Media Lab

Spring 2022

The Media Lab will be open for instruction sessions for classes of up to 20 students. When not in use for classes/instruction, the Media Lab will be open for public use. The Recording Spaces (Audio Lab and Podcast Studio) remain closed to the public for the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester. If you need a quiet space, you may want to book a study room in a different part of the library. Video and audio recorded on personal devices can be edited in Adobe Audition and Premiere, which offer a full-fledged, professional editing environment. If you need editing help, we have created guides to audio and video editing. For a lighter, mobile-oriented video editing experience, you may want to look at our guides on Adobe Rush. Additionally, Creative Cloud Express (formerly known as Spark) is an accessible platform for online media projects, used for creating visual narratives, web pages, graphic posters, book covers, and more. Here is our guide to using Adobe Spark. Please contact us at to schedule a consultation. For instructors, we are also available to host Zoom sessions to introduce software and/or remote workshops to troubleshoot any questions students may have. If you would like to schedule instruction, workshops, or support, just let us know! Thanks, MDC Team
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Media Lab and Recording Spaces

Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab gives UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff access to the latest in multimedia software and hardware. Our lab offers 10 workstations, each one with a wide range of video hardware and software, including Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and much more. Whether you want to produce a full-length documentary or make that wedding video look just right, we have the tools you need to do it! Please read Our Policies & Procedures
Video Editing Suites
Our Lenovo workstations allow you to use a wide range of professional video editing and multimedia software, including Adobe Premiere and After Effects CC. Make a project from the ground up with professional results.

Audio Lab

Our audio lab is equipped with a Lenovo desktop, which houses an array of digital editing software, including Audition and Reason 10, allowing everybody from the beginner to the pro to create music from the ground up.

Podcast Studio

In the podcast studio, you can record podcasts or any audio files using our studio quality mics and headphones.  Just bring your laptop with your favorite recording software, plug in the USB and you are ready to record.  If you don’t have your own software, we recommend getting the Adobe Creative Cloud, available at no cost for students.  Reservations are required prior to room use.

Media Lab Classes

The MDC Digital Media Lab offers free one-on-one and small group instruction. We provide instruction on Adobe’s audio and video applications and our production equipment. Additionally, we can tailor our instruction based on the nature of the project at hand. We can accommodate you between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please email with your requested date and time and an alternate, and let us know what you would like to learn. Library sessions are open to current UNC students, faculty or staff. Do you or any of the students in your class have accommodation needs we should take into account when planning and teaching the library session? If yes, please describe how we can best accommodate those needs, ideally with 5 business days’ notice before the session.

Multimedia & Digital Literacy Instruction Services

Consulting and Instruction Sessions

Designing a new course and want to add a media component? Need help incorporating media assignments into a class you’re already teaching? We’re here to help. Media & Design Center staff members can assist you in developing assignments to target specific digital and media literacies as well as provide hands-on instruction to your students on how to use a host of digital media production equipment and editing software. Some examples:
  • 2-3 minute visual essay
  • Short documentary
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Anatomy of Scene / quick film analysis
  • Political Campaign Ads
  • TEDish talks
  • Conducting an interview
  • Podcast
  • Film Synthesis or Trailer


To schedule an assignment consult, please email Winifred (

To schedule a production instruction session, please complete the Production Instruction Form or email with your requested date and time and an alternate, along with a sentence or two on the students’ prospective assignment (video, audio, image editing, etc). We can also reserve a block of digital video-cameras or audio recorders and other equipment for your students for up to 5 days. Please be aware that the lab and equipment calendars fill up pretty quickly towards the end of a semester, so the earlier you schedule your class, the better the chances are that we can get you everything you need!
Do you or any of the students in your class have accommodation needs we should take into account when planning and teaching the library session? If yes, please describe how we can best accommodate those needs, ideally with 5 business days’ notice before the session.

Other Digital Media Resources on Campus

Swain Hall

Department of Communication
For Communications majors and students enrolled in COMM production classes only.

SILS Information and Technology Resource Center

Manning Hall
SILS students only. Equipment available for checkout. Editing stations for in-house use.

Design Lab

Undergraduate Library
Open to anyone with a UNC One Card. Scanning stations, image editing, web design, and multimedia creation workstations for in-house use.

Park Library

School of Media and Journalism
Small equipment loans for anyone at UNC include: Mac, PC, and iPhone chargers, VGA adapters, presentation clickers, calculators, earbuds, & more. Additional equipment is available to School of Media & Journalism students in certain classes.

School of Education ITS

Peabody Hall
Checkout equipment available to UNC School of Education faculty, staff and students only. In-house equipment is available for non-SoE students or faculty for UNC-related projects.

Contact Information

MDC Staff Please contact us with questions regarding the Digital Media Lab’s online resources. You may email the Media & Design Center at or call us at 919-962-2559.