Multimedia and video production

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What is the multimedia lab?

Located in Cherry Parkes 005, this facility is available for students, faculty and staff to develop enhanced presentations and multimedia projects with video, audio, digital photos and graphics.

Assistance is always on hand to guide users through the creative and technical process!


Winter Quarter Hours
Monday - Thursday 9AM - 6PM
Friday - 10AM - 3PM
Weekends Closed

Scheduled days for closure:

Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Monday, February 20 - January 2 (Presidents Day)
March 20-24 (Spring Break)
 

For more information, please contact us via email at tachelp@uw.edu or call 253-692-5743.

Lab Reminder...

  • All projects and files left on Multimedia Lab computers or server will be deleted at quarter's end.  If you want a copy, come and get 'em before finals week!
  • 2 hour appointments at workstations are strictly enforced during times of heavy use.

What can I do in this lab?

Bring your lunch or lattes! Food is permitted in CP 005.

The MMLab also includes collaborative space, wi-fi, an instructional projector and screen, 22 open-lab stations and a "lounge" with four couches.

It's the place to go for:

  • Poster designing
  • Editing class video projects
  • Dubbing recorded presentations to DVD
  • Preparing your movie for the web or social media
  • Enhancing or "cleaning up" old pictures
  • Preparing media materials to be integrated with other projects
  • Advice for shooting video and photography

What kind of hardware and software is available?

The lab is equipped with Windows and Mac computer workstations, flatbed scanners, video/audio-editing software and DVD recorders. Software includes: PowerPoint, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Media Encoder, AfterEffects) iMovie, iTunes, and Motion.

Getting Started with FCP X!

FAQs

What is the Multimedia Lab?

Where is it?

What are the MMLab's hours?

Who may use the Multimedia Lab?

What services do you offer?

What equipment/hardware do you have?

What software applications does the MMLab have?

What can't be done in the lab?

Can I put my project on the web?

What do I need to bring with me to the Multimedia Lab?

How do I make a reservation?

Will you save my project on your computer until next quarter?

Where do I check out video production equipment?

What is involved in the video post-production process?

How long will it take to edit my video?

How can I save my work?

I'm not computer literate. Do you offer one-on-one tutoring?

How can I learn your software?

Do you have your policies posted somewhere?

May I bring food in?

I want to make a copy of a DVD or CD. Can I do that and are there any restrictions?

Can I install a copy of my software from home?

Can I drop off materials for digitization or dubbing?

I'd like to give the Multimedia Lab feedback. Where should I do this?

Can you recommend products?

May I use the Multimedia Lab for other types of work?

How do I embed a video on my Blackboard course site? (video tutorial)

 

What is the Multimedia Lab?
The Multimedia Lab is the place on campus for multimedia production.
We have the latest software, equipment and staff to assist you with your video, audio, web and graphics assignments and presentations.
We also have 22 open lab stations for campus use.

Where is it?
We are located on the ground floor of Cherry Parkes in CP 005 (just behind Indochine)
 

What are the lab hours?
Hours are subject to change quarterly. Availability of open computers is also subject to staffed hours of the Multimedia Lab.

Who may use the Multimedia Lab?
Our facility is available to all UW Tacoma staff, faculty and enrolled students.


What services do you offer?
We specialize in helping you complete dynamic, multimedia-rich projects.

  • Video and audio editing
  • Image and photo editing
  • Integration of multimedia into presentations
  • Preparing media for web uploading
  • Video and audio dubbing (VHS to DVD, miniDV to DVD, HDD Camera to DVD, miniDV to VHS)
  • Scanning of images, documents and slides

What equipment/hardware do you have?
The Multimedia Lab is equipped with 7 Macs and 3 Windows computers, double-screen workstations, DVD/CD burners, miniDV decks, slide scanners, memory card readers, flatbed scanners, VCRs and an audio cassette player.

What software applications does the MMLab have?
The Multimedia Lab uses both Apple and Windows platforms.

  • Video editing - Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Premiere Pro
  • Audio editing - Soundtrack Pro, GarageBand, Audition, Audacity
  • Photo editing - Photoshop, iPhoto
  • Graphics and layout - Illustrator, InDesign
  • Presentation - PowerPoint
  • Web design and development - Dreamweaver
  • Motion graphics - After Effects, Motion
  • Business applications - Microsoft Office

What can't be done in the lab?
You cannot load software onto the computers. Commercial work cannot be produced here and the Multimedia Lab abides by copyright laws, specifically the Fair Use Guidelines and the Teach Act.

