The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Digital Media Lab Operations Change Due to COVID-19

The Digital Media Lab has modified its offerings due to COVID-19.  You can find information about these specific changes on the services pages.  Please contact DML staff with any questions, 

Software Availability Spring Semester 2021

Our computers are not available until further notice.

 Video Editing || Audio Editing || Animation & Motion Graphic || 3D printing || Presentation, Graphics and Design

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Video Editing

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iMovie  is basic video editing software available on Macs.

User Forum


Final Cut Pro X is professional video editing software available on Macs.

Quick Guide | user forum


Adobe Premiere Pro CC is professional video editing software available on Macs and PCs.

quick guide | video tutorials | user forum


Movie Maker  is basic video editing software available on PCs.


Audio Editing & Composing

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

quick guide | user forum


GarageBand  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  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 | user forum


Animation and Motion Graphics

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Autodesk Maya is 3D animation software for animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and visual effects. 

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 user forum


Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.



Character Animator CC  Create 2D characters in Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC and bring them to life in Character Animator CC (Beta). Act out movements and record your voice using your webcam and microphone. 

Character Animator CC User Guide


Motion is compositing and motion graphics software that ties seamlessly into Final Cut Pro X. 

quick guide | user forum



3D Printing

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TinkerCad is free 3D design software that is web-based. It is great for beginners and has interactive tutorials.



MeshMixer is free 3D modeling and analysis software that is often used to check a file's printability.



Sculptris is free 3D digital sculpting software that is great for organic modeling.



SketchUp is free 3D modeling software that is very popular and easy to use.



Autodesk Mudbox A digital painting and sculpting software provides 3D artists with an intuitive and tactile toolset for creating and modifying 3D geometry and textures.  Free-to-use for educational use.



Autodesk Fusion 360 is a professional level, free-to-use modeling software that is accessible and feature rich.  Free-to-use for educational use.


Presentation, Graphics, & Design

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

quick guide | 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 


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


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

Contact Us

Phone: 413-545-6258

Digital Media Lab
W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 3rd Floor
University of Massachusetts Amherst
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003