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How Colleges Can Get Broadcast-Quality Video with Webcam Systems

Colleges and universities are adopting online video technologies to make remote learning possible, but often those e-learning systems are meant to be used with off-the-shelf webcams. While webcams are easy to use, they don't offer strong video quality. At the recent Streaming Media East conference in New York City, Christopher Miano, senior technology support specialist at Temple University, explained his discovery for getting broadcast-quality video.

"I spent like a year doing research and trying out all these boxes, and finally Vaddio just came out at their last event, it's called the AV Bridge, and it is the only thing that I've found that you can plug HDMI, SDI, XLR, and it literally goes into the computer with a USB and there's no drivers to install and it just works," Miano said.

Getting low-tech professors comfortable with the high-tech world of online video is a challenge for any higher learning institution. Miano explained how he makes faculty confortable with the process.

"Trying to get faculty which might not be so friendly to using technology, and they get very intimidated very fast by trying to do this themselves. So, just let them know that they have the support there to help them do this stuff," Miano said. "I mean, a lot of this stuff is specialty equipment. It's not supposed to be something they can just pick up and learn. It's something that took us a lot of time to learn how to do, and we're trying to make it as easy as we can for the faculty."

For more on using video on campus, watch the full discussion below.


Streaming Deployments in Higher Education

Video in the classroom isn't a new concept, but as streaming media becomes a mainstream staple in the household, it's only natural for the technology to trickle into education. This session will explore how universities are bringing live and VOD streaming into the classroom, including a closer look at how its being deployed, which use cases are showing the best success and best practices that should be followed.

Moderator: Chris Knowlton, VP & Streaming Industry Evangelist, Wowza Media Systems
Speaker: Gary Powell, Technology Analyst, The University of Toledo
Speaker: Andrew Page, Manager, Integrated Audio and Video Engineering, Cornell University
Speaker: Christopher Miano, Sr. Technology Support Specialist, Online & Digital Learning, Temple University
Speaker: Ernest Hernandez, Director, Video Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

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