How to: Connect the Tegrity recorder to multimedia room consoles

In multimedia rooms or smart rooms where systems such as Crestron are used, Tegrity Recorder can be configured in a way that allows your instructors to continue working with the existing hardware in the manner they are used to, and still be able to record their classes with Tegrity.

Connecting video sources

Instructional Video Sources

Connect all of your instructional video sources to the multimedia room controller as you would normally.

Instructor Video Camera (S-Video or Composite)

If you have a mounted Instructor Video Camera which is connected to your multimedia room controller, split the video signal from that camera using a video signal splitter. Then connect one output to your multimedia room controller, and connect the second output to a video caputer card installed in the Windows PC in the classroom.

USB Instructor Video Camera

If you have a USB Camera you would like to use for capturing instructor video in your Tegrity recordings, connect it to one of the USB posts in your Windows PC.

Connecting the classroom computer to the multimedia room controller

1. Connect the VGA output of the Windows PC to your Multimedia Room Controller, as you would normally.

2. Instead of connecting the VGA output from the Miltimedia room controller directly to the projector, connect it first to a VGA Y-Splitter.

3. From the Y-Splitter, connect one VGA output to the projector.

4. If your multimedia room controller VGA output is always in a resolution of 1023X768, connect the other VGA output to the Epiphan VGA2USB frame grabber.

5. Otherwise connect it to a VGA Scaler which scales any input to a resolution of 1024X768.

6. Connect the VGA Scaler output to the Epiphan VGA2USB frame grabber.

7. Connect the Epiphan VGA2USB to the Windows PC in your classroom.

Connecting Audio Sources

The diagram below details the required and optional audio connections when setting up Tegrity in a multimedia room.

To connect audio for Tegrity in a multimedia room:

1. Connect the instructor microphone to the multimedia room controller as you would normally.

2. Connect all other audio sources to the miltimedia room controller as well.

3. Connect the audio output from the classroom computer to the multimedia room controller.

4. If you are currently using speakers in the miltimedia room to output audio to the students (for example, for the instructor microphone or DVD/VCR) you will need a 1/8″ (3.5mm) Audio Y-Splitter. Connect one audio output to the speakers, and connect the other audio output to your classroom computer.

5. If you are not using speakers in the classroom, connect the audio output from the multimedia room controller directly to the classroom computer.

6. If the audio output from the multimedia room controller is leveled, connect the audio cable to the Line-In jack. Otherwise, connect it to the microphone jack.

Configuring the Tegrity Recorder for multimedia rooms

1. Make sure the Epiphan VGA2USB LR or Epiphan VGA2USB is connected to your computer and that its drivers are installed properly.

2. Log into your Course Management System and navigate to the course you would like to access.

3. Click the Tegrity link or button located in your course page. Select “Start a Recording”

StartRecording

 

4. The Tegrity Recorder window appears.

Recorder

If this is the first time you are recording a class, the Tegrity Recorder icon is added to your system tray.

5. Click “Settings” and the Settings window appears.

Settings

6. From the “Default audio source” drop-down list, circled above, select the required audio source (Microphone or Line-In).

7. Select “Multimedia Room Mode (experts only)”. The Login as Administrator window appears.

recorder settings admin login

8. Enter your Tegrity admin credentials and click “OK”.

9. In the “Video settings” frame, from the drop-down list, select the video source you would like to use as instructor camera.

10. From the “Camera Usage” drop-down list, select “Instructor Camera”.

11. In the “Video settings” frame, from the drop-down list, select the video source you would like to use as the media room camera.

12. From the Camera Usage drop-down list, select “Media Room Camera”.

13. By default, the resolution is the same for all cameras even if you are using a hi-definition camera. If you are using a hi-definition camera, select the correct output resolution from the “Output resolution” drop-down list.

14. To apply these settings, to all users of this computer, select “Upon save, apply to all users of this computer”.

15. Click “Save and Close”.

More on: How to record in Tegrity multimedia room mode, click here.

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