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Make Your Presentation Directly From the Computer This Year
Over the past two or three years, many SIGGRAPH 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 every year. Not only are they brighter, but they are also providing higher resolution images, as high as 1280 X 1024 pixels.
For many years, slide presentations at the annual SIGGRAPH conference have 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. Film media offer very high resolution and lots of presentation choices -- in screen sizes, projector placement, and simplicity. The primary disadvantages of film slides are in 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 that required hours to set up. With the new projector technologies available at SIGGRAPH 99, you should consider presenting directly from the computer this year.
Presentation Technology Available at SIGGRAPH 99
The session rooms at SIGGRAPH 99 will have PCs and Macs loaded 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 1280 X 1024 native resolution except for the three largest rooms. Because they are on the bleeding edge in brightness, the larger rooms (West Hall A, West Hall B, Petree C) support up to 1280 X 1024 but will compress the image to 1024 X 768 (the projector's native resolution). These three large rooms will offer the option of projecting traditional film slides through the video projectors to take advantage of the improved brightness. If your presentation looks good on your monitor, it will look good on the SIGGRAPH 99 data projection screens.
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