Electronic Design

MPEG-2 Video System Brings History To Life

Technology is keeping the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. alive at the Nashville Public Library. Visitors to the library's Civil Rights Room can use Adtec Digital's Soloist 2 Broadcast MPEG-2 player to watch footage and documentaries covering the movement during the 1950s and 1960s. The MPEG-2 format enables instant access, broadcast quality, and easy storage. The room opened in December 2003 to commemorate Nashville's role in the struggle for equality.

Triggered by a Crestron controller with a touchscreen, the Soloist 2 delivers video-on-demand to a 50-in. Panasonic plasma display. The eight videos include documentaries produced by CBS, NBC, and PBS, such as "Anatomy of a Sit-in," "Ain't Scared of Your Jails," "I Have a Dream," and "We Shall Overcome." Teachers and tour groups can reserve the room's enclosed video area for screenings, lectures, and other educational programs.

For details, go to www.adtecinc.com or www.library.nashville.org.

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