New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.

Monday 9/26 at 7pm – Final Cut Pro 7: Intermediate
Tuesday 9/27 at 12pm – Final Cut Pro X: Intermediate
Wednesday 9/28 at 8pm –Photoshop: Beginner
Thursday 9/29 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro X: Beginner
Friday 9/30 at 11am – Basic Motion Graphics for Video using After Effects
Saturday 10/1 at 4:30pm – Final Cut Pro X: Advanced

See the complete Fall Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

Apple releases a Final Cut Pro X free trial and a major FCP-X update

Today Apple introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro X that restores many features users felt were missing in the original release, and also comes alongside a free 30-day trial version for people still a little gun-shy after Apple’s latest overhaul to its professional video editing suite. Read more about the free trial and … Continue reading “Apple releases a Final Cut Pro X free trial and a major FCP-X update”


Today Apple introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro X that restores many features users felt were missing in the original release, and also comes alongside a free 30-day trial version for people still a little gun-shy after Apple’s latest overhaul to its professional video editing suite. Read more about the free trial and what’s new in the update here.
As seen on GigaOm

With Logic Pro X on the way, Apple works to avoid Final Cut Pro X backlash

Apple is reportedly finishing an update to Logic Pro 9, its professional digital audio and music sequencing program, taking care not to rile existing users with significant changes. The new update is reportedly called Logic Pro X to maintain the same branding as Apple’s recent Final Cut X. However, according to a report by Japanese … Continue reading “With Logic Pro X on the way, Apple works to avoid Final Cut Pro X backlash”


Apple is reportedly finishing an update to Logic Pro 9, its professional digital audio and music sequencing program, taking care not to rile existing users with significant changes.

The new update is reportedly called Logic Pro X to maintain the same branding as Apple’s recent Final Cut X. However, according to a report by Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple’s Logic team is making great efforts to stress that it will not shift toward a GarageBand interface, heading off fears that Logic Pro might lose its professional edge. Read more at AppleInsider.

Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses

The Ikea timer is called the OrdningUse it to make a cheap ($5.99) and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit for your next photo shoot. Here’s an example:Pan Left Portland and another one:Pan Left Lido Key Here’s a great video that shows you how to make your own (jump to 2 min 10 sec):How to … Continue reading “Hacked Ikea kitchen timers shoot time lapses”

The Ikea timer is called the Ordning
Use it to make a cheap ($5.99) and easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit for your next photo shoot.

Here’s an example:
Pan Left Portland

and another one:
Pan Left Lido Key

Here’s a great video that shows you how to make your own (jump to 2 min 10 sec):
How to Make a Cheap and Easy Ikea Time Lapse Panning Unit

For more details go here.

As seen on the Ikea Hackers blog and the Getaway Moments blog.

Lynda.com – + new features, – confusing interface

For a number of years, Lynda.com‘s online tutorials have been AU’s primary resource for software training. These excellent online training tutorials offer thousands of hours of instruction for AU faculty, students and staff. AU has a multi-year license to provide these, free of charge, to the AU community, whether they are on campus or off. … Continue reading “Lynda.com – + new features, – confusing interface”

For a number of years, Lynda.com‘s online tutorials have been AU’s primary resource for software training. These excellent online training tutorials offer thousands of hours of instruction for AU faculty, students and staff. AU has a multi-year license to provide these, free of charge, to the AU community, whether they are on campus or off.

Recently Lynda.com changed their interface as they introduced their Lynda Campus product. The good new is that for the first time this lets users track which videos they have watched, bookmark videos to review later, and save certificates of completion when they finish tutorials.

Unfortunately, to do this Lynda.com makes it mandatory for users to create a personal login before they can go to the tutorials. Poor design makes it look like a user is signing up for an individual account with Lynda.com. Don’t worry, once you create a login, you will still have access through your AU affiliation and there will be no charge.

For information about accessing Lynda.com, you can search ALADIN for Title = Lynda.com.

Meet the Robots! – The New Media Center has relocated!

The New Media Center (NMC) has been relocated to the lower level of the American University Library and is open for business! The New Media Center has merged with Media Services former Digital Media Studio suites and as a result, there are 22 Mac workstations available for students, faculty, and staff to work on not-for-profit … Continue reading “Meet the Robots! – The New Media Center has relocated!”

The New Media Center (NMC) has been relocated to the lower level of the American University Library and is open for business! The New Media Center has merged with Media Services former Digital Media Studio suites and as a result, there are 22 Mac workstations available for students, faculty, and staff to work on not-for-profit multimedia projects!

The following are a few changes that should be noted and are intended to improve the accessibility of the space, the AV equipment loan procedures, and the effectiveness of our software training.

1. Probably the most substantial change is our implementation of a training calendar that insures that the major multimedia production applications (Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7, Photoshop, and iMovie) will be taught repeatedly and often. We feel this will best serve all students with multimedia projects whether it’s the beginning, middle, or end of the semester. This change means we won’t be providing on-demand training for individual classes but we’re confident that students will have even more opportunities to learn the basics. Rest assured that the lab consultants will continue to provide ad hoc instruction on an individual basis and will assist students in accessing online Lynda tutorials. We will also be providing workshops on many other applications (e.g. Flash, podcasting, animation, sound design) though less frequently. The bottom line is that we’re committed to meeting the needs of the AU faculty, students, and staff; and since this training approach is a departure from the past policy we encourage your input on how we can tailor it to meet the needs of our users.

Here’s a link to the Fall training schedule:

2. It’s no longer necessary for faculty to submit a Faculty Services Request form or students to petition to use the NMC. We feel that there are enough computers available (22) to have a more open policy. We expect there will be times during the semester when there’s a wait list and we will work with other campus labs to insure that all students get the access they need without overburdening any given lab.

3. NMC hours will be longer and overnight access is available by reservation.

4. Standard equipment loan periods have been extended from one-day to three-days. Video and still cameras, tripods, and audio recorders now circulate from the Media Services desk.

We are all excited to see what the coming year holds for the New Media Center and look forward to assisting you with your projects.

Each of our 22 workstations has been named after a well-known robot. You’ll know them by their unique desktops created by NMC lab consultants.

Here they are: