Category Archives: Media Services

The Buzz in the Kresge Cafe

We are pleased to show select World Cup matches in the Kresge cafe on the large television for the viewing convenience of the HSPH Community. 
Take a break, cheer for your favorite team, and meet fellow HSPH community members.
The United States takes on Slovenia at 10:00 am this morning. 
More information:

  • ESPN’s television schedule

Commencement Broadcast Going Mobile

In addition to broadcasting commencement in HD, the HSPH Department of Information Technology is piloting a mobile live stream of commencement to iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.

Mobile streams locations will be available at
beginning at approximatley 1:30 pm on Commencement Day, Thursday, May
28, 2010.

Below is a screenshot of a live broadcast from Kresge G1 on an Apple iPad.

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HSPH Commencement to be Broadcast in HD

The Department of Information Technology has provided a live commencement stream to friends and family for the past 5 years.  In 2010, we are pleased to announce that we will be broadcasting for the first time in high definition

For those interested in the technology, the HD cameras under the tent will send audio and video to a Digital Rapids encoder.  The encoder will then send the stream to Limelight Networks over the HSPH network.  Limelight Networks is a video host that the University uses for a number of initiatives.  Friends and family will be able to access the stream from the HSPH website at Commencement 2010 video

On commencement day, we will begin the stream at approximately 1:30 pm. 

A lower bandwidth stream will also be available for those with slower internet connections.

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New Staff Member: Patrick Creedon

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Patrick Creedon.  Patrick will work as a user support specialist in our User Services Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community.

Patrick is a graduate of Emerson College where he earned a bachelors of arts degree in television video. Patrick is transferring from Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where he has worked since 2008.  His work included coordinating Radcliffe’s meeting spaces, managing events, and working with AV vendors on room repairs.  He has significant AV troubleshooting expertise in a classroom and auditorium setting.

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Photo by David Shelton

Patrick worked previously at Boston University overseeing their “Experience Room.”  The Boston University Experience is “a unique and compelling multimedia presentation that showcases the University’s long—standing tradition of academic excellence and leadership for social change. This state-of-the-art facility is one of a kind-no other university or
college has such a facility.”  The Experience Room was used for both admissions and for special events.

Patrick also completed several internships in the television industry at WBZ TV/CBS 4 Boston.

Please join us in welcoming Patrick to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact:  Patrick works part-time at the Apple Store in Hingham MA as a Mac Specialist.  We are very excited to have a Mac expert on staff.

Thank you for Attending Tech Day!

On March 17, 2010, the HSPH Information Technology Department hosted our first technology day in the Kresge Cafeteria Atrium.  Thank you for stopping by and visting with Dell, Polycom, and our staff. 

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User Services Mike Demarco (lower left) and Dell’s Peter Ton (upper left) show the new Dell laptop and desktop models available to the community through the University’s Dell contract.

Fred Sheahan of HSPH’s Instructional Computing Facility led a demonstration on the use of TurningPoint audience response systems.

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TODAY! Technology Day in Cafe on March 17, 2010

The HSPH Information Technology Department is pleased to host a technology day in the HSPH Kresge cafeteria atrium on March 17, 2010 from 11 am to 2 pm.

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During lunch, we’ll have tables set up in the cafeteria atrium where you can:

  • Test drive new computers and laptops from Dell and speak with one of Harvard’s Dell representatives
  • Speak with representatives from Polycom about video conferencing options.
  • Stop by and talk with our staff about new products.  Bring your questions!
  • Learn how to reserve and use our services including Webex web conferencing and Polycom video conferencing
  • Learn about Microsoft upgrades offered through the University Enterprise Agreement
  • Learn about upcoming training opportunities

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Audio Recording Using the MicroTrack II

The HSPH Information Technology technology department has several new portable audio recorders available for community use.

The M-Audio’s Microtrack II recorders are ideal for quick recordings for course websites, meeting recordings, and podcasts.  The recorders are as easy or easier to use than most digital cameras and offer professional quality at a very reasonable price.

User Service’s David Shelton and Julie Lantz have produced the following “how-to” video to get users started.

How to Use the MicroTrack II

You can also download the MicroTrack II Training Video. 

