Software List

All of our computer software is freely available for community use. No reservation or registration is required to use our computers.

Please note that we cannot install any of our programs on your own computer.  Some of our software (such as the Adobe Creative Cloud apps) may be requested by faculty or staff for installation on University-owned computers.  Students may purchase their own copies of the software at any academic discount through Brandeis on the Hub or the Academic Superstore.

Video Editing & Formatting:

Adobe Premiere

Premiere is our recommended all-purpose tool for video editing. It integrates seamlessly with other Adobe products for multimedia projects and can natively edit a variety of file formats.

Adobe After Effects

After Effects is the perfect application for video compositing, post-processing and special effects. Traditionally used after all other editing is finished, you can also use it to "live-edit" your clips in Adobe Premiere—before you've even finished your movie.

Adobe SpeedGrade

SpeedGrade is a powerful tool for color correction. Used in conjunction with Adobe Premiere, you can "live edit" your color corrections without having to export your movie first.

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci is the industry-standard application for color grading.  The latest version combines these features with professional online and offline editing, audio post-production, and visual effects.

Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media Encoder allows you to convert between a variety of file formats. It supports image, video, and audio conversions, and is much faster than the leading competitor (Compressor).

4K VideoDownloader

4K VideoDownloader allows you to rip video and/or audio from almost any Flash player or plugin on the Internet. Our patrons typically use it to download YouTube videos at high quality, for use in video projects.


Handbrake allows you to rip DVD's onto your computer. It is most useful for ripping specific chapters of movies which can then be imported into Premiere for use as part of a video editing project, or uploaded to our Ensemble Video server for class streaming.

Toast Titanium

Toast Titanium is our all-purpose media converter and CD/DVD burner. Though Adobe Encore and Media Encoder each offer more options, Toast is easier to use for general-purpose conversion and DVD authoring.

Audio Editing Software:

Ableton Live

Live is one our sound engineering programs. It includes several instruments, robust MIDI support, and a variety of audio effects that you can apply with one click.

Adobe Audition

Audition is our recommended all-purpose tool for audio editing. It has professional audio filters, advanced multi-track support, and remastering tools, all within an intuitive interface that can communicate with other Adobe programs.


This simple-to-use audio editor is perfect for quick-and-easy recording. It also has a limited number of audio filters, supports basic cutting/pasting, and has multi-track support.


We use Finale primarily for notation (i.e. writing and preparing scores). The program also supports MIDI input via our in-lab MIDI keyboards and audio output via Garritan, Native Instruments, and Miroslav Philharmonik, though more advanced audio production should be done in a professional sequencer such as Logic Pro (below).

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro is our recommended music sequencer. It supports audio and MIDI recording, sequencing, and looping. The program also has a "movie" view mode, in which you can create your audio alongside an integrated video player (ideal for film scoring).


Max is an object-oriented audio creation program, which allows you to create configurable sound "programs" rather than relying on static sound samples. You can also use Max with our in-lab MIDI keyboards, and can engineer your sound patches alongside an integrated video player.

East-West Composer Cloud

This collection of virtual instruments has been recorded with a craftsmanship that has garnered over 100 international awards.  You can use this library--featuring strings, brass, winds, and orchestral percussion--in any of our sequencers or notation programs.

Sony Sound Forge

Sound Forge is an alternative to Adobe Audition, with just as many features. It supports audio recording and mastering, and has quick audio-repair tools.

Image Editing & Graphic Design:

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is our recommended all-purpose tool for image editing. You can use it for most any graphics project, whether it be designing a poster, touching up old photos, creating web graphics, or doing professional painting via a tablet.

Adobe Illustrator

When you need vector-based design tools, Illustrator is the program to use. The program is very similar to Photoshop, making it easy to learn. Its vector format allows you to scale any illustrations you make with perfect clarity, making Illustrator ideal for logo design.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is the perfect program for poster and newsletter design. It combines many features of Illustrator and Photoshop, allowing you to work with both vector- and raster-based images.

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom is a useful tool for adjusting exposure and applying filters to your raw camera footage—without having to learn Photoshop first. You can also work directly with your raw camera files; no import or conversion is necessary.


Autodesk Maya

Maya is a professional 3d modeling and animation program. While it has a steep learning curve, the program has been used in many professional contexts, including game development and film. Maya is also very extendable; it has an internal scripting language that allows you to write your own plugins and use plugins designed by other users.

Autodesk Mudbox

Mudbox is the perfect companion to Maya, offering a robust framework for 3d sculpting and painting.


Blender is somewhat easier to learn than Maya, but offers the same set of features. It also features an integrated physics engine (Bullet) and supports basic game engine scripting using Python.

Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash) is a multimedia authoring and 2-D computer animation program.  It can be used to design vector graphics and animation.

Cinema 4D

If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to create them quickly and easily, then this is the tool for you. It offers easy integration with Adobe After Effects.