DVDs are different from older video formats such as VHS cassette tapes in that they are a set of digital files and not simply recorded audiovisual content. The increased complexity of their design also means that there is a somewhat greater likelihood of compatibility problems.
Although it is much less of a problem with the newer generation of DVD players, in some isolated cases certain commercial home video titles do not function properly on certain models of DVD players.
Classroom Technologies in Cox Hall offers portable AV equipment for customer pick-up. Faculty, staff, or students within Emory College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may reserve and pick-up audio visual equipment. Student groups on campus may also reserve equipment to support student sponsored club activities. Their direct line to check availability and to reserve portable equipment is (404) 727-5147.
The Group Viewing Room seats up to 20 people and handles a large variety of equipment interfaces and media formats. Use of the room is limited to Emory classes. To ensure access for everyone, no single class may use the room more than six times per semester. Instructors may reserve the room by calling the library staff at (404) 727-1777.
Students may not reserve the room in advance, but groups of 3 or more may use it to view course-related videos if it is not scheduled during the time they want to use it.
Emory students and faculty can request videos for purchase by contacting the appropriate Subject Librarian (under Get Help in the Quick Links box on this website). If you are an instructor requesting a film for screening in class or to place on course reserves, please include the need-by date. However, please keep in mind that the actual arrival time can depend on external factors such as whether the video is currently in stock at a vendor, assuming we are able to locate a copy.
We have videocassette players that can handle VHS tapes in all broadcast standards (PAL, SECAM, NTSC, etc.), as well as multi-standard, all-region DVD players. Players are available both in viewing carrels and in the Group Viewing Room. Library staff can direct you to the appropriate equipment.
Verify that all your contact information, including your email address, is current in OPUS or Peoplesoft. Your library account information is downloaded directly from the main Peoplesoft/OPUS system on campus.