Brandon writes: Friends in Hi-tech places

Do you have a project that would be great if only you had…

Still Cameras
Video Cameras (HD & SD)
Zoom Audio Recorders
Card Readers
3 Point Lighting Kits
Tablets (Wacom Bamboo)
Boom Microphones/ Lavaliere  Mics Wired and Wireless Kits
Mac Pro computers souped-up with the best 3D graphics cards and loads of RAM

Well then, I have some new friends for you; meet Leonard, behind the camera in the above photo so just pretend he’s the rad Kewpie Doll in the back, Sarah (two thumbs up and good vibes) and Tan (probably a hi-tech secret agent). These are the gods of tech with the power to graciously loan you all the equipment you crave to amp-up the production quality of your next school project/secret mission to save the world.  You can find them hiding out on the mysterious floor 1.5 at the Harvard Extension Computer Facility on 53 Church Street in Cambridge. To find this secret level, which is not quite the first floor and not quite the second you will need to enter the Church Street lab, hang a right, go up the stairs, smile at the sunny plants to your left, then turn to your right and enter the Multimedia Lab (front desk pictured above).

To rent equipment, bring a form of ID, driver’s license or school ID work well, and they will enter you into the computer, hook you up with the gear and off you go with 24 hours to capture your masterpiece. Not enough time? That’s ok, bring the equipment back and renew it, and off you go again. The lab is open 7 days a week. Sweet!

If you have no clue how to work all this hi-tech gear, check out Allyson Sherlock’s courses, Video Field Production (CSCI E-19) and Video Editing and Digital Design (CSCI E-24).

There’s nothing stopping you now; go save the world!

Special thanks to Leonard for showing me how to make a perfect digital copy of an old cassette recording, and to Sarah for taking the time to share with me the great features of the multimedia lab.


  1. Posted March 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Good to know this…last semester our graduate research methods teacher had mentioned your existence but didn’t quite give the specifics. Now I know where to go!

  2. Posted March 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for writing, Rosie! The staff at the media lab are warm, welcoming and extremely helpful; it is well worth the visit. Enjoy! 🙂

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