Quickstart

Quickstart

Introduction

With Presentations 2Go Encoder Pro, you can easily capture internal or external slide sources together with audio and video. The resulting Rich Media publication can be broadcast live to the internet via Presentations 2Go Videoserver or published afterwards at any convenient time. The Encoder Pro can be displayed in different ways; compact, full, simple and advanced. 

Compact / Full mode

In compact mode, the Encoder shows the most essential buttons and previews for making a recording. The interface of the compact mode is almost as simple as a VCR. To configure Presentations 2Go Encoder, click on the arrow in the bottom bar. The application will now switch to Full mode.

Simple / Advanced

In Full mode, the Encoder can display in Simple or Advanced mode. Use the red Simple / Advanced buttons to toggle between these two modes. After first configuration (of the audio and video sources and connection to the Presentations 2Go Videoserver) in Advanced mode, users can switch to simple mode or compact mode.

Simple
The simple mode only shows 3 menus, General, Publish and Schedules. General has the tabs Project Info, Recording Status and Camera Control. You can enter the metadata such as title, description, contributor, etc. on the Project Info tab. The Recording Details tab shows extensive log and CPU information. The Camera Control tab gives you the opportunity to control PTZ (Sony, Canon) cameras using a serial port or IP cameras.

 

 Advanced
The Advanced mode has 5 menus and various tabs to configure the Presentations 2Go Encoder connections.

 

Start recording

Making a recording with Presentations 2Go Encoder is as simple as making a recording with a VCR.

Record

Start a recording by clicking on Record or use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+Alt+F10. While recording, the Stop button will become available. The Record button will change into the Pause button.

Stop

You can stop a recording using the Stop button or the shortcut key combination Ctrl+Alt+F10.

Pause

During a recording, the Record button changes into the Pause button. You can pause a recording and resume at a later time. You can also use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+Alt+F9.

Resume

If you have paused a recording, press Resume continuing recording. You can also use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+Alt+F9.

Capture now

If you want to mark a point in the recording, you can force a new slide using the Capture Now button. This function is also available using the shortcut key combination ctrl+F5.

Check

You can also check your recording settings and make a virtual recording. Press Check to start a virtual recording. You can stop the test recording by clicking the Stop button.

Change sources

You can change your video and slide source during a recording. You don't even need to pause your recording. The selected sources for video and slides are highlighted in blue. To configure your sources, read chapter 4.2. The source tab is not active during a recording. It is not allowed to change device properties while recording.

Calibrate sources

Source resolution needs to be calibrated if they change while the Presentations 2Go application is already started. E.g. when presenter PC is switched. When changing physical sources, like presenter notebooks, you might want to recalibrate the resolution. You can manually calibrate a selected source (blue) by just clicking on it again.

Slide In

While recording you will preview the captures slides. To preview the incoming slide signal instead, simply click on Slide Out to change to Slide In.

No Slide

Automatically a slide is captured from the selected slide source when you start a recording. However, in case you do not want slides (yet) you can check No Slide button above the slides preview.

In case you want to enable slide capturing again while recording you can simply uncheck the No Slide feature.

NOTE: You can only disable “No Slide” during a recording. You must enable “No Slide” before you start recording.

Flip Horizontal / Vertical              

With the flip buttons you can easily adjust the incoming signal while recording.

Note: Flipping the source signal while recording will not initiate a slide capture. Check your settings with Slide In. Force a slide capture with Capture Now.

Enter metadata

The metadata can be entered before, during or after a recording. However, when Published when finished is selected a recording will be published automatically without asking to update the metadata. In case of a live broadcast, the latest metadata is send to the live feed as soon as you confirm your changes with update.

Enlarge preview

To be able to check the quality of the incoming and outgoing signal, you can enlarge an active source. Hover over the preview and click Enlarge. You can enlarge the preview in 2 steps. Click on Enlarge again to get an even larger preview.  The output slide source can only be previewed during a recording.

Publish

There are two methods for publishing a recording to a Presentations 2Go Videoserver.

  1. Publish when finished
  2. Manual publish

Publish when finished
If you want to publish automatically after each recording, check the Publish when finished button in the Project Info tab on the General menu.

Manual publish
To publish manually, open the Publish menu and select Jobs. Click Publish and navigate to your recording.

  • Click on . to review and update the metadata and accessibility settings
  • Check the recordings you want to publish
  • Click Publish Selected Videos to publish

 

During the session the application will remember which recordings have already been published.

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