This guide will tell you all you need to know to create a recording using a 'Discovery Kit 8, we recommend that new users follow this guide for their first recording.
What is a Discovery Kit?
The IRIS Connect Discovery Kit is a portable recording kit that allows you to capture footage from two different angles and have the videos merged together into one Reflection.
The kit includes:
- a blue (primary) iPad to capture audio and video, housed in a tripod
- a Bluetooth microphone with a lanyard (blue)
- a green (secondary) iPad to capture audio and video, also housed in a tripod
- a Bluetooth microphone with stand (green)
- a USB charging hub and cables (4x)
- an earpiece for Go-Live coaching (additional purchase required for the feature)
- 2 x velcro strap to secure the tripod when extended
- a case to store and carry the kit within.
Not sure which hardware you have? Click here to identify your hardware.
Prepare the equipment
WARNING! Make sure that all devices are fully charged before you attempt to start a recording. You may get a low power icon flash up on the screen or the Bluetooth microphones will flash red, if this happens charge the devices with the supplied power cables. <
A. Prepare the iPads
Remove the tripods (and iPads that should be attached) from the carry bag. The iPads do not need to be removed from the tripods or device holders, but if they have become detached you can reattach them by pulling the end of the holder to extend it. To turn on the iPad, hold down the power button located on the top of the device.
B. Open the app
On each device you are using, open the IRIS Connect Record app.
It should be located on the home screen, but use the search function if you cannot locate it. Once you find the app icon (as displayed), simply tap it to load the app.
NOTE: Sofware Update
If you are prompted for an update at this step, please follow the on-screen instructions to install the app update. Ignoring an update may affect our ability to process your reflection.
Can't find the app? If the device appears not to have the app, it can be downloaded from the app store.
C. Bluetooth Microphones
A. Create a New Reflection
When all devices are connected together, on the primary device (Blue), tap on 'new reflection'
If this is your first time using the kit you will need to add your account, tap on 'Add User' (found in the top right corner).
An internet connection is required for this step.
Once you have verified the account, the login will be saved to the device for easier login access. (Account is still secured with the password required)
B. Positioning the equipment
Once you have logged into the primary device you should see two camera feeds on both iPads, Consider where you place the equipment to capture the best possible footage of your lesson, Note that the Blue Bluetooth microphone is intended to be located on the teacher using the provided lanyard whilst the secondary Bluetooth microphone (Green) is designed to pick up sound from around the room. The iPads capturing the video footage will also pick up audio recording too.
Once you have positioned your discovery kit in the correct position, you are ready to record. simply tap 'Start' on either the Blue or Green iPad. The two devices will then sync and after a couple of seconds will begin recording. If this is the first time the equipment has been used, the screen will fade to black. This is to stop distraction to the students but also the teacher, you can change this by tapping the settings cog and turning the screen fade off.
Once you have completed the recording, tap the stop button. you will then be asked two options
'Delete and record new' or 'Save and upload' (if you do tap delete by accident, you will be prompted whether or not you want to delete the reflection) Once deleted off the iPad IRIS Connect has no way of saving the recoding
Once your reflection has been recorded and uploaded, the video gets deleted off the device and saved onto the IRIS Connect Servers. You can view your reflection in two different ways, either on the 'Online Platform' or the 'IRIS Connect Platform App' (this can be downloaded from the app store)
Find out more information on Reviewing/Sharing & Editing here
The Warning Manager may load on the app to highlight that there are problems that may affect the recording. See below to find out more.
The Warning Manager brings to your attention various issues which may affect a reflection about to be recorded. It can be accessed by tapping the warning button in the top panel on the dashboard of the app.
The issues will be listed and you can tap on them for more information and guidance on how to resolve each particular item.
Bluetooth microphone flashing: if the microphone is flashing red, this is an indicator that the device is low on charge. we recommend charging until the light turns to a solid Green Find more information about the Bluetooth microphone here