A/V: Audiovisual Services

For additional information regarding any of the services below, please contact the A/V department at av@law.miami.edu. A/V requires one week notice for weekday events/classes and two weeks notice for weekend events/classes. A/V tries to accommodate last minute requests if equipment and staff are available.

 Requesting a Class or Event Be Recorded

Events: To request audio visual assistance for event production, please reserve the appropriate room and select the services request under the A/V section within the online classroom reservation system. A/V requires one week notice for weekday events/classes and two weeks notice for weekend events/classes. 

Class: E-mail sent to av@law.miami.edu is the preferred method when requesting equipment and labor services. Please include an explanation of desired outcome for the event, and A/V will translate that request into equipment and labor required for a successful event. It is A/V’s policy that equipment is for on campus use only as limited A/V and labor support for off campus events is available. Faculty members may request to have their class recorded onto DVD and other digital formats or have the class recorded onto an audio CD. DVDs and CDs can be checked out by the students from the Circulation Desk, or a media file can be posted to the UM School of Law website. For non-faculty members requesting a class be recorded, please contact the professor or their faculty assistant for permission.  A/V will not be able to fulfill a request for a class recording without proof of permission. 

Borrowing Equipment: Once an individual has signed an agreement that he or she has read A/V’s policies on borrowing equipment, he or she may borrow equipment. 

 Webcasting and Podcasting

To request webcasting or podcasting of an event, please e-mail av@law.miami.edu to request the recording. Please include a description of the event, including the names of the professor or moderator and guests, date, and topic of discussion. The turnaround time for this service is varies based on the project and can be up to 14 days. Streaming media files including various streaming file formats can also be posted to the UM School of Law website. A streaming file, or webcast, allows the playing of a media file without having to download it first. Streaming files are more secure in that it cannot be download or copied. Connection speed and traffic on the internet can affect the quality of playback. A video may pause to buffer, or the video portion may freeze while the audio plays continuously. A podcast, on the other hand, does require downloading the audio or video file in its entirety before beginning playback. A user can copy the file to a portable device, like an iPod. Downloaded files do not need to buffer, therefore the playback experience should be smoother, especially if there is a slower connection to the internet. Streaming media files including various streaming file formats can be posted to the UM School of Law website. The turnaround time for this service varies based on the project and can be up to 14 days. 

 Requesting a Recording be Posted Online

If an individual wishes to have a class or event posted to a specific page on the law school website, then please contact the Communications department at webupdates@law.miami.edu the same time services are requested from A/V. When the video has been encoded, both the requester and Communications will be notified that the file is ready for posting on the website. 

 Disc Duplication and File Conversions

Disc duplications, file conversions and webcasting projects take up to two weeks to complete. Also copies of CDs and DVDs can be made. VHS tapes can be converted to DVD, and DVDs and miniDV tapes can be converted to various streaming file formats. 

 Video Conferencing/Simulcasting

Polycom is a manufacturer of a mobile video conferencing unit that is capable of sending audio and video signals over existing telecommunication lines. It allows for document sharing; all sites can see and discuss a presentation or website in real time. This tool is intended to enhance communication and collaboration. Possible applications include conducting interviews, co-teaching, teaching a class from a remote location, inviting a guest lecturer located in a different city to speak to a class, or attending a committee meeting when one cannot travel to the meeting site. The School of Law also utilizes services such as Skype and Adobe Connect for video conferencing.

Simulcasting: For events with a large attendance, the audio and video of the presenter can be sent (simulcasted) live to another room within the School of Law. This is used primarily by Bar-Bri during the summer session.

 Audio Conferencing

If a presenter has been invited to participate in a class or event from a remote location, a telephone call by which a caller can speak with several people at the same time can be made with Miami Law’s conference phone. Two microphones capture the speakers in the conference room, while the audio of the caller can be piped in through the room's sound system.

 iClicker

iClickers, allow students to vote or answer a question posed by the professor with a small remote control. The data can be analyzed and sorted into pie charts and graphs and displayed. For more information, please contact Ken Gamber at 305-284-3801.

 Classroom Technology

Multimedia equipment is installed in most classrooms as well as the Faculty Meeting Room and the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge. Virtually all of the classrooms have a computer with network access to networked files, a laptop connection, and at least one data projector.

For specific information on equipment on each room, click here.
Click here for more information on Secure Canes in the classrooms.

Classroom Orientations: Get help inside a classroom with microphones and sound systems, laptop and desktop computers, data projectors, document cameras, and multimedia podiums. If the equipment is installed in the room, A/V can provide a tutorial on how it operates. If the room doesn't have what is needed, A/V can supplement it with portable equipment. The University has a wireless network called Secure Canes. Upon request, the A/V department can set up a laptop with wireless internet access.