Services

The Getz Multimedia Lab provides numerous services to the Brandeis community. These are outlined in detail below.

Lab Computers:

We have 25 Mac computers running professional software including Adobe Creative Suite, Logic Pro, and Autodesk Maya. These computers are freely available for public use; no reservation or advance notice is required to use them. Please note that during peak hours (such as finals), priority is given to those requiring the use of our software.

Two of our computers are outfitted with Blackmagic video capturing hardware for ripping both DVD and VHS. Another of our computers has a tape deck for capturing from DV tape (both high- and standard-definition). We also have a dual-monitor color correction station and a limited number of graphics tablets.

A full listing of the software on our computers is listed here. We do NOT have Microsoft Word!

All Brandeis community members can log into our workstations with their Unet ID. This will create a temporary workspace for media files, etc. To keep our computers running at peak performance, these workspaces are deleted at midnight every Sunday. You must move any important files to a secure location (i.e. not on our computers) before then.

If you will be working on a long-term multimedia project, we can provide you with networked storage through our high-bandwidth EditShare server (available in-lab only!). To make a request for this kind of storage, please complete this storage request form.

In addition, we have flash drives, hard drives, and card readers. These are available for in-lab use only.

Recording Studio:

Complementing the lab's regular computers is our recording studio. This studio is located in a quiet room of the library and is outfitted with a microphone, MIDI keyboard, turntable, and audio cassette reader, all of which are linked together by a MOTU controller. All of our audio software, including Logic and Audacity, are formatted to accept input from this controller.

The recording studio is available to all members of the Brandeis community. Reservation is not required, but is recommended if you plan on working there for more than a few hours. You can reserve the recording studio using this form. If you have your own MIDI-capable instruments, you are welcome to bring them!

Note: while the recording studio has good acoustics and is relatively quiet, it is not soundproof. We do not have the facilities for soundproof recording.

One-on-One Equipment and Program Training:

We always have at least one staff member on-shift whenever the lab is open. They can help you with general support and troubleshooting on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you require expert guidance or in-depth training on one of our supported programs, you also can request a one-on-one appointment with one of our staff. You can also request an appointment if you require training in any of our supported equipment.

To request an appointment, please fill out this form.

Equipment Loans:

The Getz Multimedia Lab also loans out audio/video equipment to the Brandeis community. A Unet ID is required to loan out equipment. We offer two types of equipment: standard equipment, which is available to everyone, and specialty equipment, which requires certification before use.

Our standard equipment comprises audio recorders, video camcorders, tripods, and microphones. This equipment does not require any reservation or certification to use; just swing by the Getz during our regular hours and ask what we have available. You can use our standard equipment for just about everything: video projects for language classes, interviews, and music recording, for example.

Our specialty equipment is designed for people with large-scale projects (e.g. film production). Patrons must be certified before being allowed to reserve this equipment. To reserve specialty equipment, please fill out this equipment request form (24 hours advance notice is required). If you have not been certified prior to filling out the form, we will contact you to schedule a training session.

All of our equipment circulates for 3 days unless otherwise stated. We do not loan items for extended periods of time (i.e. over a week). If you require equipment for the semester, please purchase your own (we typically order our equipment from B&H Photo/Video).

If you require more time to complete your project, fill out our renewal request form. If your request is approved, you will be informed of the new due date. Submission of this form does not guarantee that the item will be renewed. Unless you have received an email approving your request, fines will accrue on your account. Also, please note that you cannot renew our equipment through the library itself; you must fill out this form to do so. Fine disputes can be resolved by emailing us at getz (at) brandeis.edu.

A complete listing of our equipment is available here.

Media Duplication:

The Getz Multimedia Lab offers media duplication services to select members of the Brandeis community (primarily instructors who need to convert VHS tapes to DVD). We offer the following conversions:

  • VHS to DVD (supported formats: PAL, NTSC)
  • Audio Cassette to CD
  • VHS/DVD/Audio Cassette to Latte (using the Ensemble streaming service)

We do not offer any of the following workflows:

  • Large-scale duplication of DVD's/CD's
  • Duplication of copyrighted media for non-academic purposes (see fair use on the U.S. Copyright Office website)
  • Ripping of multiple VHS/DVD/Audio Cassettes onto a single DVD/CD (you must do this yourself; see below)

To submit a request for duplication, fill out this form and bring your media to the staff desk in the Getz Multimedia Lab. We will either complete the transfer or, in some cases, provide training on how you can perform the conversion yourself. Please allow at least two weeks lead time.

Other Duplication Services:

  • Ripping from vinyl records - can be done using our recording studio, detailed above
  • Ripping a single DVD/CD to your computer - can be done at any of our computers using Toast Titanium
  • Ripping a single chapter/scene of a DVD to your computer - can be done at any of our computers using Handbrake
  • Ripping multiple media onto a single CD/DVD - can be done at any of our computers using Premiere/Audition

A limited number of DVD's and CD's are available to patrons upon request.