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Table of Contents:
1. New for 2004 - United Visual University
2. Tascam Introduces the AV-452 Presentation Mixer/Amplifier
3. Sharp Adds Bright Unit to Conference/Classroom Install Line
4. Samsung Announces 57-Inch TFT-LCD
5. SMART Announces Education Multimedia Cabinets
6. New Buttonless Touchpanels From Crestron
7. Illinois Open Meetings Act Amendment
8. Creating Spaces ­ Part 2 -- Assembling the Auditorium


1. New for 2004 - United Visual University.

United Visual presents United Visual University. UVU is an education program comprised of a series of seminars for professionals involved in planning and designing boardrooms, conference rooms, meeting space, training centers, auditoriums, classrooms, control rooms or any other space requiring integrated audiovisual systems. More and more corporate spaces are using sophisticated audio, video and computer display technologies. As a design/build professional you are expected to design these spaces, but often the intricacies of sound and display systems are outside your core skill set. United Visual has an exclusive partnership with Kayye Consulting to provide these specialized seminars in the Chicago area. The objective of the seminars is to enable design and engineering professionals to better pre-plan for the successful integration of audiovisual systems into commercial and education environments.

Three Professional Seminars Offered.

  • Planning Electrical and Infrastructure Requirements for AV
  • Understanding the AV Projection and Display Environment
  • Understanding Audio and Acoustics in AV Presentation Systems
Not only do you have the opportunity for a full day of specialized education but you can also earn up to 6 HSW credit hours towards your AIA licenses. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided. Those attending all three seminars are eligible for a drawing for a free digital camcorder from Sharp Electronics.

Visit the UVU website for more details and registration information.

2. Tascam Introduces the AV-452 Presentation Mixer/Amplifier.

Tascam´s new AV-452, designed for meeting rooms, conference halls, houses of worship and other presentation spaces, incorporates a microphone mixer, audio/video receiver, infrared controller and digital amplifier into one unit.  Using the universal learning remote and IR blaster function, you can control a somewhat elaborate AV system from just this one unit.

This remote controls the AV-452 functions, and learns the IR controls for the A/V decks and the projector.  The AV-452 main unit can also learn IR commands to be transmitted to a projector, allowing the AV-452 and projector to operate as one unit.  Relay control and thorough RS-232/422/485 control are also available.

The AV-452 was designed primarily to assist in switching audio & video sources and to allow presenter(s) to be heard.  Four mic channels offer enough inputs even with multiple presenters and audience interaction.  The A/V channel acts as an AV receiver, switching between two audio decks and three A/V sources.  3-band EQs are provided on each of these five channels. Presenters can use the built-in 100W/ch digital power amp to feed speakers directly, or feed the line-level outputs to powered speakers or other amplifiers.

3. Sharp Adds Bright Unit to Conference/Classroom Install Line

Sharp announced its 9th conference/classroom projector, the Notevision C60, a 3,500-lumen, XGA (1024 x 768) LCD projector with 350:1 contrast ratio priced at $5,895.  Sharp says the company designed this unit for easy operation, including features such as Sharp's ImageACE Resizing and autoSYNC for automatically sizing and shaping images regardless of the source.  It also has color-coded connections and a quick-release feature for changing lenses.

It uses 3 .99" Polysilicon TFT LCD (with Micro Lens Array).

The Notevision C60 comes with Sharp´s Advanced Presentation and Control Software (S.A.P.S.) for connecting one or more projectors to a PC for remote diagnostics and control, including error diagnosis. It also comes with the company´s AN-LS1 Extranet to RS-232C converter for control and diagnostics over the LAN.

4. Samsung Announces 57-Inch TFT-LCD

Samsung's new 57-inch TFT-LCD panel has HDTV functionality, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 600cd /m 2 brightness and a maximum of 8ms response time.  It has 1920x1080 resolution, 6.22 million pixels and is less than 5 inches deep.

It comes with 16:9 aspect ratio.

Pricing has not yet been announced on this new unit, but if the price is right, it's an obviously good choice for home theater as well as any digital signage or presentation applications.

5. SMART Announces Education Multimedia Cabinets

SMART Technologies has two new models of its Expression mobile multimedia cabinets. Teachers can store everything (computer, projector, DVD, VCR, etc.) in one spot and the cables are not only organized and labeled, they're included in the cabinet purchase.

The models are the 101 and 103. The 103 allows teachers to connect a guest laptop and toggle between the PC and laptop. Both models are compatible with SMART Board interactive whiteboards.

6. New Buttonless Touchpanels From Crestron

According to Crestron, quite a few customers were hoping for touchpanels without buttons. So the company is now shipping its Crestron 1700 series 5.7" wireless and wired touchpanels without buttons and without raising the price.

The Crestron 1700 series features 5.7" active matrix displays with high resolution for the ability to display multiple graphics. You can touch the 5.7" screen to set any number of events into motion, including dimming the lights, closing the drapes or turning on the video projector.

