Quick Start Operation of Podium A/V Equipment for a Laptop

Quick Start Operation of Podium A/V Equipment for a
Laptop Computer and the Digital Document Camera
Using the Podium Touch Screen
The AMX controls touch screen is located on the top edge of the classroom podiums on
the right hand side. All control of the classroom a/v equipment is carried out by touching
various buttons and symbols on this screen.
To start, touch the screen anywhere, this then brings up a numerical keypad. This keypad
is used for security access. Simply type in the access code [provided by the University of
Denver Staff] and press enter to start the menu screen.
Once the menu screen is visible various option buttons become available such as VCR,
DVD, Podium PC1 and Podium PC2. These refer to various devices that are already
hooked up in the podium such as a VCR or ports where you can hook up a laptop
computer or other devices.
The majority of the time, the podium equipment is used for showing Microsoft
PowerPoint presentations. We will begin there then move on to using the digital
document cameras built into the podiums. These are high-tech versions of overhead
projectors. Ninety percent of podium equipment usage is for these two items.
Hooking up a laptop computer
When using a laptop computer or the digital document camera you will need to have
access to the two drawers on either side of the podium. The small one on the left hand
side is for storage of various cables and the wireless microphones in each classroom. The
large right had drawer is used for the digital document camera. These drawers are
usually locked and require a round type of key to open. Please contact either *Max
Eckstein or **Wayne Rust if you require one of these keys.
When hooking up a laptop you will need to open the small drawer on the left side top and
remove the 15 pin SubD VGA video cable. This cable has two male ends. One end
plugs into the top female port on the left had side top of the podium. There are two
female input ports stacked one over the other. You will need to use the top port as the
second one is not used and thus does not work. These ports look like this image.
The other end plugs into the female input jack on the back of the laptop computer. These
are usually colored blue. Once you have the cable hooked up you then need to return to
the AMX control touch screen and depress the “Podium PC 1” button. This
automatically activates the ceiling mounted LCD projector and lowers the classroom
viewing screen. The LCD projector takes approximately two minutes to start.
If your laptop is not already started then turn it on now. Once you are booted up and
running in your operating system, you will then need to send the VGA signal to the
projector. With some laptops this happens automatically and the laptop screen image will
be displayed on the projection screen. With others you need to press a keyboard
combination. Below is a list of several manufactures and the keyboard combinations they
require to send the VGA signal out the rear port:
ƒ Dell: Function Key – F8.
ƒ Toshiba: Function Key – F5.
ƒ Compaq or Hewlett Packard: Function Key – F3.
ƒ IBM: Function Key – F3.
[In most cases the function key has a small symbol on it displaying video screens that tell
you that this key is for the VGA signal function.]
If after depressing this key combination you do no see the computer screen being
displayed then you will need to go back to the AMX control panel and press the “podium
PC1” Button again. This tells the projector to look for a VGA signal. In most cases the
computer image should be displayed after repressing this key. Most laptop computer
video drivers have a toggle effect with the VGA signal key combination. This usually is:
1) Laptop screen;
2) Laptop screen and External monitor; or
3) External monitor only.
Pressing the function key combination will toggle you through these three outputs. The
one most people prefer is the second one, Laptop screen and External monitor. This way
you can stand at the podium and view the image on the laptop screen without having to
look over your shoulder at the classroom screen to see what’s being displayed. Granted
there may be circumstances when these instructions do not work. If this is the case you
will need to contact either *Max Eckstein or **Wayne Rust and they will assist you in
the set up of your laptop with the podium AV equipment.
When finished please disconnect the VGA cable and put it back into the small drawer in
the podium. Finally, go back to the AMX controls touch screen and return to the main
menu. You will see a shutdown option button on the bottom of the display. Press this
button, a confirm dialogue will then be displayed, press the yes button. The system will
turn off automatically. The screen retracts and the projector turns off. Please always
turn off the system when finished.
Using the Digital Document Camera
Let’s move on to the second most used member of podium equipment in the classroom,
the digital document camera. These are located in the large right hand drawer on the
podium.
First you will need to open the drawer with a supplied key. Slide the drawer all the way
open. Notice on the unit a long slender rod with a camera on one end. This rod opens in
an upward motion. To open it, you first need to depress the release button located on the
bottom end of the mount for the rod and camera. Pull this button towards you. This
should release the mechanism and the rod and camera will fold upwards. Next you need
to turn the camera so the lens is facing down. Make sure the vents on the camera body
are pointed away from you. (If you can read Samsung on the camera body then it is
rotated correctly). You then need to pull the two upper lights up and out until they are
over the display area. Next, look for a large power button on the left side of the unit.
Press this button to power on the document camera. If you see a green led light come on
next to the power button then the unit is working.
Once it is powered up there is a button labeled lamp. This is used for toggling between
the units upper lamps, the lower lamp which is used for conventional transparencies and
finally no lamps at all. Most instructors use the upper lamps because this is what is
needed to display pages of text, books and images on regular paper. Once you have the
lamp selection set you then need to go back to the AMX control panel and depress the
key “Podium PC2”. This will activate the LCD projector if it is not already on, and then
lower the screen. This will take about 2 minutes if the system is just being turned on.
You should see the display area of the document camera shown on the classroom screen.
The one other option that you should be aware of is the zoom function. Pressing the
zoom in button enlarges the text or image, pressing the zoom out button does the
opposite.
There are many other options available with these high-tech wonders. If you would like
detailed instructions please contact either **Wayne Rust. When you are done using the
document camera, power off the unit by depressing the power button on the left hand
side. Turn the camera so that Samsung is showing on top and the lens is pointed towards
you. Press the release button on the camera rod mount and fold it down until it locks into
the closed position. Fold the upper lights down and in until they are flush with the top.
Gently slide the drawer closed and then lock the drawer with the round key.
Finally, go back to the AMX controls touch screen and return to the main menu. You
will see a shutdown option button on the bottom of the display. Press this button, a
confirm dialogue will then be displayed, press the yes button. The system will turn off
automatically. The screen retracts and the projector turns off. Please always turn off the
system when finished.
Contact Information:
*Contact Information for Max Eckstein from the Continuing Legal Education
(CLE) Team.
Phone: 303-871-6525
E-Mail: meckstein@law.du.edu
**Contact Information for Wayne Rust from Media Services
Phone: 303-871-6270
E-Mail: wrust@law.du.edu
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