Editing Resources

George Mason University Film and Video Studies
Software Resources for Fall 2018 (systems last updated: 08/10/18)

Software Update Policy:

FAVS strives to keep its labs in working order. To do so, software and operating system upgrades are strategically initiated at specific times in an academic year, which is between semesters ONLY and never during a semester. Updates are fully vetted and recognized to be compatible before completed.

Per post-production best practices, upgrades are never done immediately after new software and OS versions are released. We encourage you to follow these same practices with your own systems. It is never a good idea to update your editing software or operating system while in the middle of editing a project. We encourage you to complete your project first, back up both the project and your system (as always) and then perform software updates. Following Apple guidelines, updates should never be done without backing up your system and files first.

Note: The systems run Deep Freeze so all freeware that is installed or updated is erased at midnight, therefore DO NOT save material to the computer itself and only save to your hard drive.

To report system or software problems and please send an email with your questions and/or concerns to favslabs@gmu.edu

Hardware

Please note: students are required to purchase one external hard drive.  For best practices, we encourage students to purchase two; one drive should be transported to classes and to the labs, and one drive should remain home as a media storage backup. The drive you bring to classes and editing labs must be portable.

While there is no laptop requirement for Film and Video Studies students, we do recommend students purchase an Apple Mac Book Pro. Please read through our complete FAVS Computing Recommendations_Fall18.

Film at Mason Editing Labs

FAVS editing labs are currently running the software versions listed below. A downloadable list can be found FILM AT MASON LAB LOCATIONS AND HOURS Fall 18:

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Sage Room (PAB 3019)

Professor Ben Steger teaches FAVS seniors in The Sage Room. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

The Sage Room is an editing and meeting room open to all Film and Video Studies majors and students enrolled in film production courses. It is located on the third floor of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The room is open at times the deLaski building is open except for the closures listed below. In addition, the Sage Room will be closed periodically for meetings and classes. Please see the room for any notifications of closure. For card-swipe access or to book the space, please email Film and Video Studies Office Manager, Samantha Beach, at sbeach2@gmu.edu with your G#.

Sage Room Schedule, Fall 2018

The Sage Room is open during all open deLaski Building hours unless reserved, 6 am-12 am.

Sage Room Software

All applications in creative cloud are installed on our lab workstations. To access other CC applications, open the applications folder in finder.
Software Version
Apple Operating System10.13 High Sierra
Adobe After Effects2018 Version 15.1.1
Adobe Audition2018 Build 11.1.0.184
Adobe Media Encoder2018 Version 12.1.1
Adobe Prelude2018 Version 7.1.0
Adobe Premiere2018 Version 12.1.1
Avid Media Composer2018.5
Avid Pro Tools2018.4
Celtx2.9.7
Compressor4.4
Da Vinci Resolve15
Final Cut X10.4
Final Draft10.0.7
Logic Pro X10.4.1
Mainstage 33.3.2
Motion5.4
Movie Magic Scheduling6.01.400
Movie Magic Budgeting7.6
Film/Game Lab (AB 2001)

The Film/Game Lab is a shared editing space for students of Film and Video Studies and Computer Game Design. The lab is located on the second floor of the Art and Design Building and has monitored open hours.

 

Film/Game Lab Schedule, Fall 2018
Room AB 2001

5:00 pm-10 pm Mondays and Fridays
7:15 pm-10 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
5:00 pm-10 pm Saturdays and Sundays

FILM/GAME LAB Software

All applications in creative cloud are installed on our lab workstations. To access other CC applications, open the applications folder in finder.
SoftwareVersion
Apple Operating System10.13 High Sierra
Adobe After Effects2018 Version 15.1.1
Adobe Audition2018 Build 11.1.0.184
Adobe Prelude2018 Version 7.1.0
Adobe Premiere2018 Version 12.1.1
Adobe Media Encoder2018 Version 12.1.1
Avid Media Composer2018.5
Avid Pro Tools2018.4
Celtx2.9.7
Da Vinci Resolve15
Final Draft10.0.7
Logic Pro X10.4.1
Mainstage 33.3.2
Advanced Sound Suite (AB 1008)

Film and Video Studies has launched an Advanced Sound Suite, a fully equipped ProTools recording and mixing suite. The station is available by appointment only. Please contact the Andrew Jorgensen in the FAVS Equipment Cage to reserve the station.

Advanced Sound Suite Software

The Advanced Sound Suite is available to students who have completed or who are currently enrolled in FAVS 399 - Advanced Sound.
SoftwareVersion
Apple Operating System10.12 Sierra
Adobe Premiere
2018 Version 12.0.0
Adobe Audition2018 Build 11.0.0.199
Adobe After Effects2018 Version 15.0.0
Adobe Prelude2018 Version 7.0.0
Adobe Media Encoder2018 Version 12.0
Final Cut X10.3.4
Motion5.3.2
Compressor4.3.2
Logic Pro X10.3.3
Mainstage 33.3.2
Avid Pro Tools2018.1
Cyan Lab (formerly the Writers/Producers Lab) (PAB A109 A)

This six-station lab runs writing, producing, and video editing software. It also provides a place for students to work independently or in small groups.

The Cyan Lab is open during all open deLaski Building Hours, 6 am-12 am.

Cyan Lab Software

Equipped with writing, producing, and editing software.
SoftwareVersion
Apple Operating System10.13 High Sierra
Adobe After Effects15.1.1
Adobe Audition11.1.0.184
Adobe Media Encoder12.1.1
Adobe Prelude7.1.0
Adobe Premiere12.1.1
Celtx2.9.7
Compressor4.4
Da Vinci Resolve15
Final Cut X10.4
Final Draft10.0.7
Motion5.4
Movie Magic Scheduling 6.01.400
Movie Magic Budgeting7.6

University Labs

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University Mac Lab

Open daily, 6:45 am-10:15 pm when class is not in session.

STAR Lab

10 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday

10 am-6 pm Friday

CLOSED Saturday

12 pm- 6 pm Sunday

 

The STAR Lab is Mason's state-of-the-art multimedia computer and equipment checkout facility. It provides Mason students, faculty, and staff the space and resources to complete creative projects. STAR Lab offers 18 Mac stations and 15 PC stations equipped with specialized video and film, multimedia, and game design software. This facility also has a variety of video production equipment available for checkout, as well as a video production studio. Student mentors with specialized knowledge of operating systems and applications are on hand to assist with troubleshooting. More information can be found on the STAR Lab's webpage.

The MIX

Editing stations will be coming online in The MIX mid-fall.