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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 and Video Studies students, we do recommend students purchase an Apple Mac Book Pro. Please read through our complete Computing Recommendations 2019.

Film at Mason editing labs are currently running the software versions listed below. A downloadable list can be found here: Film and Video Studies Software Resources 06.20.18.

Locations of Available Software

Sage Room Software (DeLaski Performing Arts Building, PAB 3019)

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 with your G#.

Schedule, Spring 2019

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

Software

All applications in creative cloud are installed on our lab workstations. To access other CC applications, open the applications folder in finder.

  • Apple Operating System - 10.14 - Mojave
  • Adobe After Effects 2018 - Version 16.1.1
  • Adobe Audition 2018 Build - 11.1.0.184
  • Adobe Media Encoder 2018 - Version 12.1.1
  • Adobe Prelude 2018 Version - 7.1.0
  • Adobe Premiere 2018 Version - 13.1.2
  • Avid Media Composer - 2018.12.3
  • Avid Pro Tools - 2018.4
  • Celtx - 2.9.7
  • Compressor - 4.4
  • Da Vinci Resolve - 15.2.2.007 (Version 16 is still in Beta)
  • Final Cut X - 10.4.4
  • Final Draft - 11.0.2
  • Logic - 10.4.6
  • Logic Pro X - 10.4.3
  • Mainstage 3 - 3.4.2
  • Motion - 5.4.2
  • Movie Magic Scheduling - 6.01.400
  • Movie Magic Budgeting - 7.6
Film/Game Lab AB 2001 (Art and Design Building)

Schedule

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. 

Typically, the lab is open after classes during the week until 10pm, and on Saturday or Sunday for a few hours.

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

Software

  • Apple Operating System - 10.14 Mojave
  • Adobe Premiere - 2018 Version 13.1.2
  • Adobe Audition - 2018 Build 11.1.0.184
  • Adobe After Effects - 2018 Version 16.1.1
  • Adobe Prelude - 2018 Version 7.1.0
  • Adobe Media Encoder - 2018 Version 12.1.1
  • Logic - 10.4.6
  • Logic Pro X - 10.4.3
  • Mainstage 3 - 3.4.2
  • Avid Pro Tools - 2018.4
  • Avid Media Composer - 2018.12.3
  • Final Draft - 11.0.2
  • Celtx - 2.9.7
  • Da Vinci Resolve - 15.2.2.007 (Version 16 is still in Beta)
Cyan Lab (Performing Arts Building)

Schedule

Open every day, 6am-Midnight

Software

  • Apple Operating System - 10.13 High Sierra
  • Adobe After Effects - 15.1.1
  • Adobe Audition - 11.1.0.184
  • Adobe Media Encoder - 12.1.1
  • Adobe Prelude - 7.1.0
  • Adobe Premiere - 12.1.1
  • Celtx - 2.9.7
  • Compressor - 4.4.3
  • Da Vinci Resolve - 15.2.2
  • Final Cut X - 10.4.4
  • Final Draft - 10.0.7
  • Motion - 5.4.2
  • Movie Magic Scheduling - 6.01.400
  • Movie Magic Budgeting - 7.6
IN 233 (Innovation Hall)

Schedule

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

Software

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Prelude
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Star Lab (2nd floor Johnson Center)

Schedule

Mon-Thur: 10am-10pm
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 12pm-6pm

Software

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Prelude
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Avid Media Composer
The Mix @ Fenwick (1st floor of The Mix)

Schedule

Open Mon – Fri: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Software:

2 editing workstations:

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Prelude
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Da Vinci Resolve

2 Writing workstations:

  • Final Draft 11
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.

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