presets for the camera on the touch panel which will adjust what the camera will focus on within the room.
  5. Choose your preferred camera preset or adjust the camera focal point using the arrow and zoom keys if the preview is available.
  6. Press the Camera capture ON button to start recording the video.
  7. Teach your session - you need to be aware of the camera focal point and potentially redirect this during the session as required using the camera controls.
  8. At the end of the session, turn off camera capture or power down the AV touchpanel. This is important so that it does not affect later lecture capture recordings.

Where rooms have a lecture capture camera you can choose video and one other option.

 We recommend that you work in 'Single Display' on the AV system when capturing video plus another input.

Single Display

  • Record video of presenter(s) and presentation on the Teaching PC
  • Record video of the presenter in the room and a guest speaker via Teams on the Teaching PC, or on a laptop via HDMI
  1. Prior to interacting with the AV Touchpanel it should display Touch Screen to Begin. If anything else is displayed you may prefer to power down the AV system before proceeding - effectively resetting it.
  2. Press the Touch Screen to Begin screen and select Single Display.
  3. On the lower left of the touch panel, you will find a grey button labeled Camera Control.
  4. Press this button to pull up the camera control view. You may find that the PC Monitor switches to display a view of the camera. Do not be alarmed if the system does not do this as not all spaces have this functionality.
  5. You will see a list of presets for the camera on the touch panel which will adjust what the camera will focus on within the room.
  6. Choose your preferred camera preset or adjust the camera focal point using the arrow and zoom keys if the preview is available.
  7. Press the Camera capture ON button to start recording the video.
  8. Close the camera controls screen, and select your preferred input from the options - Teaching PC (for presentations or Team), document visualiser (for handwritten content), HDMI (to connect a laptop) etc.
  9. Teach your session - you need to be aware of the camera focal point and potentially redirect this during the session as required using the camera controls.
  10. At the end of the session, turn off camera capture or power down the AV touchpanel. This is important so that it does not affect later lecture capture recordings.

Dual Display

Capturing video in Dual Display is possible in some spaces, but not always practical. It is more prone to errors and ultimately may leave content that is not captured.

Echo 360 Lecture Capture can only record a maximum of two video inputs and the audio. Where rooms have the ability to use Dual Display you can capture any two inputs on the touch panel or enable the lecture capture camera to capture video and one other option. The second input will not be captured.

In a room with Dual Display you will find:

  • Input 1 - Room Left Projection
  • Input 2 - Room Right Projection
  • Input 2 - Lecture Capture Camera (Only Enabled once "Camera Capture On" is pressed from within the Camera Control menu) If used this will override whatever is displayed on the in-room right-hand side projector with the camera feed on the Echo 360 recording.

Once you have enabled camera capture, this will always be your second (right) input. It will not change what is physically displayed in the room but anything sent to the in-room right projector will not be captured if you are capturing the camera. Your first (left) input is captured and can be changed to whatever you wish to display (and record) on the left projector by using the touch panel during the session.

  1. Prior to interacting with the AV Touchpanel it should display "Touch Screen to Begin". If this is not displayed you may need to power down the AV system should you not wish to use it.
  2. Press the Touch Screen to Begin screen and select Dual Display.
  3. Press the camera control button on the bottom left of the screen. If it is not there you are unable to capture video on Dual Display in this space please follow the instructions for Single Display.
  4. Choose your preferred camera preset or adjust the camera focal point using the arrow and zoom keys if the preview is available.
  5. Press the Camera capture ON button to start recording the video.
  6. Close the camera controls screen, and select your preferred input from the options - Teaching PC (for presentations or Team), document visualiser (for handwritten content), HDMI (to connect a laptop) etc.
  7. Teach your session - you need to be aware of the camera focal point and potentially redirect this during the session as required using the camera controls.
  8. At the end of the session, turn off camera capture or power down the AV touchpanel. This is important so that it does not affect later lecture capture recordings.

Many of the lecture capture cameras can also be used with Teams for teaching to a local and remote audience simultaneously - commonly referred to as hybrid or dual-mode teaching. You can find details for how to set this up on the AV website but in summary:

  1. Use the camera controls (see above) to select the relevant pre-set or manually choose the focal point.
  2. Open Teams on the Teaching PC and select the "...inogeni..." option for video. (Room audio is already enabled for Teams).
  3. Use the preview in Teams and the camera controls to adjust the camera focal point if required.
  4. If required open your presentation on the Teaching PC and share the Teaching PC screen so that this is visible both in Teams and on the projector, and recorded by Echo360 lecture capture if enabled for this session.

For more help with hybrid / dual-mode teaching please contact Academic Technology and Audio Visual Services via the Get Help button above.

The information on this page relates to Echo360 and Teaching Rooms and was last updated October 2021.

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