Equipment loans are granted under the assumption that Brandeis community members will return all components in good working condition. Fees for replacement or repair of components may be assessed if items are lost or damaged.

For detailed information on our equipment loan and usage policies, please see this page.

Standard Equipment

This equipment circulates routinely on a first-come first-served basis--no advance notice is needed and training is provided upon request.


Canon Vixia HD Camcorder (above)

Our most commonly-used camcorder, designed for quick-and-simple video shoots. Suitable for recording class presentations, video interviews, promos and skits, foreign-language projects, and many other scenarios.


  • Shoot video at resolutions of up to 1920x1080, and still photos at 2 MP
  • Records to SD card, with internal memory option on some models
  • Built-in microphone
  • External microphone input for higher-quality audio

Canon PowerShot

Canon PowerShot Camera (above)

This point-and-shoot still photo camera is easy to use and shoots high-resolution still images. Great for basic photography projects, and also capable of recording HD video at 720P.


  • Shoots 16 megapixel photos
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-140mm
  • Shoots HD video at 720P

Zoom H2

Zoom H2 Recorder (above)

This audio recorder is simple to use and is great for recording both voice and music.


  • Built-in condenser microphones offer different pickup patterns
  • Can record from two directions simultaneously (ideal for an interview)
  • Headphone jack and stereo-mini microphone input  (allows use of external microphones)
  • Capable of recording phone conversations if paired with an audio splitter
  • Records to SD card

Microphone Kit

Microphone Kit (above)

The microphones in this kit are a step up from the built-in microphones on our VIXIA camcorders and DSLR cameras. Use this kit for better control over your sound recording.


  • Shotgun microphone for directional sound recording (two modes: wide and narrow)
  • Wired lav microphone
  • Includes lapel attachment (lav) and shoe mount (for shotgun)


Tripod (above)

A tripod is a must for any extended video shoot.


  • Quick-release plate for easy attachment to all of our equipment
  • Full tilt/turn control
  • Maximum height around 5 feet via telescoping legs
  • Heavy-duty tripods are also available by request (see below)


Cables (above)

We offer the following cables:

  • Firewire (4-, 6-, 9-pin)
  • Audio (1/4", phono, XLR, splitters, adapters)
  • USB (male/male, male/female, miniUSB)
  • Video component/composite

We do not offer:

  • VGA/DVI/HDMI for PC/projector connections
  • iPhone/iPod connectors
  • Standalone chargers of any kind

Specialty Equipment

This equipment requires a training session and a reservation of at least 24 hours in advance.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100 DSLR (above)

This DSLR camera provides extensive manual control over focus and exposure.  It is better-suited for still images than video.


  • Includes 18-55mm kit lens (additional lenses available by request)
  • Includes charger

Canon EOS

Canon EOS DSLR (above)

This DSLR camera is excellent for recording HD video on high-speed SD cards. It also shoots excellent still images, offering the same degree of manual control as our Nikon DSLRs.


  • Includes 18-135mm lens (additional lenses available by request)
  • Internal microphone for audio recording
  • Stereo-mini microphone input allows use of our microphone kit

Panasonic HPX

Panasonic HPX 170 (above)

The HPX is a high-end video camera that records HD video onto P2 media. Video shot with this camera must be captured using a special workstation in our lab.


  • Records to P2 media only
  • Has two XLR ports for external microphones

Panasonic AF-100

Panasonic AF-100 (above)

This is our highest-end video camera, ideal for professional-grade film shoots.


  • Records to SD cards (class 10) only
  • Includes 14-140mm kit lens (additional lenses available by request)
  • Has two XLR ports for external microphones

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition (above)

A high-resolution camera, versatile because of its portability and available accessories.


  • Video resolutions up to 4K
  • 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second
  • Auto Low Light mode adjusts frame rate for low light performance

Lumix Panasonic GH4

Lumix Panasonic GH4 (above)

All of the features of a pro video camera bundled in a mirrorless form factor, with resolutions up to 4K.


  • Includes 14-140mm kit lens (additional lenses available by request)
  • High speed 49 area auto focusing in photo or video mode
  • Offers focus peaking and exposure meters
  • Captures 4K cinematic video (4096x2160), plus 4K UHD video (3840x2160)
  • Moire suppression and 16.05 MP Digital Love MOS sensor for high-quality, high sensitivity image recording

Lowel Blender 3-Light LED Kit

Lowel Blender 3-Light LED Kit (above)

Lightweight, compact 3 LED light kit with adjustable color temperature control.


  • Comes with 3-Uni stands, one for each LED
  • Knob on each light to change from 3000K (indoor lighting) to 5000K (outdoor lighting)
  • Loaned in an easily totable slim lightbag with shoulder strap

Halogen Lighting Kit

Halogen Lighting Kit (above)

Our halogen lighting kits are preferred for larger-scale set lighting, especially when ambient lighting is required.


  • Sizes: 150W, 300W, 650W, and 1000W
  • Can be combined with gels for different light temperatures
  • Includes gloves for proper handling (the lights will get very hot!)

Specialty Audio Kit

Specialty Audio Kit (above)

Our specialty audio kit includes several higher-end audio devices. These are a must for high-grade film shoots.


  • H4 audio recorder accepts dual-channel XLR inputs
  • Boom pole allows for better placement of microphones (either manually or with tripod)
  • Shotgun microphone records high quality sound while isolating ambient noise (can be combined with windscreens for outdoor shoots)
  • Includes high-quality headphones and XLR cable(s)

Lav Kit

Lavalier Wireless Microphone Kit (above)

This kit is a set of two wireless body microphones. Each microphone includes a transmitter and receiver.


  • Each microphone records to its own audio channel
  • High-grade wireless connection reduces latency
  • Includes batteries

Shoulder Mount

Shoulder Mount (above)

A shoulder mount provides camera stabilization in situations where tripods cannot be used or are undesirable.


  • Fully adjustable, body-strap (Pilot) and handheld (Merlin) versions available
  • Quick-release plate suits most cameras
  • Tried-and-true configurations for Merlin steadicam are listed here!

Also Available (Not Pictured)

HD field monitors, camera movement systems (sliders and dollies), additional microphones, a variety of lenses, portable backdrops, and more. Feel free to schedule a consultation in the lab to describe your project needs, and we will be happy to advise you about suitable gear!