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The SCS Studio (CK 36)

The SCS Studio is an ideal, collaborative working and learning space for audio/video production and presentation rehearsals; and, it's available for students of all experience levels, from media production majors looking for a place to work independently to less I'm sorry, but your browser does not suppoert the embed tag. The embed tag embedded Student Computing Services Studio video I'm sorry, but your browser does not suppoert the embed tag. The embed tag embedded Student Computing Services Studio video 
experienced students with little more than a desire to create and a willingness to learn. We hope that you will further explore this unique resource by clicking on the following headings, reading the additional information, and asking questions. You've got creative potential, it's time to tap it!

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Studio Catchlights : : an essential bit of summary information  
  • The Studio is located in Cook 36, adjacent to the SCS Lab SCS Studio Location Map
  • The Studio operates on the same posted schedule as the SCS Lab and Learning Center
  • Students may:
    • reserve the Studio in two-hour blocks by calling, emailing or visiting SCS
    • reserve and borrow cameras and other recording devices for use off site
    • reserve one of our three Lynda.com accounts for free access to online tutorials 
    • schedule a consultation with an SCS Multimedia Support Specialist
  • The Studio houses two computers: one of our 24" iMacs and one of our 24" Dell Quad Core workstations.

Read on to find out what software and hardware we currently offer, what constitutes appropriate use of the SCS Studio, how reservations and equipment loans work, and how we can help you develop your wicked cool multimedia skills. 


Studio Gallery : : a peek at the projects others are up to in the Studio   

The SCS Studio Gallery is an online showcase of projects completed in the SCS Studio and/or using SCS equipment available to all TU students. With each passing semester, we hope to present more excellent examples of the work our clients are producing. 

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Software Tools : : multimedia and more--applications available in SCS  
SCS maintains a catalog of over 140 applications and utilities, most of which are available on all 63 workstations in the SCS suite. We manage our media production titles with a key server system that allows just a few licenses to be used on any of the SCS computers. For example, if we have eight Photoshop licenses, then Photoshop may be used on any eight SCS computers at the same time. The ninth attempt to open Photoshop generates a polite notice that all licenses are currently in use and an offer to alert the user when a license becomes available.

Among the multimedia titles we currently offer are the following industry and popular standards.
For a complete and annotated list of applications available in SCS, including license counts, see our Applications Directory.   
 
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended
  • Adobe After Effects CS4
  • Adobe Audition3
  • Adobe Bridge CS4
  • Adobe Captivate 4
  • Adobe Device Central CS4
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
  • Adobe Encore CS4
  • Adobe Flash CS4 Pro
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Adobe InDesign CS4
  • Adobe Media Encoder CS4
  • Adobe Media Player
  • Adobe OnLocation CS4
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 7
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
  • Adobe Soundbooth CS4
  • Adobe Visual Communicator 3
  • Apple Color 1.5
  • Apple Compressor 3.5
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro 4
  • Apple Final Cut Express 4
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 7
  • Apple Garage Band 08
  • Apple iDVD
  • Apple iMovie
  • Apple iPhoto
  • Apple Motion 4
  • Apple PhotoBooth
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro 3
  • Apple Logic Pro 9
  • Audacity (open source)
  • Avid ProTools 10
  • Avid Sibelius 6
  • Celtx
  • EPSON Scan
  • Flip4Mac
  • GNU GIMP (open source)
  • MaxMSP 4.6
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 4
  • Microsoft Expression Design 4
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder 4
  • Microsoft Expression Web 4
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Roxio Creator DE
  • Second Life
  • SuperCollider
  • TechSmith Jing Pro
  • Windows Movie Maker  
As we monitor software use, we will note applications for which students regularly have to wait for licenses to become available. To the greatest extent possible, we will then secure additional licenses for the titles most in demand. Of course, students are always welcome to email us with their insights and suggestions.
Hardware Tools : : lights, cameras and other devices available in SCS   
SCS manages a collection of equipment well suited to digital video and audio recording, digital photography, and multimedia editing. Students may borrow some of this equipment for use off site, and other equipment for use on site only (within the SCS suite). Our goal is to assist students of all majors and backgrounds and to provide access to a wide range of production tools, from professional grade to freeware. In most cases, we have selected software and hardware firmly positioned in the consumer and prosumer categories. The following lists represent much of the available equipment. Complete and detailed information is available at SCS Gear2Go.

 Equipment available for use off site:    
  • Flip UltraHD Camcorder Kits (10)
  • Kodak Zi8 HD Camcorder Kits (14)
  • Sony HDR-CX550V HD Camcorder Kits (3)
  • Sony HDR-CX560V HD Camcorder Kits (3)
  • Sony HDR-HC46 MiniDV Camcorder Kit (1)
  • Canon EOS 60D HDSLR Camera Kit (1)
  • Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 (1)
  • audio-technica Wireless Mic Systems (3)
  • Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder Kits (2)
  • Blue Yeti Pro USB Microphone (1)
  • Olympus C-3020 Digital Camera Kits (2)
  • Kodak C663 Digital Camera Kit (1)
  • Mid-weight Tripods (12)
  • Tabletop Tripods (2)
Equipment available for use on site only:    
  • Epson V7000 Flatbed Photo Scanner (1)
  • Sony HDR-CX550V HD Camcorder Kit (1)
  • Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 (1)
  • JVC Multi-format Video Recorder (1)
  • Tripod Dolly (1)
  • Background Muslin, 10x24 Black (1)
  • Background Muslin, 10x24 Blue (1)
  • Portable Background Support System (1)
  • Portable Green Screen Background (1)
  • Fluorescent Lighting Kit w Softbox (4)
  • Incandescent Background Light (1)
  • Kensington Trackball (1)
  • Wacom 6x8 Graphics Tablet (1)
  • M-Audio Firewire 1814 Interface for DAW (1)
  • M-Audio 49-key MIDI Controller for DAW (1)
  • Rohe Podcaster Pro Microphone (1)
  • Samson Pencil Condenser Mics (1 set)
  • AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Mic (1)
  • Sennheiser e609 Instrument/Amp Mic (1)
  • Assorted Boom Mic Stands (4)
  • Sony MDR-XD100 Headphones (3)
  • LabTec C-110 Headphones (5)
  • KRK Rokit 5 Active Studio Monitors (2)
  • Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder Kit (1)

