Month: October 2017

Downloading Mediasite Videos

Downloading Mediasite Materials

1.Head to the Mediasite Manage Portal and login with your NetID.

2.Expand the “Downloaded Courses” folder and click on your course.

3. Select on the lecture you wish to download by clicking on the title text. This will make a window pop up.

4. Click on “Delivery.”

5. Once on the Delivery tab, you will click on “Video 1” and a new dropdown will appear. You will find a link under the Distribution URL. You need to highlight the URL up until the “?playback…” part.

6. Copy and paste this URL to a new tab/window. Pause the video that is now playing in the new window. Right click anywhere on the video and select to download the video. Each browser will have a different way of asking how to save the video.

7. The video will now download to your computer where you can keep it for your records.

Playing a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc in High-Tech Classrooms

  1. First try using the DVD/Blu-Ray player provided in each Tech classroom
    1. Power classroom audiovisual equipment on
    2. Select the DVD or Blu-Ray button from the touch panel
    3. Locate the DVD or Blu-Ray player in the equipment cabinet, power on the device  and insert your disc
    4. Use the touch panel control buttons to begin playing the movie
  2. IF the disc doesn’t play, EJECT it from the DVD/Blu-Ray player and try it on the  computer.
    1. To use the computer, select the Computer source button from the touch panel.
    2. Locate the PC in the equipment cabinet and insert your disc into the computers
      disc drive.
    3. Once the computer has loaded the disc an option box similar to this one may  automatically appear:

    1. IF an option box appears, SELECT “Play DVD movie using VideoLAN VLC media  player”. This option will have an orange and white traffic cone as the icon.
  3. IF an option box does not appear:
    1. Click on “My Computer” icon on the desktop
    2. Right Click on the disc and select “Play with VLC media player” go directly to the disc device and RIGHT CLICK on it, a menu similar to this one will appear.

If you are still having issues, please contact ITS – Academic IT.
Call 860-486-4357
Hours:
Spring and Fall Semester
Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Connect Windows 8 to Projector

How to Port Out a PC Running Windows 8

When connecting a PC computer running Windows 8 to the classroom system the user will need to “port out” their laptop to allow the video image to appear on the projector. To port out a laptop running Windows 8 follow these steps.
1. On the keyboard press the WINDOWS key and the “C” key together. This will bring up the
Charms Menu on the right hand side of the desktop.
2. From the Charms Menus select Devices.
3. Next select Second Screen.
4. When this is selected there will be four choices that appear, PC SCREEN ONLY, DUPLICATE, EXTEND, SECOND SCREEN ONLY. Depending on preference select the appropriate choice.

Projection Connection Choices

PC Screen Only

When the Computer Only box is selected the laptop will only display an image on the laptop screen. Select this choice when not connected to a projector, or secondary display.

Duplicate

This option will show the same image on both the laptop and the projection screen.

Extend

When in Extended mode the projector will act as a secondary screen. This option is useful for
giving presentations where presenter notes are used in either Power Point or Keynote. The projector will only show the background image of the laptop until content is placed there or a presentation is started.

Second Screen Only

When Projector Only is selected the image will not appear on the laptop screen. This option is not useful in the classrooms.

Connect Windows 7 to Projector

How to Port Out a PC Running Windows 7

When connecting a PC computer running Windows 7 to the classroom system the user will need to “port out” their laptop to allow the video image to appear on the projector. To port out a laptop running Windows 7 follow these steps.
1. Click the Start icon in the lower left corner of the computer.
2. Select Control Panel.
3. From the Control Panel window, select Display.
4. When the display window appears on the left hand side select the option labeled Connect to a Projector
5. When this is selected there will be four choices that appear, Computer Only, Duplicate, Extend, Projector Only. Depending on preference select the appropriate choice.

Projection Connection Choices

Computer Only

When the Computer Only box is selected the laptop will only display an image on the laptop screen. Select this choice when not connected to a projector, or secondary display.

Duplicate

This option will show the same image on both the laptop and the projection screen.

Extend

When in Extended mode the projector will act as a secondary screen. This option is useful for giving presentations where presenter notes are used in either Power Point or Keynote. The projector will only show the background image of the laptop until content is placed there or a presentation is started.

Projector Only

When Projector Only is selected the image will not appear on the laptop screen. This option is not useful in the classrooms.

Connect an Apple MacBook via HDMI

HDMI Audio With a MacBook

When connecting a MacBook to a classroom system via an HDMI cable you will need to tell your computer to output the sound through the HDMI output.

