All classrooms at Ross come equipped with discreet camcorders that tie directly into the Mediasite system. This makes it easy to simply press "Record" on the lectern when giving a lecture or holding an event. Once you're done, your video file can be found in your MyMediasite portal and you can edit, control and share it as you wish.
Things to Consider
- Placement of the Cameras: Most camcorders in the rooms are positioned somewhere on the upper portion of the room's back wall to point directly at the front of the room in a "wide shot" that captures the lectern area and the whiteboards. This camera view can be adjusted, as detailed below.
- Slide Capture: Mediasite will automatically capture two video feeds for your recording: a video feed from the room's camcorder and the video feed that is being displayed on the room's projector. If you are in a tiered room, the screen in the center will be captured, and if you are in a flat room, the left screen will be captured. This screen capture process happens any time there is a significant screen change (like advancing a bulleted list, or going to a new slide).
- Audio: To properly capture your own (or your speaker's) voice, you must wear the in-room lapel microphone. There are other, smaller microphones that dangle from the ceiling, but these are intended to capture the ambient noises of the audience and should not be relied upon to capture "quality" audio.
- Room Reservations: Since Mediasite only knows where to "put" the presentation based upon who has the room reserved, be sure you actually have the room reserved. You can find this out by seeing whose name is listed on the display signage outside of the room, or whose information appears in the metadata as detailed in step 2, below. If you try to Record without having the room properly reserved, your presentation may end up in someone else's MyMediasite Portal, or otherwise be hard to locate. If this happens, contact Ross Classroom Support with as much information as you have so we can try to track it down.
Starting a Recording in the Classroom
- Log into the Lectern computer with your uniqname and password. Mediasite is reliant upon your successful login.
- Open any documents or applications you will be showing and arrange them on the appropriate screen(s). Note that if you want your slides captured with your video (highly encouraged), if you are in a tiered room, the screen in the center will be captured, and if you are in a flat room, the left screen will be captured. This screen capture process happens any time there is a significant screen change (like advancing a bulleted list, or going to a new slide).
- The in-room lapel (lavaliere) microphone must be worn and turned on in order to record audio.
Beginning the Recording
- On the lectern screen, touch "Record."
- You will be presented with the following screen. By default, recordings are scheduled according to your room reservation times, with an additional 10 minutes after. (This is just in case you forgot to press the "Stop recording" button later.) You can adjust or change any of this information by touching it an using the on-screen keyboard. Press "Next" to continue.
- A message will appear that reads "Please wait while your recording is scheduled." It is normal for this to sometimes take up to 30-40 seconds.
- When the next screen appears, use the "+10 mins" or "-10 mins" to add or subtract ten minutes from the scheduled stop time, if desired (circled in red below).
- You can preview your camera angle by tapping the "Camera Preview" tab (circled in red in the lower right portion of the screenshot below). You can change the camera angle with one of the pre-programmed shots by tapping the "Wide Shot," "Lectern View," or "Writing Surfaces View," or do it manually by using the arrows (triangular buttons) and the zoom buttons (the scaled, faceless models).
- Start your recording by tapping the "Start Recording" button (circled in red, to the right of the camera angle controls, above).
- The "Start Recording" button changes to "Stop Recording." Begin your lecture or presentation as normal. Clicking the "Close" button in the lower right portion of the recording window will close these controls and allows you to use the lectern while the recording continues.
- You'll know your recording is in progress by the "Recording in Progress" indication in the top right corner of the lectern screen (seen below.)
- At any time, press the "Show Recording Controls" button (to the immediate left of the "Recording in Progress" indicator) to return to the recording control screen.
Ending the Recording
To stop recording altogether, simply touch "STOP Recording."
- You may manually end or pause the recording at any time, although your recording will end automatically based on the room reservation time or time you input during step 2 in the section above.
- Recording also stops upon logging out of the PC.
- Pausing the recording instead of stopping makes it so you don't generate more than one "presentation". For example, when you have a break during the class, or if you have students separate into groups for a short time, you may simply want to pause the recording and then resume it when ready. That way, you only have one "presentation" to manage later, as opposed to many fragmented ones.
- Pause the recording by going back into the recording control screen and tapping "Pause Recording." Pressing the same button again will resume the recording.
Managing your Lecture Captures After the Recording Has Taken Place
Log in to MyMediasite to manage your recording. As long as you were the one logged into the classroom lectern and the room reservation was in your name, it will appear in your main folder. Use the navigation bar at right for more details and instructions regarding managing, sharing or editing your recordings.