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Digital Media Lab

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

Digital Media Lab Equipment

The Library has equipment for you to check out, free of charge. You can borrow anything for three days and can grab multiple items, including DSLR cameras, camcorders, GoPro cameras, tripods, digital audio recorders, microphones and more. Ask for any of these items at the check out desk on the first floor.

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

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.

Can I check one out now?

Why you might want to borrow the T6i

This DSLR camera is great for photos and video.

  • The 18-55 mm lens provides quality zoom (compared to cameras with digital zoom).
  • With the manual controls you can control most aspects of your shot, including depth of field which allows you to get portraits and talking head shots with blurred backgrounds.
  • This camera, along with the Nikon D3200 and the GoPro Hero6, will produce the highest resolution images we have available- up to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
  • The Rode VideoMic external mic will work wonderfully with the T6i and Nikon D3200 to give you enhanced audio (available separately).

Why you might want to borrow a different camera

  • If you are shooting a continuous video over 30 minutes -- this camera will automatically stop recording at 29:59.
  • If you want to shoot slow motion shots -- while it will shoot up to 60 fps at standard HD, the GoPro Hero6 will shoot up to 240 fps.
  • If you are shooting in the rain -- this camera is in no way waterproof and must be kept dry.

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. 
    • Be sure to disable the Wi-Fi/NFC function in settings (Menu -> first wrench icon -> Wi-Fi/NFC -> disable). 
    • If you are having issues with the USB transfer not working, you can also checkout a USB SD Card reader at the checkout desk. 

How do I use this thing?!

User manuals & guides

Videos

 

Nikon D3200

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The Nikon D3200 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.

Can I check one out now?

Why you might want to borrow the D3200

This DSLR camera is great for photos and video.

  • The 18-55 mm lens provides quality zoom (compared to cameras with digital zoom).
  • With the manual controls you can control most aspects of your shot, including depth of field which allows you to get portraits and talking head shots with blurred backgrounds.
  • This camera, along with the Canon T6i and the GoPro Hero6, will produce the highest resolution images we have available- up to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
  • The Rode VideoMic external mic will work wonderfully with the D3200 and Canon T6i to give you enhanced audio (available separately).

Why you might want to borrow a different camera

  • If you are shooting a continuous video over 30 minutes -- this camera will automatically stop recording at 29:59.
  • If you want to shoot slow motion shots -- while it will shoot up to 60 fps at standard HD, the GoPro Hero6 will shoot up to 240 fps.
  • If you are shooting in the rain -- this camera is in no way waterproof and must be kept dry.

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 camera with the included wall charger.
  • Use the telephoto lens for those far away shots.

How do I use this thing?!

User manuals & guides

Videos & Webpages

Photo Software

Openly Licensed Images

Google

Finding openly licensed images on the web is easy with Google Image searches. Simply start an image search and then click on "Tools" to reveal the "Usage rights" drop down menu where you can select the type of use. You'll need to do some digging to find the license and, if creative commons, the attribution information that you need to include. Look below the image for information about the source and license.

Flickr

To find openly licensed images, select the "Any license" drop down menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen. You can choose from various types of licenses, including: 

  • All creative commons
  • Commercial use allowed
  • Modifications allowed
  • Commercial use & mods allowed
  • No known copyright restrictions
  • US Government works

You can verify the license below the image date.