Maxell Lecture Capture Hardware Adds Classroom Collaboration
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Audiovisual company Maxell has released a new lecture capture system that lets operators upload interactive video content and collaborate with classrooms across remote locations. The MA-XL1 is intended for education settings.
The "Lecture Capture Collaboration Station, as it's called, allows for recording, saving and live streaming of content through simple pushbutton operations. But the unit itself allows for 10 different audio and video input sources, including HDMI, SDI, RGB and LAN ports. It's compatible with PCs, tablets, smartphones, cameras, document cameras and whiteboards. The user can choose any three for simultaneous recording and streaming. In addition, the MA-XL1 supports TCP/IP, RS232C control commands, USB ports for external storage and HID mouse devices, Bluetooth speaker-microphones, mini-pin audio and phoenix audio in/out. The device comes with one terabyte of internal storage capacity.
The remote collaboration feature enables instructors to present from anywhere, as if they're in the same room as the students.
The unit is listed at $6,249, but is available for between $3,550 and $4,200 on discount sites.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.