Last Friday, November 4th, Instructional Support Services supported the Audio Visual needs of the Bristle Mammoth Lecture. The lecture was given by the Director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology, Professor Daniel C. Fisher who has been working with the Bristle family over the past year to discover the significance of the Mammoth bones discovered on the Bristle Farm in Chelsea, Michigan last year.  

There were three rooms that ISS technicians had to coordinate. 1800 Chemistry was the main event. While Fisher spoke to an audience of approximately 300 people, three ISS technicians were in the crowd monitoring the audio and visual components. Joe Popiolek managed the audio and lecture slides from the booth, Jeff Mengyan recorded Fisher from the front row, and Jesse Miller managed streaming from Mengyan’s camera to the other rooms across campus. New ISS Tech David Auwers was also present being trained.

Across the hall in Chemistry 1640, Gareth Fox managed the overflow room. It was his job to access the stream and present it to the overflow audience while reporting back to the main room on the quality of the stream.

Meanwhile, across the street at the Natural History Museum, Planetarium Manager Matthew Linke, was doing the same thing, for a group of donors who were watching the lecture there.

Traditionally, feeds to overflow rooms have been piped through a cable running from a camera in one room to a screen in another, requiring the overflow room to be in close proximity to the live presentation. However, utilizing an Epiphan Pearl, ISS was able to compose a feed combining Professor Fisher’s slides with video of the lecture and send it live to multiple locations in different buildings over the University of Michigan network.

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