Media equipment is available for free two-day checkouts for UMN students, staff and faculty. You will find cameras, tripods, microphones, hard drives, and DSLRs, everything you need to make a great video or podcast. Checkouts begin on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.

Reserve equipment

Canon Vixia camera

Canon Vixia HD camcorder

  • HD video camcorder (1920x1080 video resolution)
  • Image stabilization
  • Great for digital stories, interviews
  • Check out a tripod with this camera
Tripod

Tripod

  • Full height
  • Works with most cameras
  • Some models come with a panning arm
Canon Rebel DSLR camera

Canon Rebel DSLR camera

  • Ideal for photography
  • 18-55mm EFS lens
  • High resolution (18-21MP)
Zoom H2n

Zoom H2n digital audio recorder

  • Portable field recorder
  • No laptop needed
  • Great for voiceovers, interviews, small group recordings
Tascam DR-05 digital audio recorder

Tascam DR-05 digital audio recorder

  • Portable field recorder
  • No laptop needed
  • Great for voiceovers, interviews, small group recordings
  • We recommend the Zoom H2n instead, unless you are familiar with this device.
External Hard Drive

External hard drive

  • Large capacity for video projects
  • Essential equipment if you plan to edit using library computers
Blue Snowball microphone

Blue Snowball microphone

  • USB-based microphone (laptop needed for recording)
  • Use Audacity software with this microphone to record
  • Great for voiceovers, interviews, small group recordings
Blue Snowflake

Blue Snowflake microphone

  • USB-based microphone (laptop needed for recording)
  • Use Audacity software with this microphone to record
  • Great for voiceovers
  • Mono recording

Pickup locations

Walter Library - 204

Wilson Library - basement (temporarily closed for Fall 2020)

Pickups must be made during SMART Learning Commons open hours.


Additional media equipment

This equipment is available to check out on a first come, first served basis.


Recording spaces


Software and production computers

Walter, Wilson, Magrath, and the Health Sciences Libraries have media production iMac computers to edit your class projects.

Software

  • iMovie
  • Audacity
  • Final Cut Pro with Motion and Compressor
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • GarageBand
  • Screenflow
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Software at Other Campus Computer Labs

External hard drives

An external hard drive is needed to save your video projects on if you use a library production computer. Hard drives are available to check out at Walter, Wilson, Magrath, and Health Sciences Libraries. To transfer an iMovie or Final Cut Pro project to an external hard drive, use the following instructions:


Locations

204 Walter Library
Basement Wilson Library
Ground floor Magrath Library
Phillips-Wangensteen Building Health Sciences Library