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Studio, Lab, and VR Spaces

How bookings work

  1. Become a member by taking our orientation course. Users must follow our booking policy and safer space policy. Groups are welcome, but consider space-limitations and nearby workspaces. Non-booking group members must sign-in with staff in Room 207.
  2. Use the Book buttons to book studios and workstations for up to 5 consecutive hours or VR rooms for up to 2 consecutive hours.
  3. Wait for email that approves or declines the booking (one business day).
  4. (If approved) Bring your YU-card to the Media Creation Lab in Scott Library, Room 207.
  5. Meet staff who guide you to the booked space.
  6. Electronically check in using the web-link and verification code in the approval email. You must check in within 30 min of the scheduled start.
  7. (First-time visitors) Do an orientation session with staff as part of your booking.
  8. Create with curiosity and responsibility!
  9. Electronically check out using the web-link and verification code.

We are currently in piloting its services with a limited group of partners. We will be working to expand our offerings as our pilot progresses. Your feedback is important to us. Please contact diginit@yorku.ca for more information, or fill out our pilot feedback form. 

Media Editing Lab: Scott Library 207

Workstations 1-5: Dell G7

Dell G7 7700, laptop computer
Dell G7 laptop with external monitor and mouse
  1. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  2. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!
  3. MCL workstations automatically reset after 60 min without manual input!
  4. Adobe Creative Cloud requires signing into Adobe's online service. You can create a free Adobe account if you don't have one. Or you can sign in with an existing Google, Facebook, or Apple account.
  • Dell G7 7700 PC running Windows 10
  • Integrated 17" screen @ 144Hz
  • External 24" monitor available
  • Intel i7-10750H CPU @ 2.6 GHz, 6 cores
  • NVidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
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Workstation 6: 27-in iMac, 2017

iMac with keyboard, trackpad, and mouse
  1. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  2. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud requires signing into Adobe's online service. You can create a free Adobe account if you don't have one. Or you can sign in with an existing Google, Facebook, or Apple account.
  • 27-in iMac (2017)
  • Retina 5K display
  • Intel Core i5 CPU @ 3.5 GHz, 4 cores
  • Radeon Pro 575 4 GB graphics card
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Apple Magic Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Trackpad
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Workstation 7: Mac Studio

  1. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  2. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud requires signing into Adobe's online service. You can create a free Adobe account if you don't have one. Or you can sign in with an existing Google, Facebook, or Apple account.
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  • TBD
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Studio Spaces

Audio-Recording Studio: Scott Library 203K

Audio-recording room entrance
Audio-recording room workstation

Note: This room has a max capacity of 3.
See the "Included Equipment" list in the following section
to see what tools are available.

This room accommodates three people. It has the following equipment:

  1. Computer workstation for monitoring (listening), recording, and editing
    1. Widescreen, curved monitor (32 in)
    2. Recording-editing software (Hindenburg Pro)
    3. Dimmable keylight with adjustable desktop arm
    4. One USB Audio Interface (Focusrite Scarlett 18i8)
    5. One microphone (Rode PodMic) with boom arm
    6. One set of headphones (Sennheiser HD 280 Pro)
  2. Sound booth (6 x 6 ft, 65 dB of sound attenuation, wheelchair-accessible)
    1. Two microphones (Audio-Technica AT2020) with boom stands
    2. Two sets of headphones (Sennheiser HD 280 Pro)
    3. Two music-sheet stands
    4. Two sets of dimmable and colour-adjustable lights
  1. Patrons must electronically check-in no later than 30 min after their booking starts. The check-in link and verification code are emailed in advance.
  2. First-time visitors must do an orientation session with staff as part of their booking.
  3. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  4. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!
  5. MCL workstations automatically reset after 60 min without manual input!
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Flex-Studio: Scott Library 204

Flex-studio podcasting setup
Flex-studio lighting setup

Note: This room has a max capacity of 8.
See "Included Equipment" in the following section
to see what tools are available.

