Following is a brief writeup on the hardware we recommend for your smart classroom or mobile recording setup.
Recommended VGA Capture Device
Epiphan VGA2USB converter (for screen capture), connects by VGA cable to presenter's
laptop or VGA splitter, and by USB to your recording laptop. Powered by USB (no external power required),
VGA cable sold separately in 10m lengths.
Indicative Price: US$ 300
Epiphan VGA2USB LR (shown in photo) is a higher quality professional converter for full motion graphics.
An external DC adapter is supplied.
Indicative Price: US$ 800
Recommended Audio & Video Capture Device
Hauppauge USB Live-2 (for audio and video capture), connects by RCA or S-Video cable to camera, and by
USB 2.0 to your recording laptop. Also captures stereo audio. Breakout cable with 3x RCA connectors and 1x S-video
connector included with the device. Powered by USB, no external adapter required. Works with Microsoft
Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Vista or XP (service pack 2).
Indicative Price: US$ 80
Recommended Audio Mixer
Applied Research & Technologies USB Dual Pre is a complete, portable hardware interface for computer-based
digital recording with two-channel mic mixer (for audio monitoring and mixing recording). Connects by USB 1.1
or 2.0 to your recording laptop. Powered by USB, no external adapter required. It will work with the USB audio
device drivers built into Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7 (32-bit or 64-bit) and Apple OS9.1/OSX computers
with native USB support. No special drivers are needed.
Indicative Price: US$ 150
Recommended VGA Splitter
Kramer Tools VP-300N is a high performance HDTV compatible distribution amplifier for computer graphics
video signals with resolutions ranging from VGA through UXGA and higher. It takes one 15-pin D-connector
input, provides correct buffering and isolation, and distributes the signal to three identical outputs.
A 12V adapter is supplied.
Indicative Price: US$ 100
Recommended Audio Over IP Transceiver
Barix Instreamer 100 converts audio from any analog or digital device
into high-quality MP3 streams. The audio is encoded in real-time, and
the generated audio stream can be distributed, via an IP-based network
or the Internet, to one or more receivers or Shoutcast/Icecast-servers.
Indicative Price: US$ 400
Recommended Coaxial Cable
Canare 75 ohm precision digital video cable is a high performance low-loss cable that is
lighter weight and more reliable that comparably priced traditional coax. Designed for digital video
applications including HDTV transmission.
Indicative Price: US$ 25 per 10m cable with crimped male BNC (RG59) connectors each end