Audio-Visual offers video playback in VHS and DVD formats for display through video projectors onto a large projection screen or on 20" color monitors in smaller sites. Other video formats (such as mini-DV) may be available in certain locations. Please call the AV office for details. Many classrooms are equipped with installed video projectors capable of VHS and DVD playback. To ensure equipment has been checked and is in good working order before your class begins, please place an AV Service Request. A technician may also be requested to show you how to operate the equipment before your class begins. In addition, we also provide portable video projectors for large audiences in other classroom and event areas by request. If you need to project from your laptop as well as show videos, please note that in your AV Service Request, and we will provide the appropriate equipment and/or extra instruction.
If you plan on showing a video outside of a regularly scheduled class, please contact the University Center (firstname.lastname@example.org, x3900) to avoid problems with copyright infringement. Read more about copyright and fair use of video playback.
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Many classrooms are equipped with laptop/data projectors. To ensure equipment has been checked and is in good working order before your class begins, please place an AV Service Request. Please indicate as well if you would like a technician to provide equipment tutorial or assistance. Audio-Visual also offers portable data projectors that connect to a computer and project the monitor image onto a large projection screen in areas without installed equipment. In addition to filling out an AV Service Request, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with the Audio-Visual Office to test your laptop with a projector so that any technical difficulties can be addressed before your class.
If you need to project video from VHS or DVD in addition to projecting from your laptop, please note that in your AV Service Request so that we can provide the appropriate equipment and/or extra instructions. Most rooms with installed projectors also contain a combination VHS/DVD playback unit. In addition, please inform us if you require audio playback from your computer so that we can bring the additional cables or required equipment.
Laptops may be borrowed from the Faculty Corner.
For troubleshooting help on how to display your computer on the projector, check out these instruction sheets:
Overhead projectors for transparencies are available in nearly every classroom on campus. To ensure equipment has been checked and is in good working order before your class begins, please place an AV Service Request. If you plan to use the overhead projector frequently, please place a standing AV Service Request at the beginning of the semester. Please do not remove an overhead projector from the room to which it is assigned.
35mm Kodak carousel slide projectors with zoom lenses are available for your use. An empty tray, remote extension, and spare bulb are included with every slide projector. An A/V Technician can provide training if noted on the AV Service Request.
16mm movie projectors are available for indoor use only. An A/V Technician can thread the film before your class if noted on the AV Service Request.
A variety of cable programming is available in all of the student residence halls, as well as a select few academic buildings. Please contact the Audio-Visual office for information about scheduling a cable-ready classroom. All other cable inquiries should be directed to OIT.
Digital video recording using DVD-R or Hard Drive Camcorders is available for classroom and event usage. These DVD cameras require 80mm DVD-R recordable discs available at many retails outlets. Cameras are not compatible with DVD+R or DVD-RW discs. For Hard Drive Cameras, please indicate what format you would like for the final video (DVD, Windows Media, or Quicktime). Conversion of your video to the final format may take a day or two. Please note that Audio Visual does not provide recording media ,camera operators, or editing services. In addition, due to the high theft potential of these devices, users are required to take full responsibility for the cameras. Please contact AV for further details and training. At this time, analog VHS camcorders are no longer available.
Audio CD playback is available either by means of installed DVD players in most classrooms or by portable players provided by AV. Playback from user-provided portable audio devices (including iPods) is also available in many areas. AV will also provide digital audio recording services for most events and will loan digital voice recorders for classroom recording or personal projects. Please contact the AV office for details.
Audio-Visual provides sound amplification for university-sponsored special events held on campus as well as for classes held in auditoriums. Built-in systems are located in Ward 1 and 2, Kay Chapel, the University Club, SIS Lounge, McDowell Formal Lounge, and the Butler Board Room and portable systems can be requested for events expected to draw at least 75 people. Please indicate the number of microphones needed and your preference for podium, floor stand, or table stand models.
With the exception of Digital Voice Recorders and Audio Cassette Recorders, Audio Visual does not provide equipment for student assignments. Please contact the Audio Visual office for details before assigning projects that require Audio Visual support. Click here for six tips to better student presentations.