The Aver U15 document camera is versatile as both a document camera and a webcam with built in mic. Auto Focus LED Camera The camera head has a button with a camera icon on it for taking digital pictures with the Aver U15. Just press the camera button to snap a picture. The LED button will turn on small LED lights that surround the camera lens. This can enhance the visibility of items being shown with the document camera as well as be useful when video conferencing to light the speaking subject. The AF button is the auto focus, to automatically adjust the focus for a clear image. You can record video with the U15 document camera using the onboard application called Sphere. If you do not find the Sphere icon on the desktop go to the Start Button>All Programs>Aver Information Inc.>Sphere. With the Aver U15 connected to a computer via the USB port, open the Sphere application. At the top menu you will see the record button. Press the Record icon to begin recording video of what the document camera is showing. The Record icon will change to Stop Recording when you begin recording. Click the Stop Recording to end your video recording. When you Click to Stop recording, a publishing dialog box will automatically display. Give the video file a Filename, and Title then select one of the publishing platforms for upload. Note that you must have a free account with one of the publishing platforms to complete the process. You cannot just save to a file on your computer. Using the Aver U15 as a webcam for Video Conferencing The Aver U15 can be used for video conferencing in the classroom. The camera head, which normally is facing down, must be rotated backwards and looped to appear upside down. LED Lights Camera Lens The camera lens should be facing the speaking subject(s) and it is a good idea to turn on the LED lights that surround the lens to get the best possible lighting. Now you are ready to open your web conferencing application. Go To Meeting: When entering a meeting the Waiting for Organizer window will display. Select Internet call and then click the test your audio setup link. Select Audio from the left hand navigation. Under the Microphone setup click the dropdown arrow and from the menu select “Desktop Microphone (Avervision). This will use the microphone on the Aver U15 camera head to record what the speaker is saying. Speak a few words and you will see the gauge next to the little microphone icon in the display box move with the speaking voice. Next select Webcam from the left navigation window. Under Select a camera in the dialog box that displays select AVerVision U15. Once you make that selection the camera on the document camera will display what is in front of the camera. If the image is upside down it is because you did not rotate the camera head backwards. Click OK and you are ready to video conference. Skype Video Conferencing: Login to your Skype account. If you do not have a Skype account can create a free account at http://skype.com Select Tools from the menu bar and then select Options… Select Audio Settings from the left navigation and select AverVision for the microphone from the dropdown menu. Select Video Settings from the left navigation in the Options dialog box. From the Select Webcam dropdown menu select the AverVision U15 camera. Once you make that selection the camera on the document camera will display what is in front of the camera. Then click Save.
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