The Sanford Media Center provides services specific to undergraduates, grad students, and faculty. To learn more about the SMC can do for you, select your classification below:

Using the SMC

The only things you need to bring with you when you come to the SMC are your ideas and your Action card. We have to validate your status as a student, after all.

Equipment

Students have access to a wide range of high quality video cameras, SLR and point-and-shoot still cameras, audio recorders, microphones, wireless audio, lighting equipment, and much more. Best of all, it’s completely free! Some SMC resources require training to ensure that patrons have the knowledge necessary to use the equipment and resources effectively. These resources are the SMC recording studio, 3-point lighting kits, and all DSLR cameras and lenses.

The training materials for the DSLR equipment is online via the SMC Blackboard Class. If you already know how to use these resources, you can simply sign up for a time to take the quiz in the SMC. If not, you can watch the training videos when and where it’s convenient to you and sign up for a time to take the quiz in the SMC when you are ready.

Recording Studio

The SMC is complete with a sound-treated recording space. You can come in and record voice-overs for video assignments, create music, or mix audio. The studio has a pair of monitors as well as on-ear monitors, a weighted full-size MIDI keyboard, a condenser microphone, and an audio interface that you can plug your own instruments and microphones into. To use our recording studio, you have to attend a one-hour training session. Sign up today!

Software

Work like the pros in the SMC lab. We have the entire Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere, as well as software like Logic Pro, Blender, Final Cut Pro, and much more. You can also guarantee time to work by making a reservation. While working in the SMC, our staff will be available to answer your questions and help solve any problems that you have.

If we don’t have the equipment/software you want/need, let us know! The only way we can improve is when you tell us what you guys want. In the meantime, we will work with you to find an alternative solution with the equipment and software we do have. If that doesn’t work, we will try to point you in the direction of another resource that might be helpful.

One-on-One Consultations

Need some intensive assistance? Our professional staff will gladly sit down with you or your group and cover any of the software and equipment available in the SMC, from how to get started in the software of your choice to more advanced techniques or strategies for completing your project. You can request an hour-long one-on-one consultation online, or by calling us at 205-348-4651. Once you request online, look for your confirmation email to verify that your appointment time is available. All appointments with a specialist require at least a 24-hour notice so that we can make sure the best possible person is available to you.

Would you prefer to learn from one of your fellow students? We also offer consultations taught by the students who work at the SMC. These sessions are at set times each week and can be on a range of software, including Final Cut Pro, Logic, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Garageband and iMovie.

File Storage in the SMC

Storage is kinda funny. We do allow and recommend that people save their work to the PublicDrive on our computers, but this is temporary storage. These are public computers, so anything could accidentally happen to your files. We strongly suggest backing up on your own external hard drive, jump-drive or optical media. We also erase the drives before each semester or if a computer’s storage space fills up.

Things we can’t do in the SMC

We don’t allow anything that is illegal or dangerous. (duplicating copyrighted material, running a personal business with SMC resources, bringing in food, hurling fireballs across the room, etc.) If you want to know more about copyright, check out the University’s copyright page.

We will not do your work for you. We are here to help you learn and produce your own work and we will help you kicking and screaming through the process. We have all day 🙂

Class tours, presentations, and instruction sessions

The SMC can support you as a teacher with class projects and assignments. Whether it’s a tour of the SMC to introduce students to the resources provided, a class presentation, a software instruction session, or working with faculty and instructors to design multimedia assignments for your students, we will be happy to work with you.

Using the SMC

The only things you need to bring with you when you come to the SMC are your ideas and your Action card. We have to validate your status as a student, after all.

Equipment

Students have access to a wide range of high quality video cameras, SLR and point-and-shoot still cameras, audio recorders, microphones, wireless audio, lighting equipment, and much more. Best of all, it’s completely free! Some SMC resources require training to ensure that patrons have the knowledge necessary to use the equipment and resources effectively. These resources are the SMC recording studio, 3-point lighting kits, and all DSLR cameras and lenses.

The training materials for the lighting equipment and the DSLR equipment are online via the SMC Blackboard Class. If you already know how to use these resources, you can simply sign up for a time to take the quiz in the SMC. If not, you can watch the training videos when and where it’s convenient to you and sign up for a time to take the quiz in the SMC when you are ready.

Recording Studio

The SMC is complete with a sound-treated recording space. You can come in and record voice-overs for video assignments, create music, or mix audio. The studio has a pair of monitors as well as on-ear monitors, a weighted full-size MIDI keyboard, a condenser microphone, and an audio interface that you can plug your own instruments and microphones into. To use our recording studio, you have to attend a one-hour training session. Sign up today!

Software

Work like the pros in the SMC lab. We have the entire Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere, as well as software like Logic Pro, Blender, Final Cut Pro, and much more. You can also guarantee time to work by making a reservation. While working in the SMC, our staff will be available to answer your questions and help solve any problems that you have.

If we don’t have the equipment/software you want/need, let us know! The only way we can improve is when you tell us what you guys want. In the meantime, we will work with you to find an alternative solution with the equipment and software we do have. If that doesn’t work, we will try to point you in the direction of another resource that might be helpful.

One-on-One Consultations

Need some intensive assistance? Our professional staff will gladly sit down with you or your group and cover any of the software and equipment available in the SMC, from how to get started in the software of your choice to more advanced techniques or strategies for completing your project. You can request an hour-long one-on-one consultation online, or by calling us at 205-348-4651. Once you request online, look for your confirmation email to verify that your appointment time is available. All appointments with a specialist require at least a 24-hour notice so that we can make sure the best possible person is available to you.

Would you prefer to learn from one of your fellow students? We also offer consultations taught by the students who work at the SMC. These sessions are at set times each week and can be on a range of software, including Final Cut Pro, Logic, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Garageband and iMovie.

File Storage in the SMC

Storage is kinda funny. We do allow and recommend that people save their work to the PublicDrive on our computers, but this is temporary storage. These are public computers, so anything could accidentally happen to your files. We strongly suggest backing up on your own external hard drive, jump-drive or optical media. We also erase the drives before each semester or if a computer’s storage space fills up.

Things we can’t do in the SMC

We don’t allow anything that is illegal or dangerous. (duplicating copyrighted material, running a personal business with SMC resources, bringing in food, hurling fireballs across the room, etc.) If you want to know more about copyright, check out the University’s copyright page.

We will not do your work for you. We are here to help you learn and produce your own work and we will help you kicking and screaming through the process. We have all day 🙂

Class tours, presentations, and instruction sessions

The SMC can support you as a teacher with class projects and assignments. Whether it’s a tour of the SMC to introduce students to the resources provided, a class presentation, a software instruction session, or working with faculty and instructors to design multimedia assignments for your students, we will be happy to work with you.

The Sanford Media Center is for students, if you are interested in multimedia production for your own teaching or research needs, please contact Marilyn Staffo in the at the Faculty Resource Center (FRC).