Among UNH’s many great resources here on campus, one that few take advantage of is the Parker Media Lab on the second floor (one down from the lobby) of Dimond Library. At this lab, students and other members of the UNH community have the opportunity to learn about all the steps of creating a multimedia presentation. I sat down with Sam Waterhouse, PML staff member, Class of 2017, to learn a little more about all the resources available to students in the PML.
I learned that the Parker Media Lab is open every day of the week: Sundays-Thursdays 10am-10pm, Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays from noon to 4pm. Whenever the PML is open, someone is inside ready to help you with your project, whether it’s for class or for fun! Sam told me that the student workers come from a variety of different majors, but all have experience working with the multimedia programs UNH has to offer. Whether you’re using iMovie, Logic, Final Cut Pro, you’ll be able to get your questions answered!
Before you can put your project together, though, you’re going to need something to edit. The PML can help you with that too! With your student ID, you can sign out video and audio recording equipment, including cameras, microphones, tripods, even GoPros! Signing out this equipment for up to 72 hours is completely free, and if you need help learning how to use it, the staff is there to assist. Sam uses the PML to edit GoPro footage that he and his friends take skiing!
Sam also told me that most of the students that come in have been told about the lab by a professor and are using it for class projects. If more students and professors knew about it, though, he thinks more people would get excited about utilizing its resources. So next time you have a multimedia presentation for class sitting on your to-do list, or you have a personal project that you’re excited to get started on, head down to the Parker Media Lab. You’ll get your project done and learn some new skills long the way! Check out the Parker Media Lab website, Twitter, and Facebook page for more info, tips, and updates!