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The [http://www.extron.com/company/article.aspx?id=analogsunsetwp media ]and [http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2010/12/08/leading-pc-companies-move-to-all-digital-display-technology-phasing-out-analog computer industries] have chosen to retire analog audio and video and move to digital audio and video. This is the death of VHS, LaserDisk, 3/4" tape and our beloved [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vga-cable.jpg VGA ]and maybe even 16mm and 35mm film. Blu-ray, Internet video and HDMI are the new formats that are meant to replace all of the aforementioned media formats. The DVD format will remain alive, for now. On one hand, we think the addition of Blu-ray and Internet video in our classroom will be reasonably straightforward. All computers distributed by Middlebury College can play internet video and we are adding Blu-ray players to classrooms every year. On the other hand, HDMI will be harder to implement, at least at first.
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=== Summary ===
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Analog media (VHS, LaserDisc, etc.) has become obsolete – new media is not being produced, replacement players are not being produced. Better, higher quality, easier to use digital technologies have emerged. By removing VHS, LaserDisc players and slide projectors from classrooms, and by replacing analog materials with digital copies, we can provide the best classroom experience for the students and faculty.
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HDMI-Connector.jpg HDMI ]is a new type of audio/video connection that '''allows audio and video to be sent over the same cable'''. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Displayport-cable.jpg DisplayPort ](used by some Dell computers) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mini_DisplayPort_on_Apple_MacBook.jpg Mini DisplayPort]/[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ThunderboltIO.jpg Thunderbolt] (used by most modern Apple computers) are additional audio/video connection types that are supposed to be compatible with HDMI and are supposed to send'''both audio and video over the same cable'''. Both HDMI and DisplayPort aim to reduce audio/video projection complexity and reduce cable clutter. Moreover both of these connection types allow for much higher quality projection.
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The [http://www.extron.com/company/article.aspx?id=analogsunsetwp media ]and [http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2010/12/08/leading-pc-companies-move-to-all-digital-display-technology-phasing-out-analog computer industries] have chosen to retire analog audio and video and move to digital audio and video. This is the death of VHS, LaserDisk, 3/4" tape and (eventually) our beloved [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vga-cable.jpg VGA] (and maybe even 16mm and 35mm film, but we don't know yet). Blu-ray (over a new connection type - HDMI) and Internet video are the new formats that are meant to replace all of the aforementioned media formats. The DVD format will remain alive, for now.
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=== Important Dates ===
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Phase 1 - Beginning as of January 1, 2013
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LIS will no longer add VHS players to new Classrooms.
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Phase II - Beginning as of January 1, 2014
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Remove VHS, Laserdisc and slide projectors from all classrooms except the main auditoriums (Sunderland Dana, Alexander Twilight Auditorium, Axinn 232). We need to preserve as many of these devices for spare parts and archival purposes.
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=== What does the analog sunset mean for computers ===
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On one hand, we think the addition of Blu-ray and Internet video in our classroom will be reasonably straightforward - all computers distributed by Middlebury College can play internet video and we are adding Blu-ray players to classrooms every year. On the other hand, HDMI will be harder to implement, at least at first. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HDMI-Connector.jpg HDMI ]is a new type of audio/video connection that '''allows audio and video to be sent over the same cable'''. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Displayport-cable.jpg DisplayPort ](used by some Dell computers) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mini_DisplayPort_on_Apple_MacBook.jpg Mini DisplayPort]/[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ThunderboltIO.jpg Thunderbolt] (used by most modern Apple computers) are additional audio/video connection types that are supposed to be compatible with HDMI and are supposed to send'''both audio and video over the same cable'''. Both HDMI and DisplayPort aim to reduce audio/video projection complexity and reduce cable clutter. Moreover both of these connection types allow for much higher quality projection.
  
 
Of the two, Middlebury has chosen to support '''HDMI '''alongside the existing video cables (VGA) for the foreseeable future. Thus, any classrooms built or upgraded after May 2009 will support both HDMI and VGA. This decision was made based on the media industry's decision to support HDMI, Dell's current and future choice to use HDMI and Apple's promise of compatibility between their Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt and HDMI.
 
Of the two, Middlebury has chosen to support '''HDMI '''alongside the existing video cables (VGA) for the foreseeable future. Thus, any classrooms built or upgraded after May 2009 will support both HDMI and VGA. This decision was made based on the media industry's decision to support HDMI, Dell's current and future choice to use HDMI and Apple's promise of compatibility between their Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt and HDMI.
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To learn how to connect your computer to a display or projector using HDMI, please visit [[Connecting a Mac computer to a projector or TV or monitor using HDMI]].
 
