Have a media project? Need help making a movie, an audio file, or a poster? Please come to the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library. We have Mac computers and tutors to meet your media needs.
It is our goal to offer support in every way we can. To that end, the tutors have created or linked to useful media tutorials concerning software and hardware in the lab. If a tutor is not available, or if you'd prefer to learn on your own, please feel free to utilize these tutorials to find the information you're looking for. The resources are listed on the left-hand side of the page.
Using the Digital Camcorders
In addition to tape-recording video cameras, the Davis Family Library now offers digital recording video cameras.
MiddFiles is like the new Tigercat, but with more connections to class folders and activity folders. It's an excellent place to back up your work to protect against corrupted files or memory loss.
To Access MiddFiles with the Wilson Macs
Image file formats
Photoshop offers a wide variety of image file formats including BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and PICT. It can also save in PDF format and, open, and edit files already saved as PDFs. RAW files imported from a digital camera can be opened and edited by Photoshop. In addition to all this, Photoshop has its own file format, PSD. Saving as a PSD file will preserve adjustments and layers without flattening the image, but this type of file can only be opened in Photoshop.
Using Cameras and Firewire Drives
The libraries current camera and Firewire hard drives both connect to our Macs with a Firewire cable. Firewire cable can fry Firewire ports when hot-plugged (ie. plugging the cable in while the power is on.) In order to protect both the computer ports, the cables, and the devices, Firewires should be plugged in using the following methodology.
Creating a PDF File
PDF files are an excellent way to store multi-page static documents and there are numerous ways to create them.
Making a Webpage PDF
-Choose Firefox as your browser and open the page you'd like to save.
-Select File->Print from the Menu Bar
-In the lower left hand corner, click on the PDF drop-down menu
-Select "Save as PDF"
-Name the PDF and save it to the desktop
Please note that links will not be active in this PDF
Adobe Suite PDFs
Using the Wilson Media Lab Scanners
Flat bed document scanners are currently installed in the Media Lab on some of our Mac computers, Wilson 03, 10, and 11. In the carrels outside the lab, four more scanners are attached to the Mac computers, Wilson 41, 42, 43, and 44. In addition, we have a large format scanner attached to Wilson 01 and a slide scanner attached to the Wilson Lab PC. These scanners are open for use at any time.
To use the flat bed scanners:
Printing to the Wilson Media Lab Plotter
Printing the the plotter is similar to printing to any other machine on campus. The price is $1.50 per linear foot.
To print directly from the computer:
- Make sure you are logged in on your personal account or the department account
- Open the program you'd like to print from
- Select the print option
- In the drop-down menu labeled "Printer," select "Library220P Poster Printer"
- Release the print job.
You cannot web-print to the plotter.
Final Cut Express
Apple offers a large selection of excellent video tutorials for all your Final Cut Pro video editing needs. Final Cut Pro has more capabilities than iMovie '08, and it's faster. We recommend utilizing this video editing software for your projects.
Blender is an open-source 3D imaging editor. In the past, the Classics and Psychology Departments have utilized this program to create interactive 3D environments for students or projects. The tutors maintain a set of Wiki instructions, found below.
Blender Basic Information and Short-cut Keys: