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Multimedia tools in the Information Commons

In the Commons area of the Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University Bloomington, multiple tools are available for the creation, recording, editing, and transfer of multimedia.

Note: Walk-in services and staffed labs in the Wells Library will have reduced hours and may relocate due to construction during summer and fall 2014. Signage indicating changes will be posted in the library whenever possible. Chat, email, and phone services will remain available. For holiday closures, the Wells Library walk-in services and staffed labs follow the library schedule. (To see the full semester schedule, click View all Library Hours on the right side of the page.)

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Audio

You can record and edit audio for stand-alone use or for inclusion in other multimedia projects. Computers in the Commons area that will burn CDs have a silver ring around the power button.

  • Editing:

    • Audacity (Windows/Mac)

  • Export:

    • ImgBurn CD/DVD Burning software (Windows)
    • Record to CD
    • Save files in a variety of file formats

  • Import:

    • Audio cassette, using Sony tape deck
    • CD
    • Microphone

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Photo

You can import both digital and printed photographs, edit them for slideshows, presentations, or Internet-ready or print-ready formats, and make color prints or export photograph files to CD or DVD formats.

  • Import:

    • Direct camera connection

    • Removable media:

      • CompactFlash
      • IBM Microdrive
      • Memory Stick
      • Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard
      • SmartMedia

    • Scanning:

      • Canon CanoScan 5600F
      • HP ScanJet 5590 with Document Feeder

  • Editing:

    • Adobe Photoshop CS (Windows/Mac)
    • iPhoto (Mac)

  • Export:

    • Print in color in sizes up to 36"x108":

      • BusinessColor (LaserJet), 8.5"x11"
      • GraphicsColor (DesignJet), 13"x19"
      • Plotter, Plotter2 (glossy finish, matte available upon request), 36" wide

    • Save files in a variety of file formats
    • Save photograph files to CD or DVD

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Text scanning and OCR

You can scan printed texts, use OCR (optical character recognition) to convert the scanned image to text, and save and edit the text in a variety of formats.

  • Import:

    • Canon CanoScan 5600F (single pages)
    • HP ScanJet 5590 with Document Feeder (multiple pages)

  • OCR and export:

    • Adobe Acrobat Pro (Windows/Mac)
    • Save files in a variety of file formats, including plain text, HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word

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Video

You can make movies or other video from a wide variety of video and audio sources, create and edit video projects using either consumer- or professional-level software, and save finished products to a variety of digital media.

  • Editing:

    • Consumer editing software: Windows Movie Maker (Windows), iMovie (Mac)
    • Professional editing software: Adobe Premiere (Windows/Mac), Final Cut Pro (Mac)
    • Visual effect software: Adobe AfterEffects (Windows/Mac)

  • Export:

    • Record to DVD, using iDVD or DVD Studio Pro (Mac), and Toast Titanium 9 (Mac)
    • Save files in a variety of file formats, including streaming media formats for use on the Internet

  • Import:

    • Digital camera, via a direct connection
    • Removable media, including USB 2.0 and FireWire hard drives

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