Preparing for distance learning: a quick guide to lecture capture cameras for universities

Preparing for distance learning: a quick guide to lecture capture cameras for universities


Enforcement of social distancing is expected to continue well into the Autumn. This is of particular concern for university students who may find student accommodation closed and lectures limited to 30-40% capacity.

So, how can university education continue? The natural answer is online.

Camera Installation

The simplest way for a university to begin creating quality distance learning is to install cameras in existing theatres and to stream lectures live to students.

This is not a new concept. We have worked with many institutions, such as Edge Hill and Huddersfield University, which have installed cameras throughout their teaching facilities. They generate hundreds of hours of learning resources for self-initiated education and pre-exam revision.

Next Generation

Since these cameras were installed, a number of manufacturers have adopted a new technology that makes adding them to a lecture room even easier. They use the NDI IP protocol which means that the cameras:

  • Are powered by over Ethernet by a standard network cable
  • Deliver video over the same single Ethernet cable
  • Can all be controlled and managed over the local network using a simple web interface

Fast Set-Up

Unlike traditional cameras, these models support video over IP can be installed anywhere an Ethernet cable can reach. They don’t need to sit on their dedicated own network either – they can just be added to your existing infrastructure. That makes them quick and cost-effective to install and operate.

Quality

The cameras are broadcast-standard, so the picture quality is great, even when the lighting isn’t ideal. They are also very flexible: for standard theatres, they can be set up to zoom in on the lectern. But they can also be remotely controlled to follow the lecturers as they move around a stage. This can be done automatically if you wish through an intelligent tracking system.

LMS Workflow

The cameras’ output is routed into a capture unit which combines video with the tutor’s laptop presentation and the in-room audio. The combined production is then routed to your LMS (learning management system) to be made available to students via Katura, Panopto or OpenCast. Alternatively, you can go direct to students via YouTube Live and integrate the video into Moodle if you prefer.

Lecture Capture

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Epiphan Video Pearl Mini
Epiphan Video Pearl Mini

Portable all in one video production system

Lumens VC-A50PNDIB
Lumens VC-A50PNDIB

High Definition IP PTZ Video Camera - Black - with NDI

Lumens VC-A50PNDIW
Lumens VC-A50PNDIW

High Definition IP PTZ Video Camera - White - with NDI

Lumens VS-LC200
Lumens VS-LC200

Capture Vision Station

Panasonic AW-HN38HKEJ
Panasonic AW-HN38HKEJ

NDI|HX PTZ camera (HDMI) with 22x zoom - Black

Panasonic AW-HN38HWEJ
Panasonic AW-HN38HWEJ

NDI|HX PTZ camera (HDMI) with 22x zoom - White

Panasonic AW-UN70KEJ
Panasonic AW-UN70KEJ

4K PTZ Camera with NDI (Black)

Panasonic AW-UN70WEJ
Panasonic AW-UN70WEJ

4K PTZ Camera with NDI (White)

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