album-media-lab-640x640-rgbIf you’ve been through the Moody Library Study Commons this semester, you probably noticed new signage for the Media Lab. TechPoint was generously offered a gift from the Shumacher Foundation and four office spaces to create new digital media lab spaces for the general Baylor public. Included are three recording studios, special A/V equipment, and some great computers for editing and rendering.

Reading literacy and access to knowledge in the written word has long been a central goal for libraries. With the ascendency of digital literacy and the expense of access to the tools of this trade, libraries have increasingly begun providing media creation and exploration spaces. Baylor University Libraries is pleased to join this trend.

Read below to survey the concept behind our Media Lab and prepare to get your creative juices flowing.

Train

Train.

Rewind, Start at the beginning. Many students with an assignment to create digital media don’t know where to start. Coming soon, look for a Lynda.com training kiosk, available 24 hours a day in the Study Commons. Kick your feet back and get free online training for Audacity, iMovie, Premiere, or even lighting tips and tricks.

Our Media and Technology Specialist and Media Intern will continue to create and provide instruction, gather resources, and coach on the digital media creation process. Book an appointment, or stop by (after our grand opening some time Fall 2016).

This site will increasingly be a source of instruction as well.

Plan

Plan.

Before you record, you must pause to make a plan. Do you need to borrow equipment, or will using our provided spaces be adequate? How long must your final product be? How long do you have to work on this project? How professional must it be? Scripted, outlined, or improvised? Lots of questions.

Dive in without a plan, and the project might take too long, turn out poorly, lose its way, or otherwise be a bad experience. Our Technology and Media Specialist and Media Assistants are available to help think through storyboarding your project, setting up the required equipment, and introduce the software you’ll use to finish the project.

Record

Record.

The Media Lab has three DIY recording studios. The first – and where the Media Lab project began – is the Video Booth. This simple audio & video capture space provides everything you need to record your presentation, lecture, or audition. Faculty use it for lecture capture, staff record training, students capture presentations, practice speeches, and more. Multiple backdrops, a projector, teleprompter, lightboard, and staging join the camera, microphone, and overhead lights to accommodate almost any use. Simply bring a USB drive.

Two audio studios are new this fall. Reserve one to record your weekly podcast, audio book, instrument audition, or simply capture voice-overs for training.

Edit

Edit.

Try rendering in Premiere on your old laptop. Not fun. We’ve added special computers to our Editing room to make your editing experience better. All computers in the Study Commons have a great software package with all the tools you’ll need to edit audio and video projects, but the Media Lab computers will be faster.

As we build out this blog, you’ll find details about which tools, both for neophytes and professionals, can take your project where it needs to go.

Publish

Publish.

Where does your content live? Our group runs Kaltura for campus. Your personal “Media Space” allows you to plug content seamlessly into Canvas, WordPress, or your websites and social media. Make your content private or public.

As we discover uses for our Media Lab together, we hope to curate a “Best of” gallery of your work. Get and share ideas in what we expect will become a fun community of new writers, performers, directors, and producers.