At the suggestion of a lab user, the Vitale Digital Media Lab recently added some brand new Canon 70D and Nikon D7100 DSLR cameras to our equipment lending program. These are a significant step up from the Nikon D3100 cameras we’ve had up til now. This brings us up to 8 DSLRs, which remain the most popular items that we lend.
The new cameras provide significantly better image and video quality, higher resolution, less noise, more dynamic range, better color depth, longer battery life, faster and more accurate focus, and better performance in lower light situations without a flash. The Canon 70D also has a very useful flip-out LCD screen that you can tilt so you can get better shots when you’re shooting at unusual angles.
It is our pleasure to announce two new “Conference kits” reservable online for faculty to borrow from the Vitale Digital Media Lab at the Weigle Information Commons. The kits can be borrowed for up to eight days. Each kit contains an Apple Mac-book Air and several video adapters to make it easy to present at a conference (as well as in a classroom).
To reserve, login to WebCheckout with Pennkey, click on “Add Resource”, and look under “Presentation Aids” for the “Laptop Presenter Kits”. Please review our equipment lending guidelines for loan details. WIC provides workshops and tutorials on presentation software such as Prezi and PowerPoint, so let us know how we can help make your next conference presentation the best it can be!
So you want to work with audio? Well, we’ve probably got what you need. This post contains a rundown of useful audio equipment you can borrow from the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
Also, here are a couple tips to keep in mind while you’re using the equipment:
1. Record the best sound you can. It’s a lot harder to fix sound after it’s already been recorded.
2. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and practice recording with it before using it on a critical project. Continue reading Got Audio?
One of the most exciting additions to our equipment lending program is the eBeam capture system, which you can use to capture, record and play back your whiteboard lessons to engage your students, near or far. As you teach, your notes on any dry-erase whiteboard can be recorded with audio, creating a complete digital file of your lesson that students can access for learning at their own pace. It works with both Mac and PC computers. (Direct video recording is possible on PC only. The eBeam can be combined with screen video software on Macs.)
We’ve created a webpage to bring together the information we have about the eBeam system on our website at http://wic.library.upenn.edu/wicfacilities/ebeam.html
If you’re interested in finding out more about the eBeam or in getting a hands-on look, we’ve scheduled an introductory sessions this Wednesday, June 11 at 1:00pm. Sign up online at http://wic.library.upenn.edu/wicshops/
Good news! WebCheckOut is back! Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!
WebCheckOut, our equipment lending system, is currently down. Folks are working furiously to get it up and running again. For the time being, we’re doing our best to accommodate existing equipment reservations, but we won’t be able to make new reservations or checkouts until the system is back up. Sorry for any inconvenience.