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IABM and NewBay Media Partner to Offer Broadcast Technology Workflows Training Course at Digital Video Expo

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Aug. 15, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that, in partnership with NewBay Media, the association will hold its “Broadcast Technology Workflows — the Fundamentals” training course at the Digital Video Expo Sept. 25-26 in Los Angeles. Designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the full breadth of broadcast workflows, the two-day course will give managers and executives the tools they need to discuss and analyze workflows with confidence.

“The course offered at Digital Video Expo will address everything from the basic elements of broadcast technology workflows to discussion of metadata and media management, standards, and processes from ingest through delivery,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “By the end of the course, students will have a knowledge base that will help them ask critical questions and extend their knowledge.”

Created by the IABM Training Academy, the course on workflow fundamentals will improve attendees’ knowledge of the concepts, terms, and processes used in broadcast technology; enable them to understand the impact of file-based technology on end-to-end workflows; and assist them in seeing how change in one part of the workflow can impact all others. In addition to facilitating keener workflow analysis, the course will ensure that attendees are better equipped for marketing and selling activities.

Registration for the training course is online at www.dvexpo.com/iabm-training-academy/. Early registration before Aug. 24 is $1,150 for IABM members and $1,350 for nonmembers. Registration after Aug. 24 is $1,210 and $1,510, respectively, for members and nonmembers.

Further information about the IABM and its activities is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About Digital Video Expo
Digital Video Expo is a one stop training, expo and networking event for digital content creators including cameramen, cinematographers, directors, producers, film and postproduction editors, TV broadcasters, photographers and graphic designers. Held in September each year in southern California, the event attracts thousands of attendees and more than 100 exhibitors for two days of exhibits and three days of education. Visit DVExpo.com for more information and to register.

About the IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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FORscene Again to Power Post-Production Workflows for IBC TV News at IBC2013

LONDON — Aug. 15, 2013 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM:FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform FORscene, announced that it will partner with IBC TV News for the sixth year in a row to provide access and editing capabilities to IBC TV News footage with its FORscene cloud-based post-production tools.

“We are honoured that IBC has invited us back to be an essential part of the IBC TV News workflow once again,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “This partnership gives us an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate the power of FORscene easily to the exhibitors and attendees, whether they are attending in person or virtually.”

IBC TV News is the official TV and webcasting channel for the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), held each September in Amsterdam. During the convention, IBC TV News editors and producers add key stories to www.ibctvnews.com, providing on-site and virtual visitors alike with the top news and exhibitor interviews from the show floor plus the latest news from the various conference sessions. Starting with IBC2008, IBC TV News has used FORscene to repurpose material for both broadcast and website videos during and after the exhibition, reaching more than 50,000 attendees and more than 1,300 exhibitors.

To handle the post-production workflow, a FORscene server will be installed at the RAI conference centre in Amsterdam. The server will compress and upload the content, which IBC TV News crews shoot on state-of-the-art, tapeless cameras, and store it locally at full resolution on the FORscene server. Participating broadcasters and IBC exhibitors will then have controlled access to this archived content, including rushes and daily programme footage. Sophisticated search functions, built-in moderation tools, and a range of access levels will enable users to search metadata attached to the material to find the shots and sequences they want. Using FORscene’s frame-accurate editing tools, users will be able to create simple edits or complete Web video packages. Once complete, FORscene’s auto-conform process can provide a high-resolution MPEG-2 or H.264 file to be used in final broadcast pieces or delivered to the exhibitors’ websites.

More information about FORscene is available at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information is available at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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Gefen’s New HDFST Modular Matrix for HDMI Supports HDCP and Includes Built-in ELR Extenders for a Better Performance and Unique Customization Options

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced its newest modular matrix card frame with built-in signal extension: the 32×32 HDFST (High Definition Fast Switching Technology) Modular Matrix for HDMI w/HDCP. This new system supports up to 32 high definition sources and 32 displays using HDMI. Each source can be integrated and cross-point routed in any configuration. The modular approach offers HDMI extension over CAT-5 cable using Gefen ELR (Extra Long Range) technology based on HDBaseT for added flexibility.

