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University of Ottawa's New Multimedia Classroom Display System
September 12, 2005 Alameda, CA - The University of Ottawa is Canada's premier bilingual university, located in the heart of the national capital. The University has completed a major renovation of the 420-seat Marion Auditorium. In keeping with its commitment to educational excellence, this internationally renown university deployed the latest audio visual technologies to support the teaching and learning environment.
|University of Ottawa's state-of-the-art multimedia classroom incorporates RGB Spectrum's DualView™ processor to display two images simultaneously on the auditorium's large screen.|
According to Mark Gareau, Manager, Multimedia Distribution Service, "the objective was to integrate new audio visual technology that would be able to provide as much information as possible to students on the theater-style 14-foot main screen. The project specifications required support for a variety of disparate input sources. The size and configuration of the auditorium presented an added challenge. The system had to integrate various sources and display them with sharp, crisp clarity at a high enough resolution to provide legibility of fine text and detail. Naturally, we also wanted the display system to be intuitive and as simple to use as possible for the instructors and assistants, so they could focus on the courseware."
Gareau added, "In our group's A/V technology research, we identified a product that matched our demanding requirements, the DualView multi-image display processor from RGB Spectrum. The DualView gives us the flexibility to support a wide range of signals and display two of them simultaneously on the room's large screen. It's a better, more versatile solution than adding a second projector."
The DualView processor receives computer input from the classroom computer and the instructor's notebook PC. The computer content consists of PowerPoint presentations and live internet transmissions. The processor is also fed video sources from a ceiling-mounted document camera, in-class video camera, and a DVD/VCR player. RGB Spectrum's DualView XL model supports up to eight inputs, of which two can be seamlessly switched and displayed simultaneously.
The DualView combines two of these input signals and outputs them to the room's NEC GT6000 projector in SXGA 1280 x 1024 resolution. Operators can display inputs side-by-side, picture-in-picture, full screen, and in other pre-set configurations using a simple AMX touch screen controller. The DualView XL also offers the ability to smoothly resize, reposition, zoom, and pan any input source. Additional features include fades, titles and borders, and dual RGB and DVI output.
Gareau concluded, "Instructors have been asking for dual image and PIP display capability for some time. The DualView processor delivers the unmatched flexibility to handle the varying types of sources we needed. We are very impressed with its excellent display quality, performance, and display arrangement versatility."The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in North America, located in Canada's national capital in Ottawa, Ontario. Founded in 1848, this research intensive university offers a multicultural environment, with students from over 150 countries, a comprehensive range of programs, and a excellent learning experience. For more information, call 613-562-5800 or visit http://www.uottawa.ca/.
RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and SuperWall™, ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.