Digital Media Lab

The AOK Library Digital Media Lab (DML) provides all UMBC students, faculty and staff with tools to create and edit new and re-use existing audio, video and graphic design objects. Equipment and software in the DML is chosen to serve a diverse community with a wide-range of media creation and utilization needs. Equipment and software is available on a self-serve basis, with access to staff assistance, manuals and online help.


Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-1587 or 410-455-2332
Email: mediastaff-group@umbc.edu

The Audio/Video Recording Room in the Digital Media Lab

Equipment

Equipment that can be checked out

Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T3i kit also features a top-loading camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, the necessary cords/cables and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T5i kit also features a durable camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, infrared shutter remote, necessary cords/cables, and an instruction manual.

3 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Canon VIXIA HD Camcorder features a 3.28 megapixel censor and records full-HD 1920x1080p video directly to an SD card. The HF R400 also employs a genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, there's a 3" touch panel LCD as well. Included in the kit is a 32GB SD card, the necessary cables/cords and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

5 HD Camcorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod is designed for those times when space and weight are of primary concern. People on-the-go will appreciate this featherweight 2.54 lb five section tripod which supports up 3.31 lb and rises to a height of 5.05' with the column extended, while breaking down to only 18” to fit easily in your bag. Leg angles can be lengthened or shortened quickly via the flip lever leg locks. The integrated quick release grip head has a large ergonomic, locking, fast-action handle a front tilt of 0° / +90°, a lateral tilt of -90° / +90° and a panning range of 360°.

8 Tripods are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



ZOOM H4n Recorder features true X/Y stereo mics with selectable recording patterns. It can record up to 4 channels of audio, with rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect a variety of gear. The recorder also features a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm output for connecting external speakers. A USB 2.0 port makes it easy to transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface. It has a backlit LCD for easy control, and can operate on AA batteries, USB power, or wall power for versatility. The kit includes a 16GB SD card, batteries, the necessary cables/cords, stand adapter, windshield and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

5 ZOOM Recorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electric condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.

5 Lavalier Mics are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



EXtra SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card is a Secure Digital High Capacity memory card. With 32GB of data storage capacity, the card provides ample space for photos and videos captured with your camera. It offers an SD Class 10 rating along with an Ultra High Speed Class 1 rating, featuring read speeds up to 30MB/s and write speeds of at least 10MB/s. A built-in write-protect switch prevents data from being accidentally modified, overwritten or deleted.

4 Extra SD Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Samsung Portable DVD Player/Writer has an exclusive A/V connection technology available in it which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. This external disc drive offers a variety of writing speeds of different types of media: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW and 8X DVD ± R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD + R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD + RW and 6X DVD-RW disc for burning.

5 DVD Player/Writers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Aaxa P300 Pico Projectors are palm-sized projectors that come in at 1.4lbs and can project media up to 80 inches in size. Plug it into a PC or use a USB drive and present slide presentations, photos and videos. For video playback, we suggest plugging the projector into a PC. The included remote allows you to control the projector from across the room (especially helpful for presentations and photo slideshows). Note: with the included cables, this projector does not connect to Apple products.

5 Portable Projectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Instruction Manual



The Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mount is designed for the run-and-gun style of video shooting and enables smoother camera movements than are otherwise possible with a handheld setup. Weighing just 2.25 lb, the SR-1000's lightweight, ergonomic design helps reduce fatigue for prolonged use. The rig supports a maximum capacity of up to 5.5 lb, which is suitable for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and small to mid-sized camcorders.

4 Shoulder Mounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



The JOBY GripTight Phone Mount allows you to mount your smartphone to standard 1/4"-20 thread tripods, letting you capture photos and video using its camera. With your smartphone securely mounted, you can also watch videos or other media hands-free. The GripTight PRO fits smartphones 2.2 to 3.9" wide, with or without a case attached. The mount has overmolded stainless steel plates that slide and lock for a precise fit. It holds your device in portrait or landscape mode and its angle of tilt can be adjusted. TPE grip pads secure it in place.

3 Phone Mounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Equipment that stays in the DML

Zoom H4n Recorder features true X/Y stereo mics with selectable recording patterns. It can record up to 4 channels of audio, with rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect a variety of gear. The recorder also features a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm output for connecting external speakers. A USB 2.0 port makes it easy to transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface. It has a backlit LCD for easy control, and can operate on AA batteries, USB power, or wall power for versatility.