1. Connect the HDMI Cable from the classroom system into your laptop’s HDMI Port.
2. Power the classroom system on and select Laptop HDMI.
3. Click the Apple Icon in the top left corner, then choose System Preferences.
4. Click the Sound icon from the second row.
5. Select the Output tab.
6. Choose the Extron D option.
7. When finished using the HDMI connection, remove the HDMI cable from you laptop and your laptop will default back to the internal speakers.

*NOTE: When outputting audio through the HDMI connector the only audio control will be from the classroom Program Volume Bar. There is no volume control on your laptop with this option.

Adjust MacBook Resolution When Connected via HDMI

When connecting to the classroom system via HDMI you will need to decide if you want to mirror or extend your desktop.

How to Change MacBook Display Settings When Connected to a Projector

1. Connect the HDMI Cable from the classroom system to your laptop’s HDMI Port.
2. Power on the classroom system and select Laptop HDMI.
3. Click the Apple Icon in the top left corner, then select System Preferences.
4. Select Displays from the second row.
5. Under the Displays window select the middle tab for Arrangement.
6. In the bottom left corner there is a check box that says Mirror Display this option will show the same image on the laptop screen and the projector. To show different images on the laptop screen and projector do not check the box.

If Desktop is Mirrored

1. When mirrored displays is checked a secondary window will come on the screen with options to adjust the resolution. On the window labeled Display select the Display tab.
2. From the drop down menu that is labeled Optimize for select Extron D.
3. Next select the Scaled option just below the drop down menu.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 720p option.

If in Extended Desktop

When in extended desktop you will need to use both your MacBook screen and the classroom preview screen to adjust resolution rates.

1. Deselect Mirror Display option under the Display Menu.
2. On the classroom preview monitor you will see a window labeled Display. Select the Display tab on this window. NOTE: Scroll your mouse to the right to access the second screen.
3. Next select the Scaled option.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 720p option.

After these settings have been made they should become the default settings when you connect your laptop the the classroom system again. At this point close all windows related to the Display and System Preferences.

Connect an Apple MacBook via VGA

1. The user MUST supply their own adaptor for their mac. The adaptor must be one of the following depending on the age of their computer.

  1. VGA to DISPLAY PORT
  2.  VGA to THUNDERBOLT
  3. VGA to DVI – Used with very old MacBook Laptops

2. With the laptop Closed connect the proper adaptor to the VGA Cable in the classroom, then connect the adaptor to the laptop.
3. Power on the classroom system and select Laptop or Laptop VGA depending on classroom style.
4. Open the laptop & power it on if needed.

How to Change MacBook Display Settings When Connected to a Projector

1. Connect the VGA Adaptor to the classroom system, and then to your laptop.
2. Power on the classroom system and select Laptop or Laptop VGA depending on classroom style.
3. Click the Apple Icon in the top left corner, then select System Preferences.
4. Select Displays from the second row.
5. Under the Displays window select the middle tab for Arrangement.
6. In the bottom left corner there is a check box that says Mirror Display this option will show the same image on the laptop screen and the projector. To show different images on the laptop screen and projector do not check the box.

If Desktop is Mirrored

1. When mirrored displays is checked a secondary window will come on the screen with options to adjust the resolution. On the window labeled Display select the Display tab.
2. From the drop down menu that is labeled Optimize for select Display.
3. Next select the Scaled option just below the drop down menu.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 1280 x 1024 option.

If in Extended Desktop

When in extended desktop you will need to use both your MacBook screen and the classroom preview screen to adjust resolution rates.
1. Deselect Mirror Display option under the Display Menu.
2. On the classroom preview monitor you will see a window labeled Display. Select the Display tab on this window. NOTE: Scroll your mouse to the right to access the second screen.
3. Next select the Scaled option.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 1280 x 1024 option.

After these settings have been made they should become the default settings when you connect your laptop the the classroom system again. At this point close all windows related to the Display and System Preferences.

Digital Signage How To Guide

Focus on Content

What sort of information do you want to communicate? Who is the target audience? These two fundamental questions should drive every other decision in this guide. For example, if you’d like to help visitors find their way around your building, you might think about implementing an interactive directory and building map kiosk located at the primary entrances of the building. If you would like to inform current students about events and organizations, you might use a non-interactive display mounted on the wall in an area that students frequent, such as a lounge or cafe.

