Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11th here at MCPL. Teens can get hands-on all week with the great digital resources and tech the Library has to offer—all designed to help them succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Whether it’s a video with friends, an attempt at producing a song for the first time in one of the audio studios, or a quick digital drawing in Adobe Illustrator, teens can come create a tech project in Level Up—the Library’s digital creativity center—then show it to staff and win a prize!
The library currently has a collection of video games for check out in the Children's Department, but have you ever wished we had more? We want to know what sort of games you'd check out, what system do you use, and more! Fill out this survey to have input into whether or not the library expands our video game collection!
Did you know that FREE workshops are held in Level Up every week on different digitally creative topics? Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm, experts from throughout the community volunteer their time to lead participants through different software, hardware, and all kinds of creative topics. These are usually hands on experiences that get you experiementing and practicing these skills from the start. Registration is not needed, but you may want to arrive a little early as these workshops are first come, first served and space is limited. Please check our online calendar for links to the specific upcoming programs or grab a Summer Program Guide next time you're here. See you Thursday!
Did you know that we have a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (EF mount) available for checkout and use in Level Up’s video production studio? After taking a required training for the advanced gear (which includes training on numerous other advanced production equipment), you will then be able to check out this awesome camera to produce high quality videos in our studio. Please ask staff about the next training session to get started!
Here’s the product description from Blackmagic:
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a complete self contained solution for shooting extremely high resolution Ultra HD 4K content! You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 HQ™ file recording and 12 stops of dynamic range, as well as a 6G-SDI output! Monitor in high resolution on the built in touchscreen, plus change menus and enter metadata.
One thing that makes Level Up a great place to do all of your digital creativity projects is the abundance of software options available. In addition to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, we provide numerous other software such as Final Cut Pro X, OBS, Ableton Live, Audacity, FMOD Studio, Logic Pro X, Gimp, Unreal Engine 4, and much more. We also add new software a couple of times a year and guess what - now's that time!
The Level Up Highlight this month is an overview of our newest bundle of software. We just purchased and downloaded a new batch of sweet programs and here's the list with a brief description:
Waves - This is an audio plug-in package which works with most DAWs. In Logic, when you add audio effects, you can choose "Waves" under "Audio Units" and see all the different effects. This package includes vocal effects, compressors, EQ, reverb, and more.
Spine - 2D animation software for creating animations and integrating them into your games
Action Essentials - (on LU#1 only) - HD action stock footage from Video Copilot
Twitch - (on LU#1 only) - After Effects plug-in with video effects, sound effects, and tutorials
Burn - cd/dvd burning software - looks exactly like the old Mac application that came installed on Macs in the old days
DaVinci Resolve - super professional, high quality color grading software for color correcting video
Twine - choose your own adventure type storytelling game creation software
Fungus - Unity add-on for game design
Android File Transfer - tool for transferring files between Mac and Android devices
Sketchup Make - 3D drawing tool
Visual Studio - IDE from Microsoft - used to develop computer programs for web apps and web services
Particular - (on LU#1 and LU#2 only, on the Windows side of the machine) - enterprise program developer suite
ProTools - (on LU#3 only) - another DAW (digital audio workstation) for recording, editing, and mixing your audio tracks
That's it for this round! If you have any software suggestions, feel free to let Level Up staff know or place them in the suggestion box at the Level Up desk.