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The Interactive Media Center has created the following materials, tutorials, and classes to help those interested in making or editing audio or video projects.

Our downloadable documents are presented in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.


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The IMC offers a wide range of classes, including many on audio and video topics. To see a complete list of those classes visit our class list and sign-up page.


Audio

Interactive Media Center Audio Equipment Overview - This document presents a brief overview of the equipment available for audio recording. Included are descriptions and photographs of our various recorders, microphones, specialty devices, and more.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Proper Microphone & Speaker Placement to Avoid Feedback - Properly placing microphones and speakers in relationship to each other is crucial to avoiding feedback. This set of diagrams shows the proper locating techniques that will reduce or avoid the chance for feedback.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Introduction to Audacity - Audacity is versatile program that can be used to edit sound files and convert them to various formats.  It has many of the features that are required to complete a project.  This document is designed to introduce new users to the basic features of the program.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Audacity: Record, Import and Export - Learn about the tips and tricks we use in the IMC to make recording, importing and exporting easy with Audacity.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Switch Audio File Converter: Convert and Encode Sound Files on PC and Mac Useful for Converting WMAs to MP3s or WAVs on a Macintosh Computer - The Switch Audio File Converter converts a variety of different audio file formats including WAV, mp3, ogg, aac, wma, au, etc. to mp3 or WAV on Macs and Windows computers.  If you are a Mac user and recorded or downloaded a file that is a WMA file (Windows Media Audio file), you may download this converter program to access the audio file on your Mac.  If you need to add an audio file to Blackboard or iMovie, for example, wma may not be the acceptable audio format.  NOTE*** this application is only for your computer.  The Interactive Media Center uses other software that readily performs this function.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Recording a Cassette Tape into a Computer - Step by step instructions that go over the procedures to connect a cassette tape player to a computer so that you can digitize audio recordings.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Using a USB Microphone with Windows 7 and Audacity (specifically for AK5370 but applicable to most USB mics) - Using a USB microphone can be tricky to set up. Computers may recognize the device as AK5370 or USB Audio Device. This documents provides step-by-step instruction for setting up a microphone.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Using a USB Microphone with a Mac - Using a USB microphone can be tricky to set up. This document explain how to use our microphones, but is applicable to most other USB mics, too.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

iMovie:  Editing, Extracting and Adding Audio Tracks and Voiceover Recordings - Learn how to add jingles and background music, edit audio, add a commentary and export your video project as an audio file.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Create a Music Project in GarageBand - Learn how to create exciting musical projects with GarageBand on the Macintosh.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Manual for the H2 Zoom Digital Recorders - This is the user's manual for the H2 Zoom digital recorders.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

 


Video

Interactive Media Center Video Equipment Overview - This document presents a brief overview of the equipment available for video recording. Included are descriptions and photographs of our various camcorders, microphones, specialty devices, and more.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

GoPro Hero 3 User Manual - This manul is for the IMC's GoPro Hero 3 camcorder.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Canon Vixia HF R40, HF R42, and HF R400HD Camcorder Instruction Manual - This manual is the complete manual for the  IMC's HF R42 HD camcorders.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Canon Vixia HF R20, HF R21, and HF R200 HD Camcorder Instruction Manual - This manual is the complete manual for the  IMC's HF R21 HD camcorders.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Canon Vixia HF R30, HF R32, and HF R300 HD Camcorder Instruction Manual - This manual is the complete manual for the  IMC's HF R30, HF R32, and HF R300 HD camcorders.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Canon FS300 Instruction Manual - This manual is the complete manual for the IMC's FS300 camcorders.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Editing Movies Made with the IMC Canon FS300 Digital Camcorders on a PC or Macintosh - This document is a decision tree that helps you decide which software to use for editing the videos made with the IMC's Canon FS300 digital camcorders. Tracing the tree will guide you in finding the best options for your project.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio: Importing Audio, Video & Images on Workstations 19 and 20 - Step by step instructions on how to import audio, video, and photographic files into Sony Vegas on our workstations 19 and 20. May be applicable to non-IMC systems.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Sharing/Exporting/Rendering a Final Cut Pro Project - Discover what you need to know to take the final steps for preparing your Final Cut project for viewing.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

iMovie ‘11: Audio Editing, Extracting and Adding Audio Tracks and Voiceover Recordings - Learn how to work with voiceover recording in iMovie.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