The GefenPRO 32×32 HDFST Modular Matrix for HDMI w/HDCP routes any 32 sources to any 32 displays in an HDMI in/out configuration. A second configuration allows for HDMI in with HDBaseT out for displays located anywhere within a 330-foot (100m) distance of the matrix frame. Users can tailor their outputs to enable different configurations. The 8x HDMI output board connects to eight displays using standard HDMI cable. The 8x ELR (Extra Long Range) output board extends HDMI and bi-directional IR to a small receiver unit using one CAT-5 cable per display. This matrix can accommodate any combination of output boards to achieve the desired infrastructure for both local and/or extended outputs.

“The 32×32 HDFST Modular Matrix for HDMI w/HDCP can use two 8x ELR boards and two 8x HDMI outputs in the same frame,” explained Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “This provides an adaptable method of tailoring the matrix for each unique environment so you can save some money on cable costs if some of the displays can be placed near the source. It offers additional flexibility if some of the displays need to be placed far away.”

Gefen’s POL (Power Over Line) technology eliminates the need to power the receiver units, which obtain their power from the matrix. High definition resolutions up to 1080p are supported with full HDCP compliance.

Gefen FST is included, improving the HDCP authentication speed. The front panel LCD displays all routing information and menu options. HDMI features including 3DTV pass-through and multi-channel audio formats are all supported. EDID management settings are included to ensure a stable connection even when powering on/off individual displays. Users control this rack mountable matrix using front panel buttons, IR remote, the RS-232 interface or by IP using the web server, Telnet and UDP options. Dual, redundant power supplies offer added security for a reliable performance. As a GefenPRO product, this matrix comes with 24/7 support.

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Casio Takes DJ Equipment to the Next Level at DJ Expo

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY, August 14, 2013 – Casio is excited to announce its participation in the world’s largest annual gathering of professional DJs, the 2013 DJ Expo presented by DJ Times magazine. DJ Times magazine presented its first DJ Expo in 1990 and 23 years later, it has become the DJ industry’s best-attended trade show/exhibition. Casio will not only exhibit its XW series of synthesizers, but it will also showcase its SLIM projector line on August 12-15, 2013 at the Trump Taj  Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.

“DJ and musicians want the freedom to mix their performances on the fly to get the crowd moving,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “That is why we are excited to show off our latest Casio XW series of synthesizers at the 2013 DJ Expo. The XW series gives DJs and musicians of varying levels the ability to create their own unique sound by building performances and hits that push the envelope while getting crowds dancing.”

The XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer was specifically designed for the DJ and club performer providing an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments. The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer equipped with Casio’s exclusive Hybrid Processing Sound Source. It provides screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more. With the sounds and real-time control, the XW-P1 offers a variety of advanced features and technological functions performing musicians need.

Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer in both the XW-P1 and XW-G1 is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns that make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience. The XW’s unique six oscillator design can emulate classic analog synths, and create powerful leads and huge bass sounds. Tracks in the Step Sequencer can even drive other MIDI devices and computer applications including the iPad®.

In addition to its XW series of synthesizers, Casio will also showcase its SLIM projector line, specifically the XJ-A251 as a video solution for DJs. The SLIM projector’s 2X power zoom lens will project a large image from close range (60″ diagonal at 6 feet) without taking a lot of space and its multiple inputs can project content from a wide assortment of devices including a computer, DVD player or a video camera for live video.

“Today, many DJs are adding video elements into their performances and they need projectors that are portable but still deliver great quality and wide screen resolutions,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With their lightweight and slim design, Casio’s SLIM projectors are ideal for DJs who travel from gig to gig and need equipment to fit their needs. Our SLIM series is not only compact, but is rich in features ideal for the DJ space.”

Weighing in at only five pounds, Casio’s SLIM projectors are 1.7 inches wide, making them the thinnest high brightness projectors in the industry. The SLIM projectors are powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP technology that provides LampFreeTM, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s
LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared with a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment. Finally, all of Casio’s SLIM projectors are LampFreeTM, which delivers hours of reliable operation without concerns for a dark screen or high frequent costs of mercury lamp replacement.

