Video Devices

Educational Technology Services has a number of video devices that faculty, staff, and students have access to.

Televisions

Flat Panel TVs have a greater display quality and may be connected to typical multimedia devices. Possible connections are coaxial, composite (RCA), S-Video, component, HDMI, and VGA cable inputs, depending on the particular unit.

DVD/VHS Combo Units Players

DVD/VHS combo units give users the versatility to play both VHS tapes and DVD discs. These units typically have coaxial and composite cable connections. Some units provide component or HDMI output for the DVD side of the device.

Blu-Ray Players

Blu-Ray players are used to play Blu-Ray discs, but are also compatible with standard DVDs. They cannot play HD-DVD discs. Optimally, Blu-Ray players should connect to HD Televisions using HDMI connections, but some players allow for composite, S-Video, component or even coaxial connections.

Portable DVD players/burners

Sony’s VRD-MC10 DVD recorder is a device that allows for playing and recording video footage from Handycam camcorders and other sources directly onto a DVD without using a computer.

Audio and Video Conferencing 

Video Conferencing allows users at two different geographic locations to connect with one another using computers and the internet. Transmissions can include audio and video, or, in some instances, you can share documents displayed on your computer screen.

At Castleton, the majority of our video conferencing occurs via Adobe Connect and our Polycom system which uses VOIP (Voice Over IP). We also have Apple laptops with Skype for on campus use. Individuals need to check with IT Services before loading video conferencing software on a University owned computer. Not all video conferencing software has been approved for use on University owned computers.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web- based video conferencing program that gives users the ability to share screen information including Microsoft Power Point and Word documents or even specific applications. Users can connect a web camera to the conference for video and audio can be carried via Adobe Connect, although it tends to be spotty. A conference call can be set up to accompany the meeting.

Adobe Connect meetings can be set up by contacting Educational Technology Services.

Polycom System

The Polycom system allows for video and audio conference calls. The system dials into a server where other users with access to the same IP address can enter as well.

Vaddio System

Our new Vaddio System is located in SAC 142. The BaseSTATION system can be used for a variety of applications such as PC-based UC applications like Skype or Adobe Connect. The unit is comprised of a table-based MicDock and a wall-mounted Camera Module. The MicDock contains the microphones, user interface, and docking connectors for the PC and video conferencing applications.