thanks ryder:
what i'm most interested in hearing about is video cameras/recording devices.  
not so much playback or projection.


On Dec 6, 2013, at 4:49 PM, Ryder White <> wrote:

> Hi Shelly,
> A few years ago, when I was still in university, our contemporary arts 
> department moved to a new purpose-built facility complete with a lot of the 
> kind of integrated infrastructure I think you're talking about. Instead of 
> having a lot of independent systems, every lecture hall and seminar room had 
> all the media playback and recording devices (as well as the lights, screens, 
> blinds, etc) controlled by the same console that was linked back to a central 
> server. It made for a much nicer space in that there weren't wires and cables 
> and carts everywhere, but it was still fraught with difficulty. One of the 
> main problems was that the configuration of each space was only MOSTLY the 
> same...they all differed somewhat. Besides that, the control interface itself 
> was not particularly intuitive.
> To my mind, it is a nice thing to do but only if it can be done in a very 
> particular way. For one thing, ensure consistency throughout your systems, 
> because learning one new way of using a space is hard enough. Secondly, demo 
> your interface options extensively and always ask yourself "Is this something 
> that the least technologically literate person in our organization could 
> use?" It's pretty awful when class/session/presentation time gets cut down 
> because you can't figure out how to differentiate the projector controls from 
> the lighting ones. 
> Hope that helps. I only have experience with the one setup, though, so I'd 
> like to hear if anyone knows of more positive implementations.
> Best,
> RW
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM, Shelly Silver <> wrote:
> dear all:
> does anyone have experience, good or bad, with rooms pre-built with wiring, 
> cameras, mics.  not for surveillance but for filming lectures, etc.
> im involved in the pre-planning of a building and i want to collect 
> experiences.
> thanks!
> shelly
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