For additional information on Casio’s portfolio of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com. For more information on Casio’s portfolio of electronic musical instruments, visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets
calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit
www.casiousa.com.

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Casio Launches Extra Value Warranty Program for Entire Portfolio of Lampfree Projectors

DOVER, NJ, August 15, 2013 – Casio America, Inc. a leading manufacturer of projection technology, announced today the launch of a new Extra Value Warranty Program for its portfolio of LampFree projectors. The purchase program offers a one-year or two-year extension for up to a total of five years of coverage for parts and labor. This new extended warranty is available for purchase at any time during the original warranty period and applies to the Signature, Short Throw, SLIM and Pro series of projectors.

“The launch of the Extra Value Warranty Program demonstrates our commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, industry-leading LampFree projectors,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With this new program, Casio has made one of the industry’s best warranties even better. It allows consumers to purchase LampFree projectors with the assurance that they will receive reliable, long-term operation.”

Casio’s original warranty program offered three years parts and labor coverage and several of the models offered a warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source for up to five years or 10,000 hours. Depending on which option the consumer chooses, the Extra Value Warranty extends the standard parts & labor coverage for up to two additional years after the standard warranty ends.

For consumers who use Casio’s LampFree projectors frequently – ten hours per day for five or more days per week – Casio also offers Extended Use Applications. The standard light source warranty is one year or 6,000 hours, but with the Extended Use Application, consumers can purchase a two year Light Source Extended warranty, which will provide three years parts and labor and three years or 15,000 hours on the light source.

Extended warranties are available for purchase through Casio’s Authorized Dealer and Reseller Network. Depending on the model, the extended warranty price ranges from $100.00 to $360.00.

For additional information regarding Casio’s portfolio of LampFree™ projectors and our warranty programs, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets
calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit
www.casiousa.com.

 

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Advanced Systems Group, Quantum Reschedule Free Archiving and Storage Strategies Webinar for August 21

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.–Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, and Quantum, a global leader in data management and protection solutions, has rescheduled its free webinar on archiving and tiered storage for Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT.

Designed for smaller workgroups that are considering an archive system, the webinar will explain the benefits of a dedicated archive system and outline a number of applicable strategies and technologies. The presentation will also highlight the new Quantum StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive, an entry-level archive that starts with 30TB of LTO-6 tape capacity and can grow to more than 1PB.

Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG, and Yannick Guillerm, technical advisor for the Quantum StorNext AEL Archives product line, will host the webinar. “Everyone needs archiving, and Quantum’s new StorNext AEL500 Mini lowers the entry point,” explained Van Hoy. “Our webinar will help attendees identify best practices for smaller workgroup workflows.”

Tiered storage and digital archiving address issues associated with overburdened storage systems, unprotected assets, and the expanding number of digital formats. Quantum’s StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content without the cost, space, power consumption, and management overhead of conventional disk. Plus, with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities, the systems ensure valuable data is available and accessible long-term.

For more information, please visit www.asgllc.com or click here to register.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Extron Now Shipping All DMP 128 Audio DSP Models

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of all DMP 128 Series audio digital signal processors, including models with Dante™ audio networking, AEC – acoustic echo cancellation, and analog telephone connectivity. The award-winning DMP 128 Series are 12×8 audio mixers featuring Extron ProDSP, automixing, and I/O expansion capabilities. The DMP 128 C P and DMP 128 C P AT are the newest models shipping, and feature POTS – plain old telephone service capability for connection to an analog phone line and handset. The DMP 128 Series offers a configuration approach to DSP that simplifies mixing, routing, conferencing, and room optimization. Quick and intuitive configuration using the DSP Configurator Software allows the DMP 128 to be installed in very little time, with easy-to-learn adjustments that can be heard in real-time. more

David Perry Puts HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to the Test

BUFFALO, New York – Professional audio engineer David Perry recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 mixing console for use on a variety of regional events. A member of Buffalo, New York-based systems integration firm Ronco Specialized Systems and freelance broadcast engineer, Perry has already put the Si Expression 3 to the test this summer, using it for a variety of functions, including music festivals, corporate events and “Taste of Buffalo,” the second-largest food festival in the United States.

