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The Digital Media Center at the Anderson Academic Commons is managed by Digital Media/University Events and A/V Services. The DMC is a self-service, post-production studio, and is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. A key value of the DMC is the empowerment of all users, from beginner to advanced, so that users become independent and proficient in high-end professional production and editing software that enhances their skills sets.

Digital Media/University Events and A/V Services offers the expertise to their DU partners who are doing transformative work in surrounding communities. This bridge between the community and University Libraries embodies inclusive practices that are in line with the values of the University of Denver. The Digital Media Center at the Anderson Academic Commons creates access to commercial software that would otherwise not be available. The center features fourteen 27-inch Mac LED-backlit computers equipped with cameras and the necessary audio equipment for production. Media production kits are also available to members of the DU community for borrowing.

Contact us at:
E-mail: AAC-DMC@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-3670

Software
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Adobe Software:

  • Acrobat XI Pro
  • After Effects CC
  • Audition CC
  • Dreamweaver CC
  • Encore CC
  • Fireworks CC
  • Flash CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • Indesign CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Premier Pro CC

Microsoft Office Software:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint

Other Programs:

  • Audacity
  • Color
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Flip Player
  • Garage Band
  • GoPro Cineform Studio
  • Handbrake
  • Image Capture
  • iPhoto
  • Motion
  • MPEG Streamclip
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Quicktime Player
  • VLC Media Player
  • XDCam Transfer
3D Printing Policy & Procedure

PURPOSE

The Anderson Academic Commons offers its community access to new and emerging technologies to drive innovation and renewed interest in design to help its community bring their imagination to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the DU community may utilize 3D printers.

POLICY

3D printers located in the Digital Media Center are available to all active DU students, faculty, staff and its alumni to make three-dimensional objects in various materials using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

  1. 3D printers located in the Digital Media Center may be used only for lawful purposes. Active DU students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be permitted to use 3D printers to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
    3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for a Library environment.
    4. In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  2. The Digital Media Center staff reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  3. Cost: There is no cost to use the 3D printing capabilities inside the Digital Media Center at this time, but a fee may be charged in the future to cover the printing costs depending on material usage.
  4. Items printed from 3D printers that are not picked up within 7 days of notification will become property of the Anderson Academic Commons. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.
  5. Only designated Digital Media Center staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printers at this time.

PROCEDURES

The procedure for printing from the Digital Media Center’s 3D printers is as follows:

  1. Design creation:
    1. It is required for 3D Printing Technicians to go over design elements and inspect the 3D model to ensure that it can be printed.
    2. Creating a new 3D model requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.
    3. Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format. The Digital Media Center currently offers Blender and Google Sketchup for 3D modeling.
    4. The Digital Media Center has computers with 3D Modeling Software and Photoshop software that may be used to create a design.
    5. Digital designs are also available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com.
  2. Submitting a design for printing:
    1. Persons wanting to utilize the 3D printing capabilities will bring their file (in .stl, .obj, or .thing file format) on a thumb drive and must fill out a 3D Printing Request Form.
    2. Consultations can be arranged with staff to go over 3D modeling basics and help ensure successful prints for desired dimensions.
    3. If there is high demand, the Digital Media Center will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.
    4. The files will be readied for printing in Cura, Slicer or other authorized software. Digital Media Center staff will view all files in Cura, Slicer or other authorized software before printing.
    5. Wait/pickup time: Items may be picked up at the Digital Media Center. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times and depending on queue length, print times may vary. Digital Media Center staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request. An email will be sent when the 3D object is ready to be picked up.
  3. Please note that procedures governing the use of the Digital Media Center’s 3D printers are subject to change.

DEFINITIONS

  • 3D Printing: The process of making a physical object from a digital model.
  • 3D Printer: Produces 3D objects from layers of material designed on a computer.
  • CAD: Computer Assisted Drawing
3D Printing Requests

We offer 3D printing for members of the University of Denver community.

Please note:
All models are printed in the order they are received.

Please, fill out the following form to request 3D Printing:
 
Equipment Available for Checkout
Equipment Checkout Requests

We offer production equipment to rent.

Please note:
Rentals are on a first come first serve basis.
Rentals are for a maximum of 48 hours and are subject to fees for late returns.
All rentals are due back by 1 PM on the scheduled return date.
Please submit requests one week in advance to ensure availability.

Please, fill out the following form to request equipment:

 
Tutorials

The Media Center is also equipped with quick tutorials to help users better understand the hardware and software. If there is a tutorial that you would like to see added to this collection, please let us know by emailing AAC-DMC@du.edu.

Final Cut Pro X Tutorials:

Getting Started

Advanced

Workshops
Check out this quarter's Workshop Schedule.

To sign up for workshops, click here.
FAQs

What do I need to bring with me to the Media Center?

You should always bring an external hard drive with you in order to save your project. Your hard drive should be of sufficient size. We recommend at least 500GB of free space to accommodate your entire project.

What type of computers are available?

The Digital Media Center has 14 - 27" LED iMac Computers. 6 of the computers are located at central finishing stations that allow for collaborations, audio mixing, and detailed final editing. 8 of the stations are located on the periphery, which allow for all basic, intermediate, and advance editing techniques, file rendering, and exporting.

What type of software is available?

The Digital Media Center will feature Final Cut Pro X. This Apple based software is a professional level post-production editing tool. The computers will also feature the entire Adobe Creative Cloud, including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects. We also feature Blender and Google Sketchup for 3D modeling.

Can I rent equipment?

The Perlmutter Lending Desk has a small stock of consumer-grade cameras and camcorders for check-out by any person with University Libraries privileges. The Digital Media Center also offers media kits that are available for check out.

Can I reserve a specific computer or station?

Computers are available by walk-in only, at this time. Due to the fact that your work will all be saved to your own hard drive, you will not need to always work at the same station.


The Digital Media Center is open 80 hours per week during the following times:

Digital Media Center Hours

Monday: 9am-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday: 9am-9pm
Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-10pm
A/V Technology and Media Production Services