HD Classrooms

Many of our classrooms have been upgraded to display high definition graphics at 720p. In these classrooms, you will now be able to play multi-region Blu-ray discs as well as multi-region DVD’s.  You will also be able to present from your laptop in a wide-screen format.

In many classrooms we have added an HDMI input.  An HDMI cable should be present at the teaching station or AV cabinet.  If your laptop has an HDMI output, you should be able to plug directly into our system. If you have DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, or DVI, you will will have to adapt to HDMI. Media Services has a small supply of these adapters in stock available for checkout.  Our systems do not carry audio over HDMI, so you’ll need to use your headphone port for audio.

For Mac Users: In PowerPoint, select Page Setup from the File menu.

Select On-screen show 16 by 9

For Windows Users: In Powerpoint, select the Design Tab, then Page Set up.

Windows Power Point Page Set Up

An additional feature of going with a Digital Input is that our classrooms are HDCP compliant. This means that you will be able to play copy protected media from your own computer that was encoded with HDCP encryption. You will not be able to play HDCP content when connected through VGA.

Our VGA cables are not going away anytime soon. Your legacy VGA devices will likely be able to project most of the new resolutions currently available. Please see the list of supported resolutions below. When and if you need assistance connecting your devices, please feel free to contact Media Services directly at x6201 or avbox@swarthmore.edu.

Supported Resolutions (Display Control Panel):

  • 1024x768 (4:3)
  • 1280x800
  • 1280x720
  • 720p
Computer display ports and what they look like
DVI HDMI Display Port Mini Display Port Legacy VGA
DVI HDMI Display Port Mini Display Port VGA