Case Study – Auto Tracking Camera for Lecture Capture
The College of Education & Communications at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania uses the HuddleCamHD SimplTrack as part of an advanced lecture capture audiovisual system. The University is using Zoom Video Conferencing software to connect their classrooms to the world allowing professors the ability to bring in remote guests and classroom participants. The room has multiple cameras available as video sources in a Zoom call and the main camera is the HuddleCamHD SimplTrack. The SimplTrack automatically follows the professor at the front of the room eliminating the need for a camera operator.
“The Zoom room functions flawlessly, the professor doesn’t have to do anything. All they have to do is fire up the computer, log-in, open up a Zoom session, and choose which camera to use” – Chris Barber, AV System Specialist for the College of Education & Communications at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Engaging Presentations: The Simpltrack makes lecture capture and distance learning more engaging by following the professor at the front of the room.
- Zoom Video Conferencing: Connecting everything to Zoom Video Conferencing makes life easier for IUP. They use cloud-based recording for easy lecture distribution.
- Additional Equipment: Some of the additional equipment used in this room includes PTZOptics Video Conferencing Cameras and Phoenix Audio Spiders (explained in more detail below). Also included in the system is an Inogenie Share 2. This device is able to mix together multiple video signals into a single USB 3.0 connection available as a webcam in Zoom. The professors have a simple touch button system they can use to display picture in picture, side by side and full-screen views of each camera.
“We can control the style the professor wants, whether they want the tracking camera only, whether they want the typical Zoom camera, or the both of them. Pictures side by side, big and small. So, it’s a really flexible system” – Chris Barber, AV System Specialist for the College of Education & Communications at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
One side of the room is equipped with a SimplTrack camera to track the presenter. The other side has a 12X-SDI PTZOptics camera which uses a USB 3.0 capture card to connect to Zoom. This way the professor and the audience are captured for the video conference. Distributed throughout the room are white ceiling mounted Phoenix Audio Spiders. These speakerphones are used as both microphones and speakers in the room. Zoom connects to these audio devices using a USB 2.0 cable.
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The Problem: Acadia University was looking for a way to connect multiple classrooms and campus’s together using Zoom.US. Zoom.US was catching on so quickly with both faculty and staff they Acadia needed to find a way to provide High Quality USB video conferencing equipment between classrooms. Without a budget to install video conferencing equipment in every room. They decided to build (2) Mobile video conferencing carts. One Dual Display and one Single Display video conferencing cart model.
The Solution: Knowing Zoom.US will handle both single and dual display installations Acadia started with a super fast Mac Mini for the brains of the operation or “Soft Codec”. They selected VFI’s MC-1000 video conferencing cart made with stainless steel durable material and features two easy to use handles which enhance mobility. For the camera they chose the HuddleCamHD 10X for Optical Zoom, Presets, and 1080p video quality. The microphone solution chosen was Phoenix Audio Quattro 3. For a complete list of components see below:
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