Digital Media Lab

What is the digital media lab?
The Digital Media Lab (DML) is a room at the library that includes professional equipment optimized for sound and video editing, photo editing, gaming and video production. It is centered around a high-end, powerful computer designed to handle professional equipment and software.

Equipment available in the lab:

  • Dual HD monitors
  • High quality webcam
  • Professional microphone
  • Equipment to convert VHS and other analog video to DVD

The computer includes access to the entire Adobe Creative Suite, a line of professional software that includes Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Premiere Pro (video editing), InDesign, Illustrator, and AfterEffects (special effects) software.

Due to the popularity of gaming videos on platforms such as Youtube, the DML includes screen capture software that can be used to create gaming videos.  

Can you show me how to use the equipment?
Library staff is not able to provide training on all software in the lab, but the library has purchased a subscription to,a huge library of high quality video training which can be accessed at any computer within the library. The combination of software such as Photoshop with Lynda.comtraining is extremely powerful, as a user can view training videos on one monitor while actually using the software on the second monitor.

Who can use the Digital Media Lab?
Any person 7th grade or older can book time in the lab with a valid library card. Younger users are welcome, but will need parental supervision. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance. Normal reservations last for two hours, but can be extended if no one is waiting.

The lab is available during hours that the library is open. While reservations are a good idea, library users can always inquire if space is available at any time.

For inquiries about the Digital Media Lab, or for a tour, contact John Howard, Technology Coordinator, at 309-263-2200.

The Digital Media Library at Morton Library is provided through a grant
from the Morton Community Foundation.