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Digital Media Lab

This guide is to help you learn how to create digital media projects

Canon T6i

Canon T6i DSLR

The Canon T6i is a great camera that provides plenty of automatic point-and-shoot functions but also allows you to control things like ISO, focus, shutter speed, and more to take those technical shots.

The T6i is also WiFi enabled to allow you to transfer photos and video to mobile devices and social media. This DSLR is also optimized to shoot full HD (1080p) video. The adjustable vari-angle touchscreen makes taking shots at awkward angles a snap.

What you need to get started

The camera is ready for point and shoot, but remember to:

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the battery with the included wall charger.
  • Use the included USB cable to transfer photos to your computer.

How do I use this thing?!

User manuals & guides

Videos

360fly 4k & HD 360-Degree Video Cameras

360fly HD

The 360fly is a single-lens 360-degree (spherical) video camera that captures video for everything around you. You can also easily grab still images from the video using the app, which is also used to control the camera (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). 

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to upload directly to Facebook & YouTube. Both cameras support live streaming events via the 360fly app.

You can also use the 360fly 4k camera as a webcam or a fisheye action cam (similar to a GoPro).

What you need to get started

The camera itself is simple but requires the app and some setup to get started:

  • The camera should be fully charged before starting a project- use the included cable to charge via USB
  • Download the Android/Apple app to control the camera (preview, editing, grabbing stills, uploading to the web, etc.)
  • You can also download the Director desktop app to your personal computer (free) to edit your videos post-production.

How do I use this thing?!

Yeah, but how do I use this thing?!?!?!

360-degree video is very different from regular video and there are a few things you'll want to consider when designing your next 360 project.

Canon Vixia HF R700 & HF R300

Canon Vixia HF R300

These little video cameras are great for capturing high-quality footage for your video project, including interviews, presentations, events and more. The cameras include all you need to record basic video (includes built-in mic) but you may want to also borrow a tripod, lavalier mic or other accessories.

What you need to get started

  • You may also want a tripod- attaches to a standard tripod mount.
  • Charge the camera using the included power adapter.
  • Connect an external microphone for better sound- the AT875R Shotgun Mic is a good choice (requires the included iRig interface to convert the analog mic to digital via the 3.5 mm jack).

Compatible Microphones

  • The AudioTechnica ATR3350 Lavalier Mic works great with this camera.

How do I use this thing?!

Getting Started

Saving, Sharing & Publishing

GoPro Session 4

GoPro Session 4 Camera

The Library has two (2) GoPro Session 4 cameras available to check out for your next action camera project. These minimalist cameras are small, light, waterproof (to 33m), have built in mics, and can be controlled via the free Apple/Android GoPro app (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). Use the Capture app to control the camera and the Quik app to make edits, add transitions and music and more.

Download your videos using the included USB cable or use the app to upload directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

You may also want to download the Quik desktop app for editing your videos from a laptop or desktop computer.

What you need to get started

The camera is simple but still requires a few important considerations:

  • The camera should be fully charged before starting a project- use the included cable to charge via USB (4 hrs w/ a computer, 2 hrs w/ a 5V and 1A wall charger)
  • Download the Android/Apple app for full controls (preview, editing, uploading to the web, etc.)

How do I use this thing?!

User Manuals

Videos to Get Started

Logitech c920 HD Pro Webcam

Logitech c920

The Logitech c920 HD Pro Webcam is great for web conferencing, live streaming, and recording interviews and events. The high quality of the 1080p HD camera is matched by the stereo mics with built-in noise reduction.

What you need to get started

The webcam is quite simple- all you need is a computer or device with a USB port and software for your project. Simply plug in the camera and it should automatically be recognized by Windows or Mac computers. For best results with your project be sure to test out the camera and mics before your event or video shoot.

There are different programs you can use for your project, including:

Web Conferencing

  • Skype - this camera is optimized for use with Skype
  • Zoom - HSU students, staff and faculty have a license to use Zoom for free. It's one of the easiest to use web conferencing tools.
  • Google Hangouts - You also have an account for Hangouts as part of your student, staff or faculty Gmail account with HSU.

Live Streaming

Recording

How do I use this thing?!

Cardboard Viewer

dscvr Cardboard Viewer

The Cardboard Viewer allows you to view your 360 photos or Google Cardboard projects. The Library has five (5) viewers available for checkout. 

What you need to get started

The viewer itself is very simple- you can even make your own or order kits online for $5 and up.

The only requirement for the cardboard viewer is that you need an Android or iPhone- the viewer can accommodate many sizes, including the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

How do I use this thing?!

Video Software

Video Conferencing & Streaming