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  • Manage the Studio Helped design the new space 1:1 appointments Internal video & media projects
  • Studied Visual Communication Design Lots of Audio production experience Experience with video production & editing Apple retail and instructional experience Always a computer guy
  • Know who you ’ re serving before you decide on equipment It ’ s about learning, so you don ’ t necessarily need the best equipment
  • Again, it ’ s all about learning You want users to feel good about the experience and come back If there ’ s too much of a barrier, users will get frustrated Design the space and the setup to be intuitive and friendly
  • You can do a lot with a little A lab can be made from a few extra computers and some open source software Even more advanced equipment and has really come down in price Make sure it will all work together, anticipate future equipment
  • Both are great options Mac provides the iLife suite, which more people are familiar with Windows is generally more cost effective Adobe software available on both Open source software available on both Work with IT Mix it up
  • You don ’ t need all these, but it gives you options How long will it last? How long will its capability be relevant?
  • - Consider what works with local schools
  • - Adobe is now on Creative Cloud, subscription model - CS6 still available
  • - Adobe is now on Creative Cloud, subscription model - CS6 still available
  • - Adobe is now on Creative Cloud, subscription model - CS6 still available
  • - Adobe is now on Creative Cloud, subscription model - CS6 still available
  • - Adobe is now on Creative Cloud, subscription model - CS6 still available

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  • 1. HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & PROGRAMMING Alex Hoffman Digital Media Specialist Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • 2. CONTACT ahoffman@ahml.info @iamalexhoffman EXPERIENCE Over a year managing AHML’s lab BA Visual Communication Design •Experience with Audio & Video Production •Apple Retail
  • 3. OVERVIEW Population of roughly 75,000 The total circulation for the fiscal year ending in April 2012 was 2,670,136 items Over 360,000 items in the collection Over 1,000 newspapers and magazines Over 44,000 movies Over 32,000 CDs Over 3,000 eBooks
  • 4. 44 THE STUDIO Opened in January 2012 1 room (former office) $15,000 budget EQUIPMENT 2 iMacs Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Photoshop Elements iLife iWork Flatbed Scanner Film Scanner 2 USB Mics Green Screen 2 Sony Bloggie Touches •2 Canon Powershots 2 USB External Hard Drives 2 Tripods Zoom H1 Audio Recorder MIDI Keyboard
  • 5. THE STUDIO (RENOVATED) Opened in January 2013 $25,000 budget 5 studios Expanded capabilities
  • 6. 6 STUDIO A Hardware iMac - 27" Screen, 2.7 GHz Quad Core Intel i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD Epson Perfection V600 Flatbed Scanner Plustek Optic Film & Slide 7600 Scanner Wacom Tablet Sony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones Software Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 Design Standard (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat) Final Cut X iLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes) iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers Handbrake Silverfast 8 EpsonScan •Screenflow (screencasting)
  • 7. STUDIO B Hardware Mac Pro - 3.2 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD Dual Dell Ultrasharp 24" Widescreen Monitors Epson Perfection V600 Flatbed Scanner M-Audio BX5a Studio Monitors Sony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones Software Final Cut X Adobe Creative Suite 5.0 Master Collection (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Contribute, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, OnLocation, Encore, Bridge, Media Encoder, Dynamic Link, Device Central) Microsoft Office 2011 iLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes) iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers Handbrake
  • 8. 8 STUDIO C Hardware iMac - 27" Screen, 2.9GHz Quad Core intel i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD M-Audio BX5a Studio Monitors M-Audio Fast Track audio interface Sony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones Software Logic Pro Izotope RX Toontrack EZ Drummer Microsoft Office 2011 iLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes) iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers Handbrake
