Equipment for desktop conferencing

Meeting hosts and presenters should have webcams and headsets to take advantage of all the features available in Adobe Acrobate Connect Pro desktop conferencing. If you have a laptop with a built-in camera and microphone, you will be able to participate in a desktop conference, but a headset is highly recommended for the best experience. Using a built-in microphone can cause feedback that is very distracting. If you need to purchase equipment please review the recommendation information below.

Testing

If you already have a camera and microphone be sure to test them before each conference.

Recommendations

Following are some basic recommendations if you need to purchase equipment. Purchases for equipment that will be used on campus-owned computers need to be coordinated with, and funded by, individual departments.

Webcams:

  • A glass lens will provide exceptionally better video quality, as will auto focus.
  • Look for a webcam that has a microphone built-in to use in place of a headset.
  • Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP3 or Mac OS 10.4.11, 1GB of RAM, Dual Core CPU, unused USB 2.0 port.
  • For easiest setup, look for a camera compatible with UVC, as it will require no extra software or drivers to be installed.

Headsets:

  • Headsets that do not used a foam cover on the microphone give greater clarity. Headsets can be wired or wireless. Look for headsets that have a remote built in, for greatest control of your audio.
  • Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP3 or Mac OS 10.4.11, 256MB of RAM, 1GHz CPU, unused line in & line out ports or unused USB 2.0 port.
  • For easiest setup, look for a headset that uses USB 2.0, as it will require no extra software or drivers to be installed. The signal and clarity will be completely digital.

Ask a Technology Specialist at The Tech Shop for assistance if you have questions about what devices will work best for you.

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