The room has two video cameras, two large screens (the one closest to the exit is called centre and the one closer to the the desk is smart) and a tv-set (called teacher). One camera is pointed at the boards, one pointed at the audience. There are one laptop that controls recording and can show slides. Another cable (VGA) can be used to attach an external computer.
For audio pickup you have two portable microphones. They are called yellow and black because of the coloring of the plastic shell around the front buttons/LCD of the battert pack. The yellow has a "sock" on the microphone head. The black one has a bare head.
The room is mainly controlled using two units, the AMX (a touch sensitive screen), and a remote control/handset during the class. You also have the laptop that controls recording, SharingSlides and saving sketches from the smart board. It has to be on to be able to record.
On the AMX you can:
Note that in the evening the room requires a pin-code to unlock the AMX. This to prevent from unauthorized use of the room. In the past there was problem with people using the room as a film theater, increasing wear on equipment and not cleaning up after themselves. Talk to Leffe at Förvaltningen to get the code.
On the handset you:
Although the system can both be used as a recording system AND a video conferencing system it is not well suited for both at the same time. It does not record two videostreams so you have to switch manually or let the system decide what source should be recorded based on audio input.
Also, to make GOOD recordings that are useful as recorded video lectures together with slides you should probably stand by the the front desk and not move around. The panning capabilities are not smooth and if you move around it will be hard focusing on you while still having closeups. That means that if you move around the only good solution not to have jerking and choppy camera movements is to zoom far out resulting in a cluttered view. Also standing in front of the screens result in poor video quality due to high contrast differences.
When sharing for example slides with Netmeeting the trouble is that you cannot share an application before you have connected to the other side. That is, the sequence to share slides is as follows:
To call someone you need the handset/remote control. Press the green button (marked "Call/Hang-up") to view the menu.
Dialling a number directly
Calling a contact
Press green button ("Call/Hang-up"). At the bottom screen you have "My IP".
The smart board is a "virtual" whiteboard where you can draw on the board using the special markers and erase using the round eraser. If you start the control application (found in the system tray of the control laptop chained to the desk) you can save the writing/drawings and create new blank boards and go forth and back through the boards.
Click on the smart board control icon in the tray on the laptop and select Notebook...
Here you can find collected knowledge and hints on using the system.
Information to the class/teacher
It is possible to open the doors if you have visitors that do not have access to the classroom using their cards. In order to do this you need to have your pass card to be configured to be able to unlock doors, not just open them. You must check with the technical staff to see if your card has this.
You should NOT unlock the door in the corridor. To that door there is a PIN code that you can give the students so they can enter. You can get that code from Leif at Förvaltningen (floor 7 at Forum). Unlocking the door should only be an option when you can be close to that door so you can keep track of who enters. Unlocking the door in the corridor would let anyone through without you knowing.
To open the door
To lock the door before the time is up