Multimedia Project Studio

The Multimedia Project Studio are computer labs servicing Duke's students, faculty and staff that specialize in tools for the production of multimedia and graphic content.

Overview

East Campus branch (115 Lilly Library) - map

MPSEAST

Open:  When Lilly Library is open.
Staffing: East Campus Live Schedule

West Campus branch (006 Bostock) - map

MPSWEST-MAIN

Open:  When Bostock Library is open.
Staffing: West Campus Live Schedule

Both labs feature high-end, integrated hardware and software that encourage imaginative creation and editing of graphics, Web pages, audio and video. Production tools include industry standard software.

  • Apple’s Final Cut Pro Studio for video editing
  • Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, AfterEffects, etc.)

The top-of-the-line workstations in each lab are equipped with LCD displays and specialized peripherals, such as drawing tablets, scanners, video digitizers and DVD burners.

Find out what technology is available in the labs

Trained technicians are on staff to help you with your multimedia projects during scheduled hours but are not able to do production work on your behalf. To get acquainted with the staff and their particular areas of multimedia expertise, check out the MPS staff profiles. While in the labs, you can also get help from the learning library stocked with manuals and other reference materials.

NOTE: Although patrons are able to save work locally on these machines during their session, it is required that you back up all of your files to your own external hard drive or to a network storage space.  Files will be deleted periodically without notice. The MPS is not responsible for any lost or damaged files. 

MPS West Special Facilities

Due to the lab's overall larger size, we are able to offer specialized facilities at the MPS West location only.

MPS West Studio

MPSWEST-STUDIO

The MPS West Studio provides video conferencing and recording tools via its integreated camera and microphone system using Cisco Jabber Video for TelePresence and Camtasia For Macintosh. You can seat up to 4 people comfortably for video conferencing. There is also a white board and black curtain that can be used as a backdrop.

The MPS West Studio is not a general meeting or general computing work area. Patrons not engaged in specific activities related to the purpose of this space may be asked to leave by MPS Staff at any time regardless of reservation. 

MPS West Audio Booth

The MPS West Audio Booth provides professional quality microphones to allow up to two people to record audio in a sound controlled environment using Garageband, Audacity or Logic.

MPS West Makerspace

The MPS West Makerspace contains the follwing 3D Printers:

There is documentation linked from the room and Google's 3D Sketchup is installed on all MPSWEST Workstations for your development.

General Reservation Policies

  • Check availability of the resource before submitting your reservation request
  • Reservations can be reserved via your Duke email account by scheduling a meeting and inviting your desired room or resource using the titles listed above. You will get an automated reply if you reservation was accepted or rejected.
  • A reservation is highly recommeneded to guarantee availabilty.
  • All reservations are a first come, first served basis. The MPS administration does not negotiate for rescheduling reservation on behalf of any patrons.
  • Reservations can be made for any time the lab is open.  If you would like assistance during your session, make your reservation during staffed hours.  During the semester, our hours are Sunday - Thursday, noon to midnight, and Friday noon to six pm. However, schedules are subject to change, so the best way to ensure a staffer will be available is to check our live schedule.
  • Patrons with reservations have priority over non-scheduled users.
  • Reservations are limited to
    • 4 hours per session for the Audio Booth & Studio
    • 8 hours per session for the 3D printers
  • If you show up more than 30 minutes beyond the start of your reservation, you have forfeited your reservation. 

Contact & More Information about the Multimedia Project Studio

For questions regarding multimedia tools or the MPS, email the MPS staff mailing list: mpslab@duke.edu
Erin Nettifee, MPS staff manager: erin.nettifee@duke.edu
Chip Bobbert, MPS service manager: oit-its-info@duke.edu

MPS – West phone: (919) 681-5547
MPS East phone: (919) 684-5550

MPS blog - The Spark

The Spark is a Wordpress blog run by the MPS and written by the MPS Consultants and manager.  The content ranges from news and announcements about the lab to full tutorials and tips about our software and hardware.  Feel free to peruse the blog or subscribe to get our posts delivered straight to your favorite RSS reader.

MPS Service Model

Over the summer of 2010, OIT initiated and completed a top to bottom review and refresh of the MPS Service Model.  This is the first effort of its kind that the MPS has ever undertaken.  Over the years since it’s inception, the MPS has slowly evolved to continue to meet the growing needs of our patrons, however we’ve never taken the time to sit back and really take a close look at what works, what doesn’t work, and what we can do to improve our services.  The result of that work is the document enclosed here: MPS Service Model Document (PDF).