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Adding a Message Board

  • The Picture graphic below shows a typical connection of one camera and a computer to the Extron Streaming Media Processor. With PowerPoint installed on the computer, it can be used as a message/bulletin board that is left running throughout the school day.
     
    Basic Studio  

Requirements and Cost

  • NOTE: The costs listed here were correct as of February 2016. They are posted here only as an approximation of expected cost and are subject to change.
     
     iMac
    Computer with PowerPoint
    $650 to $1,200
    We have an iMac pictured on the left, but you can use any computer such as a Mac Mini or even a Windows machine. It will need two things. (1) It must be able to run PowerPoint. (2) It must have an HDMI output port, or an available adaptor from its video output port to HDMI.
    Mini Display to HDMI  
    Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
    $15 to $30 
    We are showing a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor, but take care to order the correct type for the computer you are using. Prices for other types of adaptors tend to fall into the same price range we have listed.
    HDMI Cable  
    HDMI Cable
    $12 to $20 
    This cable should be keep to a size less than 25 feet. So the placement of the the computer in relation to the Extron unit is very important.
    In addition to the equipment above, you will need the equipment below for each location in your building where you want to display the message board.
    Flat Screen TV  
    50 inch TV
    $350 to $625 
    Flat screen TVs come a variety of sizes. Since the message/bulletin board will most likely be in hallways, generally a 50 inch model will work best. If it is to be in a large room such as a cafeteria, you might consider a larger one. Or, maybe more than one 50 inch model.
    TV Mount  
    TV Mount
    $50 to $100 
    Depending on the desired location of the TV, you may need to purchase a ceiling mount instead of a wall mount. 
    Apple TV  
    Apple TV 4th Generation
    $150 
    You must purchase the Apple TV 4th generation in order to install the free VLC app, which is needed to capture and play the digital stream from the Extron unit. 
     Apple TV Mount
    Apple TV 4th Wall Mount
    $20 to $30 
    Since your message board is going to be mounted, you'll also need to mount the Apple TV.
     

The Total Cost

  •  OPTION D
     
    Add a computer with PowerPoint installed to run a message/bulletin board throughout the school day
     $675 to $1,250*
     Add a wall or ceiling mounted TV and Apple TV$570 to $900** 
    * NOTE: The costs listed here were correct as of February 2016. They are posted here only as an approximation of expected cost and are subject to change.
     
    **Be sure to multiple the cost and the number of locations you want to display the message board.