Staff Pick: Dracast LED Light

dr-caml-maxb-3Light is the key to great imagery. Poor lighting =  Disappointing results. Enter the Dracast on-camera light. You get 160 LEDs, dimmer, and color temperature adjustment. Add its two batteries that last for hours, mount to a camcorder or DSLR, and get ready to make your videos look better.

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This Staff Pick brought to you by Joe. Stop by Studio 300 and see this device in action.

Editing Tips for Writers

Writers the world over nod when hearing what Hemingway said: “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Rare is the first draft of anything ready to unleash on the public. Writers continue to rely on skilled, professional editors to catch mistakes and add that final sheen to a manuscript. And while self-editing your work will never replace working with an actual editor, there are basic steps to take that will lead to stronger drafts. Also, technology can assist via editing software that helps tweak your writing.

Sign-up for our upcoming class, Self-Editing Tips for Writers, on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. You’ll walk away from the program with many ways to take your writing project further.

Also, Studio 300 provides free access to the premium ProWritingAid app. This cloud-based software makes numerous suggestions, catches errors, offers grammar tips, and magnifies common problems–many of the areas a real-life editor would address. To use the full version, stop by Studio 300 and we’ll log you in. Then, paste in your text and run the ProWritingAid reports to start making a real difference in your writing.

Lower Level Commentary, Episode 011

LLC 011

In this special episode of LLC, Joe and Adriana discuss their first impressions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In previous episodes (9 & 10), they predicted what might be in the new movie. Find out if they were right or wrong along with their thoughts on the direction the Stars Wars franchise is heading. Warning: Major spoiler ALERT for this episode! Many details and scenes of the movie are discussed.

Contains spoilers!

HD Projector at Studio 300

optoma_technology_hd142x_full_hd_dlp_1467740368000_1261906Available for checkout now at Studio 300 is the Optoma HD142X Home Theater Projector. This full HD projector is great for movies and games.  All you need is a Blu-ray/DVD player or computer/game console with HDMI outputs and a screen (or a wall) to project on.  Here are its specs:

  • Brightness of 3000 Lumens
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) Native Resolution
  • 1.1x Zoom and 1.48 to 1.62:1 Throw Ratio
  • Two HDMI 1.4a In, One with MHL Support
  • Projection Distance 3.3 to 32.8′ (1 to 10 m)
  • Image Size 27.9 to 305.3″ (70.8 to 775.5 cm)

The projector can be checked out from Studio 300 for up to three days.

Lower Level Commentary, Episode 10

1LLC SW EditionA long long time ago … well, not really; it happened last week … Joe and Adriana sat down for a long discussion on all things Stars Wars. In this second in-depth, two-part series they will attempt to cover many subjects revolving around everyone’s favorite space saga: from its early beginnings to the up-and-coming Last Jedi movie and finishing on where the future of the franchise is heading.

 

Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the Star Wars Day Celebration!

 

Lower Level Commentary, Episode 9

1LLC SW EditionA long long time ago … well, not really; it happened last week … Joe and Adriana sat down for a long discussion on all things Stars Wars. In this in-depth, two-part series they will attempt to cover many subjects revolving around everyone’s favorite space saga: from its early beginnings to the up-and-coming Last Jedi movie and finishing on where the future of the franchise is heading.

Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the Star Wars Day Celebration!

Noah ’40’ Shebib on Maschine Studio

40 is the production powerhouse behind some of Drake’s most classic records. Native Instruments sat down with the Grammy-winning producer in his Toronto studio to discuss the various ways he uses Maschine Studio along with Komplete to craft some of these hits.

Studio 300 now has the Maschine Studio hardware/software for use in the lab. Here is an upcoming program. Check it out.

 

 

 

Frame-by-Frame Fun

Enjoy the work made by our patrons at two Studio 300 hosted animation programs.

Animation Bootcamp

These are the finished stop motion and computer-based (Stykz) animations made by Fountaindale Public Library patrons during the November 2017 Animation Bootcamp program in Studio 300.


Lego Stop Motion

These are finished works from Fountaindale Public Library’s Lego Stop Motion Animation program made by our Tween patrons in November 2017.

 

Out with good, in with the AWESOME!

We’ve been busy behind the scenes at Studio 300 working to improve your experience in every way possible. And now we are happy to report that we finished updating all of the iMac computers in the lab with new, improved, and upgraded software. Here’s a brief overview:

Upgrades:

  • We installed the (huge!) 2017 update to our entire Adobe Creative Cloud collection including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more.
  • There are fresh updates to our most popular Mac programs, too, including Keynote, Pages, GarageBand, and, of course, Logic X!

New software:

Stop by Studio 300 and experience these new software updates.

(Note: this upgrade applies only to our iMacs at this time (November 15, 2017). The MacBook Pro laptops are still in the upgrade process. Stay tuned.)