Like many college faculty, my teaching—synchronously and asynchronously—is increasingly online and from home.
I work from a MacBook Pro on a standing desk riser.
I have an Olympus OM-D E-M10ii mounted above the main 34" curved monitor, with a cheap manual Neewer 25mm 1.8 lens. I’ve just added a Glidegear TMP50 teleprompter with a Feelworld T7 monitor, which I’m excited about. This runs as the HDMI out from my ATEM Mini. I can run the program out to use as a confidence monitor, or have the ATEM pass Input 4 through which lets me use the teleprompter as an external computer display to maintain eye contact during e.g., Zoom calls.
I’ve really upped my control game with Companion inspiration from @davidjoshuaford. Two of my favorite things are a button for controlling H2R Graphics countdown timers (the length of the timer changes depending how long I hold down the “2min timer” button), and a button for controlling what the ATEM shows on the teleprompter monitor (holding down the “HDMI PGM” button cycles the HDMI out through PGM, inputs, and preview).
Audio is a bit hacked together, but I’m currently running a Behringer XM 8500 or a cheap Pyle headset into a Zoom H6, then via its line out through the ATEM. The ATEM lets me do a bit of audio processing (a little EQ, expander, and compressor; I have basically no idea what I’m doing there, alas), but perhaps more importantly lets me mute/unmute the mic universally using Companion.
Audio out is via a Topping MX3 amp into either generic Monoprice bookshelf speakers or ATH-M40x headphones.
(Some of) this stuff also sometimes travels with me to my on-campus office in a cheap Harbor Freight Apache 3800 case.
Anyway, that’s what’s up at my house. I’ve been maintaining page listing my gear and giving lots of advice on teach-from-home tech setups to many of my colleagues on Twitter, despite the fact that I’m largely figuring this stuff out as I go along. I do think students notice a big difference from slightly elevated production values vs. the typical online class taught with AirPods and a built-in laptop webcam, so I’ve been trying to spread the word.
Thanks again everyone for all I’ve learned from you.