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.

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Media Tutorials

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.

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

 Photoshop Pamphlet

Adobe Photoshop CS4 is a raster graphics, photo editing program that is designed both for simple editing of photos and for creation of new and unique digital art pieces. It is a complex program that can do as much or as little as the user requires of it. Raster graphics are graphics comprised of pixels, so when enlarged, they lose picture quality. We recommend that web images be saved a 72 DPI and images for printing be saved at 300 DPI. Basic Walkthrough A pamphlet containing basic information about the Photoshop Interface and its tools.

Blender Resources

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: