A/V Information

You may load your media through any USB port or the SD slot on the back of the Mac mini or through the optical-disc tray of the attached DVD/Blu-ray drive (Region 1/A), or you may download media from an online source. The computers have Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Word. The TVs do not have cameras (for Skype or any other video exchanges). All presenter data will be wiped after the conference.


If you intend to use your own laptop computer to present, you will need to connect the HDMI cable (attached to the F&H computer) or the optional VGA cable+audio cable to your computer, and then enable "mirror display" on your laptop computer (available through "Display" in Apple's "System Preferences" or, in Windows, through the "Display" icon in "Settings" or "Control Panel") so that its display will be duplicated on the TV. We'll have some adapters on hand (e.g., DisplayPort-HDMI, mini-DisplayPort­DisplayPort, mini-HDMI-HDMI, mini-DVI-HDMI, VGA, etc.), all of which should accommodate most Apple MacBooks and PC laptops, but we can't guarantee compatibility.

Please remember that a standard VGA connection (DB-15) does not transmit certain protected content (HDCP) on many video discs. (You might need to download and install a software decrypter, such as DVDFab.com's free HD Decrypter or PassKey Lite, to display protected material through the VGA port on your laptop.) If you must use your own laptop computer, you should set the screen resolution to no higher than 1920x1080 for output to the monitor, and then, using the remote control, you might need to change the TV's input to "PC."

Finally, remember that even the best technology can fail us. Well-prepared panelists should be ready to deliver their presentations even if the electricity cuts out or the machine malfunctions. It happens. In the end, the minimum requirement for a presentation is you. It helps to have your paper, as well, but even the technology of paper can fail or get misplaced. If your USB drive or optical disc or video clip doesn't work, for example, don't panic--and don't consume valuable time during your 20 minutes. Use the version of your presentation that includes concise oral descriptions of any audio or visual examples indispensable to your argument. You know your material, and you can walk and talk us through it in a pinch. Most likely, your paper will be all the stronger for your having practiced this language-only version.



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