Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

University Makes Big Video and Data Impressions

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

University Makes Big Video and Data Impressions

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When the University of Michigan's Center for Performing Arts and Technology decided to purchase a large-screen video projector, Mike Knight, video technology consultant for the center, knew it would have to be versatile enough to handle a variety of applications, screen sizes and throw distances. This flexibility was essential to accommodate such disparate uses as course instruction, concerts, sports and special events. * Chosen One

Knight says he and the center's director, David Gregory, made the decision to invest in the GE Talaria LV8000 MP data/video projector. "We looked at some cathode ray tube (CRT) projectors," Knight says, "but their images weren't big enough or bright enough." The university had rented Talaria projectors in the past, and he and Gregory agreed the Talaria MP projector was just what they needed.

The university has since used the projector in and around Ann Arbor, Mich., for presentations to groups ranging from 100 to 2,000 people in both front- and rear-projection configurations. Utilizing a series of interchangeable lenses, the MP is capable of projecting picture sizes from 6'to 30'wide and can be positioned up to 200'from the screen for large auditorium applications.

The MP, which stands for multiple personality, is designed to hold up to 16 different "personalities" (computer and video formats) in its memory. Plus, it can interface with virtually any computer operating between 15 and 36 KHz. "We've used it with NTSC and computer graphics," Knight says, adding that the projector has been interfaced with Macintosh 11 computers and IBM systems running VGA or EGA graphics. * Video Dance

The Performing Arts Center, part of the university's School of Music, uses the projector in its music and dance courses. Knight says it adds a whole new dimension. The center teaches courses in video dance, music technology and more in an ongoing effort to combine technology and the arts. "We try to integrate music and the arts with electronic instruments, video equipment and computers," Knight explains.

All of the video dance programs, as well as other shows, are presented in the Power Center, a large auditoirium on campus that can accommodate up to 1,400 people. …

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