  • Up to 3 minutes or 10%, whichever is less, can be used from copyrighted motion media.
  • 10% or 30 seconds, whichever is less, of the music and lyrics from an individual musical work.

See UW guidelines for other parameters for use of copyrighted content.

So, entire duplications of protected material are forbidden. While the law may permit the fair use of a copyrighted work for such purposes as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, comment, news reporting, etc., don't assume that all such uses are "fair."

Fair use depends on a balance of four factors:
the purpose of your use, the nature of the work, the amount of the work used, and the effect of your use on the potential market of the work.

For more, see UW's Four Factor Test regarding Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials.

Can I put my project on the web?
Yes.
YouTube is the most commonly used sharing platform used by our students.  Students also deliver files via their UW Google Drives and their UW OneDrive for Business cloud storage. The Multimedia Lab does abide by U.S. Copyright laws.
Please see YouTube regarding use of copyrighted content.


The Multimedia Lab suggests not using copyrighted materials (even within Fair Use guidelines) for Facebook, YouTube, web sites, etc. simply because many sites need to legally protect themselves and you could easily receive a notice to takedown your material.
If you decide to still post to YouTube using Fair Use guidelines, consider these tips:


Embed Commentary Into the Video: Don't rely on text and images around it to make your case or provide the transformative use. Take the effort to edit the video and upload your creation rather than the raw footage. It will make your case much stronger.

Use Shorter Clips: The trend on YouTube is to use clips several minutes in length. The more you take of a show or movie, the less likely the use is fair, no matter how you transform it. Stick to short clips and take only what you need to prove your point.

Have More Original Content: Though this goes hand in hand with the first bullet, the basis of YouTube is to "broadcast yourself" so put your own work into the video and make sure that the copyrighted portion makes up as little of the work as possible.

Give Proper Attribution: Be sure to give attribution fair the clip both in the video and in the notes. It may seem silly, especially when the owner of the work is obvious, but attribution often helps bolster fair use arguments by showing good faith.

Post a Disclaimer: Using such a disclaimer on your YouTube page with any copyrighted content that you are attempting to use in a fair manner may bolster your case.

Read entire article, "Why Fair Use Suffers on YouTube"

What do I need to bring with me to the Multimedia Lab?
First, you'll need a current UW ID (Husky Card).
Secondly, depending upon your project, you'll need a storage device for your files and output. Bring a USB Flash drive or use your UW Google Drive or UW OneDrive for Business account.
If you are planning to leave with your finished project on DVD then please bring a DVD-R.
We do not provide, or sell, these materials.

How do I make a reservation?
You can make a reservation three ways:

Stop by at CP 005
Call (253) 692-5743
Send email to: tachelp@u.washington.edu

Will you save my project on your computer until next quarter?
No. Hard drives are erased between quarters. Your project may be stored until quarter's end.
If hard drive space becomes an issue then the oldest files are deleted first.


Where do I check out video production equipment?
Audio and video equipment can be checked out in Media Services Equipment Checkout desk (WG 108).

What is involved in the video post-production process?
There are 4 steps involved with post-production:

  • Capturing/Ingestion - This is the process of digitizing or importing your audio/video into the computer and the non-linear editor.
  • Editing - Trimming beginnings and endings of clips, rearranging clips, adding titles, applying color correction, improving audio, adding special effects, etc.
  • Exporting to Master - This is a "hidden" step. When clips are brought into an editing program's timeline, the program is simply referring to those clips, wherever they are stored. Exporting allows you to compress your video into a preferable format and to stand alone as a movie without looking for your captured clips. The movie is now ready for QuickTime and Windows Media Player as well as for DVDs.
  • Encoding for distribution - How will your audience access your movie? You'll have to burn to DVDs, decide how compressed your file will be for Youtube or prepare for viewing in PowerPoint, to name a few.


How long will it take to edit my video?
This will depend upon the complexity of your project; the amount of raw footage you've shot or are incorporating; your skill level; amount of effects; your determination; titles or filters you use; and the number of students working on the project.
A five-minute finished video may take anywhere from 2 to 10 hours of post-production, depending upon the variables listed above.