The included wired remote allows you to control all major functions of the recorder, including recording start, play, stop, fast forward/reverse, volume level adjustment, recording level adjustment, and input source switching. It can also prevent handling noise from entering your recording, since it eliminates the need to touch the recorder itself.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electric condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Rode NT1-A Condenser Microphone & Stand is a large-diaphragm side-address condenser microphone intended for general instrument and vocal recording. The mic features a 1" diaphragm with a gold-plated membrane, which provides a wide frequency response and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio. The cardioid polar pattern provides excellent off-axis rejection, minimizing noise caused by room ambiance, instruments, monitors, headphones, etc. The balanced, transformerless output circuitry results in quiet, low-noise signal reproduction at high output levels. The NT1-A is powered via 48V phantom power and has a standard XLR connector.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder: This kit includes an AG-HMC40 Camcorder and a dual input XLR Microphone Adapter and Holder that mounts right under the tip of the camcorder's detachable handle. The HMC40 is designed to record in high definition on standard SD and SDHC memory cards. The camera is extremely portable and lightweight, weighing in at just over 2 lbs. While SD-based camcorders have been gaining ground in the consumer market, the HMC40 has the ability to record AVCHD images at significantly higher bitrates. This enhancement makes the camera's codec more efficient than comparable HD interframe codecs, such as HDV and XDCAM EX. Using H.264 as its compression algorithm, the camera can record incredibly detailed images at a fraction of the file size.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Lowel Tota/Omni Core 44 Kit: Compact, rugged and versatile, the broad-throw Tota-light can be used with its umbrella or gel frame and diffusion as a soft key light, fill light, or backlight. With its adjustable reflectors, it can be a smooth and even background light, or point it at the ceiling to raise the ambient (base) light level of a room. Tota-lights are also widely used for photographic copy work. The wide focusing range of the Omni-light makes it a flexible key light or backlight. Add diffusion or an umbrella, and it's a soft fill source. Available with a host of accessories and built for heavy-duty long life, the popular Omni is the perfect companion to the Tota. The Rifa eX 44 softbox light has a 16 x 16" (41 x 41 cm) front diffuser. It has an umbrella-like design allowing set-up in 60 seconds or less. Its quick-change power cord easily converts for use with professional battery belts, allowing it to work at 12V, 14V and 30V DC in addition to 120V and 230V AC. The Rifa eX has a changeable socket, to make use of cooler-running fluorescent bulbs.

Read the Information Guide



The Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head is a stable, sturdy video tripod made from anodized aluminum that can support loads up to 8.8 lb. Overall, this tripod offers many features usually only found on more expensive models. The two-way fluid head provides smooth operation, and features a half-ball mount with a diameter of 65mm, with left and right pan bar mounts. In addition, unlike most other heads in its class, all the head controls are positioned on the left side of the head, which leaves your right hand free for the panning handle. The VT-4000 tripod system weighs 7.9 lb.

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Backdrop Alley Studio Stand: Adjustable backdrop stand. Maximum size is 12 x 10.5". Chroma green, white and black muslin backdrops are available.



Expression 11000XL Graphic Arts Scanner: Features a 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution and a 48-bit color depth. The scanner can handle standard originals as large as 12.0 x 17.0". The transparency adapter allows scans of 35 mm negatives and mounted slides, 120 and 220 medium format, and 4.0 x 5.0" film.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual



Spaces

The Whisper Room

This sound isolation booth significantly reduces ambient and acoustic noise and can be used for a variety of audio recording purposes. The Whisper Room features a ventilation system and interior lighting, making it suitable for single person recording sessions.

You can reserve the Whisper Room for use during regular Digital Media Lab hours. It is also available on a first-come-first-served basis during lab hours.

Limit of 1 person at a time in the Whisper Room.

Reserve this Space



Audio/Video Recording Room

The A/V recording space is 10' x 12' and is designed to be versatile enough for audio or video projects that involve small groups. The backdrop stand can be adjusted as needed with black, white and green backdrops available. Acoustical foam helps insulate the space from exterior noise while preventing unwanted echo. There is also an iMac workstation to facilitate easy transfer of data.

You can reserve the Audio/Video Recording Room for use during regular Digital Media Lab hours. Otherwise it is available on a first-come-first serve basis. An exception will be made for persons using the computer when the space is needed for recording projects, provided a computer is available in the main workspace.

Limit of 5 people in the Audio/Video Recording Room.

Reserve this Space



Computer Workspace

The DML's main workspace has three iMacs available for audio/visual project creation and editing. These systems feature Adobe products and Final Cut Pro X. These systems are available on a first come first serve basis.

One of these workstations features an Epson Expression large format scanner with a scanning bed of 12" x 17". The scanner has an optional transparency setting that can be used for scanning negatives and other transparent media.

Limit of 2 people per computer work station.



Software Tutorials



General Policies

Lab Assistance

DML Assistants can provide basic instructions for equipment and software. Manuals for all the equipment will be available either online or in the DML.

Circulating Equipment Policies

A/V Equipment

Replacement Costs