Learning in the Digital Learning Lab
Interested in learning how to make a video, vlog, or narrated slideshow? Video is one of our specialties at the McGraw Center's Digital Learning Lab (DLL). We have 24 Apple Mac Pro machines (most with 32 GB RAM) optimized for multimedia work, and large (27”) displays to really see your project. Every computer connects to the DLL Drive, a huge scratch drive fast enough to edit off of. All of our Macs have the most recent versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, as well as Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. For making demos and slideshow videos, we have the excellent screen casting app Screenflow. We have decks for transferring many analog video formats to digital, and software for ripping DVDs, taking screenshots, or adding subtitles. We also have a number of audio editing applications and resources.
Need to create a podcast, narrate a slideshow, find royalty-free music or sound effects, or record your own music? At the DLL, we love working with audio. We have several audio kits that we loan for field recording, and two audio booths for recording/editing. Digital audio editing software includes Audacity, Apple Logic / Garageband, Reaper, Adobe Audition, and conversion tools such as xACT. Our Mac Pro machines are designed for large audio projects and the 27” screens display all of your tracks, plugins, and palettes beautifully. If you have analog media to convert to digital audio, we can help you transfer an LP record, tape cassette, minidisc and even DAT.
Designing a poster, booklet, or book? Creating vector graphics for print or web? Making an infographic? Whether you are editing images, creating graphics or designing a website; editing RAW photos; building line drawings and sketches; designing layouts and typefaces; or combining documents – we have industry-standard tools for your creative project. If you like drawing with a stylus pen, we have Wacom tablets available. We also have a range of scanners, such as an 11×17 flatbed that can handle documents and transparencies up to 2400 ppi, a duplex feeder scanner for class notes, and a drum scanner for 35mm slides or film strips.
In addition to tools, we also offer a support structure for students who want to learn more about building multimedia projects. Here’s how to get help when you need it:
- Schedule a one-on-one training session with a DLL Specialist
- Come to one of our multimedia-centric workshops during the semester
- Watch/browse how-to videos on Lynda.com
- Find answers in our new KB: “How do I do that?”
Have a question? Feel free to Ask Us. Or, stop by and talk to us during open hours!