Caltech AMT provides services to the entire Caltech community including faculty, staff, students, divisions, research centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and non-academic groups such as Development & Institute Relations, Student Affairs, and the Office of Strategic Communications.
Broadly, we provide support for:
- video productions including photography
- lecture and event recordings
- classroom teaching and online courses
- online collaboration tools and videoconferencing
- audio visual event support and installations
Working with groups across campus, Caltech AMT has created award-winning videos to promote special events, thank donors for supporting Caltech, accompany research and science press releases, and celebrate Caltech students at Ditch Day and Commencement.
We record in various spaces, both indoor and outdoor, across campus including AMT's New Media Classroom, faculty offices, Ramo Auditorium (blackbox shoot), Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall (greenscreen shoot), Dabney Lounge, student houses, Cahill's Hameetman Auditorium and reading room, and Kerchoff's Morgan Library. We have experience with directing five camera shoots with 4K, HD studio, DSLR cameras.
AMT provides professional on-campus photography services for headshots <PDF of contact sheet> and campus spaces. Stills from AMT's recorded HD and 4K video footage can also be pulled for web and print publication still image uses.
Caltech AMT records and live broadcasts events, lectures, courses, and special announcements. Some examples include TEDxCaltech events, Commencement ceremonies, Watson Lecture series, CS 156 Machine Learning course, and the 2013 New Caltech Presidential Announcement.
We deploy HD studio and DSLR cameras, a wide-variety of microphones, and lighting kits for our recordings. We hire an HD video production truck for our multicamera live-event shoots, e.g., TEDxCaltech, Commencement, and special conference symposia and press conferences.
Our recordings are deployed online via Caltech on iTunes U and Caltech's YouTube channel. Caltech uses Ustream for live broadcasting. We also deliver content on DVD-video and Blu-Ray disc formats. We use DVCPro-HD and LTO-5 tapes for archival digital preservation. Many of Caltech AMT's event recordings are part of the collection at the Institue Archives.
We explore new classroom technologies to assist in the teaching and learning on campus and online.
Currently, we use the Echo360 lecture capture system to automatically record courses and lecture series. This equipment is installed in Annenberg 105 and Hameetman Auditorium. Caltech AMT also has a mobile unit allowing for lecture capture anywhere on campus. Lecture capture is an affordable sollution to record events for online viewing.
With the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach, we support our faculty in creating their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Caltech has partnered with Coursera and edX to deliver online courses. Caltech AMT assists with the recording, editing, encoding, transcription generating, and uploading of content to the platforms. When a course is in session, we monitor the discussion forums for technical issues and troubleshoot platform issues.
We offer resources for online collaboration tools and operate the New Media Classroom: a meeting space that can be used for teleconferences and videoconferences. AMT also has an analog Polycom videconference system and teleconference pods for rental.
We provide event audio visual support including setting up and striking sound systems and projectors, assisting with front-of-house presentation support, audio and video recording, etc. Every event is unique and we are happy to work with you to craft the right solution.
Caltech AMT designs audio visual installations across campus, including lecture halls, classrooms, conference rooms, and offices. Working with the electricians and carpenters on campus, we recently upgraded the Caltech gym with new LCD flatscreens and a WiFi sound system, and installed a new screen, HD projector, and AirPlay system in the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach.