Equipment Pictures and Definitions
|Canon EOS Rebel T5i - This is the camera for the recording studio capable of both video and image capture. The camera is 18 megapixels and takes beautiful shots!|
Sennheiser EW 100G3 Transmitter and Receiver - this is a wireless microphone system which uses a receiver and a transmitter, shown to the left and right respectively in the image below. The transmitter includes a clip to be attached to a lapel or pocket, as well as a small microphone. The receiver, which hooks either directly into the camera or to the mixer, can be directly mounted to the camera in the same location as the boom mic, which is shown in the setting up video camera microphones below.
Shure VP82 Shotgun microphone - The shotgun microphone shown below is an attachable microphone to give the camera better audio capture quality. The microphone can be connected to the camera by securing it to the microphone mount on the top of the camera; an XLR cable to 3.5mm cable then directly plugs into the back of the microphone and runs into the mic input on the cameras left front side.
|Shure SCM410 4-Channel Mixer - The 4 channel mixer allows users to mix multiple microphone inputs directly into the cameras audio feed. The Wireless microphone set and the Shotgun microphones, both described above, can be used simultaneously with the mixer. There are 4 inputs on the back of the mixer, and one main output. Plug the shotgun mic and the wireless receiver into the mixer from XLR cables, and place the output XLR to 3.5mm cables directly into the cameras microphone input (the front left side). The master volume of all inputs is controlled by the knob all the way to the right on the front of the mixer.|
|Camera with all Audio Equipment - The camera can have multiple microphones capture audio which can be mixed together and fed back directly into the camera. In order to do this the boom microphone and the Sennheiser receiver need to be directly plugged into the Shure SCM410 mixer (the inputs are in the back of the mixer). Once both microphones are connected take the XLR cable plugged into the mixer output port and plug the 3.5mm audio side directly into the cameras microphone input port, which is on the left hand side. An image below shows both microphone connections to the mixer and then to the camera for reference.|
Video Conferencing Station
The Recording Studio also has a video conferencing station which features a high quality Logitech Webcam, USB microphone, and second monitor, on a height adjustable desk. Below are pictures and a brief description of each piece of equipment.
Logitech B910 HD Webcam - this webcam operates at 720pHD during video calls in a 16:9 ratio. It is a USB powered device and the driver will install shortly after it is plugged into a laptop.
USB microphone - the USB microphone gives users high sound quality form an easy plug and play USB microphone. There is no external power needed, just simply plug it into a USB port and the driver automatically installs.
Monitor with VGA cable - the additional monitor allows professors to either utilize a larger screen for video conferencing, or to use dual monitors while web conferencing to easily view documents and the call simultaneously. There is a VGA cable attached to the monitor to easily connect to a laptop.
Using the Webcam and Microphone for Skype
The webcam and microphone allow users to have a clear video conferencing experience, below are screenshots showing how to change Skype settings to use the webcam and microphone.
Most laptops have integrated webcams, typically of low quality, so the default camera option in Skype may not be the Logitech webcam or USB microphone. Below are steps to make sure the webcam and microphone are being used.
Selecting the Webcam
To change the webcam in Skype select Tools on the top ribbon, and then Options...as shown in the screenshot below.
When the main options window appears select "Video Settings" on the left side. Once the video settings are open confirm the Webcam listed is the "Logitech B910 HD Webcam," as shown below.
Click "Save" in the bottom right corner and your webcam is set!
Selecting the Microphone
To change audio settings also start by selection Tools in the top ribbon and selecting Options....as shown in the screenshot below.
Next select "Audio Settings" from the left hand side. When the main settings page appears select "USB audio CODEC" and then Save, as shown in the screenshot below.
Recommended SD Cards
IT Services is curated a few viable SD card options for professors who are wishing to utilize the recording studio.
Below is a link for a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory card available through Amazon in a variety of capacities and price ranges.
Professors looking to capture longer videos should consider purchasing a 32gb or 64gb flash drive to ensure an entire lecture can be captured in one session.
On normal mode (9 Mbps / VBR) an 8 GB SD Card will hold 102 minutes of video, a 16GB will hold 240 minutes of video, and a 32 GB will hold 480 minutes of video.
When operating on high quality HD video capture an 8GB stick can hold 80 minutes of video, 16GB can hold 160 minutes of video, and 32GB holds 320 minutes of video.
Time figures retrieved from https://www.sdcard.org/consumers/cards
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