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Widescreen Becomes the New Standard

Not too long ago when selecting a movie, a decision was required from a widescreen or standard format.  Considering computers, most laptop displays have been in widescreen format for a long time.  However, the desktop monitors purchased with computers were square displays.  That is until recently.   In the past year or so, most monitors that are coming with the computers are coming with widescreen displays.  This technology shift has progressed to video projectors where most vendors offer widescreen format.  Since the computer display output is in widescreen format, it will match up well with the widescreen projectors.  Additionally, the projectors can accommodate High Definition TV output when played from the DVD player.  The third piece to this new technology is that the screens need to be in widescreen format and not in the older square screens format.  This new widescreen format offers a clearer and sharper picture and matches computer and projector screens, which works together to improve the visual display.

ITS and Media Systems worked together to review, examine, and evaluate widescreen projectors and screens to be considered the standard in the Science Center.  We were considering the future while providing improved visual output to enhance students' learning of the sciences.

In January 2009, Sharp announced their newest widescreen projector model PG3750W with 3700 ANSI Lumens bright enough for most classrooms even without blinds.  Sharp projectors have been the SCC standardized model for many years.  Therefore, when Sharp announced this new model, the timing was very good as we could recommend this unit for all the Science Center classrooms.  As a result, all nineteen classrooms have the same Sharp PG3750W wide screen projectors and Draper widescreen screens.  Every classroom has a Nova instructor station with the following equipment: GX960 PC with 19” widescreen monitor,  Crestron MPS100 Controller, Sony Blu-Ray DVD player, Lumens Visual Presenter (Document Camera), controlled by Crestron Touch Screen panel with everything connected to Bose ceiling speakers.  New for the Science Center is Crestron Room View software allowing Media Systems to investigate the status of all the AV equipment remotely and perform troubleshooting techniques without visiting the classroom, which improves up time and service to the faculty and students.

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