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Digital Studio at Northside

The mission of the Digital Studio is to provide library customers with access to cutting edge video, photo and graphics editing programs.  The studio is a place where aspiring filmmakers can learn to take their ideas from inception to completion, where photographers and digital artists make their unique vision reality, a place for musicians to create and edit their own music and where web designers and digital communicators share it all with the world.  It’s also a place for people who simply want to restore and preserve precious historic and family media.  It’s a place where people of all ages and levels of knowledge can create, share and encourage each other.

OPEN STUDIO HOURS:

 Monday                    9:30 am - 8:45 pm

 Tuesday                   1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday            9:30 am - 8:45 pm

Thursday                9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday                      9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday                 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Sunday                    1:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

 

Software includes:

  • Final Cut Pro X, the newest release of the professional video post-production software.
  • Final Cut Pro Studio, professional video post-production suite including Final Cut Pro 7, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro and Color.
  • The Adobe CS5.5 creative suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash, Acrobat and Dreamweaver.  Adobe CS6 Master Collection is available only in the Video Editing Booth.
  • iLife '13 Suite including iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand (iDVD '09 is also available.)
  • iWork '13 including Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
  • Blender, the powerful open source 3D animation creation software.
  • Logic Pro X, the newest release of Apple's professional audio editing software.
  • Pro Tools 11, available in the Audio Recording Booth.

Equipment in the Digital Studio:

  • 8 Mac Pro workstations.
  • Production Studio including green screen, tripods, and lighting.
  • Audio Recording Booth including a 21.5" iMac computer, USB music keyboard, and microphones.
  • Video Editing Booth including a Mac Pro workstation with dual monitors. Photo editing can also be done in this booth.
  • Canon Powershot G-12, microphones and lights for video production.
  • Canopus Analog to digital converters for digitizing, Vinyl, Audio Cassette, VHS and other formats to digital media. (Please note: We do not have an 8mm projector. We have the conversion equipment, but you'll need to bring a projector.)
  • Epson V600 scanner for digitizing photos, slides, and film negatives.

The Production Studio, Audio Booth and Video Booth require reservations. Please call 231.5500 to make a reservation. All booths can be reserved up to two weeks in advance. Ages 16 and older can reserve the booths. (15 and under must be accompanied by a parent.)

Upcoming Digital Studio Classes

All digital studio classes will be held in the digital studio at our Northside Branch.

Adobe Bridge Basics

Use Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop to organize photos, and use automation to resize, watermark, and batch edit them.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Photography or some experience with Photoshop.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 22nd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 24th

After Effects Basics

Learn the basic functions of Adobe's motion graphics and video effects compositing software.

Some experience with Photoshop or another video editing program, such as Final Cut Pro is required.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, May 10th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Jun 21st

Blender Basics

Learn the basics of the open source 3D animation software Blender.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Apr 12th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Jun 7th

Colorize a Black and White Photo

Learn to colorize a black and white photo with Photoshop actions and painting. All photos will be provided.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Jun 5th

Desktop Publishing with InDesign

Use textboxes and paragraph settings to better organize your copy and save time by using presets when creating a multi-page documents.

Prerequisites: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Apr 5th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 10th

Final Cut Pro X Basics

Create your own 30-45 second video spot using the professional grade video editing software. This class builds on techniques learned in the iMovie class.

Prerequisite: iMovie.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Apr 3rd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Apr 26th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Jun 26th

Final Cut Pro X Basics

Create your own 30-45 second video spot using the professional grade video editing software. This class builds on techniques learned in the iMovie class.

Prerequisite: iMovie Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 27th

Final Cut Pro X Beyond Basics

Learn the more advanced editing functions of Final Cut Pro X including: color correction, green screen effects, and much more. All "problem" video clips will be provided for you.

Prerequisite: Final Cut Pro X Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Apr 10th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, May 17th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 3rd

GarageBand

Learn the basics of GarageBand, the audio recording and editing software from Apple.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 15th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, May 1st
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Jun 12th

Illustrator 2: Vector Art

Create original Vector Art using various tools in Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisite: Illustrator Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 13th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 3rd

Illustrator Basics

Learn the basics of creating graphic designs and images from photos and creating unique material using the basic tools and processes of Illustrator.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 29th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 27th

iMovie Basics

Create your own video project using photos, video clips and music. This is a great class for beginners.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Apr 19th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 20th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Jun 19th

Introduction to Digital Photography

Learn the basics of indoor and outdoor digital photography. Feel free to bring your own digital camera, or use your smartphone camera.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 15th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, May 3rd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, May 24th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Jun 28th

Introduction to Keynote

Learn to use iWork's presentation software, Keynote. We'll create a simple slideshow presentation.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 22nd

Introduction to Mac

We will cover the basics of using Apple software and hardware. Some experience with computers is necessary. This class will be using OS X Mavericks.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Apr 17th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, May 22nd
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 17th

Introduction to Numbers

Learn to use iWork's spreadsheet program, Numbers. We'll create spreadsheets for home and office organization.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 8th

Introduction to Pages

Learn to use iWork's word processing and desktop layout program with templates for flyers and cards, and with a blank document.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 6th

iPhoto Basics

Enhance and organize digital photos and create a slideshow with music and text. This is a great class for beginners.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 29th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 10th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 24th

Photoshop 2: Layers

Learn to effectively use layers in Photoshop. You'll make a multi-layer project using images and text, and use layer masks.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or some Photoshop experience.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 6th

Photoshop 2: Restoration

Learn to restore damaged documents and photos while creating a high-quality copy for use to protect the original.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or some experience with Photoshop.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, May 15th

Photoshop 2: Retouching

Learn to retouch your photos like the professionals do! We'll use multiple techniques, and talk about avoiding the dreaded "Photoshop Disaster."

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, May 8th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, May 29th

Photoshop Art

Use the Wacom tablet interface to create original sketches and manipulate color, brightness, and contrast to get the best out of your illustrations and photos.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Apr 8th

Photoshop Art

Use Wacom tablets to create original sketches and manipulate color, brightness, and contrast to get the best out of your illustrations and photos.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, May 31st

Photoshop Basics

Fix "Red-eye" and remove blemishes from portraits. You'll also learn how to combine several images into a single photo and add text to the image.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Thursday, Apr 24th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 20th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, Jun 17th

Photoshop for Photographers

Use Photoshop digital darkroom techniques and Adobe Camera RAW to improve the lighting, color, and composition of the image.

Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics.

Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Tuesday, May 13th
Northside Branch - Digital Studio
Registration Opens: Saturday, Jun 14th