More Better Things to do with Slides

Our latest Architecture Masters Thesis presentations made use of some big-time visual technologies. Rather than print miles of color images to cover 30 linear feet of wall space, several students opted to project their presentations, using a rear projection system and a 12 foot wide screen, multiple flat panel TVs, or in most cases, a combination of both.

An Architecture Thesis student presents using rear projection on a 12 foot screen as well as 3 flat panel TVs connected to a computer.

As part of the ritual of graduating, these same students and their colleagues in the Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs must put on an exhibit in our Kibel Gallery. And design the layout of said exhibit. It was suggested that the students do something ‘high-tech’ since so many presentations had used technology in the method.

No problem for this crowd. They set themselves some parameters – it shouldn’t take long to set-up, and it shouldn’t cost much either. In other words, they were Done with school already. Solution? Old School slides and some slide projectors. First, they laser cut the titles for graduation exhibit into the slide film.

Laser cut title in a slide.

Next, set up the projectors to project onto the wall surface in the gallery.

The slide projectors project titles through the glass.

The slide projectors project titles through the glass.

People walking by temporarily interrupt the titles before entering the gallery. Low budget, minimal time, looks good! Stop by on a weekday, if you are in the area.

Get the Powerpoint Remote to Work

Where to plug the powerpoint remote receiver.

 

Are you teaching in a tech classroom? Frustrated by the powerpoint remote not working? To check if the batteries (2 AAA’s) are the problem, pull the little receiver out of the hand held device and press the laser button on top of the remote. If the light comes on, then the batteries are fine. If the light does not come on, the batteries are dead and need to be replaced.

Is the red light laser pointer working but your slides are just not advancing? the batteries are fine, but you may have it plugged into a port that is not working with the receiver.  Try one of the USB ports that is on the front of the computer, or the USB port that is on the back of the keyboard. See the picture above. Do Not plug the remote receiver into the monitor. See the picture above.

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Wednesday August 22, 2012 is the new graduate student open house, so I will be talking about the cameras, video cameras, lights, tripods, Flat panel TV’s and images that you can borrow.

Cameras that students may borrow.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Canon Video camera

Items in the VRC: The Copystand

The copy stand in the VRC makes photographing drawings or smaller models an easy process.  A camera can be connected to an adjustable stand and lights are already set up. This should be used if your drawing is too delicate or unwieldy to go through the scanner in the DOC. At the moment, it must be used between the hours of 9:30 and 4, Monday through Friday.

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Power button

Power button

Pedals used to turn lights on, and raise and lower camera arm.

Pedals used to turn lights on, and raise and lower camera arm.

Items in the VRC: Video Cameras and tripods

Flip Cameras

Flip Cameras

The Flip Video (2.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches) records up to 120 minutes of video.  It uses two AA batteries and is simple to operate with a power button on the side and a red record button in the center.

Canon Video camera

Canon Video camera

The Canon Vixia HFM40 camcorder records video on a 8GB memory card.  Files can be downloaded onto a computer in a M4V format. The camera can run on rechargeable batteries for 125 minutes, or can be connected to an outlet with a power adapter. The camera has audio capability and features 1080p HD recording.  A tripod and external microphone can be used when necessary.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Several tripods are available in the VRC to help with stabilizing a camera or camcorder.  The tripods are adjustable and collapsible.

Items in the VRC: Cameras

The Visual Resources Collection in room 1107 has all kinds of equipment that students may borrow. You must sign out the equipment and then return it, either within a few hours or overnight.

Cameras that students may borrow.

Cameras that students may borrow.

Clockwise from top left: The 14.1 mega pixel black Panasonic Lumix ZS8 has 16x optical zoom, an 8gb memory card, and operates on a rechargeable battery.

The 12.1 mega pixel blue Panasonic Lumix FS15 has 5x optical zoom, a 4gb memory card, and operates on a rechargeable battery.

The 14.1 mega pixel Nikon Coolpix L120 has 21x optical zoom, an 8gb memory card, video recording, and operates with two AA batteries.

The 5.1 mega pixel Sony Cyber-Shot has 3x optical zoom, a 256mb memory card, and operates with two AA batteries.

All cameras have a cable to download images via USB to your computer.  The VRC also has memory card readers to borrow as well.