Brown Checkout Spaces

Through Brown Checkout, MICA students and faculty are able to gain access to several flexible spaces that provide specialized equipment. The following are available for checkout:

  • A large green screen video and documentation room BR 410
  • A small green screen studio BR 417
  • A two-room audio recording studio BR 414

These spaces are useful for any students and faculty wishing to record presentations, performances, voiceovers, Foley, interviews, podcasts, and anything else that would benefit from a dedicated recording space. Brown 410 is also equipped with a large scale documentation wall for 2D and 3D art documentation.

To reserve a space, go to checkout.mica.edu. You choose the pickup date and time. A reservation can reserve the space for you but expires if you do not checkout the space within an hour of the reservation time. You can retrieve a room swipe card at the time of your checkout at Brown Checkout. Checkout of spaces is limited to 4 hours with options to extend if additional reservations are not pending.

Below are more detailed descriptions of the available spaces, including their setup, equipment and how-to videos:

Brown 410

Brown 410 is a large video recording studio with sloping green screen painted wall flush to the floor that provides sound proofed walls and an adjustable black curtains. The room is also equipped with studio lights designed for green screen shooting. There is also a documentation wall with a white homasote surface for installing 2D art and drop down paper rolls for a backdrop for 3D art.  Lighting kits and tripods are available (as well as DSLR cameras) for checkout for photo and video projects. The room may also serve to support other projects such as Foley audio recording, small performances, presentations, demonstrations, or other exhibit oriented activities.

View these orientation videos to the space:

Brown 410 Video Studio

How to Document your Work

Brown 417

This room is equipped with the One Button Studio, a user-friendly 3-step recording studio that is ideal for people unfamiliar with video technology. Just Insert a USB drive into the dock, press record, record your video presentation and just remove the drive when you are done. The Studio includes a professional HD camera, audio, and lights set up against a green screen or white curtain backdrop. This High-Tech space can be used for, recording lectures, shooting green screen footage, recording interviews, and anything else that calls for a quick and simple video operating system. The studio space is free for use to all MICA faculty, staff and students.

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View this orientation video to the space:

One Button Studio Demo

B414 A and B

Brown 414 A and B make up a professional sound recording booth and are designed to work together for professional sound recording. Room A is the control room that includes soundproofing, a Cardioid microphone, an “on air” light, a Scarlett audio interface, and a computer loaded with Pro Tools software.

Room B is equipped with soundproofing, an “on air” light, a monitor and a cardioid microphone that is connected by patch bay to the computer in Room A.  Both rooms are perfect for simple voiceovers, Foley work, podcasts, or anything else that needs crisp clean audio tracks. The rooms are available to all faculty, staff, and students through the Brown Checkout Center.

View these orientation videos to the space:

MICA Brown 414 Soundbooth

Intro to Pro Tools

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Online Collaboration: An Interview with Ginger Spivey

Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.

Ginger Spivey Interview on Collaboration

VoiceThread and Best Practices

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http://voicethread.com

 

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What is VoiceThread?

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected from anywhere in the world at any time and shared in one place, all with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, interactive, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate through the slides and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file (for VoiceThread Pro users), or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues so they can record comments, too.
(Taken from: http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/Introduction/)

Three Best Practices

  • Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are the best browsers to use with VoiceThread.
  • Download or update Flash.
  • Enable Cookies. This is the easiest way to ensure that VoiceThread can function properly.

There is help if you would like to test run your VoiceThread presentation before using it for a class.

VoiceThread for Art Teaching and Learning

View these example for ideas on how it could be used in your classroom!

American Art: Searching for Values by Constance Vidor
http://voicethread.com/about/library/americanart/

Be sure to view past the first few slides. Here the instructor narrates through pages (and not others) even though students will be viewing and interacting on those same pages. Student comments can be audio, video or text!

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Higher Ed Online Learning from Michelle Pacansky-Brock “Photography from Inception to Digital”
http://voicethread.com/about/library/Higher_Ed_Online_Learning_from_Michelle_PacanskyBrock/

I truly like the collaborative nature of this example that includes lecture as well as guided discussion. All of this happens asynchronously with some comments in text and others in a recorded voice. Imagine whether you could get this level of interaction in a large live lecture.

If you are interested in VoiceThread, limited licenses are available for MICA faculty. For troubleshooting questions and information, please contact the Office of Academic Technology acadtech@mica.edu or visit: http://docs.voicethread.com/category/troubleshooting/

Guide to Adobe Connect at MICA

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Four Best Practices

Use Firefox  as your server. Safari and Chrome work but could cause playback errors.
Firefox can be downloaded for free here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/new/

There is going to a lot of information transferred to and from your computer. If possible, use a wired connection instead of Wifi.

It is also recommended that you use a microphone headset. If you need a headset, one can be borrowed from Pam Stefanuca in the Academic Technology Department.

Pam would also be happy to help test run your Adobe Connect presentation with you at least one week in advance: pstefanuca@mica.edu.


 

Troubleshooting Audio Problems

A common audio issue with Adobe Connect is a sound echo. It happens when the computer speakers play audio and the sound is captured by the microphone on the same computer creating an audio loop or echo. This doesn’t always happen in Connect sessions, but it can sometimes happen. Adobe Connect is designed to cancel any audio echoes in the default setting of Enhanced Audio.

You can find additional information about audio settings here: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/connect/9.0/using/WS5ae85155c1a0214d1172e08122cca5024c-7ffa.html#WS68BFD781-EF18-4782-A8DD-EF5CF7B5C9F9

If you choose to use a microphone headset, you may need to adjust sound settings on your computer speakers in the following way (MAC). Make sure you do this before going into a new Adobe Connect session.

  1. Connect your microphone headset to the computer.
  2. Go to System Preferences> Sound> Output. Here you should see your headset and internal speakers on the list for sound output.
  3. Select the headphone set (it is usually labeled as the brand of your headphones). Your headset earphones are now selected for sound output.
  4. Next, select the “Input” tab and select your microphone headset as your default Input. This will make sure your headset microphone is selected for sound input.


For other audio solutions, refer to:
http://agsci.psu.edu/it/how-to/stop-an-audio-echo-in-adobe-connect
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Troubleshooting-audio-echo-issues-Adobe-718517.S.5841536030020218880
https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/connect/Frequently+Asked+Questions

 

Sharing Documents, Images, and Presentations

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As a host or presenter, you can share the PPT, PPTX, PNG, MP4, F4V, Adobe PDF, SWF, FLV, JPEG, and MP3 file types from the Content library or your computer.

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When you are in a session, click on the “Share my Screen button in the middle of the presentation pod. 

For more information and problem solving, visit these sites:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/connect/9.0/using/WS11d1def534ea1be08a52b610b38bfaa95-7f60.html

https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/connect/Frequently+Asked+Questions

 

If you need more information or training, support is close by: pstefanuca@mica.edu