University of Bath: Audio Visual Unit

News and developments in AV

Product Demo - CleverTouch Screen

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📥  Demonstration, Equipment, News, Technology

Next Tuesday (12 January - 10:30 to 12:30 in the AGN Suite 3W4.13) we have IDNS coming in to present one of the new range of CleverTouch screens.

Clevertouch Interactive Touchscreens
Technology for Immersive Engagement
Available in 55″-84″, Clevertouch utilises the latest touchscreen technology, featuring multi touch that allows multiple users to interact and use gesture control. Combined with Full HD, and 4K models, high brightness and anti-glare as standard, images are always clearly visible.

This one will be the 65" CleverTouch Pro:

More details of the screen are here:

http://clevertouch.co.uk/range/
Please come along and see what this new batch of screens are like.

 

 

CES 2016 - Update 1

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📥  Equipment, Interesting, News, Systems, Technology

With the start of CES 2016 today, several products have been launched - some of the early notifications are:

Panasonic Technics Turntable

Two Technics SL-1200 models were unveiled - one of which is limited to a run of 1,200 units - marking the first update in years to the brand.

Panasonic has said the launch was inspired by a resurgence in vinyl record sales - they ceased production of Technics turntables (originally) in 2010.

Kodak Super 8 digital camera

Kodak has also announced an initiative to revive the Super 8 video format and is presenting a prototype of a new Kodak Super 8 camera.

It features digital functionality - including an LCD screen allowing users to frame and view recorded scenes live.

 

News from CES can be followed on their Website: https://www.cesweb.org/
or on Twitter: #CES2016

 

Consumer Electronics Show - CES2016

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📥  Equipment, Interesting, News, Systems, Technology

Tomorrow marks the start of one of the largest technology shows in the world - CES2106 in Las Vegas.

One of the previews comes from LG, who are  demonstrating a bendable LED screen:

LG_bendy_screen

Further review of this can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35230043

There's more information on the CES website: http://www.cesweb.org/

We'll post some highlights this wee as they come up.

 

Re:View migration - complete

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📥  Lecture Capture, Service

The Re:view service has been migrated to a new server, for which the web address has now changed. (Please see http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/av/2015/12/11/review-service-update/ for the previous announcement)

Users viewing content through the Re:View block on Moodle pages do not need to do anything, they should still be able to access content as before.

If you previously accessed recorded content via the web address https://uniofbath.hosted.panopto.com please now use the new address https://uniofbath.cloud.panopto.eu.

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This also applies to the Windows and Mac recorder applications, for which you will need to change the server address as per the instructions here:

https://wiki.bath.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=94583271

Users on Managed PCs who do not have administration rights will need to contact their IT supporter to do this for you.

 

If you have embedded content or weblinks to Re:view content in your web sites or Moodle pages you will need to change the address in order for this to continue to work, so where a link is written as:

http://uniofbath.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=”xxxxx” where “xxxxx” is an ID number referencing the session

Please change to:

http://uniofbath.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=”xxxxx”

Please contact a.v.bookings if you require any assistance with this process.

 

 

Re:View Service Update

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📥  Lecture Capture, Systems

As part of some changes to our Re:View platform, Panopto are moving our service from America to a Europe host.

The decision to do this stems from http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2015-10/cp150117en.pdf

From Monday 14 December (16:00) our existing content will be 'frozen' into a read only mode. It's intended that the switch back on will be 18 December.

This means that you can still access any content you have on the system - you just won't be able to create anything new.
So students can still use the system to revise, but all users won't be able to create any new content.

There are some benefits to the move - as the data centre for Europe has a connection to JANET, and should subsequently be a little faster.
As part of the change there will be a new web address, which we will confirm in the very near future.

We're working closely with colleagues in LTEO and with Panopto to do this move as quickly and smoothly as possible.

If anyone does wish to record any content in the meantime, then please contact us on a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk, and we have some alternative arrangements we can put in place for you.

BBC Question Time

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📥  Design Build Advise, Interesting, Live Event, Spaces

The University is hosting Question Time tomorrow night (10 December), and we thought that you might like to have a preview of what goes on behind the scenes to build a set.

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This is the set being built in the Edge Theatre!

Be sure to catch it tomorrow night on BBC1....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t1q9

 

The set is now complete - and looking good!

QT1

 

 

Watching Panopto

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📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Systems

We've had a few reports recently that some of our academic colleagues have forgotten to wear their microphones during lecture capture sessions.
As a consequence, some recordings can be a little quiet.

In this instance you can select a little known feature that is available on some PC's running Windows, called Loudness Equalisation, to improve the volume of recordings when they are played back.

To enable this, go to Control Panel and Select the Sound option - select the Playback tab and double click the default device (likely to be Speakers or Headphones)

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In the following window, select the "Enhancements" tab and tick the box marked "Loudness Equalization" - note not all PC's may have this option.

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Now when you playback quiet recordings they will playback much louder than before.

To disable this feature untick the "Loudness Equalization" box.