The Pearl family of streaming appliances from Epiphan have always fit right at home in education streaming and lecture capture settings. They are easy to use and are fairly set it and forget it. They also have integrations with Kaltura, Crestron and Panopto that make it even easier for educators to focus on what matters most- teaching.
Recently, the University of Rhode Island was pressed to find a straight forward, easy to use streaming system that would be powerful, and up to handling a heavy workflow, but simple enough for the faculty to understand. They turned to the Epiphan Pearl Mini and Pearl-2 to outfit over 30 classrooms.
One of the leading factors University of Rhode Island was considering was the Crestron Integration. This deep integration was a make it or break it feature that was absolutely required in their workflow, and is found in both the Pearl-2 and Pearl Mini.
“No other solution really fit as well. It was a no-brainer for us.”
-Jeffrey Levesque, Senior Information Technologist
at University of Rhode Island
Pearl Minis were sent to over thirty classrooms through out the campus. These units captured video of a speaker through a camera, and presentation elements through an HDMI computer source. There were two methods of processing audio. Firstly, some audio was routed in via the XLR ports found on the Pearl Mini. In addition, some audio sources were sent to the Pearl Mini via the classroom's Digital Signal Processing System.
While Pearl Mini's were deployed in the classrooms, Pearl-2's were sent into the campus' larger auditoriums. The streaming workflow here also utilizes NDI camera sources, which are compatible with Pearl-2's NDI capability.
URI are also taking full advantage of the Pearl Systems integration with Panopto. Check out their workflow for an active learning classroom set up with Pearl Mini, utilizing Panopto. You can also see their setup for their auditoriums using the Pearl-2.