Podium Usage Guidelines
Waking Up the Machine
The podium Mac is generally kept on. If it was not used for an extended period of time, the machine goes to sleep and the screen goes black.
- If the Podium Mac is asleep, simply move the mouse or press a key to wake it up.
- If the iMac is completely powered off, the power button is located on the back of the monitor on the lower left side.
You can sign into any of the computers in the lab by using the guest credentials or your own personal account. If you need or would like a login and a personal account, talk to your TA or to Peter Tripp, department tech manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please be aware of the following differences between guest and personal accounts:
- Anything you save to the desktop or in your user directory will be available only to you.
- This space is your personal workspace on the server so you will have that same workspace no matter which machine you log into in 200B or 200C.
- You may also access your personal directory from outside the lab.
- The guest workspace is refreshed at a certain interval, thereby deleting any data users may store there.
- The guest login is a shared workspace and anything you save to the desktop will be accessible to anyone logged in as a guest.
Inside the Podium
- The front door of the podium provides access to the DVD player and the Receiver. This door usually remains open and the podium computer remains on.
- Opening the back door of the podium provides access to connections to the DVD player, and Receiver should you need to attach additional devices. If this door is locked, ask Peter Tripp or one of the lab TAs to open it for you.
Turn on the projector by pressing the power button on the remote control which is located on top of the podium. The remote also has a laser pointer, so please take care to not accidentally point the laser at your audience.
Projecting from the iMac at the Podium
After turning on the projector, the computer screen should appear automatically, and no further steps are necessary. However, if the screen does not appear:
- Check to make sure the Denon amplifier (located in the podium underneath the iMac) is turned on. If it is not, press the on/standby button at the bottom left of the machine to turn it on.
- If the amplifier is already turned on, check that the input is set to "iMac". This will be indicated in the screen display. If it is not, press the round button labeled "iMac".
If the screen still does not appear:
- Click the icon at the top right corner of screen.
- If there is an option to Turn on Display Mirroring, select it, and the screen should project.
Projecting from a MacBook
- Connect the cable labeled Mini-DP to the DisplayPort on your MacBook.
- On the Denon amp located beneath the iMac, press the button labeled Mini-DP.
If you will be playing audio, you may have to change the sound output device. To do so, follow these steps, or watch the video demonstration below.
- Click the icon found at the top-left corner of the screen.
System Preferences...and click on the Sound control panel.
- Navigate to the Output tab.
- The MacBook will need to reroute audio over HDMI. Select the DENON-AVAMP.
- If you are unable to adjust the volume after selecting HDMI, use the large dial on the amp itself.
Projecting from a non-Mac Laptop
Determine if your laptop has an HDMI or VGA output and follow the steps below accordingly. If you have both, choose HDMI.
- Remove the adaptor from the cord labeled Mini-DP to reveal the male HDMI connector.
- Plug this in to your laptop.
- On the Denon amp, press the input selector button labeled Mini-DP.
- Plug the cord labeled VGA in to your laptop.
- On the Denon amp, press the input selector button labeled VGA.
If the screen hasn't appeared, press +P on your keyboard, and choose Duplicate.
Projecting from Other Devices
In addition the the Podium iMac, the Denon AV receiver allows for several types of devices to interface with the projector. Most commonly these are MacBooks and other laptops. However, any device with HDMI or VGA output can be projected onto the wall screen. Many devices, like iPads and other tablets have adapters that send output over HDMI. If you are planning to use a device that does not have HDMI or VGA output, please bring your own adaptor.
The projectors in 200B/C have a widescreen format with a 16:9 aspect ratio (1920x1080 is an example of this ratio). By default, PowerPoint slides are created with a 4:3 aspect ratio. If you wish to have your presentation fill the screen, without zooming in via the projector, follow these steps:
- In PowerPoint, select File > Page Setup...
- In the Slides sized for drop down menu, select On-screen Show (16:9)
Recording your screen can be easily achieved using Quicktime Player. To launch this program, click the Q icon in the dock, or from Spotlight (⌘ + Space, or click the icon on the top-right corner of the screen) begin typing "Quicktime Player". It should appear before you complete the words. Hit enter or click on the result to run it. The program can also be found in the Applications folder.
- Quicktime Player may launch windowless, meaning it doesn't open a window, but is still running. You can see this if the menu bar says Quicktime Player.
- Once launched, click File on the menubar and select New Screen Recording
- Be sure to select the Built-in Microphone if you wish to use the iMac's internal microphone.
- To begin recording, click the circular record button. Clicking anywhere on the screen will start recording the entire screen. Alternatively, with the mouse, drag a rectangle of the area you want to record.
- Click the stop button the stop recording.
- Save your video by clicking File > Export.
If your class is immediately followed by another that will be using the equipment, you need not complete the shutdown. Otherwise, please remember to:
- Turn off the projector.
- Turn off the Denon receiver.
- Quit all applications on the Podium Mac.
- Remove any discs or USB drives.
- Log out.
- Do not shutdown the Mac.
- Place the remote controls on top of the podium
Mouse or Keyboard Input Lag
If the mouse or your keystrokes seem to be delayed, or stuttered, power-off the Denon amp for a 10-15 seconds and then turn it back on.
If the VGA connection isn't working properly, momentarilly unplug the power source from the Aluratek device located on the shelf beneath the iMac.