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Campus Multimedia Labs and Resources

American University offers a variety of resources across the campus to support your use of multimedia to enhance your teaching, scholarship, creative activities, professional practice, and presentation skills.

Computer Labs

Software Available

A listing of the software available in each of the campus computer labs is available online, including the lab hours and capacity.

Equipment Available for Loan

The following multimedia equipment is available for loan to AU students, faculty, and staff via the New Media Center (NMC) and the SOC Equipment Room (SOC). Please note that some restrictions may apply.

  • Digital Audio Recorders (NMC + SOC)
  • Digital Still Cameras (NMC)
  • Kodak Zi8 Cameras (NMC + SOC)
  • Microphones (NMC + SOC)
  • Panasonic AG-HMC40 Camera Kits (SOC)
  • Panasonic AG-HMC150 Camera Kits (SOC)
  • Tripods (NMC + SOC)

Music, Sound Effect, and Still Image Resources

Media Services in the University Library has sound effects and musical effects collections for AU student use. Hollywood Edge Premiere Edition, Hollywood Edge Cartoon Trax, and BBC Sound Effects Library contain hundreds of sound effects.

AU students also have access to the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection, which consists of 1450 sound effects tracks recorded by producer Greg Smith, during his 20 year career in the film and television industry. Mr. Smith has provided sound recording or post-production sound on many films including: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Jurassic Park; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; and numerous IMAX productions. Mr. Smith, an adjunct professor in the School of Communication, graciously provided this collection to the University Library with the request to share it openly for the benefit of filmmakers and video and audio producers around the world.

Additionally, the Canary Collection contains over 70 CDs of musical effects. They are all useful for enhancing student projects, films, and presentations. Up to six CDs at a time can be checked out of the library for three hours for AU student production work.

Another resource for multimedia projects is Pump Audio. This site allows you to search through thousands of original music cues and tracks by independent artists. You can choose from lyric or instrumental compositions, in addition to searching by tempo, mood and genre. For a fee, you can license these tracks in perpetuity for your video or audio project.

You might also want to check out the Stock Exchange site, which is a good source of free and reasonably priced stock photos.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Workshops and Consultations

The New Media Center offers regular workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. Please email the New Media Center staff for specific details on dates and times.

In addition, you can e-mail the New Media Center staff with specific multimedia related questions.

Online Tutorials

  • Adobe TV is Adobe's tutorial resource for their entire suite of applications. You can create an account and save episodes for later reference.
  • The AU Library - Media Services blog is a place to find tips, video tutorials, and best practices for all types of multimedia work.
  • is available for use by AU students, faculty and staff. This extensive online training library contains over 3,000 video tutorials on all types of software. Tutorials walk users through programs like Access, After Effects, Excel, FinalCut, iMovie, Photoshop, Pro Tools, and many more. 
  • The NMC equipment tutorials are brief orientations to some of the most popular gear available. The tutorials cover operation, recording, viewing and downloading files.

Getting Started Guides

Video Production Primer - A comprehensive guide for planning your video project. This document gives advice and resources for all the phases of production - from storyboarding and scripting to gear and shooting tips to file types and exporting.

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Equipment Manuals