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Editing Labs

Mason Film students have 24-hour access to state of the art editing labs including the Sage Room, Film/Game Lab, and Cyan Lab.

Software Update Policy

Film at Mason 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.

For more information on the software and versions currently running in our labs, please see below. Note: The systems run Deep Freeze so all freeware that is installed or updated is erased at midnight. To report system or software problems please send an email with your questions and/or concerns.

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

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

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 students, we do recommend students purchase an Apple Mac Book Pro. Please read through our complete Computing Recommendations 2020.

Film at Mason editing labs are currently running the software versions listed below.

Supported Software

Adobe (Premiere)

Adobe Creative Cloud

If you are interested in purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud for use at home, please visit the student page on the Adobe site.

Creative Cloud Desktop Application: 5.2.1

Video Specific Applications:

  • Prelude 9.0.1
  • Media Encoder 14.3.1
  • Premiere 14.3.1
  • Premiere Rush 1.5.20
  • Audition 13.0.8
  • After Effects 17.1.2

Other Creative Cloud Applications:

  • Photoshop 21.2.1
  • Illustrator 24.2.3
  • Acrobat DC 20.0
  • Indesign 15.1.1
  • XD 31.2.12
  • Lightroom 3.3
  • Lightroom Classic 9.3
  • Bridge 10.1.1
  • Dimension 3.3
  • Dreamweaver 20.2
  • Animate 20.5.1
  • Character Animator 3.3.1
  • InCopy 15.1.1
  • Fuse CC (beta) 2017.1
  • Muse CC 2018.1.1
Blackmagic Design (Da Vinci Resolve)

Da Vinci Resolve Version 16.2.5 / Released 31 Jul 2020

Find  more information and download Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve.

*Note Da Vinci Resolve makes Beta Versions of its software available to the general public. Please do not download any beta software, as it is an unproven update.

Every version of Da Vinci Resolve can be accessed on the Blackmagic Design Support Page. Navigate to Da Vinci Resolve> Latest Downloads > Search by version number or date listed above.

Final Draft
Microsoft Office

All Mason Students, Faculty and Staff have free access to Microsoft Office. Download Microsoft Office for use on your computer.

Additional Software

Below is a list of additional software our program uses. We have made these products available on some workstations in our labs.

For up to date specific version information, or other resources related to the software below please reach out to Film @ Mason Technical Coordinator Andrew Jorgensen.

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid ProTools
  • Apple Logic X
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Celtx
  • Entertainment Partners Movie Magic Scheduling
  • Entertainment Partners Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Red Pro Cine-X
  • Make MKV
  • Handbrake
  • VLC
  • DCP O-Matic
Nick Canonico records sound on the set of the Mason Film Lab. Photo by William Dickson.

Nick Canonico records sound on the set of the Mason Film Lab. Photo by William Dickson.

Lab Locations

Sage Lab (Performing Arts Building, PAB 3019)

The Sage Lab 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 (view schedule info below). In addition, the Sage Lab 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 with your G#.

Schedule, Fall 2020

The Sage Room is closed for the semester.

Features

  • 6 - 27" iMac Workstations, each equipped with dual monitors.
  • Focusrite Audio Interfaces at each workstation
  • Conference Table - sits 8
  • Whiteboard
  • 60" Samsung TV for group viewing of work
  • Dimmable Lighting
Film/Game Lab AB 2001 (Art and Design Building)
The Film/Game Lab is where a majority of our post production courses are held. All the iMac computers in the classroom run both windows and mac OS to support both Film and Game Design Instruction. The Film/Game Lab is open to all students after classes during hours in which a lab monitor is present. It is located on the second floor of the Art and Design Building. Access to the room is only available when a lab monitor is present.

Please see the schedule posted on the door for up to date hours. To book the space e-mail Mary Bean in Game Design.

Schedule, Fall 2020

The Film/Game Lab is closed for the semester.

Features

  • 25 - 21" iMac Workstations for student use
  • Focusrite Audio Interfaces at 16 workstations
  • Mackie Mixing Console
  • 3 - 50" TVs spread across the room, mirroring the instructor workstation
  • Dimmable Lighting
Cyan Lab (Performing Arts Building A109A)

The Cyan Lab is an editing lab open to all Film and Video Studies majors and students enrolled in film production courses. It is located on the first floor of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The room is open at times the deLaski building is open (view schedule info below). In addition, the Cyan Lab may be closed periodically for meetings and classes. Please see the room for any notifications of closure. For door code access, please email Film and Video Studies Office Manager, Samantha Beach with your G#.

Schedule, Fall 2020

The Cyan Lab is closed for the semester.

Features

  • 5 - 27" iMac Workstations
  • 2 Walls painted with whiteboard paint
  • Student Production Calendar
  • Dimmable Lights
IN 233 (Innovation Hall)
Innovation Hall Room 233 is a University Classroom. A significant number of Film and Video Studies courses are held in this classroom. It is available to all students when class is not in session, and the building is open.

Schedule, Fall 2020

Lab Hours have yet to be determined. Check back here after the start of classes for more information.

Features

  • 25 - 27" iMac Workstations for student use
  • 70" TV for class instruction, with stereo sound.
Star Lab (Johnson Center)
STAR is a state-of-the-art multimedia computer and equipment checkout facility that provides the space and resources to complete creative projects. STAR Lab offers Mac and PC stations equipped with specialized video, 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..

Schedule, Fall 2020

Star Lab will be closed for Fall 2020. A limited number of resources have been relocated to the CLUB (Collaboartive Learning Hub) on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center Room 311.

CLUB hours of operation (appointments prefered):

Monday -Thursday 10am-5pm

Friday & Saturday Closed

Sunday 12-5

To schedule and appointment call or email.
Phone:
703-993-3141
Email:
club@gmu.edu

Features

  • 12 Video Editing Workstations (Mac OS)
  • 12 Multimedia Workstations (4 Mac OS / 8 Windows)
  • 5 Game Design Workstations (1 MacOS / 4 Windows)
  • Video Production Equipment Rental
  • Small Studio Space with Green Screen
The Mix @ Fenwick (1st floor of The Mix)

Mason Innovation Exchange - Fenwick

The MIX at George Mason University is a network of spaces that enables making, venture creation, and collaborative collisions.

The MIX also hosts workshops, competitions, and accelerator programs that foster entrepreneurial thinking as teams and individuals seek innovative solutions to difficult problems.

Schedule

The Mix at Fenwick will have limited services available for the Fall Semester. For more details about visit https://www.mix.gmu.edu.

The Mix at Fenwick, will be moving to the brand new Horizon Hall, opening Spring/Summer 2021!

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