Digital Media Center
School of Continuing Studies
Digital Media Center
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) Digital Media Center (DMC) offers students, faculty and staff access to the latest digital media resources available for supporting teaching and learning aspects of the production of audio, video, and still images on multimedia projects. Our hardware and software are consistently evaluated in line with industry trends and academic needs.
We have simple gear for simple projects, and professional gear for true (and aspiring) professionals. Students working on DMC related projects have priority in the use of the facility.
Note: No DMC hardware or software may be used for commercial production work!
Please contact the SCS DMC with your questions:
Office: (202) 687-5720
DMC Policies and Procedures
- You must have a valid Georgetown GoCard to borrow equipment. DMC equipment is primarily reserved for SCS class projects.
- Reserve equipment in person or online by visiting: https://scs.georgetown.edu/about/our-campus/digital-media-center/or
- The DMC is located on the C2 level at the SCS downtown facility. The DMC’s operating schedule changes by term and is updated on the SCS website.
- Please be on time to pick up your gear, or call to let us know you will be late.
- The DMC’s is a shared resources, you are responsible for retrieving and clearing any data on the devices before return. Any data left on memory cards will be deleted.
- Students may check out a max of 1 cameras kits and associated production equipment at a time; the equipment is only to be used by the DMC reservist.
- Standard equipment checkouts are for one week.
- Equipment renewals are not guaranteed; if you need extended time with equipment, you may renew your rental (pending availability and equipment inspection).
9. DMC staff reserves the right to revoke rental privileges to students, staff, or faculty that abuse rental policies. Lost equipment needs to be replaced.
10. When you receive your equipment, please check that your battery is charged and that your equipment works. The DMC charges batteries and inspects equipment regularly, but as responsible producers, it behooves you to check your gear before taking it into the field.
11. If you are picking up more than 2 pieces of bulky equipment, consider bringing a friend or also reserving an equipment cart to help transport equipment.
12. We highly recommend that you learn how to use equipment before checking it out. Training for some more advanced items may be necessary. Please contact email@example.com to schedule a training session for hands-on guidance ahead of equipment checkout.
13. In the event of inclement weather, please check the University operating schedule listed on the Georgetown website. If your equipment is due on a day that the SCS facility is closed, please coordinate your modified return date or renewal with the DMC Manager.
14. DMC equipment is for LOCAL productions. Traveling with equipment is strictly prohibited. All exceptions require approval from SCS leadership.
School of Continuing Studies
Policies and Procedures
- Students must currently be enrolled at Georgetown University SCS and able to present a valid Student ID.
- The is no food or drink allowed in the Mac Lab.
- Personal projects or belongings left in the Mac Lab will be collected at the end of each day and placed in the "Lost and Found" located at the SCS security desk.
- Students are asked to be considerate of others and keep noise level to a minimum. Headphone are available upon request. (Check with the DMC Manager)
- The DMC does not provide storage media such as flash drives or external hard drives. Please bring your own device.
- Students are expected to treat all Georgetown University owned DMC equipment with utmost care.
- Downloading, installing or uninstalling software of any kind is strictly prohibited. If you need software that is not available on a computer, please check with DMC manager.
- Computer equipment, including cables, keyboards, mice, speakers, scanners, etc., are not to be modified, moved, unplugged, or changed in any way. If you need assistance, please consult the DMC Manager.
- DMC software and hardware are to be used for course-related projects ONLY!
- Please log-out from Mac Lab computers once you’re done your session.
While you are working on a project; you may store your project files on the machine you are using. However, the stored project files are not secure and are are removed from the computers with regular intervals. When you are done working you must store your project files on removable devices. Backing up all your work is recommended!
- Saving work prepared at the computer stations is the sole responsibility of the user. Before leaving the Mac Lab, users should store completed project files or in-progress session files to some form of external storage device.
- Non-system files are deleted from Mac Lab computers on a regular basis.
- If a patron desires to work on a large project for an extended period of time, especially video, the Mac Lab recommends the patron purchase a personal external hard drive. DMC staff will provide support connecting the external drive to the DMC’s machines.
Please Note: Warning Concerning Copyright and DMCA Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code, 1976) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. The Digital Millennium Copy right Act (DMCA) of 1998 is designed to protect copyright holders from online theft. Copying, distributing, downloading, and uploading information on the Internet may infringe on the rights of the copyright owner. Even an innocent, unintentional infringement violates the law.
Every audio, visual or written work has copyright protection unless that protection has expired or the creator places it in the public domain. The work does not have to have a copyright notice or a copyright symbol to be protected by copyright. If you cannot determine whether or not a work is copyrighted assume that it is copyrighted.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, educational institutions are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user uses a photocopy or a reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
It is the user’s responsibility to determine whether information is copyrighted, whether it meets the criteria for “fair use”, and to seek permission from the copyright holder for its use as necessary.