Product details (from M-Audio’s website):
“The redesigned MicroTrack II brings even more professional features to the original high-fidelity mobile digital recorder that’s been embraced by audio and film professionals worldwide. With an extended input gain range, analog input limiter, 48V phantom power, faster file transfer rate, seamless recording of files beyond 2GB in size and other enhancements, MicroTrack II delivers the highest quality mobile recording experience available today. Simply record WAV (BWF) and MP3 files to CompactFlash or Microdrives through balanced line inputs or built-in microphone preamps—then drag and drop recordings to your computer via high-speed USB 2.0 for immediate editing or Web posting. MicroTrack II is perfect for a wide variety of applications including field recording, capturing live shows, songwriting, education and more.”

Finally, we have an IT staff connection to this product.  Prior to joining HSPH, Sarah Bearse, our Group Leader for Media Services, was the lead engineer on the development of this award-winning product.  She spent a summer in China working with a team to bring her design from concept to production.

Please call the Helpdesk at 432-HELP to reserve a recorder, request a demo or find out more information on purchasing your own recorder.

More locations available for course and event capture!

We are pleased to announce that recent renovations to FXB G11, G12, and G13 allow for course and event capture.  Happenings in the room can be streamed via the web for live or on-demand presentations or recorded to DVD. 

In addition to capturing audio and video, web streaming allows for capture of your laptop, tabletPC, classroom resident PC, or classroom document camera.

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A new camera in FXB G12 feeds video back to the Kresge control room.

Renovations in FXB G11, G12, and G13 have tied the rooms to the central control room in the Kresge Building.

We currently have the capacity to record three simultaneous events. Courses and events are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Course/event capture is available from all larger classrooms at HSPH including:

  • Kresge G1
  • Kresge G2
  • Kresge G3
  • Kresge 213
  • Kresge 502
  • FXB G11
  • FXB G12
  • FXB G13
  • Kresge Courtyard (Commencement)

If you are interested in exploring course or event capture this spring in the new rooms, please contact Sarah Bearse, Group Leader for Media Services at 617-432-6836 sbearse@hsph.harvard.edu.

With room renovations now complete, the Office of Information Technology is turning our attention to evaluating our capacity, capture technology, and streaming format. 

FXB G12 and G13 Renovations Completed

On January 6, 2010, we completed the upgrade of all audio-visual systems in FXB G12 and G13.

The work was led by Group Leader Sarah Bearse with assistance from Stephen Riccardi and Chris Riley.

Additional work has been scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2010 to complete programming work.  This work will tie FXB G11, G12, and G13 into the control room for recording and web streaming.

Some photos of the new equipment:
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A custom maple desk has been added to each room with a new document camera, computer, laptop/tablet connection, and DVD.

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The new touchscreen is easy to use and controls all of the rooms functions.

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Photos by Julie Lantz

Cameras have been installed in the rooms providing a video feed back to the HSPH control room in the Kresge Building.  Microphones have been added to the podium and to the ceiling to pick up room audio.

Phone lines have also been integrated into the systems.  This should make the rooms a choice location for audio and web conferencing.  We are currently testing this feature and will make it available later this winter.

FXB G12 and G13 Audio-Visual Renovations Scheduled

The FXB G12 and G13 classrooms will be renovated over the holiday recess.  Work will begin just before recess on December 21, 2009 and continue through January 3, 2010.

The renovations will feature:

  • New custom maple desks
  • New easy-to-use room controls
  • Upgraded microphones, speakers, and amps
  • Upgraded wiring and AV matrix switch
  • Addition of a document camera
  • Fiber connection to the HSPH control room on the Kresge G-level

Early in 2010, we will reprogram our control room to accept audio, video and VGA (computer, laptop, document camera) feeds from FXB G11, G12, and G13.  This will increase our quantity of potential course and event capture sites to nine.  Existing capture locations are Kresge G1, G2, G3, 213, 502, and the Kresge courtyard.

FXB G11 was renovated in August 2009.  New projectors and screens were already added to FXB G11 and G12 in August 2008.

Sarah Bearse, group leader for media services, will lead our renovation efforts.

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FXB G13
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The wiring shown above will be simplified and cleaned up.

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Presenters will have a new document camera available. This is the same model that has been installed in Kresge 502 and FXB G11.