The Media Center in Beardsley 114 is an open studio for video/audio editing, digital media design, and scanning and printing support for faculty, staff and students.
Large Format & Color Printing
Faculty, staff and students can print one copy of their poster-sized content for academic purposes using one of our Large Format printers. We have two printers that will handle content on 36inch or 42-44inch roll paper. [Our color laser printers will handle 8.5 x 11 inch (standard letter) or 11x17 inch (Tabloid) sizes.] For instructions on creating a poster for printing, please see these documents : PowerPoint or Adobe Illustrator
Sample Adobe InDesign Poster Template for Sigma Xi (Thanks to Colin Purrington for some of the content reproduced in this template. See his web site at http://colinpurrington.com for more great detailed science poster tips!)
Our primary large format printer is our new Epson Stylus Pro 9900 44" RGB Printer, with an 11 ink system that will handle a broad gamut of colors than older CMYK types and will print photo quality on matte (we supply) or photo paper (which you supply). It is a true RGB printer that uses the standard Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K) plus Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black, Photo Black or Matte black (depending on your media) and then adds Orange and Green to flesh out the gamut.
We still have our older HP DesignJet 5500 PS UV inkjet which uses a six-ink system - CMYK, plus light cyan and light magenta. We have heavyweight paper rolls in widths of 36 inches and 42 inches for use in poster presentations or other large displays. The inks are UV stable for continuous display over time, and are waterproof after 24 hours. Faculty can provide their own print media (eg. Tyvek, Satin, Canvas) for outdoor displays or other purposes.
We also support the Art Department Epson Stylus Pro 4880 Color Photo Printer.It prints on 16" roll photo luster 260 paper. This printer uses an eight-ink system - CMYK, plus light magenta, light cyan, light black, and light-light black. Printing to this printer is geared to the Art Department students faculty and staff and that department supplies the paper used in that printer for Photo classes and independent work.
All of our large format printers now print through a new ColorPrint XF Raster Image Processor for outstanding color consistency and matching to what you see on screen. We color correct both the screens and each different media type with a spectrophotometer for the best possible match.
For single copies of standard or duplexed letter or Tabloid (11" x 17") color printing, we also have a Ricoh Aficio SP C811DN Color Laser and a Xerox Phaser 7750DN Color Laser. These printers use a single-pass CMYK system. The Phaser can print on transparencies - just make sure any media you load into this printer is specifically for color laser printing. Those wishing to produce flyers or who need multiple copies should consult with Office Services or an external resource.
We support scanning of slides and flat media up to 12"x18" with Epson flat-bed scanners. We have two large flat-bed scanners: an Epson Expression 10000XL, which is capable of scanning transparancies, and an Epson Expression 1640XL. We also have two smaller Epson Perfection V500 flat-bed scanners, which are both capable of scanning transparencies.
Our two 35mm slide/film strip scanners are Nikon SuperCoolScan 4000ED's, with the ability to scan slides individually or with a batch processing attachment. And we've just added a new Nikon SuperCoolScan 9000 medium format film scanner to handle the work of the Photography students.
All of the Epson flatbed scanners can be driven by their native scanning software for quick scanning processes. For more professional results with all the scanners,, SilverFast Ai software can be used to improve scan quality.
Software for Digital Media, Web and Document Layout
Media Center OS X computers include the complete Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver), as well as Apple's iLife and iWork suites, Microsoft Office, and Quicktime Pro. Some of the Mac Pro stations have digital-video decks and monitors to handle older formats d accompany the Final Cut Studio installations.
The two Windows XP workstations include Camtasia screencasting software, as well as Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium and Design Premium.We also support optical character recognition (OCR) to turn images into editable text with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office on the Windows machine with the Scanner.
We've recently added 10 Wacom Bamboo Fun pen-tablets to all the workstations of the main room to be available for digital illustration. A webcam, headsets, and USB mics are available as well.
The Media Center has professional-grade video editing stations. We have a set of five MacPro CPUs with Dual 1TB drives, dual-layer DVD burning drives, and Final Cut Pro 7 Suite (Including DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Motion, Color and LiveType). These workstations each have their own headphone splitter-amplifiers for group work. The stations are attached via high speed Fibre-Channel to a data storage array supporting approximately 26 Terabytes (26,000 GB) of available space for video projects. This system allows the user to sit at any workstation and have access to the same files, no matter where they last worked. Access to the storage array is also available through slower ethernet connections from any Macintosh on campus (afp://acadvideo.its.swarthmore.edu). Our iMac machines have Final Cut Express, and iMovie for those who don't need the full bore Final Cut Suite. We also have one Dell machine with Adobe Premier, for those who are more comfortable editing in a Windows environment.
Resources and Support
The Media Center Student Consultants are available to support work in the Media Center - Sunday-Friday, 1:00PM-9:00PM. Outside those times, Academic Technology provides primary support for scanning and printing. Media Services staff can provide guidance and training for the video editing workstations and software. The room is also occasionally booked for video editing or digital photography classes.
The Media Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30AM-9:00PM and Sunday 1:00PM-9:00PM. Student access is restricted after hours to those working on special projects or enrolled in specific Video Production, Soc/Anth or Photography courses. The instructor should contact ITS initially to arrange for student access.