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RTI Video Capabilities

The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) has been using video technology as an educational outreach tool since 2002. Video is widely accepted by users and is often the preferred medium when it comes to educational learning materials. It is relatively versatile with many forms of distribution: digital video file downloads, streaming video, CD-ROM, and DVD. Video can also be synchronized and combined with PowerPoint slides to reproduce a lecture or conference presentation for distribution to a greater audience.     

The Rural Technology Initiative is located within the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. We mainly provide video services within the College, but are also able to work with outside organizations when issues are associated with forest management and the environment.

Combined video and PowerPoint slides for educational outreach


Specific video capabilities on hand at RTI include:

  • Record events (conference, symposium, thesis defense, etc…)
  • Synchronize video from a presentation with corresponding PowerPoint slides and publish them together for internet access via streaming video (see factsheet #39 for more info).
  • Convert video files from VHS, mini DV tapes, or several digital file types
  • Produce DVDs with menus for computer or home viewing
  • Produce short video lead-ins for educational organizations

Topics that RTI has recorded and disseminated include:

  • Climate Change
  • Urban Horticulture and Ecology
  • Invasive Plants in PNW Ecosystems
  • Bio-fuels and Bio-energy
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing Technologies
  • Forest Fire Risk Assessment
  • Forest Management Technology
  • Forest Modeling
  • Tribal Forestry
  • Riparian Management
  • Forest Road Maintenance
  • Fish Passage at Road/Stream Crossings
  • Forest Economics
  • Wildlife Habitat

Some of the symposia, conferences, and individual presentations that have been recorded and distributed include:


Any parties interested in the video services located at the Rural Technology Initiative should contact:

Matt McLaughlin
UW College of Forest Resources
355 Bloedel Hall
Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543-7418

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry
WSU Cooperative Extension
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