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Class capture instructions

If you are teaching in a general purpose classroom that is equipped with microphones and/or a camera, you may use the classroom's audio and video system to provide instructor audio to those online or to record your class.

Connect via USB cable

When the USB cable is connected, you will have access to the classroom’s audio output and video from the installed camera (if available.)

Step 1: Plug in the red USB cable. Locate the USB cable in the outlet pocket of the instructor station and connect it to your device.

Step 2: Choose your sources. On your laptop, select the correct source for camera, microphone, and speakers. 

Step 3: Adjust settings on touchscreen. On the instructor touchscreen control panel, use the “USB Camera Controls” menu to adjust camera settings. This step may not be needed if signals are working correctly. Additionally, it may not be available in all rooms.


Screenshot of the touchscreen control where you can find the submenu for USB input

Recommended preparation

Before your next class, consider taking the following actions to ensure you are ready:

  • Install software on your computer. Both Zoom (for online meetings) or Kaltura Capture (for recordings) are provided by OIT and both integrate well with Canvas.
  • Connect your computer to the classroom audio and video sources via the red USB 2.0 cable with a rectangular connector. Adapters are available at the bookstore for computers limited to USB-C ports.
  • Test your video workflow in your classroom from start to finish. To confirm technology installed in your classroom, check Room Search.

Find this feature

Any room that has Video conferencing or Webinar equipment (web conferencing) can provide class capture output. Use Room Search to find out more.