Challenge

There is a quickly emerging necessity in educational institutions for instruction to be provided to students off-campus and at home. The desire is to replicate the in-person teaching experience as much as possible. The challenge is even more acute if the instructor needs to work from home.

A key for any system solution would be to capture the instructor next to the screen, as in a normal class session. The system also should be adaptable to a range of functional requirements.

Solution

Atlona offers the OME-MS42-KIT and HDVS-CAM camera. This combination provides essential AV and USB device interfacing for the camera, a display, and the instructor’s laptop running Zoom or other video conferencing platform, plus USB extension to place the camera sufficiently away from the instructor.

If acquired for the instructor’s home, the system can later be installed permanently in a classroom with a document camera, audio system, and a PC or appliance for lecture capture.

Challenge

There is a quickly emerging necessity in educational institutions for instruction to be provided to students off-campus and at home. The desire is to replicate the in-person teaching experience as much as possible. The challenge is even more acute if the instructor needs to work from home.

A key for any system solution would be to capture the instructor next to the screen, as in a normal class session. The system also should be adaptable to a range of functional requirements.

Solution

Atlona offers the OME-MS42-KIT and HDVS-CAM camera. This combination provides essential AV and USB device interfacing for the camera, a display, and the instructor’s laptop running Zoom or other video conferencing platform, plus USB extension to place the camera sufficiently away from the instructor.

If acquired for the instructor’s home, the system can later be installed permanently in a classroom with a document camera, audio system, and a PC or appliance for lecture capture.

Application Design

Distance learning delivered from instructor’s home office

The OME-MS42-KIT serves as the basis for a temporary home office installation, allowing the instructor to connect into a television along with the HDVS-CAM and laptop. A standard Category network cable links the switcher and receiver, allowing the camera to be situated at a sufficient distance to properly capture the instructor and screen when delivering a class lecture.

Distance learning delivered from classroom

In a classroom, the OME-MS42 switcher is installed at the instructor’s desk or lectern, while the receiver is placed at the projector. Compared to a conventional webcam, the HDVS-CAM delivers professional-quality video and includes motorized pan, tilt, and zoom controls that can be precisely set for proper framing of the instructor.

The OME-MS42-KIT and HDVS-CAM make this classroom system fully ready for distance learning instruction whenever necessary.

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Products Featured

AT-OME-MS42

The Atlona AT-OME-MS42 is a 4×2 matrix switcher with HDMI, USB-C, and DisplayPort inputs. It also features USB interfacing for distance learning applications with Zoom or Microsoft® Teams®. The OME-MS42 is designed for effortless, automated system operation without the need to press buttons or work with a remote control.

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AT-OME-EX-RX

The Atlona AT-OME-EX-RX receives video and USB from the OME-MS42 over HDBaseT. All that’s required is a standard network cable to link between the two devices. The OME-EX-RX can conveniently be powered by the matrix switcher over this connection.

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AT-OME-MS42-KIT

The Atlona AT-OME-MS42-KIT bundles together the AT-OME-MS42 matrix switcher and AT-OME-EX-RX receiver.

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AT-HDVS-CAM

The Atlona AT-HDVS-CAM is a PTZ camera designed to deliver professional-quality HD imaging for distance learning and capturing instructional sessions. The HDVS-CAM includes controls for pan, tilt, and zoom using the handheld remote control, or within Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other online video platform.

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Equipment List

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