The touch panel audiovisual (AV) system is installed in certain meeting rooms, lecture theatres and learning spaces.

You can use the system to control the display screens, speakers, lights and blinds in these rooms, and for videoconferencing.

If the touch panel AV system is installed in a room, there will be an AMX touch panel on the meeting table or lectern. The touch panel will look like the one shown here.

AMX touch panel

1. Turning the system on and off

To turn the AV system on, push 'POWER ON' on the touch panel. It may take up to 40 seconds for the system to warm up.

If the touch panel display is blank or showing 'PRESS SCREEN TO ACTIVATE', you'll need to touch the screen to activate the touch panel before you can turn the system on.

To turn the system off, push 'POWER OFF' on the touch panel. In central lecture theatres you can also push the red 'Exit' button near the entrance to turn off the AV system and all lights in the room.

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2. Using the desktop PC in the room

Most lecture theatres have a desktop PC for making presentations. Make sure the PC is turned on.

You can log in to this computer using your usual UQ username and password, or with:

  • username: lecture
  • password: lecture
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3. Connecting your own device

Most rooms with AV display screens have HDMI and VGA cables you can use to connect your own device to the display screen. If your device doesn't have an available HDMI or VGA port, you'll need to use an appropriate display adapter. ITS doesn't provide adapters.

To connect your device:

  1. Securely connect the HDMI or VGA cable to your device. If you're using a VGA cable, make sure you also connect the 3.5mm audio cable to your device. VGA and HDMI cables
  2. Make sure you have the correct display settings selected on your device to duplicate (mirror) or extend your device's display onto the room screen.
  3. Select 'Laptop HDMI' or 'Laptop VGA' as the source input on the touch panel as relevant.

Checking your device's display settings

To make sure that your device display shows on the screen in the room, you need to select the correct display settings.

On devices using Windows, press the Windows key + P and then set the display mode to either 'Duplicate' or 'Extend'.

On Apple devices, press Command ⌘ + F1 to enable Mirror Displays.

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4. Controlling what displays on the screen

When you turn on the AV system, source input options will display on the touch panel. These allow you to choose from computers, cameras and other devices that are connected to the system. The display from the selected device will show on the screen.

Select an option to turn on the room’s projector or display screen and show the selected input. The projector may take up to 40 seconds to warm up.

image of available options on an AV system screen

No image

If you want to change display materials or perform private tasks without needing to disconnect your device, you can blank or mute the room display. Select 'No image' from the input options.

Preview

There is a preview monitor on lecterns. By default, this shows the same display as the main display.

To change what displays on the preview monitor:

  1. Touch 'Preview' on the touch panel.
  2. Select 'Manual Preview'.

Document camera

Most central teaching spaces on campus have document cameras. You can use the touch panel to control functions like zoom and focus for these cameras. These controls will appear on the touch panel after you select a 'Doc Cam' as the input.

Multiple display screens

If the room has multiple displays, you may see two sets of input options displayed on the touch panel.

Select one option from each set to turn on the corresponding display and show the selected input.

image of AV system screen with available options highlighted

In some rooms you can choose between 'Single' and 'Dual' display mode. In single display mode, all screens in the room will show the same display. In dual display mode you can show a different display on each screen.

To change the current display mode:

  • Select 'SINGLE MODE' or 'DUAL MODE' on the touch panel.
  • Tap 'Yes' to confirm.

The system will then restart using the selected display mode.

image of 'Single mode' and 'Dual mode' displaying

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5. Videoconferencing

To use the system for videoconferencing, first familiarise yourself with the instructions in this guide for setting up the room and connecting your device, and then follow the videoconferencing user guide.

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6. Joining displays across rooms

You can join AV systems across some adjacent rooms, allowing you to show the display from one room across both rooms. This is commonly available in rooms that are separated by operable walls or that contain multiple collaborative learning spaces.

You need to designate:

  • one room as the master room
  • the other room as the slave room.

You'll use the AV system in the master room to control the display in both rooms.

Joining room displays

  1. Make sure the AV system in the slave room is turned off.
  2. Turn on the AV system in the master room.
  3. In the master room, press 'Join Room' at the bottom left of the touch panel. You will only have this option if the AV system in the slave room is turned off.
  4. Select 'Yes' to confirm that you want to join the rooms. The AV system in the slave room will then automatically turn on in slave mode.
  5. Select a source input from the touch panel in the master room to have that input displayed across both rooms. The touch panel in the slave room will display 'ROOM JOINED SYSTEM IN SLAVE MODE'.

Separating room displays

  1. In the master room, touch 'Separate Room' on the touch panel.
  2. Select 'Yes' to confirm.
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7. Audio and microphone controls

On the desktop PC or your device you need to have the:

  • volume turned up and not muted
  • the correct audio playback option selected.

Selecting audio playback options

To make sure that sound plays through the speakers in the room, you need to make sure you select the correct audio playback option.

On devices using Windows:

  1. Right-click on Volume  in the taskbar at the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Select 'Playback devices'.
  3. Select the correct playback device and click 'Set Default'.

On Apple devices:

  1. Hold down the Option key and click on Volume  in the menu bar at the top right of your screen.
  2. Select the correct device.

Volume controls

Volume controls will appear on the touch panel after you select an input. Slide the volume control up and down to increase or decrease the volume. You can also mute and unmute each volume control using the 'Mute' button under it.

You can access additional volume controls by selecting 'Volume' on the touch panel.

You may also have these volume controls:

  • 'Program Audio': this control will become available when you select an input device with sound capabilities, such as a desktop PC or laptop
  • 'Lectern Mic': this control is available on all systems with a lectern microphone fitted
  • 'Radio Mic': this control is available on all systems with a radio microphone receiver fitted. Make sure you change the frequency of your lapel microphone transmitter unit to match the frequency shown on the control.
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8. Lighting controls

In many central lecture theatres and teaching spaces on campus you can access lighting controls by selecting 'Lights' on the touch panel. The available lighting control options will vary between systems, depending on the design of the teaching space.

Room lighting will change automatically when the AV system is turned on and off, and when you make an input selection. You can disable this by touching 'Lights' and then selecting 'Manual Lighting'.

Most central lecture theatres have illuminated lighting controls near the entrance:

  • the green 'Entry' button turns on the room lighting
  • the red 'Exit' button turns off all lights and the AV system.
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9. Screen and blind controls

The AV system controls motorised projection screens and blinds. They'll automatically extend when you select a source input and retract when you turn the system off.a

You can control the screens and blinds manually by selecting 'Screens' or 'Blinds' on the touch panel.

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