 

How can I save my work?
You can bring your own storage media. If you are working on video for an extended period of time, we would recommend you invest in an external hard drive. That way you can keep your project files together.
Here are a few other options:

  • USB Flash Drives
  • UW Google Drive or UW OneDrive for Business
  • Multimedia Lab computers - Hard drives are erased at the end of every quarter. If space becomes scarce, files will be removed as needed by MMLab staff. Please make arrangements with staff regarding storage timeframes.


I'm not computer literate. Do you offer one-on-one tutoring?
Staff members are primarily there to assist you with your projects. We can provide one-on-one assistance only if the Multimedia Lab is not busy.

How can I learn your software?
Time, patience and, perhaps, coffee.
We can introduce you to the basics of our software and provide a source of information but there is no shortcut to developing your skill set in a particular application. We do have tutorials and on-line aids available.
Ultimately, it's the process of working through a project that improves your productivity.

Do you have your policies posted somewhere?
Our policies can be reviewed here.


May I bring food into the lab?
Yes.


I want to make a copy of a DVD or CD. Can I do that and are there any restrictions?
If it is your own, original material on the DVD or CD, then yes. You are not allowed to copy commercial materials (CDs, DVDs, web videos/music, etc.).

U.S. Copyright Law is an assemblage of statutes designed to protect the rights of creators and users. It has its origins in the constitutional principle to promote the arts and sciences. Fair Use is a principle that limits the exclusive rights of ownership so that you, as a learner, can use other people's stuff (with certain statutory limitations) without having to ask their permission.

Only 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less, of commercial content can be copied and used in your project.

Duplication of protected works in their entirety is strictly forbidden.

Can I install a copy of my software from home on a lab computer?
No.
Every effort has been made to configure our workstations to meet the needs of our campus. We are equipped with professional-grade hardware and industry-standard software. For security purposes, loading unauthorized software is prohibited.

Please review UW Tacoma computer policies at: Can I drop off materials for digitization or dubbing?
No.
We are more than happy to help you do this process yourself, but our staff does not provide digitization and duplication services to students.
If you are a faculty member and need these services, you can contact Production Services for assistance.

I'd like to give the Multimedia Lab feedback. Where should I do this?
Send email to:
athelp@u.washington.edu

Can you recommend products?
No.
Our duty is to connect students with the right tools for their projects and to assist them in the process. As far as personal purchases, you can find significant amounts of information and product reviews online.


May I use the Multimedia Lab for other types of work?
Yes.
Priority is given to students with multimedia projects but you are welcome to surf the net, write your paper, perform homework research, etc.

Contact

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact us at 253-692-5743
or athelp@uw.edu.

 

Multimedia lab policies

  • Sign-in: Students must sign in on the sign-in list before using the Lab.
  • Only students with a valid UW ID card and current quarter validation sticker will be admitted to the Lab.

  • The Multimedia Lab assistants are here to assist you with the hardware and software. They may assist you with your project as time allows. They will NOT do the project for you.
  • During peak periods, class projects have priority over personal use. Please limit your time to no more than 2 hours at a station. This is to ensure that others can use the computers.
  • Headphones may be required on workstations where sound editing is required.
  • Printing: Printing in the MM Lab is limited to multimedia projects. Color printing is limited to 3 copies.
  • Content left on Lab computer will periodically (and at end of the quarter) be removed and deleted by the Lab staff.
  • Users may not display images, sounds, or messages on any public screens that could create an atmosphere of discomfort for others.
  • Commercial use of the lab is strictly prohibited.

You cannot load software onto the computers. Commercial work cannot be produced here and the Multimedia Lab abides by Copyright Laws, specifically the Fair Use Guidelines and the Teach Act.

Up to 3 minutes or 10%, or whichever is less, can be used from copyrighted motion media.

10% or 30 seconds, whichever is less, of the music and lyrics from an individual musical work.

See UW guidelines for other parameters for use of copyrighted content.

So, entire duplications of protected material are forbidden. While the law may permit the fair use of a copyrighted work for such purposes as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, comment, news reporting, etc., don't assume that all such uses are "fair."

Fair use depends on a balance of four factors:
the purpose of your use, the nature of the work, the amount of the work used, and the effect of your use on the potential market of the work.

For more, see UW's Four Factor Test regarding Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials.


Get the "Basic Tips to Shoot Better Videos" PDF here!

Tips for Shooting Video Interviews


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