Our new Graff Family Digital Studio will be available for podcasting, audio/video recording, green screen filming, video blogging: whatever you can imagine doing with the Studio’s space and equipment!
The Studio will open to the public soon.
You can bring your own equipment or use ours. Available equipment includes cameras, sound recorders, mics, tripods, and more. You should bring your own storage device or media, as the library does not provide storage for your files.
Reserving and Using the Studio
Advance reservations are required. FPL cardholders age 14 and older can use the room and equipment. The cardholder who reserves the room is responsible for the room and its equipment. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to your visit and include a conversation with a Digital Studio Technician about your project and your needs. A reservation is normally made for up to a three (3) hour session, once a week. Additional time can be arranged depending on the needs of your project and the availability of the Studio.
Production and Editing
To finish up your project, you can reserve time on our computers set up for audio/video editing. Sorry, but library staff generally cannot assist with the technical aspects of using this software, as we do not have the expertise.
Windows PC – software available:
- Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
- Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop Premiere
- Audio software TBD
- Other software TBD
iMac – software available:
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Audio software TBD
- Other software TBD
Your files will not be saved after your session so be sure to store them to your personal cloud storage space or on a device you bring with you.
Detailed Guidelines for Studio Use
- Advance reservations are required using the Digital Studio Room Reservation Form.
- The Digital Studio is open to Flint Public Library card holders who are of high school age (14) or older.
- A Digital Studio Technician will contact you by email or phone to discuss your project and your use of the Studio. Your reservation request will not be approved until this conversation happens and staff approves your room use in the reservation system.
- Reservations must be made at least two days in advance, preferably longer.
- The Digital Studio is open during most library hours but closes 30 minutes prior to the library closing.
- Reservations are generally for a three hour period. Users can reserve once a week, depending on the availability of the Studio. If your project production needs and deadline require special scheduling, please discuss this with the Digital Studio Technician. We will try to accommodate your project if it does not displace other users wanting to use the Studio.
- Before your first use of the Studio, a Digital Studio Technician will give you a brief orientation to the space and the equipment.
- Each time you use the Studio, staff in the Digital Learning Center will review with you the list of equipment you are borrowing. Before you leave, staff must inventory and “check in” the equipment.
- Like library material, the Digital Studio is “checked out” to the library card holder making the reservation. The individual who checks out the studio will be considered the main user and is financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment, even if a group is working on a project together.
- If equipment is not working properly, please ask staff to contact a Digital Studio Technician.
- Flint Public Library cannot assume responsibility for personal items or equipment left behind or stored in the studio. All files should be backed up to a personal storage space/device. Users are advised that if they choose to store personal equipment or files in the studio, they do so at their own risk.
- The Library’s Internet Use Policy applies.
- Downloading, copying, installing or uninstalling software of any kind is strictly prohibited.
- All files on the computer are deleted at the end of your computer session.
- Priority using the production and editing computers will be given to users who are working on digital media projects such as video, music, websites, photo editing, and scanning. Users who are using the computers for web browsing will be asked to use other computers.
- All Patron Behavior Guidelines apply, with the exception that no food or drinks of any kind are permitted in the Studio. To take a break for food or drink, use the Internet Café just outside the Studio.
- A maximum of 4 people are allowed in the Studio at any given time.
- The door should generally be kept closed to contain noise.
Production of Obscene or Pornographic Content is Strictly Prohibited
Obscenity and Pornography are illegal under Michigan and Federal law. Users of the Studio are prohibited from using the Studio or Library computers to create, produce or edit obscene or pornographic content.