  • 9. STUDIO PRODUCTION Hardware iMac - 27" Screen, 2.7 GHz Quad Core Intel i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD Studio Lights with Softening Umbrellas (x5) AlienBee 800 Studio Flash AlienBee 400 Studio Flash (x2) M-Audio BX5a Studio Monitors Calumet 12' Background Support Green, Black & White backdrops PreSonus MSR Monitor Station PreSonus FireStudio Project M-Audio Axiom 51 MIDI Keyboard Yamaha DTX500K Electronic Drumset Audio Technica AT4033/CL Condensor Mic (x2) 4x6 Isolation VocalBooth Sony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones Software Logic Pro Toontrack EZDrummer Smart Music iLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes) iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers Handbrake
  • 10. 10 STUDIO ENTRY Hardware Mac Mini, 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive Toshiba VHS/DVD Conversion Unit IONaudio USB Tape Deck Canopus Analog/Digital Converter Software iLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes) iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers Handbrake
  • 11. AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT One-week Loan Western Digital 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive (x2) Zoom H1 portable digital recorder Sony Bloggie Touch camcorder (x2) Canon PowerShot S95 digital cameras (x2) Large Pearstone tripod Medium Pearstone tripod 4-hour Checkout within the Studio Brief training required to use this equipment Sennheiser EQ112-p G3 Wireless Lav Mic (x2) Canon 60D with 15-85mm Lens Seagate Thunderbolt Hard Drive Zoom H4n
  • 12. SERVICES 1:1 appointments Drop in assistance Classes in the training center (50-60/month, 80 by fall) Lynda.com & Atomic Training for self paced learning
  • 13. STUDIO GUIDELINES OPEN Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. NOTE The Studio will close 30 minutes before the library closes. Two-hour reservations (Four hours for VHS conversions) can be made in person or by phone. Extensions in additional one-hour increments beyond this are possible if there are no pending reservations. Users must be Arlington Heights residents with an account in good standing and fines under $10. The cardholder is responsible for other users accompanying him or her. •The Studio is to be used solely for digital media projects. Those with general computing needs such as Internet access, email, and Microsoft Office should use public computers, laptops or iPads. •The library’s Code of Conduct applies to those who use the Studio. •Customers should keep noise levels to a minimum and use headphones when possible. •All work, file saving, file uploading, etc. must be completed by the end of your reservation. Keep this in mind when managing your allotted time in the Studio. Studios A, B, C & Entry hold a maximum of 4 people. Studio Production holds 6 at most. The Studio is a food- and drink-free environment. People of all ages utilize this space. Please keep this in mind if you leave content on these computers temporarily. •Do not use any of the equipment for illegal or unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials or content you have no right to reproduce or distribute. •Please report any issues with the Studio to Digital Services staff at the Tech Help Desk.
  • 14. Pilot Studio Renovation New Studio
  • 15. Pilot Studio Renovation New Studio USAGE BY CATEGORY (HOURS)
  • 16. 17
  • 17. Pilot Studio Renovation New Studio & Training Center
  • 18. MOST USED SOFTWARE •Photoshop (Photo & Design) •Logic Pro (Audio) •Lynda.com (Video Tutorials) •iMovie (Video Editing) •Silverfast (Scanning) •Quicktime Player (Video Conversion)
  • 19. WHAT ARE PEOPLE DOING? •Converting home movies to DVD or digital video file •Scanning photos, slides & film •Editing ESL videos for English language learners •Broadcasting live podcasts •Shooting video and recording voice overs for a career management product •Restoring photos damaged by water and time •Learning digital media skills to stay competitive in the workplace •Recording & practicing for auditions
  • 20. ahml.info/studio
  • 21. BUILDING A DML
  • 22. WHO’S YOUR AUDIENCE? •Hobbyists? •Professionals? •Beginners? •What age? •What interest?
