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Level Up Highlight - Korg Minilogue Synthesizer

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It's a Synth, Not a Keyboard

Did you know Level Up now has a real synthesizer? Did you know you can borrow it for use at Level Up’s iMac workstations and Audio Production Studios? Synthesizers are not just instruments of the 1980s—they’re coming back into style (if they ever went out!), and are more fun to play than you can imagine!

Teen Tech Week - March 5-11

Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11th here at MCPL. Get hands-on all week with the great digital resources and tech the Library has to offer—all designed to help you succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Whether it’s a video of you and your friends discussing your favorite TV show in the video studio, an attempt at producing your first song in one of the audio studios, or a quick digital drawing in Adobe Illustrator, come create a tech project in Level Up—the Library’s digital creativity center—then show it to staff and win a prize!

Teen Tech Week - March 5-11

Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11th here at MCPL. Teens can get hands-on all week with the great digital resources and tech the Library has to offer—all designed to help them succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Whether it’s a video with friends, an attempt at producing a song for the first time in one of the audio studios, or a quick digital drawing in Adobe Illustrator, teens can come create a tech project in Level Up—the Library’s digital creativity center—then show it to staff and win a prize!

Highlight for the month of May: Level Up Workshops!

Did you know that FREE workshops are held in Level Up every week on different digitally creative topics? Every Thursday from 7-8:30pm, experts from throughout the community volunteer their time to lead participants through different software, hardware, and all kinds of creative topics. These are usually hands on experiences that get you experiementing and practicing these skills from the start. Registration is not needed, but you may want to arrive a little early as these workshops are first come, first served and space is limited.

Level Up Highlight for April - Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

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Did you know that we have a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (EF mount) available for checkout and use in Level Up’s video production studio? After taking a required training for the advanced gear (which includes training on numerous other advanced production equipment), you will then be able to check out this awesome camera to produce high quality videos in our studio. Please ask staff about the next training session to get started!

 

Here’s the product description from Blackmagic:

 

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a complete self contained solution for shooting extremely high resolution Ultra HD 4K content! You get a large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes 422 HQ™ file recording and 12 stops of dynamic range, as well as a 6G-SDI output! Monitor in high resolution on the built in touchscreen, plus change menus and enter metadata.

 

Here’s a link to Blackmagic’s tech specs on the camera: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/cinemacameras/techspecs/W-CIN-05

 

Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the high quality images this camera captures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E22TSpuXPY

 

Although this post came out before the camera was released, it is one of the most comprehensive articles on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. It’s in two parts:

Part 1

http://wolfcrow.com/blog/the-blackmagic-production-camera-4k-guide-part-one-ergonomics-and-specifications/

Part 2

http://wolfcrow.com/blog/the-blackmagic-production-camera-4k-guide-part-two-lenses-filters-matteboxes-and-follow-focus-systems/

 

Stop by Level Up for more information or call (812) 349-3050 ext.1082.

Level Up Highlight for March - New Software!

 

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One thing that makes Level Up a great place to do all of your digital creativity projects is the abundance of software options available. In addition to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, we provide numerous other software such as Final Cut Pro X, OBS, Ableton Live, Audacity, FMOD Studio, Logic Pro X, Gimp, Unreal Engine 4, and much more. We also add new software a couple of times a year and guess what - now's that time!

The Level Up Highlight this month is an overview of our newest bundle of software. We just purchased and downloaded a new batch of sweet programs and here's the list with a brief description:

Waves - This is an audio plug-in package which works with most DAWs. In Logic, when you add audio effects, you can choose "Waves" under "Audio Units" and see all the different effects. This package includes vocal effects, compressors, EQ, reverb, and more.

Spine - 2D animation software for creating animations and integrating them into your games

Action Essentials - (on LU#1 only) - HD action stock footage from Video Copilot

Twitch - (on LU#1 only) - After Effects plug-in with video effects, sound effects, and tutorials

Burn - cd/dvd burning software - looks exactly like the old Mac application that came installed on Macs in the old days

DaVinci Resolve - super professional, high quality color grading software for color correcting video

Twine - choose your own adventure type storytelling game creation software 

Fungus - Unity add-on for game design

Android File Transfer - tool for transferring files between Mac and Android devices

Sketchup Make - 3D drawing tool

Visual Studio - IDE from Microsoft - used to develop computer programs for web apps and web services

Particular - (on LU#1 and LU#2 only, on the Windows side of the machine) - enterprise program developer suite

ProTools - (on LU#3 only) - another DAW (digital audio workstation) for recording, editing, and mixing your audio tracks

That's it for this round! If you have any software suggestions, feel free to let Level Up staff know or place them in the suggestion box at the Level Up desk.  

Celebrate Black History Month in Level Up!

February is Black History Month and MCPL would love to hear from you! Come into Level Up’s video production studio and create a short video on what Black History Month means to you. 

Videos should be five minutes or less in length. Please submit videos to Level Up staff by March 11th. Submissions will be compiled together as a special MCPL Black History Month video project.

December Level Up Highlight - Props!


Level Up's video production studio has props! We now have a collections of hats, glasses, wigs, and other fun accessories to help spice up your videos. Just ask staff for access, dress up, and hit record!

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October Level Up Highlight - Final Cut Pro X!

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful, flexible video editor commonly used by industry professionals. With it's "magnetic timeline," Final Cut allows for quick editing with no risk of leaving gaps or creating audio/video synch issues. In addition to all standard video editing features, it has new features like 3D text capability and enhanced masking effects. Whether you're new to editing, an iMovie user ready to take a step forward, or a seasoned editor, Final Cut Pro X will provide you with all the tools necessary to create a high quality project.

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