Reserving & Borrowing : : securing the Studio and SCS camera equipment  

The following SCS resources may be reserved for use at particular times:

  • The SCS Studio, Cook 36, is a room adjacent to the SCS Computer Lab equipped with two computers, multiple fluorescent lighting kits, multiple background, audio monitors, and a ceiling-mounted LCD projector (for use with either computer). Students may call, email or visit to reserve the Studio in two-hour blocks for video and audio recording, video and audio editing, and presentation rehearsals for which an LCD projector is desired. The Studio is not reservable for general computing tasks (e.g., browsing the Web, working with email, word processing, etc.) which could be completed just as well using computers in the Lab or Learning Center.   

  • SCS maintains three accounts with Lynda.com (LDC), one of the most respected online tutorial sites. Students may reserve free access to a Lynda.com from the LDC via SCS webpage. Lynda.com video tutorials are a great way to learn how to use a wide variety of software applications, particularly graphics and media production applications.

  • As discussed above, SCS maintains a collection digital photo and audio equipment (Gear2Go) from which students may borrow for use on and off site. From easy-to-use pocket camcorders and still cameras to prosumer-level HD camcorders and digital audio recorders, we support a wide range of possibilities. And, we will do our best to guide you toward the equipment and processes best suited to your goals and priorities.

  • Please note that when you make a Studio reservation, SCS holds the facility for you. No one else can reserve it for that block of time. If you do not report to claim your reservation---in other words, you abandon it---the Studio remains unavailable to others, nevertheless. We recognize that plans sometimes change, but we believe that in such cases it is reasonable to expect the client to contact us and cancel the reservation. If your plans change and you will not be using the SCS Studio during the time you reserved, please call 410-704-5151 or email scs@towson.edu and include "Cancel Studio" in the subject so that we may release the facility for other clients.

    If a client does not report or call within the first 15 minutes of a reservation, SCS will record the reservation as abandoned, and release the Studio for other clients to use. SCS tracks the incidence of abandoned reservations. After a client's third abandonment, SCS will suspend for six months his/her right to reserve the Studio. 


Side-Along Support : : consultations and training--an SCS tradition       
For over a decade, Student Computing Services has focused not only on providing students with the tools of technology but also on helping them learn how to effectively apply those tools. Because we developed the SCS Studio for every student, we recognized that it would often be necessary to sit along side and orient students to media production applications and procedures. So we sought-out staff to become SCS Multimedia Support Specialists.

While we are not able to staff the Studio during all operational hours, specialists are available for at least a few hours on any given day, and we do our best to accommodate evening and weekend appointments given at least a couple day's notice.

As our specialists graduate and move on, we continue to seek students with media production experience and/or interest to help students tap their creative potential. If this sound like your kind of job, send us an application and describe your interests. 

For students whose present needs or schedule don't quite fit our consultation options, we offer free access to Lynda.com, one of the best training sites on the Web. For most learners, Lynda.com's video-based tutorials are an excellent way to acquire new skills and get up and running quickly. Students may call, e-mail or visit SCS to reserve one of our three accounts for 24 hours at a time.

SCS also works with OTS Training to offer self-help guides, traditional classroom workshops and convenient demonstration sessions on media production topics.

Appropriate Use : : practices that make the Studio resources possible   
Maintaining the SCS Studio, equipment loans, and support services is a team effort. We rely on our clients--students, faculty and staff--to use the resources carefully and in the intended fashion. Most of the advice we would offer on appropriate use could be considered common sense: essentially, we expect clients to care for our resources as they would their own property. Consequently, we reserve the right to deny access to any client who demonstrates repeated misuse or abuse of SCS equipment and resources.

Common sense not with standing, some practices may seem open to interpretation and, thus, warrant explicit expression: 
  • The SCS Studio is a limited resource. To insure that it is available for the type of work for which it is intended--audio/video recording and editing, active presentation rehearsals and consultations involving SCS staff--we reserve the right to decline reservation requests for work that could be done just as effectively in the SCS Lab or Learning Center. The SCS Studio is not intended to serve as a private screening or browsing room or for any other activity that does not require its unique resources.
     
  • SCS monitors the activity inside the Studio via a Web camera. Clients exhibiting destructive, unsafe or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be required to leave.
     
  • Due to wear and tear associated with repeated use, we expect our equipment to eventually break down, at  which time we either repair or replace it. However, we take pains to purchase durable items that should last for years if used responsibly. Consequently, we reserve the right to collect repair/replacement costs from clients in cases where equipment abuse is clearly evidenced. Further, we reserve the right to collect replacement costs from clients who fail to return borrowed equipment.

While SCS does not anticipate incidents of misuse and abuse, we regard it as our duty to maintain functional resources and equitable access for our many responsible clients. If you have questions or concerns, we invite you to contact us via email (scs@towson.edu).  


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