2.The new centres
Audio Visual Centres in the 21st century
AV system overview Stern Hall
The design proposal for all AV equipment follows a benchmark (geog. 125)
that has a proven track record at QMW. It forms the basis of the proposed
systems for new lecture theatres, and encompasses comments from users to make
the system as user friendly as possible.
Moreover the system is future proofed and allows upgrading as technology
The system as envisaged also incorporates an element for self access operation
by academic staff which reduces, although not entirely, the need for a
technician to be on duty at every event. There are constraints which are
governed by security and complexity of some lectures which will require
professional technical support.
All three theatres have identical operating systems although the smaller venues
can have lower specification equipment due in the main to the size of rooms.
They can be interlinked to enable transfer of video sound and data and
increases the overall capacity available when needed to circa 300 seats.
Each room will have a teaching wall with counter balanced column boards Black /
white. Each will have separate OHP screens plus projection screens for Video,
Slide Data and Multimedia presentations.
The main lecture theatre has two CRT video data projectors that provide for
video, slides and data to be projected simultaneously. The smaller theatres
have smaller LCD units, the latter to be decided due to the rapid developments
in technology. All theatres have the capability of dual projection as
The projection booth will house 35 mm projectors VCRs radio microphone
receivers, audio and PA systems, technicians control desk, sound mixer together
with interfaces for patching systems to the small theatres. It ill also houses
a control rack for the AV equipment.
The systems in each room will be controlled from the lecturer's position at the
lectern. This comprises a computer controlled AMX system that is menu driven on
a touch screen panel and guides the user by simple instruction to the desired
AV hardware. It will also have a VCR for tape replay and confidence monitor to
display what is on screen behind the lecturer.
The system effectively hides the technology and presents an easy to use system.