University of Bath: Audio Visual Unit

News and developments in AV

Panopto Upgrade

📥  News

Panopto have told us that they intend to upgrade their servers for Panopto 5.2.

This means that the server will go off for a while:

Saturday June 25 - 20:00 to 23:00

During the time or Re:View site is offline, we are not be able to access recordings on your server.
If we attempt to upload from the PCs, it will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk

 

Summer Upgrades

  

📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Projects, Spaces

This summer, we are rebuilding many of the teaching spaces.

Full rebuilds (Furniture, Decoration, Equipment):

  • 1E
  • 2E (but not 3.1)
  • 3WN
  • 4E (not 3.38)

Equipment refresh & Decoration:

  • 5W
  • Council Chamber

Equipment Refresh

  • 4W
  • 6W

1E3.6, 4E2.56 and 4E3.5 will become twin projector rooms - so you can show 2 sources side-by-side.

3WN2.1 will be fitted with camera tracking (similar to University Hall).

These rooms are being upgraded to the latest AV Specification. They are also being fully rewired to give the latest standard of cabling.

From the start of the new academic year, all of these rooms will be equipped with a full set of digital interfaces, so any form of laptop can be plugged in.

The rooms will have a full lecture capture interface, so that anything the students see on the projection screens or displays will be captured.

An addition to that, the rooms are also getting Apple and Miracast display sharing devices - so you will be able to present from a tablet or latest model laptop wirelessly.

Please contact us if you would like to know any more details.

New product Demo - Interactive Screen

📥  News

This coming Wednesday 25 May - we have a demonstration of a CTOUCH laser air 70" screen lined up.

It will be in 8W1.1 from 4pm - 5pm

This is the first time this has been seen in the UK - we will be first University to see it!

Please drop in if you want to see this leading edge piece of technology.

ctouch Lazer air

 

Victorian thoughts of technology

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📥  History, Interesting, Technology

We've been looking through an old set of pictures of what the Victorian age commentators thought technology would be like in the 2000s.

It's certainly fascinating to see them!

How schools might function:

School

Using helicopters to scout:

Helicopter Scouts

Getting around in taxis in the air:

Aero Cabs

Remote theatre shows:

Remote theatre shows

It's fascinating to see that the theatre option has already happened.... but we're waiting for the others!

 

 

New technology

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📥  Equipment, News, Technology

Today we took delivery of a Yamaha YVC-1000 Conference device.

This can be plugged into any computer to facilitate audio conferencing (with SKYPE for example) - to give a better coverage of audio.

You can also pair the device with your smartphone via bluetooth, so you can hold a conference call to a bigger audience.

Our kit has the Base Station (with the speakers) - and 3 microphones.

Please let us know if you would like to use it! It's available for you to have us come and set it up for you as a loan (on-site).

a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk

 

Re:View Update

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📥  Systems

We've been told today that there is a small problem with the search mechanism in Re:View.

It appears that the search mechanism does not function correctly if you are looking for a specific recording.

The manufacturer is aware of the problem, and are presently investigating.

Please let us know if you need any further assistance.

 

 

Conference Season - new products

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📥  Equipment, Spaces, Technology

The early part of the year brings several conferences and shows for teaching technology.

Recently there has been BETT (teaching technology - January) and ISE (integrated systems - February). BVE (broadcast video) is next week.

We'll highlight some of the interesting products and solutions we've seen over the next few weeks.

Firstly!

Magic Whiteboard

This product featured recently on Dragon's Den - and is a really neat solution for multi use writing surfaces if you're in a space without them. You need nothing more than a reasonable flat wall to use.

We have a sample of this in AV if anyone would like to try it out.

Here's how it works:

We can get this product through our usual suppliers.

For more details - http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/

 

Service downtime - Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

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📥  News, Systems

We've been advised today that BoB will be undegoing some maintenance on 15th February 2016 from approximately 9:00am until 10:00am.

They are undertaking some work to fix the Single Sign-On process:

At present, we do have some minor issues with BoB National, the main being if a user already has an open SSO session running then click on any embedded links to BoB National result in an error message. This will require approximately 1 hour of downtime to fix.

If you have any issuses, please let us know on a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk

 

 

 

Upgrades - University Hall

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📥  Equipment, News, Spaces, Systems, Technology

We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to update some of the technology in University Hall

 

We are piloting an installation of Apple, Android and Windows display sharing. We've fitted an Apple TV and a Miracast dongle into the lectern.

You'll now find two extra buttons on the control panel.

UniHall_newcontrolint

Apple TV:

To do this you need to use peer-to-peer AirPlay. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth switch on on your device.

The device is called: University Hall Apple TV

With peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device and Apple TV don't have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need one of these devices with iOS 8 or later:

·                      iPhone 5 or later

·                      iPad mini or iPad (4th generation or later)

·                      iPod touch (5th generation or later)

For more information please look at the Apple support site- https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204289

 

Miracast:

To do this you need to use bluetooth. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth or a widi compliant device.

The device is called: University Hall Miracast

You can check if your device can do this here:
https://www.wi-fi.org/product-finder-results?sort_by=default&sort_order=desc&capabilities=2,3&certifications=45

Essentially, your device will need to be relatively new.

Android: o/s 4.2 Jellybean or newer.

Windows: Windows 8.1 or newer.

For more information on how to do this: http://www.howtogeek.com/200897/how-to-use-miracast-screen-mirroring-from-windows-or-android/

 

If you would like to try this out, please do - but we would like your feedback! AV@bath.ac.uk