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Courtroom Equipment
The following equipment is owned by the Court, and is available in the Trial Courtrooms:

VCR: S-video VHS video player

The VCR offers the following features:
  • S-video
  • Standard Play
  • Slow Motion
  • Freeze Frame
  • Single Frame Shuttle
  • Remote Control
  • Operation instructions

    The VCR in the courtroom is a high quality, multi-function player. It plays either standard VHS or S-VHS tapes. The unit does not play 8mm or Hi-8 tapes. It features a full-funtction remote control. Control of the unit is similar to other VCRs and is not difficult to operate.

    Operating instructions:

    1. Select "VCR" on the Scan Doubler to view VCR output
    2. Turn on power on the VCR
    3. Insert tape into the VCR
    4. Press "play" on the VCR
    5. or remote
    6. To stop the tape, press the "stop" button
    7. To pause, press "pause" button
    8. To advance one frame at a time, rotate the shuttle knob once to the right to move forward or once to tthe left to move backward

ELMO: overhead video camera

The ELMO visual presenter includes the following features:
  • Viewing of documents one page at a time
  • Viewing of slides and overhead transparencies
  • Viewing of 3-D objects
  • Power Zoom lens
  • Auto or Manual focus
  • Negative/Positive option for viewing negative films
  • Color/Black & White option for viewing choice
  • Optional inputs for Laser Disc Player, Camcorder or other video equipment
  • Camera head can be rotated for viewing of an object not on the ELMO
  • Operation instructions

    The ELMO visual presenter allows you to display documents or 3-D objects on the video monitors.

    Simple steps for presenting printed materials:

    1. Select "ELMO" on the Scan Doubler.
    2. Turn on the power switch of the Visual Presenter.
      • Various functions for the Visual Presenter are initialized.
      • Their respective indicators display the initial settings of those functions.
    3. Select [UPPER LIGHTING] lighting button.

    4. Place the object on the stage.

      • While observing the image on the podium monitor, adjust the zoom button to obtain the optimum size.
    5. Press the auto focus button to focus.
      • The covered area of the auto focus function is up to about 10cm above the stage surface.

    Simple steps for viewing transparencies and x-rays:

    1. Press the [BASE] lighting button. (The [BASE] indicator light comes on, and the built-in base light illuminates.)
    2. Press the Nega/Posi conversion button, so that the indicator shows [N] (Negative) mode.
    3. Place the object on the stage.
    4. While observing the image on the TV monitor, adjust the zoom button to obtain the optimum size.
    5. When turning off the base light, press the [BASE] lighting button again.

    • Use the upper lighting unit for viewing materials such as printer matter and 3-D objects. Use the base light for viewing slides, negative film transparencies and x-rays.
    • When you press the lighting button, the indicator flashes, and after a few seconds, the fluorescent lamps illuminate.
    • To turn the lamps off, press the lighting button again. It is not possible to simultaneously use both the upper lighting unit and the base light.
    • It is advisable to use the upper lighting unit to obtain the clear image with better color rendering, especially when the stage is not sufficiently illuminated by room lights or where a 3-D object is to be viewed.

    Neg/Pos conversion:

    • Use this function to view negative film as positive images.
    • Press the Neg/POs conversion button, so the indicator shows [N] (negative).

    Color/B&W selection:

    • Use this mode to view B&W materials such as documents.
    • For normal use, set to [C] (color) mode.
    • Pressing the color/B&W button changes to [B&W] or [C] mode in succession.


    • When the zoom button is pressed to select [TELE], the images gets larger.
    • Select [WIDE], the image gets smaller.

    Auto Focus:

    • When you press the auto focus button, the indication lamp flashes during focusing.
    • The Visual Presenter features a one-step auto focus function. Once focusing is completed, the auto focus function is released. Even if the object is moved, the focus remains unchanged.
    • To focus the image with auto focus setting, set the zoom button at extreme telephoto position. This allows you to obtain a sharper image.
      • It is difficult to automatically focus on an object under the following conditions. Select the manual focus mode for the following conditions:
        1. Objects containing little contrast
        2. Objects having a fine repeated pattern, such as lateral stripes, or a checkered pattern
        3. Bright object or one reflecting strong light
        4. The background of the object is bright, or the contrast is too clear
        5. Picture plane itself is dark
        6. The positions of the objects are far and near
        7. Moving object
        8. Note: when using the manual focus during auto focusing, the auto focus function is canceled

    Manual Focus:

    • Press the focus button [N] or [F] for manual focusing.
    • This function should be used to view 3-D objects. Any part of the object can then be brought into focus.
      • Note: The coverage area of manual focusing is up to approximately 10cm above the stage surface.

Digital Document Camera: CANON DZ-3600U

Includes all of the above ELMO features plus the following:
  • High speed, high resolution digital image capture for documents, films/X-rays and 3-D objects (requires software and driver)
  • USB connectivity to any compatible PC/laptop
  • Operation manual & Quick Reference Guide (NOTE: This link will take you to Canon's support web site)

LCD Projectors: SHARP XG-C40X

The Court owns several different models of data projectors. The latest purchases have been the SHARP XG-C40X with the following features:

  • PC compatibility (PC and Macintosh)
  • Speakers
  • Input terminals: Video, S-video, computer RGB/component x 2(15-pin mini D-sub), RS-232C serial port x 1(9-pin D-sub)
  • Video/S-Video Separation Terminal
  • Video compatible with DVD, HDTV and DTV
  • Anti-Aliasing Digital Keystone Correction - smooth out jagged lines
  • Wireless remote control
  • Operation manual  (NOTE: This link will take you to Sharp's web site)

Pointmaker: annotation light pen

POINTMAKER (only avail. in Departments 4 and 14)
The Pointmaker allows onscreen annotation of exhibits presented on the system. The Pointmaker includes the following features:

  • Variable color choices
  • Freehand line drawing
  • Multiple annotations on screen at one time
  • Removal of annotations all at once or one at a time starting with the most recent
  • Operation instructions

    The Pointmaker allows you to annotate your electronic exhibits with freehand drawing or with pointers in a choice of seven different colors. Pointers maybe moved or anchored anywhere on the screen. Several pointers or drawings of different colors may be displayed on the screen at one time.

    To draw a line: Gently press the tip button of the pen on the screen and trace across the screen of the monitor. Freehand drawing is accomplished when the tip button is pressed gently into the screen and "drawn" across the screen much like a writing utensil.

    To place a pointer: Gently press the tip button of the pen on the screen at the point you want the marker, then lift the pen.

    To change color: Press and hold the barrel button while clicking the tip button gently with your finger.

    To erase the most recent marker: Click the barrel button. As you continue to click, the markers will be removed one at a time beginning with the most recently anchored marker.

    To erase all markers at once: Press and hold the barrel button; all markers will be erased.


Computer Input: attach a laptop to system

The computer input offers the following features:

  • Connection to a PC
  • Connection to a Macintosh (requires Mac to VGA converter)
  • Sound connection from computer

Scan Doubler

The Scan Doubler sits to the left of the VCR, providing selection of the ELMO, the VCR, the audio cassette and a connection to a laptop computer (user provided) at the lectern.

Press the following buttons on the Scan Doubler:
  • "ELMO" - for display from the ELMO
  • "VCR" - for display from the VCR
  • "CASS" - for audio cassette (if present)
  • "COMP" - for laptop computer
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