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How to use a Document Camera in a Teaching Space
Article: KB0011232 Published: 21-07-2015 Last modified: 26-04-2018

How to use a Document Camera in a Teaching Space

4 Document cameras
 

Contents

 

How do I display the document camera image on the Projector/LCD screen?

How you turn on the projector, and then the document camera, depends on the type of audio/visual equipment installed in the room.

Touch Panel Controller

  1. Press START button in the middle of the touch screen.

    touch start

  2. Touch the Doc Cam option for the right and/or left projector(s), as required.Wait 30-60 seconds for the document camera to display on the projector screen.

    touch screen

  3. A set of buttons is displayed for controlling some functions of the document camera. This is an alternative to using the buttons on the document camera. They do not work for Canon document cameras.

    doc cam   
  • Zoom in / out from the image
  • Automatically focus the image
  • Turn the document camera lamp on / off
  • Rotate the image.  Keep pressing this button to scroll through the options of rotating the image 180 degress, flip the image, or mirror image.
    (This is a useful option when pointing the camera at the audience or presenter and using as a people camera.)
  • Restore.  Changes back to initial settings prior to buttons being pressed.

 

AMX Keypad Controller

Note: If there is a Kramer PC/audio switcher box in the desk, there is no need to use it.

AMX keypad controller

  1. Press the Projector On button on the AMX keypad. This will start flashing green.
  2. Press the power button on the document camera.
  3. Wait 30-60 seconds for the projector image to display on the screen.
  4. Wait for the On button light on the AMX keypad to stop flashing and remain steady.
  5. Press the Camera button on the AMX keypad.
  6. Wait a few seconds for the document camera image to appear on the screen.

 

Remote Control Unit

  • Point the remote at the projector and press the power button. 
  • Wait 30-60 seconds for the projector image to appear on the screen.
  1. Rooms with a Kramer PC/audio switcher box in the desk:

    Kramer PC/audio switcher box

    • Press input button #3 to display the document camera.
    • Wait for a few seconds for the camera image to appear on the screen.

  2. Rooms with a SMART document camera:

    Smart doc cam buttons

    • Press the power button on the SMART document camera
    • Press the middle of the 3 input buttons (Camera view) on the document camera.
    • Wait for a few seconds for the camera image to appear on the screen

  3. Rooms with a remote control unit, but without a Kramer PC/audio switcher box, or a SMART board:
    • Switch on the power of the document camera to display the image.
    • Wait for a few seconds for the camera image to appear on the screen.
    • Switch off the power of the document camera to revert back to the display of the PC.

How do I display an item?

  1. Place an object under the camera.
  2. Ensure the power is turned on.
  3. Adjust the camera neck and lens to the appropriate position.
  4. Press the AUTO-TUNE (or AUTO FOCUS) button to optimise the image.

    How to display with document camera

 

 

What are the different types of document camera?

There are 3 different brands of document camera in use at Deakin, but all operate in a similar way.

Document Camera Brand Notes
Lumens DC210 redLumens DC192Lumens DC210 document camera (white) Lumens DC210 / DC192 Most common Document Camera.
SMART document camera SMART Used with SMART board.
Canon document camera Canon These are being phased out

 

 

What are the specific controls for each type of document camera?

Lumens DC210 (rectangle base)
How to display with Lumens DC210

 Name / icon

Function Descriptions

 POWER   Power button      

Press and hold for 1 second to turn on/off the document camera

 FOCUS                          

Auto focus (button located on either side of the lens).  Each time the camera head is moved, press the focus button to refocus the lens.

 SOURCE  Source button

Press to view the images stored on the internal memory. 

 LAMP     Lamp button

Turn on/off the lamps

 AUTO TUNE  Auto tune button

Automatically adjust the image to have the best brightness and focusing performance.

 ZOOM +/-
                
Zoom in button  Zoom out button

Zoom in closer/zoom out from the item.
Also used as up/down direction buttons.

 BRT+/-
       increase brightness button  decrease brightness button

Adjust the brightness of the image.

Also used as left/right direction buttons.

  Navigation buttonsEnter button

Move up, down, left or right to select the needed function (incorporated with the zoom and brightness buttons); Enter to activate the selection

 MENU   Menu button

This does not have user functions.
Press again to exit from the menu options.

 ROTATE  Rotate button

Rotate image display by 90°/180°/270°.  (This is a useful option when pointing the camera at the audience or presenter and using as a people camera.)

 PAN   Pan button

Enlarges part of the image.  Use the up/down/right/left direction buttons to pan across the enlarged image.  Press again to return to normal view.

 FREEZE     Freeze button  

The current image will remain on the screen. E.g.  freeze the image for students to view, while presenter removes the item and prepares the next image.  Press again to defreeze. 

 CAPTURE   Capture button

Capture displayed image to internal memory.  View captured images using the Source button.

 RECORD    Record button   

Record motion images to internal memory.  Press again to stop recording.  View recordings using the Source button.

