Connect a Document Camera to a Zoom Meeting


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Faculty teaching in university classrooms are encouraged to use the document camera in lieu of whiteboards in order to make the content they are sharing more accessible to students. This is particularly true in circumstances where students are participating in a course in-person and remotely via Zoom (or WebEx).

Sharing the contents of a traditional whiteboard by focusing an in-room camera on the board is visually challenging, particularly for remote students.  Methods for connecting to the document camera vary depending upon the capability of the classroom or an instructor’s desire to use a personal laptop.

Below are several options for connecting to the document camera.

Use the shared video button on the room touch panel

  1. Launch a Zoom meeting on the Room PC.
  2. Send the Document Camera to the Shared Video.
    • On the touch panel, select the Change Video Source option. 
    • Select the Doc Camera or Doc Cam 1 button, then touch the Shared Video button. 
    • The participants in your Zoom meeting should now see the stream from the Document Camera.
  3. Enable audio from the Room PC.
    • The room audio is always connected to the last source that has been selected. 
    • Touch the Change Video Source button, then select the PC or Room PC button. 
    • Touch the Projector button. This will enable the audio from the Room PC.
  4. Reverse the video from the document camera.
    • If the video from the document camera is reversed and the text is not legible, you will need to adjust the settings in Zoom. 
    • Click on the ^ caret on the Video button in the Zoom task bar and click Video Settings.
    • Uncheck the Mirror my video box, then close the Video Settings window.

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Use the document camera as the primary camera when shared video button is unavailable

  1. Launch a Zoom meeting on the Room PC.
  2. Select the Document Camera as a video source within Zoom.
    • Click on the ^ caret on the Video button in the Zoom meeting task bar.
    • Under Select a Camera, click Lumens Document Camera.
    • Reverse the video from the document camera.
  3. If the video from the Document Camera is reversed and the text is not legible, you will need to adjust the settings in zoom. 
  4. Click on the ^ caret on the Video button in the Zoom meeting task bar and click on Video Settings.
  5. Uncheck the Mirror my video box and close the Video Settings window.

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Share the document camera when no shared video button is available

  1. Launch a Zoom meeting on the Room PC.
  2. Select the web camera within Zoom:
    • Click on the ^ caret on the Video button in the Zoom meeting task bar, then, under Select a Camera, click on Web Camera or Mini USB
    • This should enable the web camera as the primary camera for your Zoom meeting.
  3. Add the Document Camera as a shared source.
    • Click on the Share Screen button in the Zoom meeting task bar, then click on the Advanced tab at the top of the window.
    • Click on Content from 2nd Camera option, then click on the Share button on the Zoom meeting task bar. 
    • The Document Camera should now appear as your shared source for Zoom participants.
  4. Reverse the video from the Document Camera.
    • If the video from the Document Camera is reversed and the text is not legible, you will need to adjust the settings in Zoom. 
    • Click on the ^ caret on the Video button in the Zoom meeting task bar, then click on Video Settings. Uncheck the Mirror my video box, then close the Video Settings window.

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Use the document camera with a personal laptop

  1. Launch a Zoom meeting from the Room PC.
  2. Follow instructions from one of the previous sections related to the Share Video button option that applies and the touch panel in your classroom.
  3. Enable sharing within Zoom.
    • Within the Zoom meeting on the Room PC, click on the ^ caret on the Share Screen button in the Zoom meeting task bar and click Multiple Participants can Share Simultaneously.
  4. On your laptop join the Zoom meeting as a participant.
  5. On your laptop click the Share Screen button to share the content from your laptop.

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