In the original design, the touchpanels include five engraveable push buttons on each side of the panel for quick and handy "one-touch" control.

Now, each model ships with a blank front bezel and the buttons are optional and can be easily added to your order now or later.

In addition, if you already own a Crestron 1700 touchpanel, we can arrange to retrofit the panel for a buttonless front bezel.

7. Illinois Open Meetings Act Amendment

On August 12, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the Open Meetings Act Amendment into law to be effective January 1, 2004. This Act which was Senate Bill 1586 will require all public bodies to keep a "verbatim record of all of their closed meetings" in the form of an audio or video recording.

The Amendment SB 1586 modifies Section 2.06 of the Act known as 5 ILCS 120/2.06. P. A. 93-0523.

Download a summary of the amendment here.
Download a full text version here.

For a complete listing of education-related bills see The Legislature and the Schools PDF document.

United Visual has helped a number of schools comply with the amendment with a variety of professional recording systems. United Visual offers a number of solutions to meet your needs, ranging from cost - effective analog recording (shown) to a fully digital system to record and archive your important meetings. Contact your United Visual representative today to discuss the different options available.

Shown is a Marantz portable cassette recorder and a Shure boundary microphone. This solution is suggested providing high quality recordings for up to 10 people.

8. Creating Spaces ­ Part 2 -- Assembling the Auditorium

A Latin word that literally translates to "lecture room," auditoriums today can be any room, hall or free-standing building where an audience gathers for a specific purpose.  But whether it's 100 salespeople ready to be motivated, 200 students struggling through basic Chemistry class, or 350 ticket-holders anticipating a dance performance, the suitability of the space for its purpose will enormously impact the experience they all have.

Far from being passive "listening rooms," today's most impressive auditoriums, whether public or private, put as much emphasis on seeing and interacting, as they do on hearing.  They may be designed "from the ground up," they may be created by re-adapting existing space, or they may be total conversions from one function to another - as in the case of an 80-year-old church in New York that was transformed into a community cultural center, capable of showcasing technical presentations to orchestral concerts.

Physical Layout

Will the activities in the auditorium best be served by installing a raised stage area, or should the room be "raked" (sloped) down to a focal point that serves as the "front" of the room?  Not surprisingly, there is auditorium design software that permits architects and clients to try out various configurations, depending on square-footage, needed seating capacity, and technical and "backstage" requirements.

Because design problems that may occur in small rooms become magnified when transferred to a larger space, auditorium experts focus on creating a "fixed" environment that, at minimum, offers good sightlines and acoustics for everyone in the audience. Many are convinced that a modified "fan-shape" design is the best choice, and have developed formulas for optimum length, width, and angle of floor slope to create a space for effective presentations.

Seating, naturally, should be comfortable and if audience note-taking will be part of the room's function, accommodations for that activity should be convenient and comfortable, not just an afterthought.


Regardless if the auditorium is single-use or multi-purpose, the events and activities that take place within its walls must be supported by equipment that is appropriate to both presenters and audiences. Equipment important to presenters might include:

  • Multimedia projectors for computer-based slideshows
  • Various sized (retractable) screens for image display
  • Digital and interactive whiteboards
  • Document cameras
  • Connectivity to LANs, Internet or digital broadcast satellite signals
  • Video and audioconferencing capability
  • Capability to digitally record any presentation for later playback
  • Control system allowing each instructor/presenter to control auditorium environment
The marketplace even offers lecterns from which presenters can manipulate room lighting, modulate audio and video, control presentation applications, and access the Internet and LAN directly. Built-in teleprompters are available for regular or visiting presenters who rely on reading speeches or presentations or rely on bullet point reminders.

Equipment that primarily benefits the audience in a high-tech auditorium might include:

  • Ceiling-mounted, secondary monitors, for ease of viewing and clarity of information; number and size of monitors contingent upon room size and seating capacity
  • Push-to-talk microphones between seats, for audience questions and interaction with presenter
  • Voice-activated video cameras that automatically focus on any speaker in the auditorium
  • Individual, or team computer workstations
  • Lighting adjustments that allow projected material to be clearly seen, while live audience members can see each other, and easily read handouts or take notes
  • Lighting zones and pre-sets that accommodate video or distance-learning presentations, and other applications
  • Speaker system appropriate to auditorium shape and size

The necessary engineering, technology and physical layout that combine to create an effective auditorium should always be sure to integrate a cohesive "look" that is attractive and appealing. Colors, shapes, fabrics, hard materials and acoustical elements (ceiling panels, wall treatments) can be blended in ingenious (and inexpensive) ways to create a vibrant and energizing environment.

An auditorium should never overshadow what or whom it's presenting. It should be the fully-capable venue for the content and communication needs of presenters and audiences alike.


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