Knowledge Center sponsors video contest

Students have until Oct. 14 to submit videos on how KC helps "connect, explore, create"

10/4/2011 | By: Staff Report  |

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is looking to tell its story through video, and to that end is sponsoring a student video contest.

The contest is looking for fun, creative video from students that revolves around the theme of how students can “connect, explore and create” at the Knowledge Center.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 14.

To find out about contest rules and submission guidelines, visit the Knowledge Center’s Student Video Contest page on Facebook.

First prize in the contest is an Apple iPad 2, and second prize is an Apple iPod touch 8GB.

As creative wheels start spinning around campus for the video contest, it’s also a good time for the University of Nevada, Reno community to take note of the high-end facilities, equipment and training available in the Knowledge Center’s technology hub -- @One.

Located on the first floor of the Knowledge Center, @One offers an abundance of technology for use by any student, staff, or faculty willing to take the time for proper training, free of charge.

“Other campuses that offer these resources tend to only make them available to advanced students within a specialized film degree program or audio engineering course.” said Daniel Fergus, media specialist in @One’s Dynamic Media Lab (DML). “Offering high-end services and equipment to the campus community sets the Knowledge Center apart from other libraries across the country.”

The DML is a place to dive into the world of communication through video, audio, graphics, and web with the use of software often found in a professional video or audio editing suite.

Some of the more popular software includes Photoshop, Final Cut, After Effects, Flash, Cinema 4D and Pro Tools. The brains behind this lab are 18 high-end Mac Pros that are able to handle the processor-intensive tasks required for digital media creation.

The DML also houses an audio recording suite complete with an isolation booth, professional microphones, and even a midi keyboard to create custom soundtracks. Another of the DML’s special features is its XSAN storage system, which is not your typical server. The XSAN is linked through a dedicated fiber channel network, capable of reading and writing data faster than the local drives of the computer which allows students to store media projects on their own private accounts or host files to an open folder for collaborative projects within the lab.

These high-end resources don’t stop with the hardware and software. Fergus has an always-open office door in the back of the lab and is available to answer question about DML’s resources.

Lab hours are the same as the Knowledge Center’s hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight.

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In addition to the DML, Teaching Learning Technologies (TLT), also located in @One, is the hub for all A/V equipment needs. Be it a handheld digital audio recorder and microphones, professional video cameras and tripods, lighting kits or high-resolution still cameras, it can all be found in TLT.

The equipment and complimentary training is available to any University student, staff, and faculty. Faculty and staff at TLT have a knack for finding exactly what will be needed to complete a media project, and they will not let anyone out of the door without a good handle on the proper and effective use of the gear.

To get a quick look at the equipment available for check-out, visit the Knowledge Center’s A/V equipment checkout page.

Hours of operation for TLT: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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