Our facility is equipped with twelve high-end workstations running running Windows, Linux and Mac-OS. In addition, we have two dedicated video production machines with decks for digitizing video materials from DVCam, Mini-DV, VHS, Betacam SP, U-Matic, and Hi-8. We also have a digital camera, microphones, tripod, and lights for shooting and producing high quality video. We have one dedicated audio machine with a Digidesign Mbox audio interface, a DAT record/playback deck, and a cassette tape digitization deck. We have several high quality scanners, including one large scale flatbed scanner.
Every machine has Adobe’s Creative Suite installed, which contains Illustrator, Photoshop, Soundbooth, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and others. We also have Adobe InDesign. For video, we have Adobe Premiere Pro for Windows users; Final Cut Pro and Imovie for Mac users. Our audio production station is equipped with Avid’s Pro Tools DAW. We have ArcGIS on our Windows machines, and open-source QGIS available on both Mac and Windows. Every machine is set up from the get-go with open-source software for web development.
The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning has a dedicated Linux, Apache, Mysql and PHP (a.k.a. LAMP) server at the Graduate Center, managed by the Graduate Center’s IT, which can be used by New Media Lab students for hosting their web projects. The server is capable of hosting a wide array of web software. Some of the more common packages that students have used include WordPress, Omeka, and Drupal, but please don’t feel limited- almost anything is possible.
The Lab is equipped with a massive monitor that is used for presenting projects at meetings. Cables are available for people to plug directly into their own laptops, but the NML laptop is set up and dedicated to serving the presentation monitor exclusively, in the lab. The monitor is also equipped with a blue-ray DVD player, with VCRs and other technology available on an as-needed basis.
See the Lab
If you are interested in seeing the Lab in person, and possibly working at the facility, more information is available at get involved. Below we have a few pictures of the facility.