TV, DVDs,VHS and Digital Media 4 Ways to Watch Video in the LLL:
Students and faculty can watch a collection of feature films, language instruction programs, and cultural documentaries on VHS cassettes, DVD disks and digital media files on the computers and online.
1. Through a DVD and VCR connected to a projector and screen in the front of Room LIB-451. These machines can play NTSC and PAL format DVDs from any region and PAL format video cassettes. Instructors and lab staff can project the picture and sound on the big screen using the Pro-One AV Control unit. The instructor or staff member controls the playback.
2. Through the computers with a DVD-ROM drive in LIB-449 and LIB-451. Insert DVDs and individually control and play them with installed software. A Windows program called Any DVD, allows any format or region code DVD to be played. In Mac OS X, only Region 1 (made in USA) disks are playable. VLC Media Player, Quicktime, iDVD, Real Player and Windows Media Player can all play DVDs and other audio and video media files as well from the hard drive or the Internet.
3. Through the TV set, DVD player and VCR on the portable cart. On these machines, the DVD or video cassette can be individually controlled by the user with remote controls.
4. Over the air digital TV broadcats and video cassettes can be viewed on the instructor station with Elgato Eye TV and WIndows Media Center using an Elgato TV One tuner stick and anntenna. This device is also connected to the DVD and VCR machines in the console to covert analog videocassettes to media clips or DVds on the computer. The lab office also has the same video capture device connected to a VCR.
Various programs can play audio and video media clips stored on the computer or the Internet.