What type of equipment does the Makerspace have for video or audio recording and photography?
We have a wall mounted green screen and lighting on tripods, which may be used in taking photos and creating videos. We have an iPad and a Sony Digital HD Video Camera Recorder for your use. Some other equipment available for during your time in the Makerspace include: desktop microphone stands, microphone extender, phone & tablet stands, 3.5 lapel microphone (single & dual head), iRig (Pre, Acoustic & Cast), iRig microphone 3.5 mm plug, CAD U! USB microphone, tripods for tablets and microphone stands.
What is a green screen?
A green screen is a tool used for photography and video production. The background is removed from a video or photo and replaced with another image or video but the foreground subject is kept in place (Think a photo of you and your friends on the moon).Green screens are used by professional filmmakers and photographers to create a replica composition during the production process.
Can I use the green screen in the Makerspace anytime?
To use the green screen for filming and/or photography a reservation is required. You can check room availability here. Reserve at least 24 hours in advance and up to a month in advance. Two-hour blocks are available with extensions possible for another one-hour block. As a reminder, an adult must accompany Makerspace users under 6th grade at all times. Reserve the Makerspace here or through a staff member.
What do I need to bring for my time using the green screen?
We recommend that you bring a flash drive or have a cloud service to save videos or photos you work on, as the devices are public, and personal material may not be saved on them. Flash drives are available for $5 at the Information Desk.
Can I bring in my own equipment?
Please do! We don’t provide props, but you can bring you own as long as you can carry it in the building and it does not risk harm to yourself, others or the room.
Any tips to know ahead before coming in to use the green screen and equipment?
Make sure no one wears green or they will look ghostly (unless that is the look you are going for!). Also be careful not to hit the green screen during filming or it will ripple.
What resources do you recommend for the video camera?
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Operating Manual
Complete instructions for our Sony video camera.
What resources do you recommend if I am just getting started on video editing?
Universal Class Photoshop Premier Elements Class
Try an online self-paced course if you are looking for something comprehensive.
Lynda.com Photoshop Premier Elements Tutorials
Watch a tutorial on a specific skill or watch a whole course.
What software is available for editing photos and film?
Two computers near the sewing machines have Photoshop 13 (good for editing photos), and the two computers below the ukuleles have Premier Elements 13 (good for editing film). You do not need to reserve the Makerspace to use the software, but you might want to check room availability here.
What resources do you recommend if I am just getting started on the green screen?
Try this video or the green screen tutorials available through the library's subscription to Lynda.com .
What apps do you recommend for the green screen?
Green Screen by Do Ink
This app makes it easy to create green screen photos and videos. They also have lots of tutorials.
This app has lots of green screen photo effects.