Central storage server
Our central server currently offers 120 terabytes of media storage for video post-production and sound design. This server allows students the flexibility to log on to any of the 40 Apple computers and continue working on their content.
This system saves time and effort and increases flexibility in booking our facilities.
We offer all Media Arts students access to a comprehensive stock of professional location recording equipment including:
- Sony PMW-100 camcorders
- Sony FS100 cameras with Zeiss prime lenses, matte boxes and follow focus
- Sachtler and Manfrotto tripods
- Sennheiser K6U microphone systems with Rycote windshields
- Arri, FilmGear, Dedolite and Kino Flo Divalite portable lighting kits
- Digital stills cameras
- Portable audio recorders
- Range of reflectors, diffusers and gels.
Students will be given training in location recording techniques and location safety during the first few weeks of their degree, after which they can borrow equipment for course productions on or off-campus, subject to completing the necessary safety risk assessment form for each shoot.
We currently operate 11 individual edit suites, each with a Mac Pro computer running Final Cut Pro X (and Final Cut Studio 3). Each suite is equipped with:
- Dual computer monitors
- Final Cut Pro X
- Motion 5
- Compressor 4
- Final Cut Pro 7
- Motion 4
- Soundtrack Pro 3
- Colour 1.5
- Compressor 3.5
- DVD Studio Pro 4
- DaVinci Resolve 11
- Blender 3D
Every edit suite is connected to our central storage server so students can access their work wherever they are. This enables flexibility in the way they work and the way we teach. Content can also be shared among creative teams and teaching materials can be made available in one easy step.
We also run two multimedia labs, each comprising 13 iMacs, all running Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, along with Final Cut Studio (including Final Cut Pro 7, Soundtrack Pro 3, Colour 1.5, Compressor 3.5, DVD Studio Pro 4), DaVinci Resolve and Blender 3D.
Lab 1 also has Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 on all of the machines, while Lab 2 has Logic Pro X and Final Draft 9.
One iMac in each lab acts as a teaching computer during classes and is connected to a data projector and speaker system.
The Media Arts Sound Studio has been used for all manner of projects, such as voice overs, translations, music and sound effects for video projects. It has a high-quality sound card and two professional Studio Projects C3 microphones.
All recording is done via the Mac Pro using Soundtrack Pro.
Several edit suites also use Logic Studio X integrated with midi keyboards and MOTU sound cards allowing for 5.1 surround sound mixing.
We can easily send audio, mastered in the Sound Studio, to other edit suites around the building, as well as the TV Studio, using our high speed network – making it easier to complete student projects.
The summer refurb project saw the clear out and repurposing of our TV Studio into a cutting edge, flexible digital studio modelled on BBC’s Radio 1 and Google TV. The redesign allows us more space and, including the new ‘Studio 2’ space that seats 35 students and features a 65” Smart board interactive panel using Digital Vision Touch technology, and lightweight equipment.
We’ve installed a brand new gallery modelled on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’ productions. “The BBC kindly showed us around their studios & gallery and have shared with us their in-sight and advice in setting up our new space”, stated TV Studio Manager Helen Adams. The new gallery features Blackmagic ATEM 4K compatible switcher and broadcast panel system featuring two 42” HD broadcast studio monitors, and a new 22 channel SoundCraft mixing desk.
Helen also mentioned future endeavours, stating, “With our new Gallery and Studio 2 I have plans to roll out a regular feature called ‘Live from the Loft’ which is based on the BBC ‘Live Lounge’."Several students have expressed an interest in producing these shows and are already finding the bands to take part. “This strand could be a great collaborative project between us and the music society and hopefully move on to actual music videos as well. We successfully put on an interview style TV show for our Example day where we used the main studio in a ‘TFI’ style format with an audience. The students ran the show, operated cameras, lights & sound. This format could also be rolled out for future alumni visits with students taking ownership of the content”, said Adams.
Along with these plans Helen brings an extensive background in media. “I recently took over the Studio Manager position bringing with me over 15 years industry experience working in Live TV, Location OB’s (outside broadcast) and pre-recorded TV projects for the BBC, ITV, Channel4, Maverick TV, Endemol & Tiger Aspect.”
“I look forward to sharing this space with our students and seeing what fresh and creative ideas they produce”, she added.
Our teaching and research is supported by an extensive range of services in the Media Arts department, Royal Holloway and the wider University of London. These include:
- Our departmental teaching and research video/DVD collection, comprising 3,000 titles
- Dedicated film screening facilities
- An extensive video/DVD collection in the Founder’s Library
- A substantial collection of books, journals, e-journals and electronic databases for film, television and media studies in Founder’s Library
- Access to Box of Broadcasts (BoB) off-air video archiving and streaming service
- Borrowing rights at the University of London Central Library at Senate House.
The British Film Institute with its extensive archival and library resources, while not part of the University of London’s central facilities, is within easy access and is an invaluable resource for researchers at all levels.