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Software Guides

How to Format an External Drive

Software Guides

Software Guides

The Digital Media Lab is outfitted with 27" iMac workstations and dual monitor PCs loaded with software to support multimedia projects from start to finish. We encourage self-directed exploration and provide tutorials and guides to help build your multimedia skill set.

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Using an External Drive:

IMPORTANT!  You need to format an external drive as
Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
if you are going to use it to work with iMovie or Final Cut Pro.  It must be done BEFORE you begin to use your drive. Check with a DML staff person if you have any questions. A step-by-step guide can be seen here.


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ATOMIC LEARNING TUTORIALS

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Short videos on a wide range of software applications. Available to all UMass students.
Go to: library.umass.edu > databases > atomic learning

 

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VIDEO EDITING:

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iMovie 12 is basic video editing software which is easy to use and perfect for anyone new to editing.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum

 

Final Cut Pro X is professional video editing software that has both basic and advanced editing features.

quick guide | manual | FAQ | user forum

 

Adobe Premiere Pro CC is video editing software installed on the PCs in the lab.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum

 

Movie Maker 2014 is free video editing software only available on PCs.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum


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AUDIO EDITING & COMPOSING:

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Audacity 2.0 is free, open source software used for recording and editing audio.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum


GarageBand 12 is music editing software that is popular for creating music and podcasts. It has built-in audio filters that can be used for recording instruments and features over 100 virtual, synthesized instruments.

quick guide | video tutorials user forum


Logic Pro X is a audio editing software application and MIDI sequencer that can be used to create high-end instrumental and voice recordings.

quick guide | manual | FAQ | user forum


Sibelius 7.5 is an application for writing, playing, printing and publishing music notation.

quick guide | manual | user forum


Finale 2014 is an application for creating, editing, auditioning, printing, and publishing musical scores.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


IK Miroslav Philharmonik is a sample collection of premium-quality orchestral and choral libraries.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum

 

Pro Tools 11 is a sample collection of premium-quality orchestral and choral libraries.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


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ANIMATION & MOTION GRAPHICS:

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Autodesk Maya 2014 is 3D animation software for animation, modeling, simulation, visual effects, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing. It is installed on the PCs in the lab.

quick guide | tutorials | FAQ | user forum


After Effects CC is compositing and motion graphics software that is installed on the PCs in the lab.

video tutorials | FAQ | user forum


Motion 5 is compositing and motion graphics software that ties seamlessly into Final Cut Pro X. It will soon be available on all iMacs in the lab.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


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PRESENTATION, GRAPHICS & DESIGN:

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Microsoft PowerPoint is popular presentaton software used to create slideshows. Users can import images, sounds, and embed video for enhanced presentations.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum

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Adobe Illustrator CC is illustration software that is vector-based. Images can be drawn and edited from scratch using a variety of simple tools that can be easily resized, reshaped and adjusted. It is installed on both the iMacs and the PCs.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum


Adobe Photoshop CC is graphic design software used for editing and manipulating raster based images, like photos, scans or video.
It is installed on both the iMacs and the PCs.

quick guide | video tutorials | FAQ | user forum


Adobe InDesign CC is desktop publishing software that can be used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books.
It is installed on both the iMacs and the PCs.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


iPhoto '11 is a basic photo editing application for Macs. iPhoto can import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Edited: 29 August 2014