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This guide will help you navigate all the amazing technology we have available for you to use when creating your own media projects!

Digital Media Lab Policy

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The Patrick Heath Public Library offers digital media lab equipment on the second floor for public use. The goals of the Digital Media Lab (DML) are to provide the community with resources to create and preserve digital content with hardware and software that they may not otherwise be able to afford. The DML includes hardware and software that enables users to create original media and to convert analog media content to digital formats. The DML is open during library hours, but all equipment must be logged off or returned 15 minutes before the library closes.

GUIDELINES

A variety of equipment and services are available for use free of charge. Some equipment is available for checkout on a limited basis. All equipment checkouts and returns will be handled at the Adult Services Desk.

The DML is not available for general computing activities such as word processing, web browsing or email. This station is available only for those who need to use the special software and hardware.

Users of the DML accept financial responsibility for any and all damage caused to the equipment or space beyond normal wear.

Users must save their work to an external memory source. External hard drives and flash drives are available for checkout at the Adult Services Desk.

Personal information, saved passwords, web history, and files created while using the DML are not automatically deleted at the end of each session, so patrons should make sure to delete any personal information before ending their session.

Users are expected to have a working knowledge of the equipment and software. Staff cannot help patrons for extended periods or perform work for them.

Behavior at the DML is to be consistent with the library’s Behavior Policy.

Due to limited space, a maximum of two people are allowed to use the DML at any one time.

Patrons working with audio or video will be asked to use headphones in order to minimize noise.

Patrons should not install any programs on DML equipment without permission from the library staff member on duty.

Printing is available via the library’s print management system. Black and white prints are $.25 per page and color prints are $1.00 per page. The printing stations will accept coins and/or bills but not credit cards.  Any change will be returned in coinage.

RULES GOVERNING USE

Use of the DML equipment is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Obscene behavior including public display of obscene materials on computer screens or in hard copy.
  • Any act in violation of the Children’s Internet Protection Act or Section 43.22 of the Texas Penal Code.
  • Excessive demands on library staff for assistance in using the equipment.
  • Using the workstations to gain access to the library's networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
  • Obstructing other people's work by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.
  • Making any attempt to degrade, damage, or disrupt computer equipment or software.
  • Making any attempt to alter software configurations.
  • Making any attempt to cause degradation of library system performance.
  • Using any library computer for any illegal or criminal purpose.
  • Engaging in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous.
  • Engaging in behavior that is disruptive to other computer users.
  • Uploading or creating computer viruses.
  • Deliberately invading the privacy of other individuals.
  • Violating copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Installing any software, unless permitted by library staff, on library computers.
  • Violations will result in loss of computer privileges. Unlawful activities or deliberate misuse of computers will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner to the full extent of local, state, and federal law.

Initially adopted: October 10, 2019


PROCEDURES

Orientation

Before using the DML, a new user must complete an orientation session with a library staff member and sign a Digital Media Lab User Agreement. After completing the orientation session, the form will be kept on file and the user will be free to use and reserve time on the DML.

Use

Use of the lab is available to Patrick Heath Public Library cardholders.

6th graders up to adults 17 years and older who have:

  • Completed orientation
  • Signed form

5th graders and younger who have:

  • Adult accompaniment at all times
  • Completed orientation
  • Signed form (parent/guardian signature required)

Reservations, Appointments, Drop-Ins and Time Limits

Dibs Reservation Software

  • Use D!bs to save your space. Users can make 2-hour reservations, with extended time permitted if no one else is waiting, to use the lab up to one month in advance with a maximum of one reservation per week.
  • Users may request additional time at the Adult Services Desk. Additional time beyond two hours will be granted at the discretion of the library staff member on duty.
  • If there are no reservations, the lab is available on a first come, first serve basis. Patrons should check in with the information desk to check on time availability.
  • Computers will shut down and equipment must be returned 15 minutes before the library closes.

AGREEMENT FORM MUST BE SIGNED! Download and print.

 

Available Technology

Dell Laptop with Windows 10 - Connects to Internet ; Creative Cloud products are loaded on it; the software for the Epson Flatbed scanner, the Epson FastFoto Scanner, and the Czur Document Scanner are all loaded on it; the HUE Animation software is loaded on it. Click on the Scanners tab to learn more about scanning projects. Click on the Applications/Software tab to learn more about Creative Cloud and HUE Animation. Watch YouTube Windows 10 tutorial. 

Dell Laptop

MacBook Pro - Creative Cloud products are loaded on it. Click on the Applications/Software tab to learn more about the Creative Cloud Suite. The Elgato VHS to Digital Converter is also loaded on the MacBook. If you're a new MacBook user, please watch this YouTube Tutorial. 

