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Webcasts

Contact

Office hours: Monday to Friday at 12 noon-3 p.m.

Tel.: +45 93 508 603
E-mail: medialab@stll.au.dk.

Address:
Navitas - Inge Lehmanns Gade 10
Build. 3210, room 03.213
8000 Aarhus C

In the webcast studios, you can simultaneously record yourself and the touch screen on which you can display PowerPoints or do formulas. While doing your presentation, a reference screen shows what is being recorded.

At Media Lab, you can use our webcast studios to produce video-based educational materials.

The studios are designed to make it both simple and efficient for you to record videos of yourself to use in your teaching. You can run PowerPoint, screencasts, whiteboard-based teaching, and software demonstrations during your recordings.

The videos are produced with only a few clicks and they are saved directly to the Science and Technology streaming server. This means that you do not have to wait to check your recordings, and you can immediately see if you need to make a new one. It is a simple and easy production solution.

Application

You can incorporate the videos in your Blackboard course pages to explain issues that students find it difficult to understand, or even make recordings of entire lectures so that students can go over or revise the curriculum whenever and wherever they need to.

You can also have students answer questions related to the videos so that you can provide individual feedback, or you can use the videos to free up time during lectures for discussions, repetition, or immersion.

Technical information

The studios are equipped with a computer from which you can run your slides or other presentation material. Thus, you do not need to bring and spend time connecting your own computer. The computer is connected to a big touchscreen that acts as a digital whiteboard, where you can, among other things, write and draw with the ChalkBox software.

Webcasts are recorded in two tracks – also called Picture-in-Picture. This means that the shot of you in front of the touchscreen and the screen of the computer are being recorded separately. Thus, both tracks can be displayed side by side in the final video, and the viewer can decide how to display the video.

The sound is recorded using a microport kit. A microport kit consists of a lavalier microphone connected to a transmitter and a receiver connected to the camera. It must be turned on and clipped on your clothes before recording.

A small remote control is attached to the computer from which the presentation is running. With it, you can remotely switch between your slides so you are free from the computer.

Lightboard studio

In addition to our studios with touchscreens, we also have a lightboard in our Campus studio.

A lightboard is a glass board where light is projected into the sides of the glass. The light makes everything you write on the glass become extra clear. This allows you to make advanced calculations without losing details. At the same time, you are facing the board, which makes it easier to write – the studio automatically mirrors the recordings so viewers can see what you are writing.

You can record yourself behind the lightboard while at the same time recording the touchscreen. This means that you can run, for example, PowerPoint presentations at the same time as your presentation by the lightboard.

360° presentation of our webcast studio at Navitas (English subtitles available)

Locations and booking

Navitas

3210-03.222

Katrinebjerg

5346-014

Campus

1524-125

You can book a studio through the Outlook calendar by searching for the building and room number. You can also book a studio by contacting Media Lab.

Please be aware that a booking trough Outlook is tentative until Media Lab has accepted it. This is to ensure we are able to unlock the studio when you need it. Bookings are only verified during the opening hours of Media Lab, so remember to book well in advance.

Tips and tricks to improve your webcast

  • Prepare well.
    A five-minute video does not take only five minutes to record. There may be errors and being stressed does not help.
  • Do not make your videos too long.
    A suitable length is about 5-10 minutes. Much longer and many experience that they lose focus and make more mistakes.
  • Check your recordings every time.
    This ensures that nothing is missing. For example, you may forget to turn on the microphone.
  • Wait a bit before you begin.
    Wait 4-5 seconds after you press start before you begin speaking. This ensures that you are not cut out or that the video does not start in the middle of a sentence.
  • Practice before your presentation.
    If you use the drawing function on the touchscreen, you may want to practice this through a few times before filming, or until you seem to have control over the use of it. The tool is not difficult to use, but may require a bit of practice.
  • Look at the camera.
    It may be tempting to look at yourself on reference screen; however, it provides a much better experience for the viewer if you look directly at the camera lens. It may feel strange at first, but you will get used to it quickly.
  • Use colourful clothing.
    The walls in the studio are black and therefore it is a good idea not to wear black clothes when you are filming to avoid blending into the background.
  • Create PowerPoints in 16:9 format.
    In order to avoid black bars on the screen in videos from our Navitas studio, we recommend you run PowerPoints in the 16:9 format instead of a 4:3 format.