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Clausthal Technical University (TU Clausthal)

Remodeling the multimedia lecture hall at TU Clausthal (2008)

Better learning with modern media and control technology

The Project: Clausthal Technical University (TU Clausthal) offers major courses of study in the following subjects: chemistry, physics, materials science, energy and raw materials, geo-environmental engineering, mathematics, computer science, mechanical engineering, process engineering, environmental engineering, power systems engineering, and economics. TU Clausthal takes an interdisciplinary approach to research and has links to other national and international higher education institutes. Media systems in the large lecture hall of the Institute for Physics and Physical Technologies were between 5 and 20 years old and thus were scheduled to be replaced in 2008 with innovative and high-quality equipment.

The Challenge: Remodeling the lecture hall to produce a complex and contemporary multimedia center. Substantially improved electronic media presentation and broader accessibility thanks to innovative technology are key components of TU Clausthal’s e-learning strategy.

The Solution: A multimedia lecture hall was conceived and installed by Amptown System Company under the overall leadership of the TU’s computer center and in close cooperation with Acoustic Design Ahnert (ADA), the engineers responsible for planning. Its complete HD workflow enables two multi-format HD compact cameras to generate sharp, high-quality pictures, close-ups, and measurement data. The images are available on PC for lectures, presentations, and experiment series as well as in broadcast quality for international video conferences.

The system can be operated either by the lecturer or by an assistant in the lecture hall as required. Media producers in the control room either edit the signal live in the picture editing suite or put the recorded material together in post-production.

Not only the video and audio technology, but also the auditorium and platform lighting can be operated via the central media controls and the light levels adjusted to suit visual displays. Although the technology is complex and sophisticated, its operation is simple thanks to a high degree of automation requiring a minimum of staff.

Excerpt from the materials list:

Audio Equipment

  • Biamp Nexia audio processor
  • Kling & Freitag sound systems

Video and Media Equipment

  • Panasonic AK-HC1500 (2/3"-Chip HD) cameras
  • JVC GY-HD251E (1/3"-Chip 720p HDV) cameras
  • Panasonic AV-HS300G (5x HD-SDI) video switchers
  • Panasonic PTD-7700 (3DLP, SXGA+, 7000 ANSI lumen) projectors
  • Presentation scaler switcher: AnalogWay Diventix
  • HD videoconferencing codec: Polycom HDX 9004
  • Document camera: Wolfvision VZ 9plus Crestron media controls

Lighting Equipment

  • Background light (fluorescent tubes), laboratory bench lighting (wash lights)
  • Lecture lighting (spotlights), board lights (spotlights)

 

 

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    Better learning with modern media and control technology

    Clausthal Technical University (TU Clausthal)

    Electronic and digital media provide up-to-date presentation and distribution of educational materials.

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    Better learning with modern media and control technology

    Clausthal Technical University (TU Clausthal)

    Electronic and digital media provide up-to-date presentation and distribution of educational materials.

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    Better learning with modern media and control technology

    Clausthal Technical University (TU Clausthal)

    Electronic and digital media provide up-to-date presentation and distribution of educational materials.

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