 DELETE    Delete button

Delete files from the internal memory.  This is done while reading the stored files (using Source button).

 


Lumens DC192 (oval base)
Lumens DC192 with presenter

Name / icon

Function Descriptions

 POWER   Power button      

Press and hold for 1 second to turn on/off the document camera
Red light indicates off/standby, blue light indicates on.

 FOCUS                          

Auto focus (button located on either side of the lens).  Each time the camera head is moved, press the focus button to refocus the lens.

 AUTO TUNE    Auto tune button  Automatically adjust the image to have the best brightness and focusing performance.

 ZOOM +/-
                
Zoom in button  Zoom out button

Zoom in closer/zoom out from the item.
Also used as up/down direction buttons.

 CAPTURE   Capture button

Capture displayed image to internal memory.  Also used as left direction button.

 PLAYBACK   Playback button

 View images stored in the internal memory.  Press Menu to come out of playback mode.  Also used as right direction button.

 Navigation buttons; Enter

Move up, down, left or right to select the needed function; Enter to activate the selection

 SOURCE  Source button

Source has no user function. 

 LAMP     Lamp button

Turn on/off the lamp

 MENU   Menu button

 Opens advanced options (see following Advanced options section).  Press again to exit from the menu options.

 FREEZE     Freeze button  

The current image will remain on the screen. E.g.  freeze the image for students to view, while presenter removes the item and prepares the next image.  Press again to defreeze. 

 

Advanced options for DC192 - oval base

  1. Press the MENU button on the camera base.

  2. The menu screen is displayed.

    DC192 document camera advanced options

  3. Use the direction buttons to select a menu item, then press Enter to action.

Auto Tune
Automatically adjust the image to have the best brightness and focusing performance.

Slide Show
Show the photos or videos stored in the internal memory in slide mode.

PAN
Enlarges part of the image.  Use the direction buttons to pan across the enlarged image.  Press again to return to normal view.

Manual Focus
Adjust camera focus manually.

LAMP
Turns lamp on/off.

Rotate
Screen rotation 0°/180°/Flip/Mirror.  (This is a useful option when pointing the camera at the audience or presenter and using as a people camera.)

PIP (Picture In Picture)
Image comparison (to compare live images with stored image files).  Use direction buttons to move PIP.

Settings
This does not have user functions.

Brightness
Adjust image brightness.

Photo/Text
Select the viewing mode for Photo/Text/Grey (B&W).

Mask
Activates a mask over the image.  Press again for mask options (e.g. size, transparency).  Move the mask with the direction buttons.  Select Live option to return to normal mode.

Zoom
Zoom in closer / zoom out from the item.

Mode
Select film, slide or microscope mode.

Spotlight
Activates a spotlight over the image.  Press again for options (e.g. size, shape, transparency).  Move the spotlight with the direction buttons. Select Live option to return to normal mode.

 


Smart Document Camera

SMART document cameras are installed in teaching spaces with a SMART board. They have extra features available when used in conjunction with the SMART Notebook software.

Note: The Echo Small Classroom Capture will include the document camera image in the recording only when the SMART Notebook software is being used.

 Smart document camera - labelledSmart document camera control panel

Name / icon

Function Descriptions

 POWER   SMART power button      

Press and hold for 1 second to turn on the document camera (button will turn from orange to green).

LED Light Switch

Turn on/off the LED light.  Slider switch located on camera head.

 ZOOM +/-  Zoom in button Zoom out button

Zoom in closer/zoom out from the item.  Located on a dial at the end of the camera head.

 AUTO FOCUS         Auto focus button

 Button located inside the zoom dial at the end of the camera head.  Each time the camera head is moved, press the auto focus button to refocus the lens.

 COMPUTER VIEW  Computer view  

The display from the computer is displayed on the projector screen.

 CAMERA VIEW    Smart camera view

The display from the document camera is displayed on the projector screen, and on the computer monitor. 

 SD CARD VIEW    SD card view     

Images saved on an SD card are displayed on the projector screen and on the computer monitor.  (NB.  This cannot be done with a USB drive)
  • Use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the images.
  • Press Enter to display up to 16 thumbnail images.
  • Press Menu to see further options, such as deleting images; Highlight, Mask and Scroll functions; or to run a Slideshow.
  • NB.  The document camera is only designed to display images that it captured itself and may not be able to project images from other sources.

 CAPTURE   Capture button

 Capture displayed image to SD card.  To view captured images use SD Card View.

 BRIGHTNESS +/-  Increase brightness button Decrease brightness button

 Adjust the brightness of the image.

 NAVIGATION / FREEZE     Navigation buttons  

Move up, down, left or right to select the needed function; Enter to activate the selection.

Freeze: Pressing Enter by itself will freeze the current image to remain on the screen. E.g. freeze the image for students to view, while presenter removes the item and prepares the next image.

 MENU   Smart menu button

Menu.  This will give you advanced options– see next section.

 

 

Advanced options for SMART document camera

In Camera View, press the MENU button on the camera base.

