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The Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab offers library patrons the opportunity to create and edit audio, music, images, and videos, or to convert old video and audio formats to digital. 

What does it cost?

This new, free space is available for booking two-hours at a time after completing a brief orientation. Visit library staff upstairs to find out how you can register for orientation or reserve this exciting creative space.

Who can use it?

Anyone! But children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Featured Tools & Software

  • Two 27” iMac computers
  • Graphics drawing tablet
  • Professional microphone
  • Professional headphones
  • MIDI controller
  • LP/cassette/CD converter
  • DSLR camera with video
  • Green screen
  • VHS/DVD converter
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
  • GarageBand
  • iPhoto
  • iMovie
  • Elgato Video Capture
  • 8mm/Super 8 Digital Converter

 

How to Use the Digital Media Lab

Book our Space
Reserve your time in our digital media space to work on your project

Our Digital Media Lab is a FREE creative space available to patrons.

Call Freeman library at 832-927-5420 for booking information.

 

 

 

 

How to use Convert 8mm film to Digital Format
How to turn old 8mm film into digital files

Converting 8mm Film to Digital Format

Wolverine Converter

  1. Press the STANDBY button on the top of the television Blank Reel
  2. Confirm that the 32GB SD card is locked into the back of the converter
  3. Place your 8mm film on the YOUR REEL side, dispensing from the left side
  4. Attach and secure the unsecured film into the blank reel and place it on the converter with the THIS SIDE OUT message facing out, guide the film through the correct path indicated by the solid white line
  5. Open the flap door and secure the film under the white tabs (film perfs side)
  6. After, securing the film close the door
  7. Press the POWER button on the front converter
  8. Press the MENU button on the front of the converter
  9. Press the ENTER button to select RECORD
  10. Confirm that your selection lever is on the correct side 8mm film or Super 8 film, and press ENTER to confirm
  11. Your film will automatically start
  12. Once your film is done recording, press the ENTER button
  13. Press the POWER button to deactivate the machine

 

Retrieving Your Information

  1. After powering down the machine, retrieve the SD Card from the back of the converter
  2. Place the SD Card in the appropriate slot on the back of the computer
  3. Double click on the SD Card icon named (8mm) on the desktop, access the
  4. Film Scanner folder, open the MOVIE folder, and choose your desired video
  5. Be sure to delete your data before you leave the Digital Media Lab
  6. Rewinding Your Film
  7. Close the flap door, place the blank reel on the YOUR REEL side with the REWIND
  8. SIDE OUT, insert the loose end of the reel into the your blank reel, and guide the film along the dotted line
  9. Press the MENU button, press the down arrow to highlight over REWIND and press ENTER button
How to Import Cassette to MP3
How to turn an old cassette into a MP3 audio file

Import Cassette to MP3

  1. Log on to the Computer
  2. Open GarageBand and be sure that your Audio Input is set to USB Audio CODEC
  3. Choose Empty Project
  4. Choose the microphone under the Audio Option and click the checkbox to confi­rm that you want to hear my instrument as you play the record
  5. Click Create
  6. Turn OFF the Metronome and Count In
  7. Start your cassette and IMMEDIATLY press the Record button in Garage Band
  8. You should hear your record and see an audio wavelength creating itself
  9. When fi­nished stop your recording in GarageBand
  10. Then move your marker to the start of your fi­rst track
  11. Click on the track and press Command+T, move the cursor to the end of the individual song and press Command+T again, you have cut a track
  12. Click on the cut track
  13. Now Click on the share option, and ONLY fi­ll in the Title of the song, keep in mind that only one song will share at a time
  14. iTunes will open automatically and you will see your track
  15. Continue the process from the previous step until entire track listing is ­finished
  16. After all iTunes songs are imported, click on the fi­rst song in iTunes, hold control on the keyboard and click on the last song.
  17. Click and choose Get Info and Edit Items
  18. You can then fi­ll in all of your metadata
  19. After you fi­nish your songs, click on the album cover art and drag the icon to the list area on the right side of your screen
  20. You can either save your work to a USB or hold down control and right click your created playlist 
  21. Choose Burn to a Disk
Using the Scanner
How to scan a document

