The Center provides AV support 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Please note the following:
- The only assistance available for users who do not contract for support is instruction in basic use of our equipment and help in connecting your equipment to ours. If additional assistance is required you will be charged. AV assistance is usually available in room 1226B of the Biotechnology Center during normal business hours.
- We DO NOT have dedicated AV staff - we have one person who has other tasks that may take precedence. Staffing for events is on a best-effort basis.
We DO NOT guarantee that your event will be staffed or that technical support
will be available (though it usually is). If this is critical bring your own support staff.
- UWBC does not have staffing to support after hours events.
However, we will be happy to give you training on the equipment during normal business hours without charge.
Fees for AV support are currently $50/hour for UW departments and $75/hour for
outside groups. There is a minimum one hour charge for support.
If you bring your own computer you should know how to use it with a projector. To use our computers you should bring a PowerPoint presentation on a USB Flash Drive ("jump drive") or CD-ROM, not a floppy or zip disk.
FOOD AND DRINK ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM. If you are providing them for your event please keep that in mind. Food is allowed in the Atrium outside the auditorium (which must be reserved separately). If you provide food for your event and cleaning of the auditorium is required YOU WILL BE CHARGED the full amount.
The podium has a touch panel with controls for room lighting and other equipment and connections for a laptop
computer (network connection and video projector). A wireless microphone and laser pointer are available.
The following equipment is permanently installed in the Auditorium
Presenters wishing to use this equipment without contracting for AV support can make arrangements to stop in to be instructed in its use.
This takes about ten minutes.
- Multimedia Projector
- This is controlled from the touch panel on the podium. Presenters can bring their own laptop computer
or use the computer built into the podium (see below).
- Mac Mini (intel)
- There is a computer built into the podium that can be used for Powerpoint presentations. It has PowerPoint
installed, which will also open presentations from PowerPoint created on a PC. Your presentation
should be brought in on a USB Flash Drive or a CD-ROM. This machine has no floppy or zip drive. It does have an Internet connection. This computer can run Mac OS or Windows XP by holding down the Option key and rebooting.
- Overhead Projector
- This is kept at the front of the room and is always available.
- Video Recording Equipment
- There is a system in place that automatically generates live video streams and records audio and video of lectures in the auditorium for the UWBC Auditorium Webcam Page. Every lecture is streamed and recorded by default - there is a setting in the UWBC event calendar to disable this for specific events. However, lectures are only processed for the web site on request as there is some labor involved. Lectures stored on the site will be there permanently. Lectures that are not processed for the site will be discarded after several months.
- Manual video recording is available for special events for a fee. This is primarily for cases where the automatic recording is unsuitable. This service is only available in the main auditorium (Room 1111) and only between 9AM - 5PM. The fee is our standard labor fee (currently $50/hour for UW-Madison customers). This hourly rate will apply to the length of the lecture plus time for post processing of the video, which can be several hours depending on the length of the event.
- Document Camera, DVD/CD Player, VHS VCR
- These are also built into the podium.
A multimedia projector is permanently installed in the room. This room is also equipped with a slide projector, overhead, TV and VCR. No special arrangements
need to be made for their use.
The Center has laptop computers for loan only for presentations in the Biotechnology Center.
They have PowerPoint installed and can boot into Mac OS or Windows. Your presentation should be brought in on a USB Flash Drive or a CD-ROM, not a floppy or zip disk.
UWBC laptop computers are not available after hours to groups not affiliated with the Biotechnology Center.
Presenters may also use their own laptops with the Center's multimedia projectors.
Any Mac or PC laptop with a standard VGA connector should work. New macs may require a video adapter. If you have forgotten yours we may be able to provide a loaner.