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AV Services

AV Services supply audio-visual presentation facilities in the Central Lecture Block, Howell Centre, Eastern Gateway Auditorium and other timetabled lecture rooms. 

For assistance, contact the AV Helpline 01895 265507

The AV team provides technical support, maintaining a number of permanent installations and a stock of mobile and loan equipment, for the presentation of audio visual media. Our intention is to ensure equipment is in place, working and fit for purpose when needed. We respond to technical faults arising, and offer training and advice.  We support equipment in over 150 rooms across campus as well as conferences and events.

To book the use of AV equipment, please send an email with as much notice as possible to:
 av-booking@brunel.ac.uk

This email should include;

  • Name of lecturer
  • Department
  • Location – including room number
  • Date of the booking
  • Repeat dates for the booking, if required
  • Start and Finish Time
  • Equipment needed
  • Any other queries, or special requirements
  • A contact phone number

We will respond to all emails within two working days.
 
Please note that we cannot accept bookings by phone, though you can speak to us with any queries on 01895 265507.
 
If you would like to use installed equipment in a centrally timetabled space you can email av-booking@brunel.ac.uk. We can then send you instructions on how to use the equipment and any relevant pin numbers.

Priority
Bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 
 
Rooms we service
We will prioritise bookings for centrally timetabled teaching spaces. Where possible, we will accept bookings in other spaces on campus. Where we aren't able to set up equipment for your presentation we may be able to provide equipment to you on a loan basis.

Cancellation
If you need to cancel your booking, please let us know as early as possible. 

Computer Access

To use an installed PC in a centrally timetabled space you will need to use a valid Brunel login. To acquire a guest account for a visiting lecturer, please contact: computing-support@brunel.ac.uk.

The Solstice Pod integrates Mersive’s award-winning Solstice collaboration software with a dedicated hardware platform to deliver a wireless content sharing solution. 

The Solstice User Guide provides a summary of how Solstice works for users, including an overview of a Solstice system and steps for users to connect, share and control content on a Solstice wireless display using laptops, mobile devices and the display’s user interface. Solstice is compatible with virtually any display and can improves meeting room efficiency, engagement and productivity.

Solstice Pods are currently avalaible and accessible to staff and students in the following locations: 

  • BANN 215 and 217
  • ESGW 003 and 003a
  • GASK 170
  • LECT 061, 062, 063, 064, 065, 066, 067 and 068
  • STJN 023a and 045
  • TOWA 203

Soltice Welcome Screen

When viewing a Solstice display that is not in use you will see the welcome screen containing the Solstice display name, a screen key, network information, user connection instructions and the Solstice display menu.

Solstice pod Home screen image

Solstice App - How to connect

First time users that have not previously installed the Solstice user software app have two options: download the user app from the Mersive downloads page or download the app directly from the host by typing the IP address/network information into a browser on your device.

To connect to a Soltice display: 

  • Run the solstice app
  • Select "Enter IP" tab
  • Enter the IP address of the Solstice display
  • Enter the 4 digit session code into the pop up
  • Choose what you would like to share

For more information on Solstice please refer to the user guide found at the following link:  https://www.mersive.com/guides/solstice-user-guide/

A diagram of a typical Solstice-enabled conference room setup is shown below:

Solstice deployment image

Brunel University's video conferencing and Skype equipment facilitates face to face video and audio links with other users around the world. 

Video conferencing facilities are available in the Eastern Gateway Auditorium, ESGW003 and ESGW401. AV services maintain a mobile video conferencing unit*, which consists of a 46" LCD screen and Cisco/Tandberg codec with a 720p HD camera.

Portable Skype enabled equipment is available for meetings, interviews and teaching across campus.

When making a video conferencing or Skype booking, please include the following information.

  • Department:
  • Email Address:
  • Location:
  • Start/Finish Times:
  • Date:
  • Telephone Extension:
  • IP Address of Recipient or Skype address:

For further information or to request this service please email av-booking@brunel.ac.uk.

*Please be advised that the room will need to feature an active network port. The room will also need to be accessible for the video conferencing unit, which features wheels and so requires lifts and flat surfaces.

Audio Visual Services provide a hosted streaming service to allow conferences and events at the University to be broadcast live online. It can be used for academic, corporate or Student's Union events and functions.

To book live streaming you'll need to send an email to av-booking@brunel.ac.uk at least one week before your event with the following information;

  • Name of organiser:
  • Name of event:
  • Start time of event:
  • Finish time of event:
  • Event information:
  • Intended audience:

Bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability of equipment.

Once we have your information and have accepted your request we will set up a streaming event on the Livestream website. You will then be provided with a link and/or embed code. If you want your event streamed directly to social media we can assist. We can provide analytics and viewing figures for the stream once it has taken place.

Please note that streamed content must be appropriate for viewers inside and outside of the University. Streams will be cut or interrupted if live content is deemed to be inappropriate. All content will be published under the ownership of Brunel University London and may be removed without notice.

Panopto is the easy-to-use video platform for training, teaching and presenting.

​​Panopto includes a video content management system for uploading, managing and sharing all of your videos and audio files. It's a centralized, secure place for recorded lectures, flipped classroom videos and more. It comes with built-in video analytics, a web-based video editor, automatic encoding to ensure your videos play efficiently on any device and a unique search engine that helps your students review material mentioned or shown in their course videos.

Panopto links seamlessly with Blackboard Learn to make sharing video content with your students easy and intuitive.

Panopto capture software for Windows and Mac is easy to install and easy to use. Panopto's support for multi-camera video capture makes it easy to capture the instructor, the content of their screen, a document camera and more.

For any enquiries about Panopto please contact the AV services team at av-booking@brunel.ac.uk.​