[Athen] Multimedia Projector and Captioning

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Mon Apr 23 10:22:20 PDT 2007

Before deciding what to buy, you need to understand a bit about closed
captions and consider how you will use the projector.


If you are playing VHS tapes that have closed captions and projecting them
through this projector, then you will need the decoder. I suspect, however,
that is unlikely to be the case. Unlike an overhead projector that has
everything wired through it, the presentation projectors for use with
computers are rarely used to show VHS tapes. Generally when showing VHS
tapes, a TV and a VHS player are brought in. The TV has the decoder
built-in, so you would not need a projector with a decoder.


If you have a DVD with actual closed captions (as opposed to subtitles for
the deaf, which are turned on through the DVD's menu) and you wish to show
it on your computer, then you will need a decoder in the projection unit.
You would need to weigh the likelihood of showing a DVD on a computer, as
opposed to bringing in a separate DVD player and TV.


Video captions on the Web are turned on and off through the media player or
with a special CC button. No decoder is required.

To summarize, if weight and portability are issues, and DVD/VHS players
connected to a TV will be available, then you will not need the decoder. If,
however, you need one unit to "do it all," then get the Epson.

Hope this helps!

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kevin Price
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 8:49 AM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] Multimedia Projector and Captioning

We are trying to buy a Multimedia Projector for doing presentations for our
Disability Resource Center here at UIC. I found out that Epson has a
projector that has built in closed captioning capability. It is called the
PowerLite 83c. I am trying to wrap my brain around how this works on a
practical level. Has anyone used one? It is heavier than the one I was
looking at from Dell but if it has a tremendous advantage for the hearing
impaired, I would look into us buying it.

Thank you for any feedback,


Kevin Price MSW, ATP

Assistive Technology Specialist

Disability Resource Center (MC 321)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Suite 1190, Student Services Building

1200 West Harrison Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607-7163

(312) 413-0886 Fax (312) 413-7781

Email: pricek at uic.edu

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