01st Jun2011

miniDV to DVD Tutorial

by blumenel

miniDV to DVD Tutorial

01st Jun2011

Final Cut Express Tutorial

by blumenel

Final Cut Express Tutorial

01st Jun2011

For our new grads: HOW TO: Set Up an Online Resume

by BSL

The Media Center’s twitter account subscribes to a few great sites that help us keep up with all things media!  We retweet some gems as they surface but I thought this one from Mashable was helpful for our newest grads so I wanted to highlight it.

Sure, it’s not for everyone, but for a few creative & courageous souls it might just be a perfect fit.  There are some different options they lay out in the article but all are highly engaging & informative, with the right dose of fun attached.

Links to helpful Mashable Articles:

HOW TO: Set Up an Online Resume

Top 5 Tips for Creating Impressive Video Resumes

10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

18th May2011

Short Film Showcase

by BSL

The Media Center is always a busy place but during the spring semester it rises to a whole new level of chaos.  Although many projects are worked on, our heightened level of crazy can be attributed to the two film courses that are offered in the Spring.

These students camped out here for days at a time editing their productions and finally were able to show off their work last week in 2 separate film showings.  For those of you who missed them, you still have a chance to view some of the short films here.  A few students allowed us to link to their uploaded videos.

Two of these came from the Film Production class and one came from the Documentary Film class.  Enjoy!

Bring To Life by Kia Kali

BRING TO LIFE, by Kia Kali from Kia Kali on Vimeo.

Documented By Marion Villette

Documented from Marion Villette on Vimeo.

The Beatles: Fame in the 21st Century- Documentary BY Hannah Crystal

26th Apr2011


by Andrew Petrus

Inspired by RadioLab‘s podcast Desperately Seeking Symmetry Everynone created this visually beautiful video called Symmetry

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.

21st Mar2011

TCWW Faculty Panel on Student Video Projects

by BSL

Please join Professors Lullo, Humphreys, Hoefler, Schubert and Fratantuono for a brown bag lunch session of the TCWW as they discuss how and why they incorporated video projects into their courses.
You’ll see short clips of student-created videos and have an opportunity to discuss questions such as:
• Why did you decide to include a video project in your class?

• How did this project lend itself to the learning goals of your class?

• Did the video project augment or replace an existing project?

• Was the project modeled after a project you saw elsewhere?

• What was the level of effort required by both you and your students?

• How did you assess the video project?

The presenters have experience with incorporating a variety of video genres such as promotional videos, video blogs, interviews/documentaries, video mini-lectures and video demonstrations. Please bring a lunch and join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Michael Fratantuono – International Business & Management

Professor Jim Hoefler – Policy Studies

Policy & Management Senior Seminar students compose DVDs for non-profit organizations in the local community.

Professor Sherri Lullo – Asian Art History

ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
Topic: Japanese Print from Trout Gallery
Using narration over images.  Created using IMovie & series of images from Trout Gallery of Creative Commons files.
Students were each assigned a piece of Asian Art held by the college’s Trout Gallery and used the Ken Burns effect to display images of the piece while telling the story of it’s history.
Professor: Sheri Lullo-Art History
Course:ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia

Full list of videos can be seen here

The Chinese Lacquer Box

Kawase Hasui – Beppu Kankaiji

Gathering Pines Japanese Print

Podcast: Kangxi Coin

Professor Dan Schubert – Health Studies

Dan’s students work with AIDS organizations to record oral histories from people who are HIV positive.  They then compile these into a final production to give back to the AIDS organizations they partnered with.

Professor Kristi Humphreys – Chemistry

01st Mar2011

Gone, but not forgotten

by BSL

The Media Center has a small memorial to Nate Kirkland who was a student here at Dickinson and was tragically taken from us during a Service Learning trip to Guatemala in early 2009.  He was passionate about filmmaking and had an infectious smile that would most definitely brighten your day.

Although the memorial is there to help remember Nate, people often pass by it without taking much notice as they rush to and from classes.  We hope that people who didn’t know Nate, take the time to read a little about him and hopefully find inspiration in the way he lived his life, as he was always trying to make the world a better place.

