Tietjens Hall

Music Classroom Building Technology Information

Music Classroom Technology

To facilitate hybrid and remote teaching during the 2020-21 academic year, the Music Department has installed web-conferencing and video-recording technology in three of its classrooms (MCB 102, MCB 103, and Tietjens 4). Information about this new equipment, as well as operating instructions, can be found below.

New Web-Conferencing Equipment
Basic Operation
Camera and Monitor
Microphones, Conference Audio, and Program Audio
Sharing Video Content


Operating Instructions

Wireless Microphones
Instructors will need to use either a wireless lavalier or wireless handheld microphone with the new equipment. We store these microphones in charging cradles that can be found in the lecterns in MCB 102 and 103 and in a wall-mounted cabinet in Tietjens 4. Please return microphones to the chargers when you finish using them.

You will need cabinet keys to access the microphones. These keys are available through Jessica Flannigan.

Starting a Zoom Call

  1. Log into Zoom or Canvas on the built-in PC.
  2. Start a Zoom meeting.
  3. Power on either the wireless lavalier or wireless handheld microphone.
  4. Ensure the microphones you need are turned on at the control console on top of the podium.
  5. Ensure PTZ Pro 2 is selected as the camera in Zoom.
  6. Ensure Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (core-xxxx) is selected as the microphone and speaker in Zoom.

Starting a Kaltura Recording

  1. Log into Canvas on the built-in PC and start Kaltura Capture.
  2. Power on a wireless microphone.
  3. Ensure the microphones you need are turned on at the control console on top of the podium.
  4. Select Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (core-xxxx) as the Audio source in Kaltura.
  5. Select PTZ Pro 2 as the Camera in Kaltura.
  6. For the Screen in Kaltura, select either:
    •    Generic PNP Monitor… to share content from the built-in PC, or
    •    USB Capture HDMI+ to share content from a laptop, tablet, document camera, or old-format media

Controlling the Built-In Camera
You or your assistant can pan, tilt, and zoom the camera in one of three ways:

  • Using a handheld, infrared remote, of which two are available in each room.
  • Using the Logitech Camera Settings software on the desktop of the built-in PC.
  • Having an assistant log into Zoom and control the camera remotely. The assistant can control the camera in this way from either inside or outside the room. To do this:
  1. Have your assistant install the Far End Control 2013 software on this website. 
  2. Enable Far-End Camera Control on the Zoom accounts of both you and your assistant. Instructions can be found here
  3. During a Zoom meeting, grant your assistant far-end camera control as instructed here

Sharing Program Audio
Any program audio—i.e., audio examples played through the AV system—will automatically play over Zoom, Kaltura, or other web-conferencing or video-recording platforms. In other words, whatever you hear on the wall-mounted speakers will also be heard by remote attendees.

Do not share sound over Zoom when using the classroom equipment. With our setups, this is never necessary and may reduce sound quality.

Sharing Video Content
You have two options for sharing video content over Zoom:

  • Typical PC Screen Share: Share your screen as usual from the Zoom meeting you’re running on the built-in PC. This will enable you to share any video content from this PC.
  • Built-In AV Screen Share: Click Share Screen in Zoom, click Advanced in the popup window, and select Share Content from 2nd Camera. Zoom will then share video from whatever laptop, tablet, document camera, or old-format media is being displayed on the built-in projector. Content from the built-in PC, however, will not be shared over Zoom when this option is used.

Full instructions for sharing screens in Zoom can be found here. 

Video content can be similarly shared in Kaltura by selecting as the Screen either Generic PNP Monitor… or USB Capture HDMI+ as described above.

Note: Due to copyright protections, most DVDs will not be possible to share using these methods. If you need to show DVDs in class, talk to Ben Duane individually.

Microphones for In-Room Amplification
The instructor’s wireless microphones, as well as the auxiliary microphones for student presenters, can be used for not only web-conferencing and recording but also in-room amplification. This amplification can be activated using the microphone buttons on the Extron control console. Pushing a microphone’s button once will activate it for web-conferencing and recording and cause the button to light up white. Pushing the button again will activate it for in-room amplification as well, with the button lighting up red. Pushing it a third time will turn the microphone off entirely. The volume of in-room amplification can also be controlled at the Extron console.