Touch panel control systems user guide

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Not every learning space has all the equipment listed in this guide - see room search for details.

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Main menu

Touch panels control all installed multimedia equipment and lighting in a learning space.

  • Activate the touch panel by touching the touch panel screen.
  • The main menu displays on start up.
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Pressing the appropriate icon on the left hand side of the touch panel (i.e. Computer, DVD, VCR, Document Camera etc) selects the equipment you want to use:

  • Pressing an icon displays controls for that piece of equipment.
  • Pressing Next Sources displays additional equipment controls.
  • To return to the main menu from any other page, press the header bar.
  • Room lighting and microphone controls are accessible from all pages.
  • Pressing the question mark icon in the bottom-right corner of the touch panel displays controls to reset and shutdown the multimedia system in the learning space (see Resetting and shutting down the touch panel for more information), as well as contact details for Learning Space Support, Security, and Infrastructure Services:
  • Contact Learning Space Support for help with the installed multimedia equipment and computers:
    Contact the LSS service desk.
  • Contact Infrastructure Services for help with the physical space - including air conditioning:
    Contact the Infrastructure Services call centre on 834 4600.

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Computers

Turn on the installed Mac, PC or your laptop.

If you are unfamiliar with connecting a laptop to the multimedia system in a learning space, read the laptop user guides.

NOTE: Files copied to the documents folder on the computers' hard drive run more efficiently than files run from devices such as USB memory sticks or CDs.

  • Data on PC formatted media can be read by both Mac and PC.
  • Data on Mac formatted media can only be read by a Mac.

To project a computer:

  1. On the main menu select Computer.
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Main menu
  1. Select the computer - PC, Mac or Laptop - to display on one or both screens.
    You can display multiple devices. For example the PC can display on one screen and a laptop can display on the other.
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Computer menu
  1. Use the Source Volume arrows to adjust computer volume.
    Ensure the computers' volume is not muted.

NOTE: Lights will dim to a preset level; the projector can take up to a minute to warm up before projecting.

Remember to shut down the installed computers before shutting down the teaching spaces' multimedia system.

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Playing a DVD

  1. Locate the DVD player in the equipment rack.
  2. Load your DVD into DVD player.
  3. On the main menu press DVD.
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Main menu
  1. Use these buttons to control the DVD player.
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DVD menu
  1. Use the Source Volume arrows to adjust DVD audio.
  2. Use Cue Disc to preview & cue the DVD on the touch panel screen.
    The DVD will not project while in cue mode, unless you have already started projecting the DVD.
  3. To access the DVD's menu functions, press the Advanced Controls button.

NOTE: Lighting will dim to a preset level; the projector can take up to a minute to warm up before projecting.

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Playing a video tape

  1. Locate the video player in the equipment rack.
  2. Load your video tape into the video player.
  3. On the main menu press VCR.
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Main menu
  1. Use these buttons to control the VCR.
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VCR menu
  1. Use the Source Volume arrows to adjust VCR audio.
  2. Use Cue Tape to preview & cue the VCR on the touch panel screen.
    The VCR will not project while in cue mode, unless you have already started projecting your video.

NOTE: Lighting will dim to a preset level; the projector can take up to a minute to warm up before projecting.

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Document camera

Use document cameras to display text on paper, OHP acetates & 3-D objects.

Read the document camera user guide for instructions on how to use a document camera.

  1. Locate and turn on the document camera.
    The power switch is located in the back right-hand corner of the document camera.
  2. After turning on the document camera, press Document Camera on the main menu.
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Main menu
  1. Select the document camera(s) you want to project and the screen you want to project onto using these controls.
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Document camera menu
  1. Use the Preview function to preview the image on the computer monitor.
    The document camera will not project while in preview mode.

NOTE: Lighting will dim to a preset level; the projector can take up to a minute to warm up before projecting.

