Preparing your work for a show at CST? We can screen standard DVD and BluRay discs (Region 1, NTSC or PAL).
We're also happy to screen your digital video file. With so many codecs and compressors out there, it can be tricky to select the best output for your work. We recommend:
- HD1080 resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) at any standard frame rate
- Dolby 7.1/5.1 audio (normal stereo is fine too)
- H.264 (MPEG4) encoding
We have also successfully played many other formats, like MPEG2 or Apple's ProRes. Naturally, we can also play files of lower resolution, like HD720 or SD.
It's always best to send us files at least 48 hours before your screening so we can test them on our system.
If you're creating a slide for our preshow deck or as an inter-title, you can also use HD1080 resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels).
It's no problem for us to download large files, or we can accept them on a USB or Firewire portable drive.
If you would like to make a presentation from a laptop located on or near our stage, we have two options to connect to our house system:
- HDMI output from any laptop that has that type of connector (if you need audio as well as video, your laptop must be configured to send the sound through the HDMI connector).
- AirPlay over our wireless network if you have an Apple system using OSX 10.9 or newer.
While it may be possible to use an adaptor to convert from DVI or VGA to HDMI for presentations, those connectors would not be able to transmit audio.
If your equipment is not compatible with our system, or the presenter does not want to control the presentation, we can play powerpoint and video files from our system in the projection booth.