Maclive/Elluminate V10 - Getting Started

You could be meeting your students or colleagues in your virtual office sooner than you think!

A MacLive "moderator" is typically an instructor, TA, meeting Chair or host. They have ID’s on the MacLive system and can schedule meetings and classes, invite others to attend and have extra privileges within the session.

MacLive participants are typically students, research partners, colleagues, industry experts, guest lecturers - anyone you want or need to meet located, on or off-campus. To access the session they need only the URL for the meeting and room password if one has been assigned. This chart outlines the main differences in functionality between the roles (the moderator tool set is not conclusive).

1. Request a Moderator ID on MacLive to setup web conferencing sessions.

Once we receive the request we will schedule a 60-90 minute orientation with one of the MacLive Team here at McMaster or if it is more convenient for your schedule you may register with Elluminate for live training sessions .

2. Next, check the system requirements. You will need:

  • Sound card with speakers and an echo-canceling microphone or headset combo. A headset is strongly recommended - you can get these at the MacMicro store, most electronic goods stores or contact to obtain a set.
  • 56K modem or high-speed Internet connection

Operating Systems


  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Pentium III 500 MHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space


  • Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5
  • G3, G4, G5, or Intel processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space


  • Solaris 10 x86 and Solaris 10 SPARC
  • UltraSPARC llc 300 MHz
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space

Red Hat Linux

  • Red Hat Linux (RHEL4)
  • Pentium III 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space

Novell Linux

  • Novell SUSE Linux 10
  • Pentium III 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space


3. Our secure server is hosted at McMaster - you will need the latest version of Java on your Mac/PC/Unix system. Check your version at

4. In addition to the orientation from the MacLive team, there are many resources available to help you prepare for successful web conferencing and presenting online:

Review the Elluminate Live Orientation (from the Elluminate web site) .

Watch recorded "How To's" of specific tools, functions and features.

These "adapted for McMaster" web conferencing resources including checklists and best practises will help you prepare.