Category Archives: Media Services

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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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.

Staff Promotion: Sarah Bearse

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Bearse from Audio-Visual Systems Engineer to Group Leader for Media Services.

sarah.jpgSarah joined HSPH just one short year ago and has made a huge contribution to our operation and to the community.  She has been instrumental in leading a number of key renovations including:

  • Kresge G1 audience microphone replacements
  • FXB G11 AV renovation
  • Kresge cafeteria AV renovation
  • Extensive rewiring of Kresge G2 and G3 equipment racks
  • Replacement of all wireless microphones at HSPH
  • Replacement of a number of classroom projectors and room control systems
  • Numerous departmental conference room and office AV installations

Sarah has also staffed nearly all major events over the past year providing the community with outstanding service.
In her new role as group leader, Sarah will coordinate and supervise the work of our team of user support associates around media service requests including:

  • Events
  • Event and classroom capture, web streaming
  • Video and web conferencing
  • Video and podcast production
  • Installations, renovations, and infrastructure planning
  • AV troubleshooting
  • Community training and staff development

Congratulations to Sarah!

Interesting highlight:
Prior to joining HSPH, Sarah was the lead engineer on the development of an award-winning MP3 (podcast) recorder for M-Audio.  She spent a summer in China working with a team to bring her design from concept to production.
We have several Microtrack II units available for community use.  The units are ideal for quick podcast or audio capture in a classroom.  File transfer is as easy as file transfer on a digital camera.  For more information or a tutorial, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP.

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Kresge G1 audience microphones replaced

On August 21, 2009, the HSPH IT Office completed renovations to the audience microphone system in our largest auditorium, Snyder Auditorium (Kresge G1).

The new Senheisser system will allow for much easier conversation during classes and events.

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New audience microphones can be found at every other seat in Snyder Auditorium, Kresge G1

The units are PUSH TO TALK and up to 15 “delegate” units will activate at any given time. Each delegate unit has a speaker that transmits active microphones.

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A close-up of new units.  Pushing the red button activates your microphone.

The podium has a “Chairman’s Unit” that allows for universal muting.

Work was completed over the summer in-house by Sarah Bearse, Audio Visual Systems Engineer and Stephen Riccardi, Network Manager.

Visit Kresge G1 and try the new units.
 

New Staff Member: Julie Lantz

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Julie Lantz.  Julie 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.

Julie is a graduate of Salisbury State University with a degree in biology. She spent five years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a senior laboratory technician before turning her attention to information technology, music, and media services.  She spent two years at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, also at Johns Hopkins, as the computing center manager.

More recently, Julie lived and worked on the west coast as a computer/audio-visual technician for the Bay Area Video coalition (http://www.bavc.org) in San Francisco.

BAVC is a “nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology – PortaPak video. Their continuing mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.”

In addition to her work at BAVC, Julie freelanced for Good Film Works (http://www.goodfilmworks.com) and the Women’s Audio Mission (http://www.womensaudiomission.org).  At Good Film Works, she worked on sound and video editing for corporate and nonprofit videos.  At Women’s Audio Mission, she helped train other women and youth in the use of audio technology.

Julie has earned certificates in web design from Maryland Institute of Art and in sound recording from City University of San Francisco.

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

FXB G11 Renovations Complete

The HSPH IT Office is pleased to announce the renovation of the audio-video system in FXB G11.  Work was completed during the week of August 24 – August 28, 2009. 

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New podium in FXB G11

New equipment includes:

  • Podium
  • Document camera
  • VCR/DVD player
  • Projector
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Microphones
  • Speakers

Once wiring has been run to the room, we will be able to provide audio, video and VGA (i.e., computer, laptop, document camera, tablet PC) feeds back to HSPH’s central control room on the G-level of Kresge.  This will allow us to both tape classes and events from FXB
G11.  The wiring will be complete some time in the early fall.

The renovation of FXB G11 includes a new document camera.
 

The room uses familiar push button Extron controls found in most classrooms

The controls offer:

  • ON/OFF to turn on and off the projector
  • Volume control knob to control room volume
  • Arrows UP and DOWN to operate the screen
  • AUTO IMAGE makes image adjustments for sources
  • DVD/VCR switches source to combination DVD/VCR
  • DOC CAM switches source to document camera
  • LAPTOP switches source to your laptop (VGA with audio and network cables cables are on podium)
  • PC switches source to the room’s resident PC

If you are teaching or presenting in FXB G11 and would like an overview of the room, please contact the Helpdesk at 432-HELP, and we will arrange for a tutorial.