Humanities 120 Media Lab

Professor David Anthony working in the 120 Media Lab

Media Lab Checklist

To use the Media Lab, please do the following:

  1. Read lab and equipment policies, terms, and conditions
  2. Request a lab orientation or support appointment by contacting Humanities Computing at
  3. If needed, request lab access from Facilities
  4. Reserve:

The Humanities 1-120 Media Lab is a self-serve division-wide resource provided for the development of Humanities Division instructional materials and research. Four workstations provide access to creative software and applications via a shared Media Lab account on each workstation. For login credentials, please contact HCS ( or HAS ( For faculty and staff, it may be preferable to use a Humanities “frodo” account, so that you may save your content on that server, rather than saving locally. For other users, you can bring an external hard drive or flash drive to save your materials, or store to your UCSC Google Drive. The Media Lab also includes one support desk, which is staffed by a Digital Media Support Specialist student worker during posted hours.

Examples of lab uses include:

  • Cassette tape audio capture
  • VHS to DVD conversion
  • NTSC and PAL/SECAM VHS video capture / conversion
  • MiniDV tape video capture
  • Video editing
  • DVD/Bluray production
  • voiceover/podcasting
  • ScanSnap PDF creation
  • Flatbed scanner for artwork / slides
  • NikonScan slide scanning

Workstations in the Media Lab feature the following software:

  • Microsoft Office 2019 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Audition, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat Professional)
  • iLife (iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes, GarageBand)
  • iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
  • Quicktime Pro
  • Snapz Pro video capture
  • Final Cut X and 7.0, DVD Studio, Compressor, Color, Motion
  • VLC player
  • Handbrake

Humanities Media Equipment: Humanities has a local pool
 of video and audio equipment available for short-term checkout at no cost. Equipment must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance. Reserve the equipment online, and Humanities Computing will contact you to schedule pickup/return of equipment. Equipment includes:

  • Zoom video conference kits
  • Podcasting kits
  • Document cameras and camcorders
  • Portable projectors and speakers
  • External drives
  • Microphones
  • Tripods