The content should attract the attention of the viewer so that the information is delivered. Well-polished and dynamic videos and pictures strengthen the communication. Content source is also a crucial consideration. To avoid spending too much time managing different sources of content for different channels (such as web, print, and other publications), try to leverage data feeds as the central source that delivers the same content to multiple outlets.

Pick a Location

Once you’ve determined what to communicate and to whom, you can determine the location best suited to meet those goals. Building maps and directories are best located near building entrances. News and event displays are best located in areas where the audience will spend enough time to see the different flyers and videos rotating through the playlist. Room schedule displays can be placed near the doors of conference rooms or classrooms so that people know when the room is being used. Try to avoid areas like narrow hallways where people pass straight through without stopping to look at bulletin boards or other information on the walls.

One of the most critical considerations is access to infrastructure. The displays need a surface to be mounted on or an enclosure to be installed inside. The displays need a power outlet and potentially a network port. The player computer will also need a power outlet and network port. If the location where you’re planning to install digital signage does not already have power and network access available, then it needs to be feasible for those infrastructure items to be installed. UConn Facilities can assist you with determining if an area is suited for such needs and provide a quote for the installation cost. Typically, it is best to install power outlets and network ports where they will be hidden or obscured by the display or kiosk itself.

Choose a Display

UConn currently uses Sharp and NEC large format displays for all new digital signage implementations. These displays have been tested and approved for use with our player computers.

Choosing the right display size is important. For interactive content, like a building directory and map, the display can be smaller because the user will be standing directly in front of it. Most interactive displays currently on campus are 40 or 46 inches. Larger displays work better for commons areas, where people will view the sign from farther away.

For full details on the display and touch overlay models and price estimates, please see the Display Signage Equipment Standards page.

Choose a Player Computer

The type of content you wish to display and the location will determine the type of player that should be used. For content that is mostly text and images, such as a menu board or simple news/events board, the ultra small form factor player is a good choice. For richer content, like videos or touch interactive layouts, an ultra small, small, or standard form factor player can be used. Where to locate the player in relation to the sign is also a consideration. Free standing kiosks have room inside for an extra durable player. Wall mounted signs may not have room for a player behind the display, and it may need to be located elsewhere.

For more details on the different types of players and when each type should be used, please see the Signage Players section on the Display Signage Equipment Standards page.

Request a Signage Consultation

UITS Academic IT is happy to assist with selecting the best display and player to support your needs. We can coordinate with an approved AV vendor to provide a complete quote, scope of work, and installation of your new sign. We will then provision an account on the signage server and provide training on how to create and update sign content. Please complete the Digital Signage Assessment Form to initiate this process.

Digital Signage Example Links

To get an idea of what current users are doing, you may view previews here

Digital Signage Equipment Standards

Display Monitors

Size

Make

Model

Description

32" NEC V323-2 Commercial-Grade LED Backlit Display ~$680.00
43" Samsung DC43J Full HD LED-LCD Display ~$616.95
55" NEC V552 High-Performance Commercial-Grade LED Backlit Display with Integrated Speakers ~$1,700.00
65" NEC V652 High-Performance Commercial-Grade LED Backlit Display with Integrated Speakers ~$3,400.00

Signage Players

Make

Model

Description

BrightSign XT1144 Expanded I/O Player *Micro SD Card Required Media Formats:
BMP, JPEG, PNG, MP2, MP3, AAC, FLAC, OGG, WAVE, HTML5, MP4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, H.264
Resolution: Up to 4K (2840x2160, 4096x2160, 3840x600)

Prices

The prices listed in the table above are for estimation purposes only and should not be considered as official prices. For more accurate prices for small quantities of displays, please contact Academic IT at ait@uconn.edu for a quote.

Mounting Options

Many different mounting options exist, due to the different sizes of screens, orientations, and mounting surfaces. Academic IT can assist with evaluating the physical space where you are considering to add digital signage and provide recommendations on where and how to mount your display. Academic IT staff can also provide a quote on installation labor for you.

How to edit captions in Kaltura

1. Go to HuskyCT and click on My Media or go to Mediaspace, click on Guest and click My Media to login.

2. Click on the title of the video that you wish to edit captions of to open it.

video selection

3. Select Actions>Caption Requests

action caption request

4. Choose Edit on the caption file listed. Note: Some users have had to click on Refresh List in order to see the caption file properly.

Edit Captions

5. The caption editing portal will then open on a new window/tab. From this tab, you can edit the captions as needed. Once you have made the necessary edits, click the save, then approve to save and apply your changes.

captionediting