MacBook Pro

128G iPad with case and keyboard. The LumaFusion media editiing app is loaded on it. Click on the Applications/Software tab to learn more about LumaFusion. Watch a quick YouTube iPad tutorial to learn how to use it. 

iPad Closeup

 

Creative Cloud Suite  

Creative Cloud Graphic

Includes PhotoShop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Indesign, Adobe Premiere Pro,
After effects, Audition, Dream Weaver and more! Watch Tutorials for Creative Cloud Suite.

Hue Animation Studio

Hue Animation Graphic

Contains everything that a budding animator needs to create stop motion animation videos! The studio comes with a small backdrop, HD camera, USB camera with microphone, instruction book, printable activities. Here is a nice list of tutorials you can view to get the most out of Hue Animation Studio! 

LumaFusion

 

The app is located on our iPad. Look for the icon above. This is a multi-track video editor used by mobile journalists, filmmakers, and professional video producers to tell compelling video stories. The app is located on our iPad. Look for the icon above. Watch this YouTube tutorial to learn how to use it!

 

Elgato Video (VHS) to Digital Converter. The software can be found on the MacBook Pro. Watch tutorial. 

Elgato Video Converter Graphic

 

Digitnow! USB audio capture to convert cassette tapes to digital files. The software is loaded on the Dell Laptop. 

Digitnow Audio Converter Graphic

 

Wolverine Titan F2D - Film to Digital Converter. It can be used with either our MacBook or our Dell Laptop. View the F2D tutorial

Wolverine F2D Converter

 

Epson Perfection V600 Scanner - negatives, film, image, photo, documents. Can be used only on our Dell Laptop. View the scanning tutorial. Epson Perfection V600 Scanner

 

Epson FastFoto FF640 Scanner - you can scan thousands of photos, as fast as 1 photo per second. Single-step Technology automatically scans both the image and handwritten notes on the back. Can be used only with our Dell Laptop. View the fastfoto tutorial. 

Epson FastFoto

Czur Scanner ET16 Plus - Book and document scanner - Books, magazines, contracts, or any paper document within size A3; can also scan realia. Can be used only with our Dell Laptop. You'll have to sit through a small commercial, but then you can view a Czur Scanner tutorial. 

Czur Book and Document Scanner

GoPro Hero 7 White - The battery is built in and it must be charged with an external charger and cord. The GoPro has already been set up and can be updated only by a staff member. Go to about 14 minutes into this YouTube video, and see how to use all the functions on the GoPro. You an also read the Manual for an overview. 

Gopro Hero 7 White

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera - includes wide angle and telephoto lenses - shoots digital photos and video. Watch a YouTube tutorial, or read the hardcopy manual that comes with the camera. 

Canon Camera

Comica UHF Wireless Microphones (CVM-WM200) (2) - connect to cameras to produce higher quality audio. The receiver can be mounted on top of our Canon EOS camera. Sound can be monitored through headphones. 

Comica UHF Wireless Microphone

 

Azden SMX 10 Directional Stereo Microphone - battery operated; can be mounted on a camera that allows audio input. It can be used with the library's Canon EOS Rebel as seen here. 

Camera with Azden Mic Attached

 

Emerson 4 Head Video Cassette Player with Elgato Video Capture System - transfers analog videos to digital files (VHS C adapter available) 

AV Cart - Pullout keyboard tray and power strip/cord

2 External Hard Drives for temporary file storage

Magnetic Gorillapod Tripod and Bluetooth for remote shutter control

Bluetooth shutter and gorillapod

Raayoo External Floppy Disk Drive - Can be used if files are compatible with library software, e.g. word documents and standard picture files

Card Reader - Reads CF Cards, MS Cards, TF Cards and SD Cards

2 x 32 " LG Monitors. You can connect the Dell or MacBook to a larger monitor when working on your projects. Please ask for an HDMI cable to connect to the monitor. The power button is located on the very bottom in the center in front of the stand. 

