Record Presentations From Macintosh or Linux Machines

The Institute for Software Research (ISR) in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) is a center for education and research in software engineering and computation. The Insititute’s research areas in software engineering include software analysis, software architecture specification, and aspects of cybersecurity.

The team responsible for videography at the Institute for Software Research in Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science usually records presentations, small meetings, and lectures with the help of Panopto CourseCast. This software is broadly used for capturing multiple video data and its automatical streaming over the web. The remote audience can access the content as it becomes available in popular and easy-to-consume formats. CourseCast recorder installed on PC saves the lectures and other materials uploading them on the website. The target audience can watch the previously recorded content using NetID and password.

The Institute’s team that used this software to capture video stream from PC suddenly came across the following issue. Thomas Pope of the institute says, “Most of the time we were able to use the recorder itself on a presenter’s computer, on conditions that it was a Windows machine. However we deal with different tasks. Sometimes the educational content that is created must include some videos and images from computers running under Linux or Mac. That is why we were looking for a way to capture screens from these machines just like from a PC.”

The Panopto experts helped Pope to solve this problem. The Institute team was recommended to use the VGA2USB LR frame grabber. “Frame grabber has been used successfully with Panopto software.” Pope recalls. “We decided to take advantage of this product since Panopto software was compatible with frame grabbers. Now we are able to capture and broadcast lectures, presentations, and other instructional content using video streams either from PC, Mac or Linux machines. VGA2USB LR’s capability to be incorporated into the existing environment empowers us to capture data from multiple video sources while preparing diverse education materials”.

VGA to USB is an external video capture device allowing a user to capture video with resolution up to 1280×1024. Since it transfers video in original quality with high resolution from any equipment with VGA connectors, educational centers and other organizations can use it for capturing data. Recording meetings and other events, delivering presentations over the web, creating online educational programs – you can benefit from a high-performance frame-grabber in multiple ways.