Media Services facilitates a videoconference w/ the University of Hong Kong

On Wednesday night, March 19, Media Services facilitated an hour long, high bandwidth videoconference between the Sociology & Anthropology department at Swarthmore College and the Sociology department at the University of Hong Kong. Participants were able to see and hear each other in a full screen, natural setting using a high bandwidth 384 kbps conference connection over the Internet. Swarthmore Media Services rolled out is brand new Tandberg Edge 85 conference unit with a high definition camera, and a 42″ Sony plasma monitor. The University of Hong Kong connected using a Polycom videoconferencing unit. The Tandberg Edge 85 can transmit … Continue reading Media Services facilitates a videoconference w/ the University of Hong Kong

Media Services now recording video in HD

When Media Services Technicians Mike Bednarz and Dave Neal shoot video of Dance, Theater, and College events, they’re now using high definition (HD) video cameras. The change in format allows Media Services to create better quality video that will keep up with changes in expectations from viewers in the future. Media Services has two Sony mini-DV video cameras that record in HD. High definition television (HDTV) has a resolution of 1080 or 720 lines. In contrast, the resolution of regular digital television is only 486 lines. The additional HD video makes images more vibrant and detailed, with a greater sense … Continue reading Media Services now recording video in HD

Classrooms get brighter video projectors

Over the summer, Media Services worked with contractor Total Video Products to install new video projectors in various classrooms around campus. The new Sony projectors are 15% brighter than the model they replace. With brighter projectors, instructors will be better able to project video images on the screen while keeping a greater number of lights on in the classroom as well as having the option of opening more window shades. Swarthmore College now has 70 smart classrooms and seminar rooms around campus. Smart classrooms have audio and video components that can be controlled from a single interactive touch panel in … Continue reading Classrooms get brighter video projectors