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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. 
    • 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



GoPro Hero 6 Black

GoPro Hero6 Black

The Library has four (4) GoPro Hero 6 Black cameras available to check out for your next video project. These tiny cameras are great for almost any video or photo project. They are waterproof (to 33m), have built in mics, and can be controlled via the free mobile GoPro app (via Bluetooth and Wireless connections- instructions). You can also control the camera using the LCD touch screen. 

Try out the Splice app to make edits, add transitions, music and more — all from your phone or tablet. Stream live directly from the camera using Periscope. Simply connect to your camera via the GoPro app and then start up Periscope — the camera should automatically be recognized and ready to stream. You can also stream on Facebook using Periscope.

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

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:

How do I use this thing?!

User Manuals


360fly Cameras

360fly HD

The 360fly is a single-lens 360-degree (spherical) video camera that captures video for everything around you. The Library has the original 360fly HD as well as the updated 360fly 4k models. 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.

The 360fly 4k camera can also be used 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 Camcorders

Canon Vixia HF R300

The Canon Vixia HF R300 and HF R700 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

Logitech c920 HD 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


How do I use this thing?!

dscvr Viewer

dscvr Cardboard Viewer

The I AM CARDBOARD dscvr VR headset allows you to view your 360 photos or Google Cardboard VR projects. The Library has four (4) 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

Openly Licensed Video Footage

Handouts on Video Editing

Video Conferencing & Streaming