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Playing a CD

  1. Locate the CD player in the equipment rack.
  2. Load your CD into the CD player.
  3. On the main menu press Compact Disc.
    You may need to press the next source button in the bottom left-hand corner of the touch panel to access the menu for this device.
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Main menu
  1. Use these buttons to control the CD player.
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CD menu
  1. Use the Source Volume arrows to adjust CD audio.
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CD menu

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Cassette

Cassette decks are only available in a limited number of learning spaces due to their obsolescence. See room search for cassette deck location details.

Playing pre-recorded cassettes

  1. Place your cassette in the cassette player in the equipment rack.
  2. Select the correct playing direction (for example, single or dual sided playback).
  3. On the main menu press Cassette.
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Main menu
  1. Use these buttons to control the cassette deck.
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Cassette menu
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Overhead projector (OHP)

  1. Ensure the OHP is plugged into the power point labelled OHP power.
  2. On the main menu, press OHP.
    You may need to press the Next Source button in the bottom left-hand corner of the touch panel to access the OHP controls.
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  1. Select and turn on the OHP you want to use with these controls.
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OHP menu

NOTE: Lighting will dim to a preset level.

If, after following the above instructions, the OHP does not appear to be working, it may have blown a bulb. Use the globe changing switch located on the front of the OHP to change to the spare globe.

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Auxiliary input

The auxiliary inputs are located at the lectern - both audio and video inputs are available. Use the auxiliary inputs to connect user-supplied equipment (e.g. digital camera) to the learning space's multimedia system.

NOTE: Ensure you have the correct cables and adaptors to connect your device to the auxiliary inputs - it pays to check in the learning space to see what sort of connector or adaptor you require, for example RCA to BNC.

  1. Connect your device and turn it on.
  2. On the main menu press Aux Input.
    You may need to press the Next Source button in the bottom left-hand corner of the touch panel to access the menu for this device.
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Main menu
  1. Use theses buttons to choose which screen to project onto and to route the signal to the projector and/or the amplifier.
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Auxiliary input menu
  1. Use the Source Volume arrows to adjust the level of the device's audio.

NOTE: Lighting will not dim to a preset level - use the light controls on the touch panel to change the lighting in the room.

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Lights

Room lighting controls are accessible from all touch panel pages:

  • via the Room button

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  • via the four lighting preset buttons.

See below for more information about lighting presets.

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Location of lighting controls

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Preset lighting modes

ON: All lights on at full strength.

LEC: Lighting dimmed to approximately 75% of full strength.

AV: Lighting dimmed to approximately 50% of full strength.
Lights enter this mode whenever a projection device is  selected on the touch panel, for example computer, DVD or 35mm slides.

OFF: All lights off.

Overriding lighting automation

Whenever you select a projection device from the touch panel, learning space lighting dims automatically. You can override this lighting automation. To override lighting automation:

  1. On the main menu press Room.
  2. Use these buttons to adjust individual banks of lights in the learning space.
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Room menu

The touch panel "memorises" any adjustment you make to the rooms lighting on this menu. For example, if you are using a projection device (and are, therefore, in the AV light mode) and you want to increase the level of lighting over the audience, press the Down Light up arrow.

When you next enter the AV light mode (entered by selecting a projection device on the touch panel or by pressing AV on the touch panel), learning space lighting will return to the level you previously set.

NOTE: Some touch panels have a lighting automation on/off option on the Room page.

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Microphones

All microphones (lectern, lapel and hand held) in learning spaces with touch panel control systems can be adjusted using a single volume control.

Microphone volume controls are accessible from all touch panel pages via the Room button.

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Location of microphone volume control

Use the two arrows to raise or lower the volume of the microphone. If the microphone starts to feedback, lower the volume.

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Room menu

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Resetting and shutting down the touch panel

To reset or shut down the multimedia system, press the  question mark icon in the bottom-right corner of the touch panel screen.

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Main menu

To reset:

  • Press and hold the Reset button.
    A Resetting!!! message appears on the screen while the system resets. You will return to the main menu when the system has reset.

To shut down:

  1. Press and hold the System Off button.
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Help menu
  1. Press and hold the Shutdown button.
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System shutdown menu