This room accommodates up to eight people. It can be used as a studio with stations for podcasting, video-recoding, photography, and more.

  1. Podcasting
    1. Desk with four desktop microphone stands (On-Stage DS7200)
    2. Four microphones (Audio-Technica AT875R)
    3. Four pop filters (Thronmax P1)
    4. Four headphones (Sennheiser HD 280 Pro)
    5. Zoom LiveTrak-8 mixing board with multiple recording options
    6. Multi-headphone amplifier box (HM-4)
  2. Video-recording
    1. 4K camcorder (JVC GY-HM180U), with
      1. Tripod (Manfrotto 290 Xtra)
    2. 6K-capable video camera (Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2), with
      1. Tripod (Manfrotto 290 Xtra)
    3. Set of LED lights with stands (ikan Onyx)
    4. Set of smaller LED lights with stands and softboxes (Neewer)
    5. Green-screen wall
    6. Curtain system to create black-box space
    7. 10-foot-wide portable backdrop with black, white, or grey background
  3. Photography
    1. Mirrorless camera (Canon EOS R5), with
      1. Tripod (Manfrotto 290 Xtra)
      2. Wide-angle lens (Canon 35 mm, f / 1.4L)
      3. Round-head camera flash (Godox V1)
    2. Set of LED lights with stands (ikan Onyx)
    3. Set of smaller LED lights with stands and softboxes (Neewer)
    4. Green-screen wall
    5. Curtain system to create black-box space
    6. 10-foot-wide portable backdrop with black, white, or grey background
  4. Lecture-recording
    1. Lightboard (by Revolution Lightboards) with erasable surface and markers
    2. Lightboard-mounted camera (Avaya HC020)
    3. Optional desktop microphone (Shure M5VC)
  5. Object photography
    1. Lightbox (80 cm x 80 cm 80 cm) with
      • Dimmable light
      • Top- and front-flaps
      • Grey, orange, black, or white backgrounds
  6. PC for general content-creation
    1. Audio-editing software (Ableton Live, Audacity)
    2. Video editing software (DaVinci Resolve, OpenShot Video Editor)
    3. Dimmable keylight with adjustable desktop arm
    4. Video-capture card (AVerMedia HD Capture GC573)
    5. Webcam with 1080p resolution (Logitech StreamCam)
  1. Patrons must electronically check-in no later than 30 min after their booking starts. The check-in link and verification code are emailed in advance.
  2. First-time visitors must do an orientation session with staff as part of their booking.
  3. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  4. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!
  5. MCL workstations automatically reset after 60 min without manual input!
https://youtu.be/bwAp3ve6OwU
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VR Rooms

Scott Library 203E & 203G

VR room entrance
VR room workstation and headset

Note: These rooms must be used for VR experiences or producing artifacts for VR experiences. If you experience any dizziness or discomfort while viewing VR content, quit the experience and remove the headset immediately.

  1. Patrons must electronically check-in no later than 30 min after their booking starts. The check-in link and verification code are emailed in advance.
  2. First-time visitors must do an orientation session with staff as part of their booking.
  3. Non-booking group members must sign in with staff in Room 207.
  4. MCL workstations don't permanently store files. Use online-storage services (like Google Drive) and/or portable hard-drives to save your work!

Each room accommodates one person. They both feature:

  • Curated collection of VR experiences and tools for AR/VR creation work (see the following list of available experiences)
  • High-end Windows PC equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 video card
  • 32" curved display
  • HTC Vive Pro 2 VR headset, including
    • Wireless adapter for cable-free use
    • Facial-tracking hardware
    • Object tracker

You may use the computer to build AR/VR/3D content, or to view existing VR experiences. Our growing catalogue of material includes the following:

Workstations also have Sansar VR and SecondLife software available.

More content is being added regularly, and you are not restricted to experiences we have on hand! You are free to explore any freely-available content compatible with HTC Vive systems (i.e. Viveport and SteamVR content)

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