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Creating Video Projects

The guide to shooting and editing a video.

Digital Media Equipment

The Library has equipment for you to check out, free of charge. You can borrow anything for three days (or longer, while the Library is under construction) and can grab multiple items, including DSLR cameras, camcorders, GoPro cameras, tripods, digital audio recorders, microphones and more. You can ask for any of these items at the check out desk on the first floor or you can make requests online.

Requesting Equipment

During the pandemic we will continue to send out Digital Media Equipment. Due to the complexities of checking out and shipping audio/visual recording equipment, we will likely need to contact you for more information, so please watch for any emails from us. To start a request, fill out and submit the Digital Media Equipment Request form (button below) using your HSU login.

If you have any questions about equipment, or other aspects of a digital project, we'd are happy to help! Contact us (the Digital Media Lab) at dml@humboldt.edu. You can also make equipment requests directly by email.

View the links on the left (top on mobile) to see what equipment is available to borrow by project type.

Picking up and Returning Equipment

People who are in the area can pick up and return digital media equipment (and other library materials) at the library checkout desk. Currently, the library checkout desk is in the lower level of the library as we wrap up construction. To see how to get to the lower level checkout desk, see the map below.

If you do not live in the area, we will contact you about shipping options when you submit your request. Some items cannot be shipped (in order to avoid breakage).

Other Resources on Campus

Cell Phone Recording Kit

Smartphone tripod

The cell phone recording kit is a simple way to improve the projects you create with your smartphone. The tripod mount will hold phones up to 3.4" wide (including many plus-sized phones like the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+). If the exceptionally flexible Vivitar SP6 spider tripod isn't up to your project, the mount will fit onto any standard tripod.

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What you need to get started

The simple kit is fairly straightforward, but remember:

  • The mount will work with most tripods, including all of our larger options.
  • This kit will work with all of our cameras and digital recorders.

How do I use this thing?!

Simply thread the camera mount to the tripod to get started. You can adjust the spider legs in many positions, even wrapping it around like a hook to get those really awkward shots.

Untitled Smartphone tripod

Vanguard Tripod

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod

This professional-quality tripod is great for stabilizing your shots with the Nikon or Canon cameras. The flexibility of the base allows for a wide range of options to cover any terrain. Also compatible with the GoPros and Insta360 One X.

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What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera to attach to it.

  • The tripod uses a standard quick release mount and camera mount threading.
  • Great for still photos or video footage.
  • Compatible with GoPro or 360fly when using the threaded mounts which come with those cameras.

How do I use this thing?!

Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod

Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod

The Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod is a compact but professional-quality tripod with a grip head for panning video and stabilizing your shots. It is compatible with the Canon Vixia camcorders as well as our DSLR and GoPro cameras (with threaded tripod mount). The small size is big enough for almost any job (at 5.5 feet), but makes it easy to travel with and pack for a hike (or just lower the weight of the things you're lugging around).

[Pictured with the Canon Vixia R800 camcorder available separately.]

Can I check one out now?

What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera to attach to it.

  • The tripod uses a non-standard quick release mount but it is still easy to use and has the standard tripod threading.
  • Primarily a photography tripod, this has some video-friendly features as well. The grip handle and ball head allow you to swivel for smooth panning and tilting. Setting the tripod to video mode locks the ball head so that you can only pan and tilt, while the photo mode allows full 360-degree movement (see video below for demonstration).
  • Compatible with all of our cameras. If you plan to use this with a GoPro, let us know so we can be sure to include the threaded mount.

How do I use this thing?!

 

How to use the unique quick release 'plate' system to attach your camera or recorder to the tripod. (Best Compact Manfrotto Tripod, Buenos Diaz Imagery)

How to use the ball head and video or photo features for panning and tilting. (Manfrotto Compact Action | BEST TRAVEL TRIPOD?, Mamo Air)

Tripod (5ft)

Compact Tripod

This small tripod is great for light use. It is a compact and basic tripod that is easy to carry but will provide extra stability and adjusts to a wide range of heights.

Can I check one out now?

What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera to attach to it.

  • The tripod uses a standard quick release mount and camera mount threading.
  • Great for still photos or video footage.
  • Compatible with GoPro or 360fly when using the threaded mounts which come with those cameras.

How do I use this thing?!

GoPro Accessory Mounts

GoPro accessory mounts, Camkix 3 in 1 tripod and Sametop gooseneck mount

The Camkix 3 in 1 tripod kit includes the tripod base and telescoping pole as well as various GoPro mounts and a gooseneck mount.

Can I check one out now?

What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera or smartphone to attach to it. The smartphone attachment fits a variety of phone widths, from 2-3.5 inches.

How do I use this thing?!

GoPro Strap Mount

Polar Pro GoPro Strap Mount

The Polar Pro GoPro strap mount lets you attach any camera with a GoPro adapter (including our Hero6 and 360fly cameras) to your bag, belt, or anything with a strap. This is a very secure way to attach a camera to your body during almost any activity. Be sure that the camera mount is fully threaded on and that the mount's quick release is in the lock position.

Can I check one out now?

What you need to get started

This one is simple! All you need is a camera or smartphone to attach to it. Attach the mount to any strap by unscrewing the two plates, insert the strap between them and then screw the plates back together. 

How do I use this thing?!

How can I check out and return items at the Library?