AMX CONTROL SYSTEM GUIDELINES

AMX CONTROL SYSTEM GUIDELINES
AMX CONTROL SYSTEM GUIDELINES
Audio Visual Services and Development
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AVSD HELPLINE - 2627
OVERVIEW
Control systems are a way of making audio-visual equipment easier to control. All the equipment controlled from one panel and
no remote controls to worry about. The AMX system is a very powerful and effective RS232 and infra-red controlled touch-screen
system which we have implemented in a number of our teaching rooms.
HOW AN AMX SYSTEM WORKS
An AMX control system can be customised very specifically for a users needs. A code programme combined with a specific
panel design package means that it can be designed and modified for individual rooms. There is usually a touch screen panel at
the lectern/AV cabinet which responds to whatever the user selects. Data projectors and VCR/DVD units can be controlled but
also other devices such as slide projectors can be incorporated with an extra piece of hardware.
THE FUNCTIONS OF OUR AMX PANELS
Our AMX panels generally look like the image to the right. Some differ slightly depending on what
functions are available in the room but they are all pretty consistent in design. Operating instructions
are listed below:-
Often when a lecturer enters the room, the AMX touch screen looks to be switched off. This is not
usually the case. After a period of inactivity the screen goes into ‘sleep’ mode and requires a finger
touch to wake it up. The user should then be presented with some sort of title screen displaying the
message “Please touch the screen”.
After touching the screen, the user should be presented with screen comprising of input sources
along the top and 2/3 buttons at the bottom. They then follow the on-screen instructions and select
the source required:
PC – When the PC button is selected the data projector should automatically switch on (if it isn’t
already on) and start warming up. Light should be visible from the projector lens. In the meantime,
switch on the PC monitor, press CTRL-ALT-DEL on the keyboard and log in to the PC with your ISS
user ID and password. By this time the PC image should be visible on the projection screen.
LAPTOP – When the LAPTOP button is pressed, the data projector should automatically switch on (if it isn’t already on) and
start warming up. Light should be visible from the projector lens. In the meantime connect your laptop with the VGA cable in
situ and switch it on. If your laptop image isn’t immediately visible on the projection screen then refer to the help sheet
“Laptop Guidelines” for more information on how to connect it up and get the image displayed.
VCR – When the VCR button is pressed, the data projector should automatically switch on (if it isn’t
already on) and start warming up. Light should be visible from the projector lens. Load your
videocassette and use the controls on the touch screen to play the tape. There should be the
facility to adjust the sound if needed by using the slider control on the touch screen.
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DVD – When the DVD button is pressed, the data projector should automatically switch on (if it isn’t
already on) and start warming up. Light should be visible from the projector lens. Load your disc and
use the controls on the touch screen to play it. There should be the facility to adjust the sound if
needed by using the slider control on the touch screen.
AUX – Sometimes there is a facility to connect an external piece of equipment to the system. It will connect to our system via a
BNC and/or XLR connector available on a nearby AUX panel. Once the equipment is connected, press the AUX button on the
touch screen and the equipment should show on the projection screen.
35mm SLIDES – When the SLIDES button is the slide projector should automatically switch on and the
user should control the slides by using the controls on the AMX panel. Often if dual slide projection is
available in the lecture room then the user will initially be asked whether they require SINGLE or DUAL
projection before being presented with the appropriate controls.
ADVANCED – Users shouldn’t really touch this button unless they are very confident with the system.
It contains advanced projector controls including manual ON/OFF commands, BLANK and AUTO
IMAGE. If there is a microphone and it is controlled by the AMX system then pressing this section
should also should enable the user to adjust the microphone volume level or mute it completely.
SHUTDOWN – When the session has finished it is VERY important for the system to be shutdown
correctly. By pressing the SHUTDOWN button the user should be presented with an “Are you sure?”
question. By selecting “Yes” this will initiate the shutdown cycle which will switch off the majority of
the equipment. The system will be locked to coincide with the projector cool-down cycle and will be
available for use once again when this is complete.
NOTE: Pressing SHUTDOWN does NOT switch off the PC. Users should LOG OUT from (not shutdown) the PC and switch off
the monitor when finished.
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