FAQs

Equipment Circulation

Software

Audio/Video Editing

Duplication and Transfer

Equipment Circulation

How long can I check out a Laptop?

Students can check laptops for a 24 hour period. The normal check out time is from 12:00PM to 12:00PM the next day.

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If I still need the laptop once I returned it can I check it out again?

No. Once you return the laptop you must wait for 48 hours to reserve a laptop again. Given the fact that we have over 10,000 students and only 25 student laptops we have to make the laptops equally available to all students.

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Is there a charge to check out equipment at the Media Center?

There is no charge to use the equipment, however, if equipment is returned late there will be a late fee. Furthermore, all equipment checked out from the Media Center must be in direct support of academic assignments or official VSU events.

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Can I check out equipment for non-academic activities?

No.  Since we are an academic institution, and we have a limited amount of equipment, we must reserve the equipment for students and faculty needing to use the equipment for academic related activities.

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Can I check out sound equipment at the Media Center?

Yes.  We have several portable amplifiers that can be checked out for student/academic activities on campus.

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What are the different kinds of equipment students can check out at the media center?

We have a large selection of equipment including:  laptops, LCD projectors, Mini DV camcorders, VHS camcorders, tape recorders, digital cameras, and portable amplifiers.

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Software

What software do you offer to edit audio/video files?

            We use Adobe Audition for editing audio files and Adobe Premiere for editing video.

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What software do you offer to edit images?

            We use Adobe Photoshop.

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What software do I use to burn a DVD?

We typically use Adobe Encore, but we have Nero and Sonic.

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What software do I use to OCR scan a document?

            We use OmniPagePro 18.0. Please ask a media technician for assistance when needing to OCR scan.

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What other software programs are available to students at the Media Center?

Please visit our website for a full list of available software titles.

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Audio/Video Editing

Does the media center provide students assistance in using editing software such as Adobe Premiere?

Yes we can.  We can provide you with the training you need to learn how to use video editing software like Adobe Premiere. 

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How far in advance should I start a video editing project before it is due?

This is up to you.  If you are familiar with the editing software, you should be a good judge of how long it  will take you to finish the type of project you are working on.  If you do not have experience editing audio/video files, stop by the office as soon as you are aware of the project to start training with one of our Media Technicians.  If your project is due in a week, start right away.  You will need as much time as possible to work on it.  Please do not wait until the last minute.

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Do I need to bring an external drive to work on large video files?

The media center provides students access to 1 terabyte of storage space for their video projects. Students can leave their video projects on the server for 30 days. After the 30 days the projects will be removed unless special circumstances require it to be left up. Students needing to use the local server to store their video projects must sign in and record their start and anticipated end dates.

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Duplication and Transfer

Can I duplicate VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs and Audio Cassettes at the Media Center?

Yes.  Patrons can get their VHS, DVDs, CDRs and audio cassettes duplicated at Media Services. The Media Center stocks these different media types at a reasonable price requiring patrons only to bring in their master copy for duplication.

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Can I transfer a VHS tape or MiniDV to DVD?

Transfer from one format to another is offered at the Media Center. Converting VHS to DVD, VHS to MiniDV, MiniDV to DVD and vice versa are all available at the center. Audio formats can be converted as well: LP to cassette, CD and DAT, cassette to DAT and CD, DAT to cassette and CD as well as converting all audio formats to digital files such as MP3, real audio and WAV. Keep in mind that the Media Center adheres to the copyright policy set forth by Valdosta State University.

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Can I copy a movie I recorded off TV onto a DVD?

No.  This is copyrighted material. Media’s facilities are not available to be used for such actions including, but not limited to: unauthorized music or software downloads and/or burns, unauthorized receipt and/or transmission of any kind of proprietary materials without either a license or other form of permission expressly granted by the respective owner of those materials. Media can make copies of any authorized materials for which the user has obtained either a license or some other form of legal permission.

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How much does it cost to convert a VHS to DVD?

If the conversion is for academic purposes, the cost includes only the cost of the DVD which is $1.50.  If the project is a personal project, there is a $1.00 per hour labor fee plus the cost of the DVD.

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Can I convert a different world video standard such as PAL to NTSC?

Yes. Students can convert international video standards to the American standard NTSC for playback on American VCRs.

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Can I make copies of my master DVD?

Yes. The Media Center houses 2 DVD duplication towers that allows patrons to duplicate their master DVDs. 7 copies of a DVD can be made simultaneously. The cost for non-academic duplication is $1.00 per DVD dub.

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How much does it cost to copy a DVD using the DVD duplication tower?

If the purpose of the copy is academic, the only cost is that of the DVD which is $1.50.  If the purpose is personal, the cost is $1.00 per copy plus the cost of the DVDs.

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