Using the Scanner 

  1. Log on to the Computer 
  2. Press the POWER Button located on the right side of the scanner 
  3. Plug the USB cord from the scanner into the Macintosh Computer 
  4. Choose the scanner icon in the Dock at the bottom of the screen 
  5. A scanner window should open and allow you to choose your area to scan in a smaller preview window 
  6. Within this window, you have the option to choose what type of media you are scanning in the Scan Mode dropdown box, as well as choosing Black & White or Color 
  7. In the scanner window please consider the Resolution drop down-box, this option will allow you to increase the quality of your digital scan. Do keep on mind that the higher the dpi, the longer the item will take to scan, in addition to the file becoming larger in file size 
  8. Click the Auto Selection drop down box and choose whether you would like to turn the detection box off or choose to activate it and select a detection area 
  9. In the Scan To dropdown box, choose the destination for your scanned items.  Otherwise it will, by default, be sent to the Pictures folder in the Finder 
  10. Make sure you name your file with a specific name to prevent from overwriting a previous scan and choose what type of format you would like your file saved as 
  11. Before you decide to make your final SCAN, click the Overview option to understand what your scan will look like 
  12. Once you have decided to make a final scan, click the SCAN option 
Converting VHS/DVD to Digital Format
How to digitize your old VHS taps or Rip DVDs

Converting VHS/DVD to a Digital Format 

  1. Log on to the Computer 
  2. Power on VHS/DVD Converter 
  3. Plug in Video/Audio connectors into the output areas of the converter, plug the other end of the Video/Audio connectors into the Elgato Video Capture, then plug the USB end into the computer 
  4. After logging into the Macintosh computer, click on the Elgato Video Capture Icon 
  5. The application will open; continue by following the prompt 
  6. Name your video file 
  7. Choose the appropriate time for your project 
  8. Start your video on the VHS/DVD converter by pressing PLAY on the remote 
  9. Make sure that your audio is working. If so, click Continue 
  10. Start the recording process after you have found the area in which you want to begin.  After you are done with your complete recording, click the recording button again to STOP recording 
  11. Press Continue 
  12. Choose where you would like your video to be sent: 
  • QuickTime Player 
  • Add to iTunes 
  • YouTube 

For QuickTime Instructions 

  1. The video will appear on-screen, and you can then click on the video.
  2. Click on the File Menu and choose Export. Pick 720p and then choose where you want the video saved. 

iTunes: 

The video will appear in the movie area of the iTunes and allow you to drag and drop the movie into the appropriate destination.

Youtube:

  1. Open browser and log into your youTube account
  2. Once logged into, on the Upper right hand corner click the MY CHANNEL button to upload your video.
Import Vinyl LPs to MP3
How to digitize your vinyl collection.

Import Vinyl LPs to MP3 

  1. Log on to the Computer 
  2. Open GarageBand and be sure that your Audio Input is set to USB Audio CODEC 
  3. Choose Empty Project 
  4. Choose the microphone under the Audio Option and click the checkbox to confirm that you want to hear my instrument as you play the record 
  5. Click Create 
  6. Turn OFF the Metronome and Count In 
  7. Start your Vinyl Record and IMMEDIATLY press the Record button in Garage Band 
  8. You should hear your record and see an audio wavelength creating itself 
  9. When finished stop your recording in GarageBand 
  10. Then move your marker to the start of your first track 
  11. Click on the track and press Command+T, move the cursor to the end of the individual song and press Command+T again, you have cut a track 
  12. Click on the cut track 
  13. Now Click on the SHARE option, and ONLY fill in the Title of the song, keep in mind that only one song will share at a time 
  14. iTunes will open automatically and you will see your track 
  15. Continue the process from the previous step until entire track listing is finished 
  16. After all iTunes songs are imported, click on the first song in iTunes, hold control on the keyboard and click on the last song. Click and choose Get Info and Edit Items 
  17. You can then fill in all of your metadata 
  18. After you finish your songs, click on the album cover art and drag the icon to the list area on the right side of your screen 
  19. You can either save your work to a USB or hold down control and right click your created playlist and choose Burn to a Disk