Video Conferencing Cart (VC 2.0)
At first glance, this Newline Interactive flat panel looks like a TV on a mobile cart, and it can function that way. But there is so much more that this unit can do, including fulfilling the function of a standalone teaching station, or augmenting a standard classroom with video conferencing tools, such as web-camera, microphone, speakers, and interactive surface for white-boarding or annotation.
How to connect
Plug in the power extension cord to a wall power outlet.
Press the Power button (there is one on the front panel, beneath the display, and one on the Newline's wireless remote control.
Start a video conference (meeting or webinar) from the Newline's built-in PC.
To augment the network connection:
Plug network cable into the teaching station's provided network jack, for a more reliable network connection. However, it also works well when connected to WiFi.
To increase the volume and size of the display for a larger group of participants in the room:
Connect the teaching station's HDMI laptop cable to the Newline's HDMI output jack, and select the teaching station's HDMI laptop input source button.
Turn on the teaching station's Projector, and adjust the volume knob to accommodate the volume from the Newline interactive cart. The projection screen will mirror the image that appears on the Newline's display, and the sound from the room's installed speakers will supersede the Newline's internal speakers.
To select the primary visual subject matter of the video conference:
Orient the Newline cart so that the built-in web-camera points toward the primary speakers. If this is a lecture, point the surface of the Newline toward the lecturer. If this is a distance learning class with a remote instructor, point the surface of the Newline toward the students. If it is a combination of instruction and discussion, place the Newline in the corner of the room, so the camera can pick up both the instructor and students. The microphone array can only pick up the voices of people who are in front of the Newline, and visible by its camera.
Current locations of the VC Cart (2.0) are:
Cincinnati Education Center;
Florence Education Center;
Greenwood Education Center;
Indianapolis Education Center 100;
Elder Hall 232 and 351;
Goodman Hall 104;
Noggle Christian Ministries Center 120 & 134;
Wesley Seminary 102
Ott Hall 580-A
Video Conferencing Cart (VC 1.0)
This mobile cart is a resource which can be reserved through the campus room registration system, 25Live, or by contacting Conference Services, or a Site Manager.
The cart contains a Pan/Tilt/Zoom webcam, a number of wireless microphones, and a flat panel preview monitor.
The cart can only be used in a classroom that has the proper infrastructure installed, connecting to the classroom's Desktop PC.
How to Connect
The cart has three (3) cables that must be plugged in to function correctly.
The power cable must be plugged into the nearest wall electric outlet. Note: If you hear beeping, that means the wireless microphone charger is not receiving power. Make sure that power extension cable is plugged in, and that the power distributor's power rocker switch is turned on (located inside the cart).
The Audio Cable must be plugged into the XLR jack.
The Network Cable must be plugged into the RJ-45 jack labeled Video (Important! Do not plug this into any other network jack!).
Next, the desktop PC must be powered on and logged into a user account that has permission to install USB drivers. If you encounter problems with the driver installation that requires an administrator's password, please contact the Support Center.
Log into your video conferencing or video chat application to test and use the video camera and microphones, which will be detected by the computer as a connected webcam.
The following locations are compatible with the Video Conference Carts (version 1):
- Indianapolis North Education Center, all classrooms with Desktop PCs
- Cincinnati Education Center, all classrooms with Desktop PCs