Video and Media Editing Resources

LBIS has several computers intended for the creation and manipulation of digital still and moving images. They are a campus resource, intended for use by all constituents of the Kenyon College Libraries including students, faculty, administrators and staff. The workstations are arranged together on the second floor of the library, in the Multimedia Collections area.  They are available all open hours of the library.

This cluster of computers is not intended to be an instructional space and is not configured to support instruction sessions for classes. It is for individuals to create and edit multimedia materials in support of the general academic program at Kenyon, including student working on assignments, faculty developing scholarly materials, and administrative staff working on advertising or educational materials.

Digital recording equipment, such as camcorders and tripods, may be checked out at the Main Circulation Desk. Equipment Available for checkout

Recognizing that this group of computers is a shared resource for the Kenyon community and that working with digital multimedia materials require extraordinary computing and time resources, LBIS has developed policies (scroll down) to help ensure access to these resources to the broader community as necessary.

Digital Video Stations


27" iMac


Final Cut X, Motion, and Compressor

Adobe Creative Cloud:  (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Premiere, Illustrator.)

Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

GarageBand, iPhoto, and iMovie


  • To import footage from Mini-DV tapes, or camcorders with Flash memory cards, please bring the camcorder with you to the media lab as your playback device.  Many camcorder manufacturers provide USB cables for downloading video recordings to a computer.  In addition, Mini-DV Firewire cables are available at the Circulation desk for checkout, with which you can connect your camera to the iMac's firewire input jack, located on the back of the iMac's monitor.  Import video from your camcorder to iMovie
  • A quick and handy resources for learning how to edit video clips can be found at'11. These short video tutorials about iMovie, the software available on video editing stations, can help you with tackling an entire video editing project, or simply get you over a particular hurdle in iMovie.

General Tips: Working with digital video requires very robust resources, including hardware, software, storage capacity and time. For storage, five minutes of raw digital video footage requires one gigabyte of media. The time required to finish an editing project is directly related to the level of complexity of the project. For complex projects including multiple transitions, titles, and other effects, one can expect to spend up to 100 minutes digitizing, editing, and outputting one minute of final video. Thus a five-minute video could require up to 500 minutes of editing time to complete.

A portable Firewire drive is recommended for most video projects.

Access Policies

  1. Members of the Kenyon Community wishing to use this station may do so on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Work may not be saved to the local drive.  LBIS recommends saving all work to a portable Firewire drive. LBIS is not responsible for and will not guarantee that files stored overnight locally on this machine will be available the following day.
  3. This workstation will be regularly cleaned and restored to default settings. This will automatically delete any user files stored on this machine.
  4. LBIS reserves the right to make additions, revisions, or deletions to these policies during the course of the academic year.