By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Whether it is to preserve some precious old family movies, slides or photos or to create something new be it a cartoon, artwork or film, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s new Digital Media Lab is a valuable resource.
Acquired through a New York Newspaper Foundation grant, the lab includes a variety of hardware including a flatbed scanner with slide and 35mm/120mm film scanning capabilities, an HP Touchsmart with DVD/Blu-ray Writer/Reader, a Flip HD Mino Camcorder, a Kodak digital camera, a headset with microphone, a Wacom Bamboo tablet, a Green/Blue screen, Sony DVDirect DVD Writer, VCA, two tablet computers and an HP wireless color photo printer.
“It’s amazing some of the things it can do. It can really do a lot of neat things,” said Assistant Director Kristine Mostyn, who applied for the grant and set up the lab. “You can not only preserve your memories but people can also express themselves by creating something new.”
Mostyn notes that the scanner can handle old slides, movies and old camcorder and DVD’s and will transfer the items to be preserved onto a CD.
“Whether you’re scanning in an old photo, slide or film to preserve or creating something new it will be saved on a CD and the software programs have tutorials,” Mostyn said.
The lab also includes a wide variety of software programs for photo editing (GIMP, Adobe Photoshop elements, Photo Studio 6, Cyber Link Media Suite Premium an Picasa); for animation (Scratch and Anime Studo 8); for video editing/creation (Windows Movie Maker and Adobe Premiere) and for art/illustration (Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio Debut 4).
“For students it’s a great resource wheel taking technology or art classes for their portfolio so they can show they can use this software,” Mostyn said.
“It’s something most libraries don’t have,” she added of the digital lab. “Hopefully people will see its usefulness and will use it. They can preserve their memories for future generations to enjoy and can also create something new to express themselves.”