The seats, ceiling and old equipment were removed and contractors for the carpets, seating and AV equipment were co-ordinated over the following two months.
Conferex Communications was appointed to supply and install the entire AV solution including projectors, audio, cameras for lecture capture and control room equipment.
It installed two Optoma EH7700 ProScene projectors in each lecture theatre. These WUXGA projectors boast a brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens and use BrilliantColor™ technology to produce stunningly bright images with perfectly balanced, lifelike colours.
ProScene projectors are engineered for reliability. The dust-sealed, filter free design prevents dust and dirt from affecting the system ensuring optimal image quality with minimal maintenance. They use DLP® technology pioneered by Texas Instruments, which uses millions of mirrors to produce high quality imagery which does not suffer colour degradation over time, as sometimes experienced in other projector technologies.
The EH7700 has a dual lamp system, which adds to its reliability. Both lamps can be used together to achieve maximum brightness, while still providing redundancy should one of the lamps fail. Alternatively a single lamp can be used in Relay Mode.
The projector can be managed and monitored remotely with Crestron RoomView®, Extron IP Link, AMX and PJ-Link, which allow almost all aspects to be controlled across a network. It has extensive connectivity supporting a wide number of computer and video inputs including VGA and two HDMI ports.
Motorised lens shift, focus and zoom combined with the extensive lens options, 360˚ operation and interchangeable colour wheels guarantees flexibility in installation.
The image from each projector is projected directly onto the walls in each of the three lecture theatres. The walls were painted with Screen Goo, a high resolution acrylic water-based paint designed specifically for the video projection industry.
Each projector was connected to an SY Electronics Apollo multi-format matrix switcher. Having two images available allows the lecturer to show multiple sources including imagery from visualisers, cameras, Powerpoint presentations and video. It also enables them to broadcast webcasts and show Skype communications with presenters that are not necessarily based at the university.
The cameras can record the lecture from multiple angles to show the presentation, the blackboard as well as the lecturer and/or students.
For audio, the largest theatre was installed with two powerful Martin Audio Mini Line Array Speakers. Smaller Tannoy VLS Column Array Speakers were perfect for the other two and these are focused to take into account the lecture theatre’s tiered seating and transmit sound across the whole space.
Sennheiser Omnidirectional remote paddle antennas were installed to improve the audio received from wireless roaming microphones.
The video capture system has four inputs plus audio and each input goes into the recording software. This ensures high quality audio and video from the lectures would be captured and saved for future viewing.
It also will enable the university to increase its seating capacity for popular sessions. For example when there is not enough room in one lecture theatre, the audio and visuals from this theatre can be broadcast across all three.
A new central control room was built that serves all three lecture theatres. Lecturers can control almost all aspects from the podium control panel including lighting, audio and what is shown on each projector.
Conferex future-proofed the system by using fibre optic cabling that will allow the university to easily replace components and eventually upgrade to 4K projectors without having to change the whole system