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Electronic vs. Film Slides

The following pages contain information for preparing your SIGGRAPH 2001 Presentation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Steve Overby, Speaker Prep Coordinator at

The Speaker Preparation Room
All presenters will be required to check in at the Speaker Prep Room soon after arrival at the conference. This is the perfect time for you to confirm your AV/Computer equipment requests, rehearse your presentation and inquire about any additional presentation needs you may have while at the conference.

The Speaker Preparation Room will be located in rooms in the back of Hall A at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Please check in with the Speaker Prep staff soon after you visit the SIGGRAPH 2001 registration desk.

Over the course of the past several years, many contributors and attendees have noticed that the slide projectors have been getting dim, almost as if the lamps were getting old and needed replacement. The fact is, the slide projectors are as bright as they ever were, but the new video/data projectors continue to get brighter each year. Not only are they brighter, but they are also providing higher resolution images, some as high as 1280 X 1024 pixels.

Slide presentations have, in the past, been predominantly based in traditional film media. It is, after all, a graphics conference, and contributors have always wanted to present the best examples of their work. The film medium offers very high resolution and lots of presentation choices - in screen sizes, projector placement, and simplicity. The primary disadvantages of film slides are in the production lab costs and the inability to change the presentation without more trips to the film lab.

Electronic presentations, in contrast, used to be dark, grainy, low-resolution images with fixed focal length lenses which required a technician hours to set up. With the new projector technologies available at SIGGRAPH 2001, your presentation will be bright and clear.

Presentation Technology Available at SIGGRAPH 2001
Each session room at SIGGRAPH 2001 will have a Macintosh and two PCs equipped with fast processors, loads of RAM, connectivity and removable media choices. These will be interfaced to video/data projectors far brighter than the brightest available Xenon slide projectors. All the rooms will be capable of supporting 1024 X 768 native resolution. If your presentation looks good on your monitor, it will look good on the SIGGRAPH 2001 data projection screens.

SIGGRAPH 2001 is also providing a Presentation Server for speaker convenience. This server will be used to facilitate the loading and delivery of a speaker's electronic presentation material to the appropriate stage and computer in time for their presentation. For more information on the Presentation Server, see the link below.