In addition to his position as Shop Manager with Ronco, Perry works as a freelance broadcast engineer for CBS Sports and NBC Sports, handling a lot of golf and football telecasts. “I’ve been doing sound since I was 13 years old and I still love working on all kinds of projects,” he said.
In May 2012, Perry purchased a Soundcraft Vi1 console, and his positive experience with the Vi1 compelled him to purchase the Si Expression 3. “I was predominantly an analog guy until I bought the Vi1,” Perry said. “I bought MADI cards for the Vi1 and added a mini CAT5 snake as well. I really loved the quality and ease of use of the Vi1.”

To date, Perry’s experience with the Si Expression 3 has been equally positive. “Out of the box, using the Si Expression was a snap,” he said. “I plan on adding a mini stagebox to the console as well to give me even more flexibility.”

“You really can’t beat the Si Expression: the footprint is small and it’s equally ideal for use at front-of-house and for monitors,” Perry concluded.

For more information on Ronco Specialized Systems, please visit www.roncospecialized.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Revolabs Appoints NewComm Technologies as Its Manufacturer’s Representative for Mid-Atlantic Region

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 15, 2013 — In a strategic move to continue building a strong partner focus within the pro A/V reseller and consultant communities, Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has appointed NewComm Technologies as its manufacturer’s representative for the Mid-Atlantic United States. Under the agreement, NewComm will act as an extension of Revolabs’ sales team — providing sales, technical support, and training for Revolabs’ entire line of wireless audio solutions for unified communications.

“We are pleased with the addition of Revolabs to our esteemed line of exclusive manufacturers,” said Dave Francis, president of NewComm Technologies. “The company is a pioneer in the unified communications space, and their wireless microphone and telephony offering delivers a wide array of the highest quality audio solutions. With the inclusion of Revolabs, NewComm Technologies will offer a comprehensive bundle of superior products to meet our customers’ demanding audio needs.”

Based in Lititz, Pa., NewComm Technologies will represent the Revolabs Executive Elite(TM), Executive HD(TM), Solo(TM), Fusion(TM), and xTag(TM) lines of wireless microphone systems and accessories — along with innovative new conferencing solutions such as the Revolabs FLX(TM) and FLX VoIP wireless conference phones — to its reseller, integrator, and consultant network throughout Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

“With their industry knowledge, experience, and long-term relationships, NewComm Technologies will play a pivotal role as Revolabs continues to expand its presence in the U.S.,” said Curtiss Singleton, Revolabs director of sales, the Americas. “In searching to fill this role, many of our A/V partners in the Mid-Atlantic pointed to NewComm Technologies as our best choice when it comes to building solid partner relationships, while constantly offering top-shelf service and support. We’re very excited to have Dave and his team representing Revolabs.”

More information about Revolabs is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Vaddio Cameras Enrich Learning Experience for Health Science Students at Elon University

Widely acclaimed for its engaged learning model, the venerable Elon University in North Carolina stayed true to its mission in 2012 when it renovated a newly acquired building to house its expanded School of Health Sciences. A state-of-the-art audiovisual system takes faculty/student interaction to new heights for students enrolled in Elon’s Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.

When Elon acquired the former Smithfield Foods building adjacent to the main campus, the stately brick facility required substantial renovation to serve its intended academic purpose. As part of the massive project, university trustees approved the installation of an integrated audiovisual system to create a more collaborative environment for teachers and students.

“They’ve really done a great job with this,” said integrator Brian Cox of Audio & Light, which worked with Elon University’s campus technology department to create an affordable, high-quality installation. “Each skills laboratory room contains at least a pair of Vaddio HD-19 pan/tilt/zoom cameras, a ceiling-mounted projector and multiple LCD screens, all operated by a Crestron systems controller.”

The extensive system installed at Elon University’s School of Health Sciences revolves around Vaddio cameras. Cox says choosing Vaddio was easy for several reasons.