Alicia using LG Monitor

PNY USB 3.1 Flash Drive with 512 GB

Rioddas External DVD/CD Drive - works with the Dell and the MacBook

 

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COMPLETE INVENTORY

Dell Precision 5530 Laptop

  • USB-C to Ethernet (PXE Boot) Adapter 
  • Power Adapter Cord

MacBook Pro Laptop

  • Power cord and wall charger 
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

2 x 32" LG Monitors

  •  Power cord and wall charger x 2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Camera 

  • Printed manual
  • Canon Battery and Charger 
  • Focus 58MM 3-PC Filter Kit
  • Focus 12" Flexible Tripod
  • Vivitar Digital Slave Flash
  • Focus 58MM (2.2x) Telephoto Lens
  • Focus 58MM (0.43x) Wide Angle Lens with macro
  • Canon EF 75-300MM f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens
  • Vivitar Photo/Video Backpack (Large)
  • Vivitar SD/SDHC Card Reader/Writer
  • 2 x SanDisk Ultra SDHC UHS-I Card (32 GB)
  • Vivitar Clean It Digital Camera Accessories Kit:
    • Screen Cleaning Fluid
    • Micro-Fiber Cleaning Cloth
    • Mini Flexible Tripod
    • 2 Universal Screen Protectors
    • 1 Six-Slot SD/Micro SD Card Wallet
    • 5 Cotton Swabs

GoPro Hero 7 White Action Camera

  • GoPro Charging Cable 
  • GoPro: The Handler Floating Hand Grip 
  • SanDisk Extreme Micro SD Card
  • SanDisk Micro SD Adapter

Wolverine F2D Titan Film to Digital Converter

  • Printed User Manual
  • Charging/Connection cable and wall charger
  • SanDisk 32 GB SDHC Card
  • Slide Adapter - Labeled 1
  • Negative Adapter - Labeled 2 
  • Nothing is labeled 3
  • 110 Negative Insert - Labeled 4
  • 110 Slide / APS Insert - Labeled 5
  • 8mm/Super 8 insert - Labeled 6

Byrne Hitch Portable Charger (2 units)

  • 2 Charging Cables

Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Hard Drive (2 units)

  • 2 Charging Cables

UGreen Card Reader (2 units)

PNY USB 3.1 Flash Drive with 512 GB

Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner 

  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • USB Connector Cable
  • Two film holders for different types of media: 35mm, mounted slides, and 6x22 cm Medium-format 
  • Installation Disc

Epson FastFoto FF640 Scanner

  • Installation Disc
  • :Power Cord and Wall Charger
  • USB Connector Cable

Elgato Video Capture Analog Video to Digital Files Conversion Hardware

  • Video Capture Hardware - White Unit
  • Composite-to-SCART adapter (French-originated standard and associated 21-pin connector for connecting audio-visual equipment) - Black Unit
  • Composite Video/RCA Stereo Cable - Black unit

Ritz Gear 5 Pc. Deluxe Cleaning Kit

  • Lens Cleaning Fluid - empty
  • Blower Brush
  • Lens Cleaning Tissue
  • Soft Texture Fiber Cloth
  • 6 Cotton Swabs

For.Panisonic.Camcorders (VW-GTE7E) Video Cassette Adapter (Adapts VHS-C and Super VHS-C videocassettes for standard VCRs) - Requires 1 AA Battery

AZDEN SMX-10 Directional Stereo Microphone

  • Microphone with 3.5mm audio cable
  • Shock Mount Holder
  • Detachable Windscreen

COMICA CVM-WM200(A) UHF Wireless Microphone

  • Lapel microphone (2 units)
  • Transmitter (2 Units)
  • Receiver (1 unit)
  • 3.5mm Mic Audio Input Cable
  • 3.5mm-3.5mm Audio Output Cable
  • 3.5mm-XLR Audio Output Cable
  • Belt Clip (3 Units)
  • Hot-shoe Mount
  • Wind Muff (2 units)
  • Carrying case
  • User Manual

RAAYOO 3.5" Floppy Disk Reader for Mac OS

  • User Manual
  • Paper conversion ruler

SELF PORTRAIT DEVICE  Bluetooth Remote Shutter - Requires CR 2032 Lithium Battery

  • User Manual

GorillaPod Magnetic Camera Tripod

  • iPhone Camera Adapter/Holder

HUE Animation Studio Stop Animation Kit

  • Book of Animation: How to make movie magic using stop motion animation
  • USB Camera (2 pieces)
  • USB cable for connection to computer

plugable Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with Power Delivery

  • Docking Station
  • Base for Vertical Dock Setup
  • 20" Thunderbolt 3 Cable 0.5m
  • Power Adapter
  • Active DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
  • Installation Guide

Sony Multi-Function DVD Recorder (VRD-MC5)

  • RCA Connector (red, white, yellow)
  • Power adapter 

Emerson Video Cassette Recorder (EWV404) - Donated

  • RCA Connector (red, white, yellow)

Rioddas External DVD/CD Drive (Not part of Technology Grant)