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Video conferencing with the Camera pod

From: Adobe Connect Essential Training

Video: Video conferencing with the Camera pod

What we're looking at is sort of a standard configuration of Connect for our presentation. I've got a large Share Pod with some content in the Share Pod, I have an Attendee List so I can see who's in the room, and a Chat Pod so that people can interact with one another. One of the things that I like about Connect though, is that if you have a web camera connected to it you can actually use it for more of a videoconference solution, than just a presentation solution, and that's what we're going to take a look at here. First off, understand that people who are in the room as participants won't be able to do this.

Video conferencing with the Camera pod

What we're looking at is sort of a standard configuration of Connect for our presentation. I've got a large Share Pod with some content in the Share Pod, I have an Attendee List so I can see who's in the room, and a Chat Pod so that people can interact with one another. One of the things that I like about Connect though, is that if you have a web camera connected to it you can actually use it for more of a videoconference solution, than just a presentation solution, and that's what we're going to take a look at here. First off, understand that people who are in the room as participants won't be able to do this.

So you'll either have to roll over their name and select Enable Video, or, a better strategy is to, under the Meeting menu, select Manage Access & Entry and make sure that Auto-Promote Participants to Presenters is selected, because if you do that, then the very act of them coming into the room will give them access to a camera. So I am going to go ahead and promote Kirk, make him a full blown presenter. Now the next step is to put a Camera Pod in place. So I am simply going to select Pods > Camera and Voice, and there we go.

Now at this point, people should be ready to participate in the process. So what I am going to do is just chat everybody to say, Hey all, start your web camera. And while people are doing that, I'm going to point something out. I'm actually using my Corporate Connect account for this demonstration because the 30-day trial account that I've had you set up if you've actually followed this from front to back, only allows there to be five people in a room, total. So I wanted a few more people than just that. That's why I am using my Corporate Account. There's another artifact that's kind of created by that.

The 30-day trial account may call this the Video Pod, not the Camera and Voice Pod. If yours is a little bit different, that's just an interface thing, don't worry about it, everything should be the same. So I am going to go ahead and start My Web Camera, give myself a few moments to make sure that I'm ready to go, click on Start Sharing. You can see that we get this nice sort of Brady Bunch effect, if you will, where all of the people in the Camera Pods are filling up the pod as much as possible, and that's why if I'm going to do Video Camera Chat, I am actually going to create a layout for myself that really maximizes the Camera Pod, so that everyone's face is big enough to be valuable.

Now, the other aspect of this is, are people hearing me? Well, they're probably not, because we don't have a conference call going and so the other thing that you'll want to do is make sure people understand how to use the microphone. So I am going to go ahead and connect my audio, and Kirk will do the same thing, so that he and I can talk to each other. And there we go, Kirk, can you hear me? Kirk: Yeah Tim. So this is actually a very useful and very viable audio conferencing, videoconferencing solution. At the end of any of my meetings that are more sort of intimate, if you will, or at least with a group of people that I really want to gather some feedback from, it can be very useful to set this up as a layout, and then bring people into the room, and use it so that when you're talking to them, you can actually see the expression on their face. Which is, believe it or not, pretty handy when you're looking for feedback from people.

The only other thing that you might want to do is if, in the middle of the conference, you get a phone call or you need to leave the room or something like that, I am going to hover over my name and just click the Pause button, so that I can pause myself. That just pauses my video camera, so that I can get up and leave or whatever, and no one will really know that I am doing it. The other thing I might want to do is let's say that Tom is becoming distracting somehow. Well, I am going to just make Tom go away, because as the host of the room, I can actually send people out of the room. And the only time I might actually do something like that is if Tom actually got up and left the room and there was nothing but blank there, or he was having a conversation that was off to the side, and he didn't realize that he was on camera.

Well, I might want to do that. And then finally, if for some reason I need to, as the host of the room, I can pause the other people in the room. One of the reasons that I might do that is, if I'm actually having a specific conversation with, say Kirk, I'll leave he and I going, if you will, or I'll leave our cameras active. He and I can have the conversation, everyone else can hear it, but we're not investing bandwidth and everyone else just kind of moving their ahead around and nodding or disagreeing or whatever. So videoconferencing with Connect is actually a very, very simple thing to do.

Activate your webcam, give people access to it. It might take a couple of sessions for people to get truly comfortable with it, but once you do, it's very, very useful, and it's something that I use frequently.

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Adobe Connect Essential Training

59 video lessons · 10626 viewers

Tim Plumer, Jr.
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 14m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Connect?
      1m 34s
    2. The Adobe Connect family of products
      1m 4s
    3. Obtaining a license to use for the training
      2m 44s
    4. A quick start guide to Connect
      9m 36s
  3. 28m 40s
    1. Creating a new meeting
      5m 0s
    2. Inviting people to your meeting
      3m 3s
    3. Creating users on your Connect account
      4m 22s
    4. Setting up audio: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
      7m 30s
    5. Setting up audio: Universal Voice (POTS)
      8m 45s
  4. 33m 6s
    1. Meeting the pods
      3m 44s
    2. Managing the pods
      4m 6s
    3. Creating and managing layouts
      9m 54s
    4. Preparing mode
      3m 35s
    5. Working in the Presenter area
      5m 8s
    6. Creating meeting templates
      4m 11s
    7. Managing meetings
      2m 28s
  5. 33m 29s
    1. Revisiting the Attendees pod
      6m 55s
    2. Setting user roles
      7m 10s
    3. Creating groups of users
      4m 12s
    4. Resetting passwords
      4m 59s
    5. Managing access to a meeting
      5m 33s
    6. Using the Connect Add-in
      4m 40s
  6. 27m 33s
    1. Using the Share pod
      5m 52s
    2. Uploading additional content
      4m 37s
    3. Sharing your screen
      7m 3s
    4. Whiteboarding
      4m 4s
    5. Using Full Screen mode to focus the audience
      5m 57s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Loading PowerPoint files
      7m 24s
    2. Working with PDFs
      4m 12s
    3. Adding JPGs to a meeting room
      3m 42s
    4. Working with Flash video and MP3s
      5m 0s
    5. Loading SWF files (Flash projects)
      3m 54s
    6. Managing content on the server
      8m 13s
    7. Securing a meeting room
      4m 59s
  8. 46m 30s
    1. Customizing your meeting room
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Notes pod
      3m 59s
    3. Allowing your audience to chat
      4m 38s
    4. Polling your audience
      5m 43s
    5. Using a webcam
      4m 43s
    6. Sharing files and web links
      5m 57s
    7. Working with other presenters in Prepare mode
      2m 46s
    8. Working with other presenters in the Q & A pod
      3m 40s
    9. Chatting privately
      2m 55s
    10. Setting preferences
      6m 12s
  9. 17m 3s
    1. Creating a recording
      7m 24s
    2. Editing the recording
      4m 52s
    3. Using the recording
      4m 47s
  10. 20m 46s
    1. Using the meeting as a room
      6m 0s
    2. Managing users as meeting participants
      5m 47s
    3. Video conferencing with the Camera pod
      4m 25s
    4. Controlling someone else's screen
      4m 34s
  11. 12m 34s
    1. Installing the AIR application
      3m 7s
    2. Managing meetings
      5m 23s
    3. Managing recordings
      4m 4s
  12. 3m 35s
    1. Downloading and installing the app
      45s
    2. Attending a meeting
      2m 50s
  13. 48s
    1. Next Steps
      48s

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