This chapter covers the operation and maintenance of common audiovisual
projectors, such as the opaque projector, the overhead projector, and the
slide projector and their accessories. It also briefly covers audio devices,
video cassette recorders, and video projectors. The topics of screen selection
and the set up of a briefing theater or conference room complete this chapter.
One of the most interesting, demanding, and rewarding DM billets is that of
a briefing draftsman or draftsman attached to a flag staff. Nowhere else are
your professional abilities and customer service skills challenged and
scrutinized daily, and nowhere else are your creative talents more highly
visible by personnel in the upper echelon. These pressurized billets provide
immediate job satisfaction in the form of a daily summary or conference.
Another rewarding duty is at a teaching or educational command. Good
students quickly spot poor graphics or illogically planned visuals. Poor
visuals and poorly presented visuals distract, irritate, and impair
communication. Understand what you are illustrating. Understand the effect
your artwork has in the long haul. Know how to best communicate the
message. If you do not, you have missed the point of visual communication.
Think about the message the visual must convey and the method of
presentation before creating the visual.