Setting Up a Streaming Kit

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This article guides you through the setting up of the Streaming Kit, for use in the Laban building.

If you find you are missing a piece of the Streaming Kit, follow this link for a breakdown of what should be included. If you still find you are missing a component, please contact avsupport@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

Setting up a Streaming Kit

This setting up process is designed to be followed step-by-step, and ease of use has been paramount to our selection of this equipment.

Power, TV, Webcam and Mixer

Set the TV and webcam in the space, directed towards the area you will be delivering the class. Then, set up the MacBook Pro, mixer and wireless receiver on a flat surface, close to each other, nearby the TV.

Set up the 4-way power reel in reach of the TV, Macbook Pro, mixer and wireless receiver. Make sure you unwind all of the cable from the reel, no matter how close the setup is to the studio wall power point.

Connect the MacBook power charger to one of the MacBook Pro USB-C ports. The MacBook USB-C ports are located on the left-hand side of the case.

MacBook USB-C Ports
MacBook USB-C Ports

Connect the USB/HDMI hub to the spare MacBook Pro USB-C port.

Connect the webcam to the USB/HDMI Hub. Use the USB extender, provided, if up to 6 metres away from the Macbook Pro. Only use the USB Extender, if necessary.

Connect the USB cable between the mixing desk and the MacBook Pro, using one of the empty USB ports on the USB/HDMI Hub. Then connect the mixing desk power cable to the mixing desk.

When using a TV, connect it, via HMDI, to the side HMDI port on the USB/HDMI Hub.

HDMI Side Port
HDMI Side Port

Plug in all power cables to the 4-way power reel. Please DO NOT turn on anything, until you have connected all remaining audio cables.

Internet Connection

Connect the Ethernet cable between the USB-C Hub and the Ethernet computer connection on the back of the studio phone, next to the blue Ethernet cable.

Mixer Connections

We have provided a diagram of the mixing desk, showing colour-coded channel connections, along with tested and recommended channel levels. These colours correspond to the coloured tape found at the end of the audio cables. We have also labelled the mixing desk and wireless receiver audio sockets, with the corresponding coloured tape.

Using the visual guide and coloured tape, connect all the audio cables to the mixer, and set the levels, using the recommended level setting.

The mini jack to jack adapter and RCS to jack adapters will already be inserted into the mixing desk, ready for the appropriate audio cables to be connected.

The opposite ends of the stereo RCA cable plug into the iPod RCA connections on the studio amplifier. This replaces the iPod cable, normally connected to the front of studio amplifiers.

The mini jack plug of the mini jack to RCA cable is for your music playing device (phone etc.). Please set your device volume to high, but not maximum, as setting this too high, may cause damage to the mixing desk, and result in a distorted audio recording.

The guide levels are there to achieve a good balance between the music and your voice, but may need some adjustments. We suggest that you leave Channel 1 as it is, but adjust Channel 3/4 to turn the music up or down.

There are three buttons (PHANTOM, TO PHONES/CTRL RM, and TO MAIN MIX) on the bottom, right-hand side of the mixer, above the ‘MAIN SECTION’ knobs. These should all be in their OUT or OFF positions.

Wireless Microphone Setup

Below, you will see the wireless microphone headset and transmitter. The headset will already have the mini jack to mini XLR plug adapter connected, ready for you to insert into the mini XLR socket in the top of the transmitter. The three pins inside the transmitter’s socket should align with the three holes of the mini XLR plug, and you should not have to apply much force when connecting these.

Wireless Microphone Headset
Wireless Transmitter

 

 

 

 

After finding the most comfortable position to wear the headset, feed the cable through your clothing, but leave enough slack to allow movement throughout your class, without the cable becoming caught or tight. Clip the transmitter to some clothing, wherever it will not interfere with your movement, and connect the headset to the transmitter.

You can now turn on the transmitter and receiver.

Hold down the button on the top of the transmitter to turn it on. The light on top will turn green. Pressing it again will mute the signal, turning the light yellow, but for now, make sure it remains green.

Now turn on the receiver. The power switch is located on the front of the unit.

Each receiver will have its frequency presets set ready for your class. Highlighted below are CHANNEL A set to Preset 1 and CHANNEL B set to Preset 2.

Wireless Receiver Display

These preset numbers should match the numbers labelled on the receiver (on top of the unit, above the channel volume), and on the front of the transmitters.

The receiver channel A and transmitter below are set to Preset 5.

 

 

 

 

A red ‘RF’ light will turn on when there is a successful connection between your transmitter and the receiver.

Set the volume to the levels shown below. DO NOT set these levels to anything other than these. It can damage equipment.

Connect the XLR cable from the mixing desk into ‘BALANCED A’ or ‘BALANCED B’, as seen below. Plug into the socket marked with orange tape.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We provide an alternative to using the wireless microphone system in the ‘If Something Goes Wrong’ section at the end of this guide. This will allow you to use the webcam microphone, instead, and should only be used if the wireless system has been checked, as per the instructions in this guide. The sound quality will not be as clear for attendees when using this alternative.

Powering On

Turn on the mixer; if you have set all the levels as per this guide, you will be receiving a signal from your headset microphone to the mixer, and from your music/sound playing device.

Turn on the amplifier, making sure the volume is at zero and iPod is selected.

With your music playing and/or while speaking into your microphone, slowly increase the amplifier volume until at the required level.  When happy with output levels, at this stage you can mute your mic on the transmitter and stop playback.

Turn on the MacBook Pro, and log into the L&P account.

Username: L&P

Password: laban

Power on the TV and select input using the ‘SOURCE’ button on the remote control. The TV should now mirror the MacBook Pro display.

Zoom Settings

Upon starting a meeting, select ‘HD Pro Webcam C920’ using the up arrow, located on the top right of the ‘Start Video’ OR ‘Stop Video’ button, at the bottom left of the Zoom window.

Select audio settings using the up arrow, located on the top right of the ‘Join Audio’ button, at the bottom left of the Zoom window.

On the Microphone drop-down menu select ‘USB Audio CODEC’.

On the ‘Speaker’ drop-down menu, select ‘PHILIPS FTV (PHILIPS FTV)’.

In Audio settings, click on Advanced, located at the bottom of the screen.

Then make sure ‘Show in-meeting option…’ is ticked.

Lastly, in the top-left of the main Zoom window, make sure ‘Turn on Original Sound’ is displayed. If ‘Turn off Original Sound’, just click on the text to change it to on.

Once all the previous steps are complete, you can test the output of the audio by playing your music from your device, unmuting your mic, and talking into the microphone.

To adjust the input level, use the ‘Input Volume’ slider. Aim for the ‘Input Level’ to reach within the highlighted red square, below.

Updated on 15th October 2020

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