“We wanted to use a high-definition camera, and it had to be a pan/tilt/zoom model,” he said. “Vaddio is known for its reliability, and it’s made in the USA so Vaddio also can service the equipment if necessary. Elon’s system was designed to meet their unique requirements and their budget. Vaddio proved to be the best value, overall.”

STUDENTS USE VIDEO TO CRITIQUE THEIR OWN PERFORMANCE
The 30 Vaddio cameras used in the Elon’s School of Health Sciences foster peer and faculty engagement. From the anatomy lab to the physical therapy skills lab, high-definition cameras record every classroom interaction and allow students to watch their own and others’ work from a detached point of view. This new perspective makes it easier to identify what they’re doing wrong and, perhaps more importantly, what they’re doing right so they don’t squander precious time practicing skills they’ve already mastered. Instead, students can focus on areas of improvement.

For example, when a physician assistant student is learning how to listen to heart and lung sounds, precise stethoscope placement on the patient’s chest and back is crucial. Each time a student performs a physical examination on a patient, a Vaddio camera installed in the room records the interaction, downloads it to a PC and archives it for later viewing. This helps students see whether or not they’re positioning the stethoscope correctly and enables them to watch their proficiency increase over the course of the program.

“As I understand it, these videos actually become part of the student’s academic record,” Cox said. “Faculty members can review the videos with the student to point out where they may need to improve and where they’re doing things right.”

But recording archival footage isn’t the only use for the in-lab cameras. They also capture real-time teaching moments for sharing with the group. In the anatomy lab, instructors can use the cameras to zoom in on a student’s dissection work and send the video out to all 18 wall-mounted monitors for other students to see. If a student has correctly differentiated between an artery and a vein in the donor patient’s arm, for example, the other students can simply view this image on a monitor instead of walking over to see it in person. Better yet, students can compare the video on the monitor to the actual anatomy in front of them in order to improve their own ability to identify these structures. In this way, technology helps students learn from each other.

TECHNOLOGY ELEVATES THE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Of course, peer-to-peer learning doesn’t constitute the full extent of the robust education Elon provides its health sciences students. As with any higher education program, students in the physician assistant and physical therapist programs rely heavily on instruction from faculty members. The audiovisual system, and the Vaddio cameras in particular, elevate the educational experience while making it highly engaging.

The problem of students at the back of the classroom being unable to see the material being presented up front has been around almost since schools were invented. Elon’s sophisticated audiovisual system overcomes this problem by enabling faculty members to use a PC to project instructional material not only to a screen at the front but to the many wall-mounted monitors in each lab. Since each learner has easy access to a large screen nearby, the information is easily viewed and noted.

Cameras allow instructors to broadcast their own demonstration of, say, how to properly manipulate the knee joint during a rehabilitation session. Physical therapy students working concurrently with their own patients can watch the monitors to see how the teacher performs the skill and then immediately begin practicing it. The instructor can pan, tilt or zoom the Vaddio camera to capture the skill demonstration from many angles to give students keener perspective. The cameras also can be used to capture a student’s effort for later review or for instant broadcast to the rest of the class for teaching purposes. This system fosters instructional engagement between student peers and teachers for a collaborative learning experience. It’s also a very efficient teaching method. Having viewed the instructor’s demonstration of a skill, students can maximize practice time as the teacher then moves around the room to provide individualized instruction.

ENRICHED LEARNING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY EQUALS STUDENT WIN
It’s hard to underestimate the value to a student of being able to watch his or her own performance from an outside viewpoint. The ability to visually critique one’s own movements or actions can lead to the “ah-ha” moment that quickly propels learning forward. If a physical therapy student has struggled to perform a certain limb rotation, for example, viewing a tape of the patient encounter might show the problem is as simple as the student’s body positioning in relation to the patient. It’s much easier for students to grasp the nature of the problem when they can see it with their own eyes, instead of relying on a description from an observer.

Because Vaddio’s HD-19 PTZ cameras can capture and record multiple angles in Elon’s many health sciences labs, students and faculty benefit from a rich, high-quality learning environment. True to Elon University’s mission to be a leader in engaged learning, this high-tech approach to teaching future physician assistants and physical therapists promotes a high level of peer and faculty interaction.

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