Two high-end editing computers and a new professional scanner have been added to the Brantford Public Library’s Digital Media Lab.
These additions were made while the lab was closed the last few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lab, which is within the MakerSpace area at the main branch downtown, reopened Nov. 9.
Along with a green screen, the lab now has new Mac and PC computers that exceed the requirements to run the full Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes world-class design, animation and creative software used in a variety of industries,
Library members can reserve this room through the library’s website for two hours at a time up to two weeks in advance to work on video, photo or sound projects. Members also can book the room by calling 519-756-2220. A user agreement form must be signed to access the lab. Anyone under 16 can have this agreement signed by a guardian.
Providing the Adobe Creative Cloud for free allows library patrons to learn these programs at their own pace. Programs include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, which are commonly used for graphic design and pagination. Adobe Premiere Pro, which is used for video editing, is also available on the computers.
Online video tutorials for all of this software are available for free through the library’s LinkedIn Learning Lynda.com online tutorial service. This on-demand tutorial service provides hundreds of videos geared to all skill levels.
Along with these two new computers, the library also has added a professional scanner in the lab. This means people can scan and save old family photos or other items. The scanner is accompanied by the previously offered VHS to DVD converter, a slide converter and another scanner in the library’s Local History Room.
Popular MakerSpace items also are again available to borrow through the library. These items include small programmable robots, basic electrical kits and more. Check out the technology and creativity tab on the library’s website for more information on what is available.
Finally, the library is still printing 3D files for anyone who had previously completed the 3D printing certification course. These same 3D printers used for these projects were used early in the spring to print thousands of face shield and mask parts that were distributed across Ontario during the earlier days of the pandemic.
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