Filmmaking Camp 2017

Here are the projects made by our Tween and Teen patrons during Fountaindale Public Library and Studio 300’s Summer 2017 Filmmaking Camp. The youths came up with these ideas, wrote scripts, drew storyboards, selected props and sets, videotaped themselves, and the edited the final projects — including making posters. Enjoy!

Best Android Media Apps for Studio 300

s300appThere are so many apps out there that it can be difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. Studio 300 staff did the dirty work for you and found some good, okay and awesome Android apps to help with your digital media projects. These apps complement Studio 300.

This first part in our multi-part series is all about the social media apps that can be very helpful to you when you wish to share your digital media projects, such as WordPress, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.

Also, the Fountaindale Public Library has some great apps that are worth mentioning. Our favorite are the main FPLD app, Overdrive, Zinio and CardStar. Find all of these free options at your favorite Android store.

Stay tuned for others parts in the series and discover the best Studio 300 related video, music, and photography apps.

10 Minute Film School

Is it still possible to make a movie on a low budget?  Check out the short The Robert Rodriguez 10 Minute Film School  on YouTube. Rodriguez directed From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and more. Watching this could provide just the motivation you need to make something from nothing.

Use the many resources available to you at Studio 300 and even get advice on movie production and post-production. Here are a couple of books that can further your film studies:

index2130 Projects to Get you into Filmmaking by Elliot Grove

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down and Dirty DV Production by Anthony Q. Artis

Exporting in Premiere Pro

Here are some quick tips to save time when exporting your video file to multiple, different formats from Premiere Pro. Start first with a completed master file and then export to other formats from that primary file. To create the master file, export using Quick Time as the format and use the Apple ProRess 422 as the preset:

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Add your movie to the export queue.  That will open up Media Encoder.

Highlight your Master File video and click on Add Output to export the same video to different formats.  Every time you click on Add Output, you can choose another export format.

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For DVDs, choose the MPEG 2-DVD  codec. Choose constant bit rate instead of variable bit rate for a faster encode.

For help editing or exporting using Premiere Pro, come to Studio 300 for immediate assistance.


Animation Essentials

flash_cc_splashHave you always wanted to make your own animation? Studio 300 can help. We have several free software programs available to use. Also, we regularly offer classes on how to use this software. Check out these ideas.

  • Stykz – This is free animation software that works on Macs and PCs. You can create simple stick like characters and backgrounds to make fun and easy animations to show your friends! There is even a website where you can see what other characters and animations are available. See work made by Fountaindale Public Library patrons on our YouTube Channel.
  • Adobe Flash – This is a professional animation software that you can use to create movies, website animations, and 2D game animations. It works using drawing tools (similar to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop) and uses both vector and raster graphics that you can animate in a variety of styles! Flash classes coming this summer.
  • Blender – A free 3D software you can use to create 3D models from rigging to modeling, make 3D Animations, and it even has a game engine.
  • Toon Boom Studio – This animation software is similar to Adobe Flash, however it is more so optimized in a user friendly manner. This is a great program to start with for making your own 2D characters and animating.

Studio 300 can also recommend other resources that you can use to explore your creativity via animation.

BCT-Studio 300 Open House

Join us on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a joint Open House with BolingbPrintrook Community Television (BCT) and Studio 300. Stop by the BCT studios in the lower level of the Village Hall and also visit us in Studio 300. Discover how you can use both resources to make your own TV program or movie and get it on the air.

Video Utilities

logoDo you have MP4 video that needs to be a Quick Time MOV?  Or do you have video on a SD card that you need made into a DVD? Or do you simply have some video file that won’t play on your computer? Studio 300 can help with our versatile video utility software resources. It’s easy to capture, burn, convert, copy, and share digital video.

  • HandBrake is a tool for converting video to nearly any format using today’s wide variety of video codecs.
  • Toast Titanium is a great tool to convert and burn video projects to DVD.  20110310102457281Take video from almost any source, convert them to other popular formats to use on your iPad, iPhone, HDTV, and more.

Both of these programs are easy to use – just drag and drop.  Advanced users will appreciate the ability to tweak options to improve encodes and burning.  Stop by Studio 300 and will show you how easy it is to use these tools (and many others).

Studio 300 equipment – handle with care!

From the latest iMac computers and top shelf microphones to state-of-the-art video equipment and more, there’s no doubt that Studio 300 is loaded with great gear.  However, even with the latest and best, each piece of gear has its physical limitations.  While it may seem that some gear, such as mic stands and cables, can withstand repeated heavy use, every piece has its breaking point when given the right circumstances.  Care should be taken when using all of the gear.


We’ve recently found some damage to one of our audio interfaces.  Here is a picture of the circuit board and the inside of the headphone jack.  The jack itself is cracked and broken as if the headphones had been struck while plugged into the interface.  While the exact circumstances aren’t known, this is something that could have been avoided with proper care and handling.

Here are a few ideas ensure that the equipment in Studio 300 will last for years to come:

  • Plan on taking time in your session for setup and tear-down.  Rushing while handling gear is a recipe for mishaps.
  • Educate yourself and your group about the gear you’re using. Ask the staff if you don’t understand.
  • Make sure to run microphone, power, and patch cables so that they are not in danger of being tripped on.
  • Secure mics and cameras on their stands and tripods and extend the stands and tripods correctly so there is no risk of tipping.
  • When using studio monitors and headphones, turn volumes to a low setting during initial setup to prevent harm to your the gear and your ears!
  • When equipment is not in immediate use (such as digital cameras and handheld camcorders) keep them in their protective cases.
  • Use care when plugging in power cables, as they are fragile at both ends and prone to cracking and fraying.

Follow these tips to keep the equipment collection in top working order so every person gets an opportunity to use it.