ARCHIVED: Configuring your Adobe Connect meeting

Note:

Adobe Connect, IU's previous web collaboration and conferencing system, became read-only on August 31, 2017, and will be fully retired on December 28, 2017. After a comprehensive pilot evaluation, Zoom has been selected as its replacement. For more, see About the Adobe Connect retirement.

UITS is currently converting all Adobe Connect recordings to MP4 format. For more, see How do I access and download my converted Adobe Connect recordings?

The Adobe Connect user interface is customizable so that you can optimally configure your Connect room to meet your specific needs.

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Pods

Each layout in a Connect meeting is made up of a series of pods. A pod is a building block that provides specific functionality in the meeting room. You can resize, add, and delete pods to create your own custom layouts in your Connect meeting rooms.

Anatomy of a pod

At the top right of every pod is a pod drop-down menu with options for controlling the pod:

  • Click Hide to remove a pod it from the current meeting room layout.
  • Click Maximize to expand a pod to fill the entire area of the meeting room, covering all other active pods.
  • Click Restore to return a maximized pod to its normal size and position.
  • To move a pod, click and drag the pod's title bar.
  • To resize a pod, click and drag the pod's borders or corners.
    Screenshot of a sample pod in an Adobe Connect meeting room

Pods in the default layout

The pods included in the default layout are:

  • Video: Broadcast video from your web camera. If you don't have a web camera or don't need to send video of yourself, you can hide this pod.
  • Attendee List: View a list of meeting attendees and their statuses; grant additional permissions (e.g., microphone, camera, and screen sharing rights) to attendees. For more about adjusting permissions, see ARCHIVED: Elevating attendee permissions or user roles in Adobe Connect.
  • Chat: Provide meeting attendees a way to give feedback and ask questions.
  • Share: Upload a Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow or share your desktop with meeting participants. The Share pod supports PPT, PPTX, PDF, SWF, FLV, JPEG, MP3, and MP4 file types.

Additional pods

To add more pods to your Connect meeting room layout, select the desired pod type from the Pods menu at the top of the meeting. Options include:

  • Notes: Prepare notes ahead of time for attendees, or open a blank Notes pod to take notes for the group during your meeting.
  • File Share: Upload files of any type for attendees to download from within your meeting.
  • Poll: Create polls in advance for attendees to take during your meeting. You can choose to broadcast the poll results to the audience in real time, when the poll closes, or not at all.

Layout

You can have multiple layouts available in your room to accommodate the different stages of your meeting. As a Host, you'll see the two default layouts (Presenting and Videoconf) in the layout bar on the right side of the meeting room. You can edit these layouts or create new ones to suit your needs. Presenters and Participants in your room will not see the layout bar.

Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the Connect meeting window gives you central control of your meeting settings, layouts, and pods. You can also quickly start and stop your web camera and microphone from the toolbar.

Preferences

Adobe Connect allows you to review and adjust room-wide preferences to ensure your meeting runs successfully. To access these preferences, on the Connect toolbar, open the Meetings menu, and then select Preferences. Pay particular attention to the following preferences:

Microphone

  • Always select Use Enhanced Audio.
  • Set "Acoustic Echo Cancellation Mode:" to Full Duplex.
  • Make sure Use Speex Codec in this meeting room is selected, to improve the likelihood that your meeting will be echo-free.
    Screenshot of the Adobe Connect preferences window with Microphone settings displayed

Video

These settings control the quality of your web camera video. Using the default settings is recommended.

Screen Share

These settings control the quality of your screen sharing. Begin by selecting High quality and High frame rate. If you encounter bandwidth issues (e.g., attendee complaints of audio cutting out or screen share freezing), try changing the screen sharing preferences to Medium or Low. Sharing your screen at a reasonably low resolution (e.g., 1024x768) is strongly recommended.

To invite attendees to participate in your meeting, see ARCHIVED: Inviting participants to an Adobe Connect meeting.

For more, see the ARCHIVED: Adobe Connect menu.

For help, contact your campus Support Center.

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