Use the navigation buttons to select a menu item, then press Enter to action.

Image Settings  

  • Image Rotation: rotates image 180 degrees
  • Microscope mode: Permits you to display an image from a microscope - position the microscope under the document camera so that the camera lens is aligned with the microscope eyepiece.
  • Colour/B&W: Changes display from colour to B&W, and vice-versa.
  • Positive/Negative: Changes display to be film negative image.

Special Tools                     

  • Highlight:  Activates a highlight centre square on the image.  Move the highlight with the direction buttons.  There are options to adjust the transparency of the surrounding area or adjust the size of the highlighted area.  Press Enter again to return to normal mode.
  • Mask:  Activates an adjustable mask over the image.  Move the mask with the direction buttons.  There is an option to adjust the transparency of the mask.   Press Enter again to return to normal mode.
  • Scroll:  Zooms in on the displayed images and enables you to move the zoomed area with the direction buttons.  There are options for x2, x3 and x4 zoom magnification.  Press Enter again to return to normal mode.
  • Picture in Picture (PIP):  Takes a picture, and then displays that picture in a corner of the screen while you display another picture, move or zoom the camera.  Press Enter again to return to normal mode.

Function Settings

This does not have user functions.


In SD Card View, the MENU option allows you to:

  • delete images from the SD card
  • access to Highlight, Mask and Scroll options
  • run a Slideshow

 

Using the document camera with SMART Notebook Software

Use the SMART Notebook software to create presentations using a combination of the document camera, the computer, and the SMART Board screen. Then save the presentation in a SMART Notebook file.

  1. Put the document camera in Computer View.
  2. Start the SMART Notebook software on the computer.
    1. When SMART Notebook software is started the first time, a tutorial file opens automatically. 
    2. Read the contents of this file to learn more about the software.
    3. When done, select File > New to create a new blank file.
    4. When the software is started subsequent times, a new, blank file opens automatically.
    5. To open the tutorial file again, select Help > Tutorial.

      SMART Notebook file - initial screen

  3. Click on the document camera icon on the toolbar in order to incorporate the document camera item in the SMART Notebook file (and additionally onto the SMART Board screen).
    1. On the SMART Board screen, use the pens to add drawings, lines or handwritten notes.
    2. On the computer, add drawings or notes, geometric shapes, straight lines, text, pictures, tables, widgets and Adobe® Flash® Player compatible files.
    3. These objects can be manipulated and edited.

      draw

  4. SMARTNotebook Files:
    • Within the SMART Notebook software, each .notebook file can contain a series of pages.
    • Save your files in the .notebook format
    • Open later in any Windows®, Mac or Linux® computer running SMART Notebook software.
    • Files can be exported to a variety of formats.

 

SMART Notebook 3D Tools and Mixed Reality Tools

The SMART document camera, 3D Tools and Mixed Reality Tools provide teachers with a way to incorporate 3D content into lessons.

For example:

  • If  teaching a biology lesson, insert a 3D model of a heart into your .notebook file. Rotate and change the size of the 3D model to present the different parts of the heart.
  • If teaching an English lesson, insert a 3D model of a city that is referenced in a novel the class is reading. Enter the 3D scene to navigate streets and interiors of buildings.

 To use this 3D feature you will need,

  • SMART Notebook software                 
  • A mixed reality cube
  • A mixed reality mat

 Mixed reality cube

 

Where can I find more information about SMART software?

 

Canon Document Camera

Canon document camera

 The Canon document camera has simple display functions. There is no remote, no software, and no menu or advanced options.

  1. The document camera is in standby mode, so it will switch on automatically when selected from the touch screen monitor or AMX keypad controller. If not, the power switch is on the left side panel of the unit.
  2. Adjust the position of the camera head and the 2 lamp arms for the item to be displayed.
  3. If the item is not in focus on the projector screen, press the Auto Focus button on the control panel.

Name

Function Descriptions

POWER

A green light indicates the power is on.

LIGHTS

Turn on/off the lights on the 2 lamp arms.

BACK LIGHT

Turn on/off the back lighting for the document under the glass display platter.

INPUT SELECT

Not used.

WHITE BALANCE

This should normally be in AUTO setting.
Press the Auto button to reset the white balance.
Use the MANUAL dial to adjust the colour balance if there is a change in the ambient lighting.

EXPOSURE

This should normally be set to WHITE PAPER
The LOW-HIGH dial can be used to adjust if required.

DETAIL

This should normally be midway between HARD & SOFT.  Turn the dial clockwise to increase the detail; turn the dial anticlockwise to soften the detail.

FOCUS

 

Normally set to AUTO.  If the display is out of focus, press AUTO to reset.
Press the NEAR button to adjust the focus to a closer setting.
Press the FAR button to adjust the focus to a more distant setting.

ZOOM

Use the T (TELE) button to zoom in closer to the item.
Use the W (WIDE) button to zoom out from the item.

ZOOM PRESET

Automatically sets the zoom.

STILL PICTURE

Not used.

 

 

 

 

 


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