Media Lab

Remote Services While the Media Lab is Closed

While the Media & Design Center, Media Lab and Recording Spaces (Audio Lab and Podcast Studio) are closed to the public, we continue to offer media instruction and provide remote support. We have full course instruction video sessions on podcasting using Adobe Audition and video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro hosted online, and can offer remote workshops via Zoom as well. Please contact us at to schedule an instruction session. While we are not currently circulating equipment, the MDC can still provide media production guidance if devices such as laptops and smartphones have been used for recording. Video and audio recorded on these devices can be edited in Adobe’s Audition and Premiere, which offer a full-fledged, professional editing environment. For a lighter, mobile-oriented video editing experience, you may want to look at our guides on Adobe Rush. Additionally, we recommend and support instruction with Adobe Spark. 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. In addition to instruction, we are also available to host Zoom sessions to cover the software and workshop 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 11 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.
Video Duplication & Digitization
We have equipment to duplicate and convert a wide variety of formats. Setup requires supervision of MDC Staff. Please email us at to schedule an appointment. We have the resources to work with the following formats:
  • VHS
  • VHS-C
  • Hi8
  • DV
  • MiniDV
  • DVD
  • Audio Cassette
  • CD
  • MiniDisc
  • Vinyl Record (33)
Please note that we cannot assist with duplicating copyrighted material. Additionally, we are not responsible for any damage that may occur to your media while using MDC equipment.
Additional In-House Resources
We have some additional in-house peripheral devices to assist with your multi-media and design projects:
  • Blue Yeti Multi-pattern USB Microphone
  • Wacom Intuos Pro Drawing Tablet and Pen
  • SD Card Readers and External Hard Drives for file transfer
Please note that the above items are for use only in the MDC’s Media Lab.

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 in the Media Lab, 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.