Communications lab added to Makerspace Fridays

Film, Television and Media major Reece Oliver will oversee the Makerspace Friday hours in the Communication Building, Room 109.

A Moorpark College lab filled with professional-grade video editing and graphics work stations has been added to the campus’s Makerspace Fridays effort.

The Mac laboratory in Room 109 of the Communications Building is now open all day Fridays during the semester to let students work on individual and class projects. The lab has 24 work stations and a 11-inch by 17-inch flatbed scanner.

The lab, which had been open half days on Fridays, is now available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Under the Makerspace Fridays initiative, the campus is working to open several existing laboratories on Fridays when few classes are offered.

The extra communication lab hours, which started in mid-November, are financed through a $250,000 CCC Maker grant that the college received from the state Community College Chancellor’s office.

Overseeing the lab is Moorpark College student Reese Oliver, 24, a Film Television and Media major.

“It’s a nice space,” said Oliver, who also serves as a student worker for the FTVM program.

Mac workstations in Room 109 of the Communications Building have video and graphic editing software, including Premier, Avid, Illustrator, Photoshop and Cinema 4D.

The large-display Macs in the lab have a full complement of video and graphic editing software, including the complete Adobe, Word and Mac program suites. Specific programs include:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Flash
  • Premier (video editing)
  • Avid (video editing)
  • Audacity (audio editing)
  • Audition (audio editing)
  • Cinema 4D (3D modeling)
The equipment available in Communication Building Room 109 includes an 11-inch by 17-inch flatbed scanner.

The communications lab is the second to be opened on campus, adding to a 3D sculpture lab (Applied Arts 132) that was opened on Fridays early in the fall semester. In the spring semester, the campus plans to add game design, computer networking and journalism labs to the Makerspace Fridays effort.

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