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SCS Studios

OTS Student Computing Services offers three studios in which TU students of all disciplines and skill levels can grow their video, audio and graphic development skills. All three studios are equipped with a full range of software titles to meet the needs of newbies and experts alike. Our dual boot iMac computers are performance optimized for media production projects and allow clients to choose either Mac OSX or Windows 7 at startup. And for our less experienced clients, our multimedia support services include side-along assistance and free access to Lynda.com tutorials.

We hope that you will further explore these unique resources 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  
  • SCS Studios FloorplanStudios A and B are located in Cook 34a and 34b; Studio C---the original and largest SCS studio---is in Cook 36.
  • The studios operate on the same posted schedule as the SCS Lab.
  • Students may:
    • reserve the studios in two-hour blocks by calling, emailing or visiting SCS
    • reserve and borrow cameras and other recording devices for use
      in the studios and off site
    • reserve one of our four Lynda.com accounts for free access to online tutorials 
    • schedule a consultation with an SCS Multimedia Support Specialist
  • Each studio includes a 27-inch Apple iMac computer with a 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card with 4GB of memory. At startup, clients may choose to boot into Mac OSX or Windows 7 Professional. 

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  :::  peek at the projects for which others have used the SCS Studios   

The SCS Studio Gallery is an online showcase of projects completed in the SCS Studios 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 other applications available in the SCS Studios  
SCS maintains a catalog of over 80 applications and utilities, most of which are available on all SCS workstations. Among the multimedia and graphics production titles we currently offer are the following industry and popular standards. For a complete list of applications available in SCS, select Applications in the left links bar.     
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro XI 
  • Adobe After Effects CC 2014
  • Adobe Audition CC 2014
  • Adobe Bridge CC
  • Adobe Captivate 4
  • Adobe Device Central CC 2014
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014
  • Adobe Flash Pro CC 2014
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2014
  • Adobe InDesign CC 2014
  • Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014
  • Adobe Media Player
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014
  • Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014
  • Adobe Visual Communicator 33
  • Apple Color
  • Apple Compressor
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro
  • Apple Final Cut Expresss
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 77
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple iDVDApple iDVD
  • Apple iMovie
  • Apple iPhoto
  • Apple Motion
  • Apple PhotoBooth
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro
  • Apple Logic Pro 9
  • Audacity (open source)
  • Avid ProTools 11
  • Avid Sibelius 7
  • MakeMusic Finale 2014
  • Celtx
  • EPSON Scan
  • Flip4Mac
  • GNU GIMP (open source)
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 4
  • Microsoft Expression Design 4
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder 4
  • Microsoft Expression Web 4
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
  • Microsoft Publisher 2013
  • Roxio Creator DE
  • SuperCollider
  • 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 from SCS   
SCS manages a collection of equipment well suited to digital video and audio recording, digital photography, and multimedia editing/production. Students may borrow much 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 (SCS Gear2Go):    
  • Canon EOS 60D HDSLR Camera Kit
  • Canon VIXIA HF G20 Camcorder Kits
  • GoPro HERO3+ Sport Camera Kit
  • Sony HDR-CX550V HD Camcorder Kits
  • Sony HDR-CX560V HD Camcorder Kits
  • Flip UltraHD Camcorder Kits
  • Kodak Zi8 HD Camcorder Kits
  • Panasonic PV-GS250 MiniDV Camcorder Kit
  • Sony HDR-HC46 MiniDV Camcorder Kit
  • audio-technica Wireless Mic Systems
  • Logitech Webcam Pro 9000
  • Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder Kits
  • Rode Podcaster USB Microphone
  • Olympus C-3020 Digital Camera Kits
  • Panasonic  DMC-TS5 Digital Camera Kit
  • Mid-weight Tripods
  • Tabletop Tripods (Smartphone Mounts)
Equipment available for use on site only (SCS Gear4Here):    
  • Audio Mixers
  • Epson V7000 Flatbed Photo Scanner
  • Canon LiDE110 Color Image Scanners
  • JVC Multi-format Video Recorder
  • Teleprompter System (with laptop connection)
  • Portable Video Light and Background System
    for More Professional Panopto/Webcast Recordings
  • Background Muslins and Support Systems
  • Portable Green Screen Backgrounds
  • Fluorescent Softbox Lighting Kits
  • Wacom Graphics Tablets
  • M-Audio 49-key MIDI Keyboard
  • Blue Yeti Pro Stereo Microphones
  • Samson Pencil Condenser Mics
  • AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Mic
  • Sennheiser e609 Inst/Amp Mic
  • Assorted Boom Mic Stands
  • Studio Monitor Style Headphones
  • KRK Rokit 5 Active Studio Monitors

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

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

  • The SCS Studios are adjacent to the SCS Computer Lab and equipped with a full range of software titles to meet the needs of newbies and experts alike. As always, students may call, email or visit to reserve a studio for up to two-hours. But now, students can reserve studio space online; just click here.

    The studios ARE 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 SCS Lab.    

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

  • As discussed above, SCS maintains a collection digital photo and audio equipment (SCS 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, DSLRs, 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 a 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 studios. 


Side-Along Support  :::  consultation and training is an SCS tradition       
For well 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. In creating the SCS Studios 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 experienced staff to become SCS Multimedia Support Specialists.

While we are not able to staff Multimedia Support Services full time, 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 a few day's notice.

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

For students whose needs or schedule do not quite fit our consultation options, we offer free access to Lynda.com, one of the best tutorial sites on the Web. For most learners, Lynda.com's video-based instruction is an excellent way to acquire new skills and get up and running quickly. Students may learn more at LDCviaSCS.  
 

Appropriate Use  :::  practices that make studio resources possible   
Maintaining the SCS Studios, 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 notwithstanding, some practices may seem open to interpretation and, thus, warrant explicit expression: 
  • The SCS Studios are a limited resource. To insure that they are available for the type of work for which they are 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. The SCS Studios are not intended to serve as private screening or browsing rooms or for any other activity that does not require their unique resources.
     
  • SCS monitors the activity inside the studios via a web camera in Studio C and windows in Studios A and B. 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 (scspro@towson.edu).  


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