This page was last updated on 2019-07-29

On this page we will give information about the computer systems that we have found have worked with the on-line teaching system that we use.  For details of how each type of system is used follow the links

Types of system

There are 3 basic types of system:
1. one to one student teaching
2. portable teaching and streaming
3. studio recording, teaching and streaming

We are finding it very difficult to specify a make and model of computer equipment because the manufacturers keep changing the systems.  Some guidance can be seen in the vMix Reference Systems.

1. One to One student teaching

This system will be used by a student when they are having a lesson from an instructor who is at another location.  This connection is very like a video call in Skype, Whatsapp or WeChat.

Camera on tripod
Computer, laptop or tablet with built in or external speakers
Software – Web Browser
Internet connection

The camera can be a web cam or better and must be able to film the complete body while doing the training.  The microphone can be built into the camera.  It will be necessary to have enough space to do the required exercises and the lighting must be good enough to give a clear picture.  The training area must be quiet.

2. Portable Teaching and Streaming

Designed for an instructor who wishes to teach over distance and be able to carry the equipment to different locations.  We are specifying 2 cameras so that there can be some flexibility in the layout of the teaching area and recording.  This system can be used to record lessons, stream lessons onto the internet and be the host for one to one lessons.

Care must be taken that all of the equipment is to the same video standard.  In USA it will be NTSC 60 frames per second while in Europe it will be PAL 50 frames per second.  The equipment we have specified delivers both of these standards.

Camera on tripod – This must have a continuous 1080p HDMI output
(Zoom Q2n-4K or Panasonic GX80)  This will need its own power.
HDMI to USB 3 converter – (Elgato HD60S)
Microphone – it is possible to use the microphones on the cameras but a lapel microphone is better –
(Sennheiser XSW-D Lavalier Set)
Laptop Computer – with Intel i7-8750 processor and NVIDIA GTX1060, at least 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 and video out
Windows 10 64bit operating system, Professional is preferable but Home will work
v Mix HD (for more capability you can use the 4K or Pro versions)

3. Studio recording, Teaching and Streaming


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