iMovie & Final Cut Pro: Importing Video from SD Card & HD Camcorder and Digital Tape - Step by step instructions for getting your digital footage off of your device and into Final Cut Pro and iMovie.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

iMovie & Final Cut Pro: Importing 8mm and VHS Tape - Step by step instructions to set up the camcorder and VCR to import analog tape into iMovie and Final Cut Pro for editing and converting to digital format.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Make a DVD with iMovie & iDVD that Plays Automatically,
with No Scene Selections
- Use this handout with or without iMovie  if your DVD is to have no chapters/scene selections and if the DVD is to play immediately.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Make a DVD with Scene Selections &/or an Opening Theme - When your iMovie project is saved and ready to be exported, use iDVD to create a DVD.  Use this handout if you have scene selections or chapters and/or you wish to add an opening theme (much like movies you purchase/rent).
Acrobat (PDF) format.

HandBrake: Easy DVD -to-MPEG-4 - Discover how to “rip” a DVD or convert a video file to an MPEG-4 video file. You can then import this file for use in other programs such as iMovie, Final Cut, Sony Vegas Movie Studio or put directly on your iPod.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Capture a screenshot or record streaming video with Snapz Pro - Learn how to use Snapz Pro to capture screen shots and record streaming video on your Mackintosh.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Create a DVD with DVD Flick - Create a DVD that plays in a standard DVD player from WMV, AVI, or QuickTime files. Use DVD Flick, an open source program.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Trimming a Clip with Sony Vegas - Trim a video clip before adding it to the timeline of your project.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Making Copies of a DVD Movie on a Mac - Making copies of a DVD Movie on a Mac - This guide assumes that the contents are not encrypted—the DVD movie is not copyright protected or commercially produced. This is a quicker way to duplicate movies created with iDVD.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Using iMovie and QuickTime Pro to make a WMV file and burn to a CD-R - Discover how to use iMovie and QuickTime Pro to create a Windows media video file to play on Windows Media Player.  Burning the file to CD with Toast Titanium is included.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Recording Directly from a Camcorder to VHS tape, No Editing Required - Learn how to connect a camcorder to a typical VHS machine so you can put your videos on tape.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Adding Video to PowerPoint - Describes how to add video clips to PowerPoint to make dynamic presentations.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Creating Stills & Using Image Files in iMovie - Learn how to capture a single frame from a video clip and turn it into a still image for use in an iMovie project.  Learn how to add image files to your video project and edit them.  Discover how to use images for a slide show that you may apply narration or audio clips.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Converting Video to Flash for the Web with Adobe Media Encoder - Learn how to convert video files to Flash video for use on the Web.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Working with Windows Movie Maker - Learn how to use the latest in a long line of Movie Maker programs. This is the most advanced version yet. Includes custom editing and the AutoMovie feature. The ability to record narration directly into your video has been returned. An excellent choice for movies, slideshows, and combinations of both.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Working with Windows Live Movie Maker - Learn how to use Windows Live Movie Maker. This version was used starting with Vista through Windows 7. Includes custom editing and the AutoMovie feature. An good choice for movies, slideshows, and combinations of both.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Windows Movie Maker Default Screen Sizes: What does your encoded video look like? - Everyone wants to know if their video will fill the screen. This document illustrates what you can expect your video to look like when processed using Movie Maker.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Windows Movie Maker Quick Tips - A visual guide to using Windows Movie Maker.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Basic Light Plot Diagrams: Starting diagrams for one and two person interview setups - Basic diagrams that show generic lighting fixture placement of key lights, backlights, and fill lights for one and two person interview setups.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Make A Jewel Case Insert - This Word document allows you to fill in the blanks to make a jewel case cover insert for your CDs.
Word format.


PowerPoint

Capture a screenshot or record streaming video with Snapz Pro on a Macintosh - Discover how to use Snapz on the Macintosh to capture streaming video or make a screenshot.
Acrobat (PDF) format.

Packaging PowerPoint Presentations for Use Off-site: A must when inserting special fonts, audio and video files - Learn how to package your presentation to go "on the road."
Acrobat (PDF) format.

How to Use the Write On Slide Feature in PowerPoint - See a short movie on how to use the little-known write on a slide feature during a PowerPoint presentation. Flash Video here.

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