Today, I walked by the memorial and found someone was kind enough to leave flowers, a note & a poem.  It warmed my heart and saddened me all at the same time.

It made me think that the media center hasn’t promoted Nate’s work the way we should so here are some samples of what he created during the short period of time we were graced with his presence.  The following are the poem & note that were left and it should inspire us all.

25th Feb2011

Why Do Animated Videos Work?

by BSL

Have you ever seen videos from Common Craft?  Amazing, aren’t they?   The reason they are so great is because they take complex topics and simplify them so everyone can easily understand them.

In the Media Center, we are always trying to find ways to deliver tutorials and trainings so people can get the most out of it and not get confused.  Common Craft posted this blog discussing why animated videos work so well when trying to inform people.

16th Feb2011

Everything is a Remix Part 2

by BSL

Part 2 of the Everything is a Remix series focuses on film this time around.  Films like Star Wars and Kill Bill are highlighted.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

14th Jan2011

Video Projects

by BSL

Instructional & Media Services supports a wide range of video projects in classes from many different disciplines.  These projects don’t have to be big and involved to be effective and we work with each Professor to help find what the best level of technology is for their course and project idea.  As with most projects, it is best to plan out a time line with smaller assignments due over time to ensure students are on the right track.  This usually involves writing a short script or storyboard and also gathering some source material to submit prior to editing the final piece.  Most people think of video projects as always using a camera but many projects use only still images that are panned & zoomed across to give the allusion of movement (ala Ken Burns). A narration is then added over the images to create the final video. IMS will set up a time to come into the class to train the students on the technologies needed.  This may only be IMovie for a project that is using images instead of actual video.  Otherwise, we may train on how to use & checkout our video equipment and how to use the higher level video editing program Final Cut Express.  The Media Center is a the physical resource where the students will be able to work to complete their project while getting support from IMS staff.

Training Session Information

Audience: Faculty & Students Type: Instructor Led-Hands on Time 1 – 1 1/2 hours  in-class time


Upon completion of this workshop, you will:

  1. Know how to use the software programs IMovie to record & edit video
  2. Have observed a variety of course related video examples.
  3. Know best practices to use when writing script.
  4. Be provided online resources to help you get started finding creative commons audio, video or image files.

Want to know more?  Contact  mediacenter at dickinson.edu to set up a consultation.  You can also get a sneak peek of what we cover in our training by looking over our Training Outline.


Independent Study

Beautifully Fragile

Composting on Dickinson’s Campus

Professor Michael Fratantuono

Global Economy Course

Students were asked to create mini lectures about assigned topics.  These videos serve as a supplement to the course as Professor Fratantuono can show these in place of some traditional lectures and promote additional discussion the topics. http://youtu.be/Art6Kw2xN6U

Professor Jim Hoefler-Policy Studies

Policy & Management Senior Seminar students compose DVDs for non-profit organizations in the local community. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNQIcK5OG…

Professor Sherri Lullo-Asian Art History

Students were each assigned a piece of Asian Art held by the college’s Trout Gallery and used the Ken Burns effect to display images of the piece while telling the story of it’s history. Full list of videos can be seen here http://blogs.dickinson.edu/introartsofas…

Professor Ed Webb-Political Science

Students in his First Year Seminar course “Science Friction~Dystopian Visions”, were able to make a media project to post to the blogs they were maintaining during the semester.  This was a great piece that Ellen Kaveevittayakun created. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaGTgFY_7… She also does a great job of creating a credits page. This is a perfect example of fair use mashup for education.


 http://youtu.be/tTCLOe_2GXE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=745DTlmvw…

04th Nov2010

Flip Video Cameras

by Elvira

Compact and convenient, Flip video cameras are designed for simplicity and ease of use. These cameras are useful for quick video projects and can be used to quickly and simply film and upload digital video to a computer. They can also be used with a tripod. The Media Center has several Flip Ultra and Flip UltraHD.

22nd Oct2010

Maps, IMovie

by lanj

Take a look at the new maps feature in iMovie 09 that lets you create travel maps and 3D globes to use in your video productions