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Digital Media Lab

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

Workshops & Events


The HSU Digital Media Lab (DML) is here to help you create video, audio, photo, and web-based projects. Use the menu links (left side on desktop, top of the page on mobile) to visit the pages for different types of resources available, including equipment, software recommendations, tutorials and SkillShops, and more. Or jump straight to the guide for the type of project you're working on:

Borrowing Equipment

During the pandemic and Library construction 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.

Finding Equipment

Visit the Equipment Guide to find lists of available equipment, including cameras, microphones, 360 video cameras, virtual reality viewers, and many accessories.

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.

Computers & Software


We also have computers with production and editing software available to all students, all day. The DML computers are located in the Library Makerspace on the third floor of the Library across from Special Collections.


If you are looking for off-campus access, you can remotely access campus computers (instructions below) or consult our guides to open source and free software.


The DML also offers instruction on learning about the equipment and software needed to create your projects. Through regular SkillShops and special events, the DML is the place on campus to learn about digital media. Interested in creating digital projects? Not sure where to start? Looking for some inspiration? The DML is the place to get new ideas, get your hands on great equipment and software and learn about new tools. Contact us to learn more or to set up a one-on-one tutoring session.

Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian - dml@humboldt.edu - 707.826.4959

To find the best equipment for your project and to see if it is available, choose from the options in the main menu (to the left or above on mobile devices). 

Remote Software Access

You can access most of the software available on campus computers from off-campus using Remote Access or the Virtual Lab (VLab). This includes MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Camtasia, and many more programs that would otherwise be expensive to purchase. If you are having issues accessing these services, visit the ITS System Status page to make sure they are working properly.

Remote Access (Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows) allows you to login to an HSU computer over the internet. You will have access to all of the software on that computer. You will need to install a program to make the connection (the remote access page includes instructions).

VLab (all computers with internet access) allows you to login to a virtual desktop that includes software typically available in HSU computer labs (current list of VLab software). Does not require any connection software.

Contact Us

Tell us your ideas! We'd love to learn how we can help you with your next project. If you have purchase suggestions, tutorial or workshop requests, need a space or want to meet up with others to share ideas: let us know!