Character Animation Carts 4, 5, 6 (Projectors)

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Getting Started

Plug in the cart’s power cord, and turn on any equipment you need to use (the Apple TV will power up automatically).

Press Power [1] on the projector remote to turn on the projector. Press twice to turn it off.

If someone is lecturing and not using the projector for a while, press Blank [2] on the remote to black out the image.

When finished, please shut down the Mac mini and turn the projector off. Wait for the projector fan to stop running before unplugging the cart.

Choosing a Source

To change the projector input, press Input [3] button on the remote, and use the up/down arrows [4] to highlight a source. Press OK to choose. Everything uses HDMI, except laptops using a VGA cable.

Pressing Input twice will also choose the next active source.

To change HDMI sources, use the HDMI switch on the top of the cart. You can press the Source Selection button on the switch to cycle through the sources, or use the remote control [5] to select one directly. The switch and remote are both labeled to show the input numbers.

To view a source, set the switch and projector as shown below.

If the projector does not display a source, give it a few seconds – HDMI equipment can take several seconds to connect.


Use the projector remote’s Volume and Mute buttons [6] to control the sound. Adjust the volume knob on the side of the JBL speakers on top of the cart to set the overall volume level.

Built-in Devices

To view:HDMI switch:Projector input:
Mac miniMac Mini (1)HDMI
Blu-ray, DVD, or CDBlu-ray/DVD (2)HDMI
Apple TVApple TV (4)HDMI

External Devices

To view:HDMI switch:Projector input:
Camera Stand – ProjectionCamera (5)HDMI
Camera Stand – TVPaint CaptureMac mini (1)HDMI
Laptop (VGA cable)(not used)Analog PC-2
Laptop (HDMI cable)Aux. HDMI (3)HDMI
Other HDMI (iPads, etc.)Aux. HDMI (3)HDMI

Mac mini

There is a Mac mini built into the rack. Press its power button to turn it on. The wireless mouse and keyboard should automatically connect to the computer. The mouse should always be left on.

In order to use the Mac mini – the card must be plugged into on CalArts’ network ports. The cart’s network port is on the front of the cart, next to the Cintiq connector. All classrooms should have a network port – they’re color-coded orange.

Before unplugging the cart, be sure to log out of the Mac mini, and choose Shut Down at the login window.

The volume keys on the keyboards do no work with HDMI. You must use the projector’s remote [6] and the speaker volume knob to control the Mac mini’s volume.


First log in. Then plug one end of the Cintiq’s USB-C cable into the connector at the front of the equipment rack, and the other end of the cable into any of the three USB-C connectors on the Cintiq [7]. Press and hold the power button [8] on the top of the Cintiq for about three seconds to turn it on. To enable/disable display mirroring, press cmd + F1.


For laptops with HDMI connectors, plug an HDMI cable into the Aux. HDMI input. For laptops with Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt, use a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

For other laptops, plug in a VGA cable for video (adapters are provided in the rack’s drawer), and an audio cable if sound is needed. Generally, it works best to turn the laptop’s volume up to about 80%.

If you need to access CalArts’ wire network, you will need to plug into one of the room’s network ports.


Use either the Dock or Lightning to HDMI adapter, and plug into Aux. HDMI. Copy-protected videos will not play through an HDMI adapter. You can also use AirPlay to wirelessly connect to the Apple TV.

Camera Stand

Plug the twist-lock end of the video capture into the back of the camera stand [9], and the other end into the Camera Stand/Video Capture input on the equipment rack. Plug in the camera stand’s power cord, and turn on its power switch.

To project video from the camera stand, select Camera on the HDMI switch.

Video from the camera can also be captured with TVPaint. Use the same project settings as for the pencil test systems: NTSC > DV 4:3, Frame Rate = 24, Field = Progressive.