PRESENTATION EQUIPMENT

PRESENTERS - Thank You:
Thank you for including time in your schedule to be with us.  We are looking forward to your presentation and hope you find the following information helpful.
Photo attribution: Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com


 LAPTOP

USE OURS / BRING YOUR OWN - WE CAN ACCOMMODATE EITHER.

All Skjold Lodge Equipment was purchased new December, 2009 and used only 5-10 times each year.

LAPTOP:
Processor: 2GB, Celeron Dual Core, T3000, 1.8Ghz
Display: 15.6" ,1366*768 (16:9) High Definition
Optical Drive: Super Multi DVDRW
Card Reader: 4-in-1 (XD/SD/MMC/MS)
USB Ports: 3 total, 1 available.  One will be used by the projector if using the projectors remote "presenter" (or by your provided presentation remote), one will be used the mouse. 1 USB port  is available for your use.  An additional port could be available by disconnecting the mouse and using the touch pad.  **See note about the presentation remote.
Operating System: Windows 10 Home.
Presentation Software: Windows Office 2007 - Power Point, Standard Windows Picture Viewer.  Microsoft Word and Excel are also available.
PowerPoint users should bring their presentation in PowerPoint version 1997-2003 in addition to any format they are using. This helps eliminate any possible release level issues with PowerPoint software.

SOUND EQUIPMENT:


FENDER PASSPORT PA SOUND SYSTEM:
CONNECTIONS: 3 pin XLR female microphone jacks, 1/4" microphone jacks and RCA (red/white) connections

The available microphone is a 3 pin wired microphone with a 25 foot cable.
We DO NOT have a lavalier wireless microphone.

This sound system does not have integrated bluetooth or wireless microphone capability.


THE PRESENTATION ROOM:
The presentation room is a large rectangular room with high ceilings and average acoustics.

MEETING LOCATION:

AUYA Ukrainian Center
136 East Illinois Avenue
Palatine, Illinois
Directions to our meeting location are available on our "Meetings" page.

DIGITAL PROJECTOR


Optoma DX617 XGA (1024X768 NATIVE), 2600 ANSI lumens.
Maximum Resolution WUXGA (1920 x 1200).
Computer Compatibility: WUXGA, HD, WXGA+, UXGA, WXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA,
VESA, PC and Macintosh Compatible
Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, SDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), HDTV (720p, 1080i/p)

THIS PROJECTOR HAS NO BLUETOOTH, WIDI, MIRACAST OR HDMI INPUT. THE ONLY INPUT IS VGA (although we do have a HDMI to VGA adapter to accommodate laptops which only have HDMI output).

NO SPARE PROJECTOR LAMP IS AVAILABLE!

There is a slight chance that a lamp could fail during your presentation and you would have to continue without the projector. With  lamps costing over 50% the cost of the projector and all of the equipment relatively new, Skjold Lodge has decided to replace the lamp only after a failure.  The average lamp life for this projector is 3,000-4,000  hours and the projector is only used about 20 hours each year. Also, the projector displays a warning near the end of the life of the lamp. 

PROJECTION SCREEN:


Tripod (floor) 1:1 Format 84" square, bright white Elite projection screen.

TIPS/TECHNIQUES

Things don't always go how you expect.
1. If your presentation tool allows, save the entire presentation as a set of photos/images in order by NAME. You may lose some animation effects but the majority of your presentation could be completed using our PC and the standard Windows display software.
2. MAC/PC users have also saved their presentation as a MOVIE/VIDEO. If there are issues connecting your device to our projector you could still show your "movie" using our PC. You lose control over advancing "slides" but you are still able
do your presentation.
3. Bring your presentation/photos/"movies" on a flash drive as well as on your PC/MAC. If a last minute switch to using our PC instead of your PC/MAC has to be done, it can be done more quickly.
4. See note under "Laptop" about PowerPoint versions.

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Photo attribution credits, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Optoma Corporation, Logitech Corporation, and Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com

AUXILLIARY

PRESENTATION REMOTE CONTROL:

WHILE THE PROJECTOR HAS ITS OWN PRESENTATION REMOTE IT IS NOT NEARLY AS CONVENIENT AS THOSE AVAILABLE FROM LOGITECH AND OTHER COMPANIES.
IT IS BEST TO BRING YOUR OWN PRESENTATION REMOTE.

Our presentation remote is integrated into the digital projector (a USB cable between the laptop and the projector allows presentation features).  In addition to controlling projector features (including selecting the video source if you are using more than one), limited control of the laptop is also available. Laptop control includes "Page Up" and "Page down" to move through Powerpoint and other software using those 2 keys, "Cursor UP", "Cursor DOWN", "Cursor LEFT", "Cursor RIGHT" and "ENTER" (there is no "track ball" so cursor control is a series of Up, Down, Left, Right, combinations to position the curson before selecting Enter).  A laser pointer is also integrated into the remote.  No key or feature is available on this remote to create a Power Point "blank screen".   Again, a separate presentation remote just seems to work more easily. Those from companies like the Logitech one pictured  seem to work well.

CABLES/ CONNECTORS:

Available cables/connectors include:
1. USB A to Mini B
For Connection to DX617 digital projector, also for cameras and USB external disk drives
2. USB A to B
(most common USB connector for printers).
3. 3.5mm (1/8")  to 3.5mm (1/8")  audio cable
For connecting laptop headphone port to DX617 digital projector "audio in" or "audio in" of other devices such as small portable PC speakers.  Also for connecting MP3 players/personal media players to these devices..
4. RCA composite A/V cable (RED, WHITE)
For connecting DVD players, VHS tape players and other devices using RCA connectors to audio/video devices (televisions, etc.)
5. 3.5mm (1/8")  to RCA converter plug (Stereo 3.5mm to RED, WHITE Composite).
For connecting laptop headphone jack, MP3 players, etc. to devices using RCA audio input.
6. HDMI to VGA adapter. Many of today's newer laptops only have HDMI output for connecting to monitors and projectors. We have an available HDMI to VGA adapter to accommodate your HDMI output only laptop. While this has worked successfully with various PCs, some models of MACs with HDMI output have not fully worked with this adapter. Apple tells us that "HDMI is HDMI" and that an adapter of this type should work with either PCs or MACs. Apple users should consider bringing their own VGA adapter. Examples: HDMI/VGA, Display port/VGA, USB-C/VGA Multiport Adapter.

INTERNET CONNECTION/WiFi:
WiFi is available at our presentation location and is provided by the Ukrainian Center.
We do not have direct control over this and can not guarantee it will be available in all cases although generally it has been available when we have needed it.