Equipment

The following digital production equipment can be borrowed through the English department:

2 Zoom H4N digital recorders (2009 version): These professional portable handheld recording devices capture high resolution (24-bit/96 kHz) audio for a range of projects, from podcasts to soundtracks. The adjustable onboard X/Y microphones and range of customizable features allow you to capture and mix the best audio in any setting, from a classroom to a concert venue. The files are time-stamped and saved in a choice of WAV (higher quality) or MP3 (compressed) format on memory cards, and there are several input/output options for easily uploading, editing, and sharing your audio work. Consult the user manual [PDF].

1 Canon PowerShot A430 digital camera: This point-and-shoot 4.0-megapixel digital camera has a 4x optical zoom and numerous preset shooting modes, including a Movie Mode with sound. This entry-level camera is equipped to handle diverse lighting situations with an ISO range of 64 to 400, and features a wide range of automatic and manual options. Consult the user manual [pdf].

1 Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder: This portable professional camcorder features a 10x HD video lens with 8-blade iris and manual focus ring for high-quality video projects. It comes equipped with a wide range of features including an infrared mode for shooting in the dark. The camcorder boasts an 64GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible memory card slots to allow for simultaneous recording and back-up. There are XLR inputs and an external microphone holder, and a detachable handle for convenience, among other features. Consult the user manual [pdf].

To use this equipment, go to 526 CL and complete a simple form. The office staff will tell you how long you can keep the equipment. If you want your students to pick up any of this equipment, be sure to speak with the office staff in 526 CL first. You can then tell your students to pick up the equipment between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will have to show their Pitt i.d. to sign out the equipment.

Equipment Lending Program

In partnership with the Hillman Library, the Digital Media Lab has begun a program that allows students and instructors to check out equipment using their library credentials. Please note that Pitt does not insure this equipment; the instructor assumes responsibility for the equipment and should supervise students accordingly.

iPad Minis: These multipurpose touch-screen tablets have high-quality graphics and are convenient for reading, research, note-taking, creative composing, and more, through a range of applications available for download.

5 Snowball USB microphones (with condenser capabilities): These USB plug-and-play microphones capture crisp studio-quality sound from soft vocals to loud garage bands. They are easy-to-use, connecting to both Mac and PC computers, and iPads. The dual-capsule and circuit design and unique pattern switch gives you a choice of three setting (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni). This allows for flexibility to produce many different types of audio projects. Consult the user manual [pdf].

Participation must be pre-arranged. Please email digitalmedialab@pitt.edu with any questions.