Audio and Video

What is the audio feature and how can I use it?

The Audio feature enables you participate in conversations during an Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session using a microphone and speakers (or headset). Audio shares a panel with Video in the Blackboard Collaborate interface. It the following components: You will know someone has their microphone turned on (has activated the Talk button) when the blue Audio activity indicator appears next to their name in the Participants list.   In the example below, Vivian and Lisa have their microphones turned on. In the table below, a checkmark indicates which functions can be performed by Moderators and which can be performed by Participants.  

How do I configure multiple simultaneous talkers?

The Moderator can enable up to 6 simultaneous talkers in a session. Participants should use headsets with microphones or an echo-cancelling audio device to avoid unwanted echoing of the audio during the session. 1) Click Tools > Audio > Maximum Simultaneous Talkers or select it from the Audio & Video Options menu. 2) Set the slider to the desired number. 3) Click OK

How do I choose my audio output device within my Blackboard Collaborate session?

The first time you use Blackboard Collaborate it will use the audio output device that is the system default at the time your session is launched.  If you are on a Windows or Linux system, you can select a different device through the Audio Setup Wizard or the Speaker Settings Preferences dialog. If you are on Mac OS X, you can select a different device by changing the system default. To change the output device, do so in one of two ways: Windows and Linux through Speaker Settings  (Tools > Audio > Speaker Settings…); or using the Audio Setup Wizard. Mac Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing uses the system’s current speaker device. To select a different device, change the system default under System Preferences, Sound panel, Output tab.  Blackboard Collaborate will use that newly selected device the next time you join a session. You can change your device while Blackboard Collaborate is running. To change your output device, do the following: From the Tools menu , select Audio > Speaker Settings… Speaker Settings dialog box appears. From the list, select the audio output line you would like to use. Click on Apply Click on OK to save your change and close the dialog box.

How do I use multiple simultaneous cameras?

The Moderator can configure the session for up to 6 simultaneous cameras by selecting “Maximum Simultaneous Cameras”… from the Audio & Video Options menu. The Moderator has two options for controlling the image that will be displayed in the top larger portion of the window.  They are selected from the Audio & Video Options menu. Make Video Follow Moderator Focus – the Moderator can click on any video image and move it to the main window Make Video Follow Speaker – the image in the main window will be that of the person speaking For best audio, use a headset.

How do I turn on and off my microphone?

Click the Talk button to turn on the microphone. A microphone icon will appear in the Participants panel, the Talk button will display with a visual indicator and the microphone level slider will move up and down as the volume of your speech changes. Click the button again to turn off the microphone. 

How do I run the audio setup wizard on my PC?

The Audio Setup Wizard is accessible from the Audio menu which is located in the Audio & Video panel. 1) Open the Audio Setup Wizard by clicking the Audio & Video menu and clicking Audio Setup Wizard. 2) From the Select Audio Output Device dialog, choose the device that will play the session audio e.g. speakers. 3) Click OK 4) Click the Play button and adjust the volume slider so that you can clearly hear the pre-recorded message.  Click Stop and then Yes to confirm you were able to hear the audio.  If you were not able to hear the audio, click No and repeat the previous step. 5) Select the device you will use to send your audio during the session e.g. microphone. 6) Click OK 7) Click Record and speak into the microphone using your normal speaking voice. Adjust the microphone slide bar so that it displays green bars with an occasional yellow bar. Red indicates that your audio is too loud or you microphone is too close to your mouth. 8) Click Play and confirm you can hear your recorded voice. You are now ready to participate in the audio portion of the session.  

How do I use live video?

1) Click the Video button to begin transmitting live video. Alternatively, click the Preview button first  then when you are satisfied with the preview image, click Video. 2) To Resize or Expand the video window, select Detach Panel from the Audio & Video Options menu. 3) The window is now free floating.  It can be moved anywhere on the screen or even to a second monitor.  It can also be resized by grabbing the top, bottom or any corner and dragging. 4) To stop the video transmission, click the Video button.