  • 23. THE STUDIO •Over 25 ≈ 80% •Under 25 ≈ 20%
  • 24. EASE OF USE •It’s all about the experience •It’s about making technology accessible to people •Remove the fear and complexity
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  • 26. HARDWAR E
  • 27. MAC OR WINDOWS? •Budget •Software •IT Department •Support
  • 28. FOCUS? •Video •Audio •Photography
  • 29. • Computers (iMac, Windows)($500 - $3000) • Cameras & Camcorders (Point & Shoot, HD Camcorder, DSLR)($200-$2000) • Scanners (Flatbed Scanner, Film/Slide Scanner)($200-$1000) • Microphones (USB Condensor Mics, SM57) ($100-$1000) • Audio Interface (Fireproject Studio, M-Box, M-Audio Fast Track)($75-$2000) • Audio/Video Conversion Equipment (VHS to DVD, USB Cassette Deck & Turntable)($75-$250) • Lighting Kits/Backdrops (3 Point Lighting Kit)($99-$500) • Soundbooth/Sound Proofing (Vocal Booth, Acoustic Panels)($100-$10,000) • Instruments (Keyboard, Electric Drumkit, Guitar)($100-$1000) • Tablets (iPad, Nexus)($200-$800)
  • 30. SOFTWARE
  • 31. LOW COST & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (Mac, Windows, & Linux) •Gimp – Photo/Graphics •Pixelmator (Mac only) – Photo/Graphics •Acorn (Mac only) – Photo/Graphics •iMovie (Mac only) – VideoiPhoto (Mac only) – Photo •Garageband (Mac only) – Audio •Inkscape – Graphics/Illustration •Scribus – Layout Design •Synfig – Animation •Nvu – Web Design •Audacity – Audio •Avidemux – Video •Jahshaja – Video •Open Office – Productivity •Libre Office – Productivity
  • 32. HIGH END SOFTWARE (Mac & Windows) •Adobe Photoshop – Photo/Graphics •Adobe Illustrator – Graphics/Illustration •Adobe InDesign – Layout Design •Adobe Dreamweaver – Web Design •Adobe Premiere – Video •Adobe Encore – DVD/Blu Ray Authoring •Adobe After Effects – Post Production •Adobe Flash – Animation •Adobe Muse – Web Design •Final Cut Pro (Mac Only) – Video •Logic Pro (Mac Only) – Audio •Pro Tools – Audio •Reason – Audio •Cubase – Audio
  • 33. BUDGET PHOTO & DESIGN STATION •Spare computer or budget Windows machine ($0-$600) •Epson Perfection V600 ($200) •Canon Powershot SX160 IS ($200) •Photoshop Elements ($100) •GIMP (Free) •Inkscape (Free) •Scribus (Free) •TOTAL = $500-$1100
  • 34. MID-RANGE AUDIO STATION •21” iMac ($1,300) •FireStudio Project ($500) •Shure SM57 ($100) •Audio Technica AT2020 USB Mic ($150) •M-Audio BX5a Monitors ($300) •M-Audio Oxygen 49 MIDI Keyboard ($150) •Logic Pro ($200) •TOTAL = $2700
  • 35. HIGH END MULTIMEDIA WORKSTATION •27” iMac ($2,000) •FireStudio Project ($500) •Audio Technica AT4040 Mic x2 ($600) •M-Audio BX5a Monitors ($300) •M-Audio Oxygen 49 MIDI Keyboard ($150) •Logic Pro ($200) •Final Cut X ($300) •Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Master Collection ($2,600) •Canon 5D MKIII with Lens ($4,000) •TOTAL = $10,650
  • 36. PROGRAMMING •Classes •Events •Contests
  • 37. CLASSES •1.5 hours •Mini classes (40-60 minutes) •Open to Arlington Heights residents •Register online or over phone •Scheduled in two month increments •Dual Boot iMacs (Windows & Mac)
  • 38. CLASSES •Intro to Photoshop •Editing Video with iMovie •Create a Slideshow in iPhoto •Digitize Your Home Movies •Digitize Your Slides, Photos & Film •Apple Users Group •Intro to Mac OS X •Keynote for Mac OS X •Digitize Your Analog Audio •Basic Audio Production •Intro to Pages •Using Adobe Acrobat Pro •Intro to Illustrator •Intro to InDesign
  • 39. 40
  • 40. EVENTS •Studio X-Treme •Studio Squad •Summer Reading Groups •Teen Groups CONTESTS •Film Fest
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  • 42. WRAP UP •Make ease of use a priority •Appeal to the users •Effective DML’s can be created on smaller budgets •Many commonly used software titles are free or relatively inexpensive (Adobe is the exception) •Make additional use of space with classes, programs & events