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Use multimedia to enhance your teaching, scholarship, projects, and presentations.
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.
A listing of the software available in each of the campus computer labs is available online, including the lab hours and capacity.
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.
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.
The New Media Center offers regular workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. Please check the New Media Center Calendar for specific details on dates and times.
In addition, you can e-mail the New Media Center staff with specific multimedia related questions.
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.
To view the following guides, you must first log on to Lynda.com.