To learn how to connect your computer to a display or projector using HDMI, please visit [[Connecting a Mac computer to a projector or TV or monitor using HDMI]].
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=== What does the analog sunset mean for DVD, VHS, Laserdisc, 3/4" tape, film slides ===
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* Last (blank) VHS tape produced in 2008.
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* Last VHS player shipped in 2008.
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* Last Laserdisc produced in 2000.
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* Last Laserdisc player shipped in 2009.
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This means that the supply of VHS/VCR & Laserdisc players is becoming limited. Very soon we won't be able to buy new players to replace our existing ones as they fail. In addition, there will be a limited supply of spare parts and technical personnel that have the know-how to perform repair.
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Phase 1 - Beginning as of January 1, 2013
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LIS will no longer add VHS players to NEW Classrooms.
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Phase II - Beginning as of January 1, 2014
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LIS will remove VHS, Laserdisc and slide projectors from all classrooms except the main auditoriums (Sunderland Dana, Alexander Twilight Auditorium, Axinn 232). We need to preserve as many of these devices for spare parts and archival purposes.
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=== What can we do to prepare ===
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* LIS has begun replacing analog media (VHS & Laserdisc) in our Library collection with DVD or Blu-ray media. If the Library owns and VHS tape or Laserdisc, we have or are obtaining a digital replacement for it.
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* Other departments and individuals should check their collection of media titles for VHS and Laserdisc titles and look for legal digital versions - DVD, Blu-ray or electronic files. Your LIS liaison or the LIS Helpdesk can assist you with this.
  
 
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Contents

What do the analog sunset and digital audio/video mean for Middlebury?

Summary

Analog media (VHS, LaserDisc, etc.) has become obsolete – new media is not being produced, replacement players are not being produced. Better, higher quality, easier to use digital technologies have emerged. By removing VHS, LaserDisc players and slide projectors from classrooms, and by replacing analog materials with digital copies, we can provide the best classroom experience for the students and faculty.

The media and computer industries have chosen to retire analog audio and video and move to digital audio and video. This is the death of VHS, LaserDisk, 3/4" tape and (eventually) our beloved VGA (and maybe even 16mm and 35mm film, but we don't know yet). Blu-ray (over a new connection type - HDMI) and Internet video are the new formats that are meant to replace all of the aforementioned media formats. The DVD format will remain alive, for now.

Important Dates

Phase 1 - Beginning as of January 1, 2013 LIS will no longer add VHS players to new Classrooms.

Phase II - Beginning as of January 1, 2014 Remove VHS, Laserdisc and slide projectors from all classrooms except the main auditoriums (Sunderland Dana, Alexander Twilight Auditorium, Axinn 232). We need to preserve as many of these devices for spare parts and archival purposes.

What does the analog sunset mean for computers

On one hand, we think the addition of Blu-ray and Internet video in our classroom will be reasonably straightforward - all computers distributed by Middlebury College can play internet video and we are adding Blu-ray players to classrooms every year. On the other hand, HDMI will be harder to implement, at least at first. HDMI is a new type of audio/video connection that allows audio and video to be sent over the same cable. DisplayPort (used by some Dell computers) and Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt (used by most modern Apple computers) are additional audio/video connection types that are supposed to be compatible with HDMI and are supposed to sendboth audio and video over the same cable. Both HDMI and DisplayPort aim to reduce audio/video projection complexity and reduce cable clutter. Moreover both of these connection types allow for much higher quality projection.

Of the two, Middlebury has chosen to support HDMI alongside the existing video cables (VGA) for the foreseeable future. Thus, any classrooms built or upgraded after May 2009 will support both HDMI and VGA. This decision was made based on the media industry's decision to support HDMI, Dell's current and future choice to use HDMI and Apple's promise of compatibility between their Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt and HDMI.

Presently:

  • some computers distributed by Middlebury College have a VGA connector only (mostly Dell computers made before 2010)
  • other computers distributed by Middlebury College have a DisplayPort and VGA connector (mostly Dells made between 2010 and 2011)
  • a third group of computers distributed by Middlebury College have an HDMI and VGA connector (mostly Dells after 2011)
  • a fourth group - most current Mac computers - can be connected to VGA or HDMI with the appropriate adapter.

To learn how to connect your computer to a display or projector using HDMI, please visit Connecting a Mac computer to a projector or TV or monitor using HDMI.

What does the analog sunset mean for DVD, VHS, Laserdisc, 3/4" tape, film slides

  • Last (blank) VHS tape produced in 2008.
  • Last VHS player shipped in 2008.
  • Last Laserdisc produced in 2000.
  • Last Laserdisc player shipped in 2009.

This means that the supply of VHS/VCR & Laserdisc players is becoming limited. Very soon we won't be able to buy new players to replace our existing ones as they fail. In addition, there will be a limited supply of spare parts and technical personnel that have the know-how to perform repair.

Phase 1 - Beginning as of January 1, 2013 LIS will no longer add VHS players to NEW Classrooms.

Phase II - Beginning as of January 1, 2014 LIS will remove VHS, Laserdisc and slide projectors from all classrooms except the main auditoriums (Sunderland Dana, Alexander Twilight Auditorium, Axinn 232). We need to preserve as many of these devices for spare parts and archival purposes.

What can we do to prepare

  • LIS has begun replacing analog media (VHS & Laserdisc) in our Library collection with DVD or Blu-ray media. If the Library owns and VHS tape or Laserdisc, we have or are obtaining a digital replacement for it.
  • Other departments and individuals should check their collection of media titles for VHS and Laserdisc titles and look for legal digital versions - DVD, Blu-ray or electronic files. Your LIS liaison or the LIS Helpdesk can assist you with this.