Digital Media Center Policies and Procedures

 

Policies and Procedures

The Digital Media Center (DMC) offers students, faculty and staff access to the latest digital media resources available for experimenting with the production of audio, video, and still images, and for authoring hypertext and multimedia projects. Our hardware and software are consistently evaluated in the face of industry trends, academic needs, and artistic exploration. You will find a complete updated list of the DMC's hardware and software on the DMC’s website's technical information page.

The DMC is a media production facility. You should not use the DMC for computing tasks easily accomplished in Learning Commons or other UMD labs – games, checking mail, browsing the Web, and word processing are a few examples of inappropriate use.

No DMC hardware or software may be used for personal or commercial production work.

General Policies

  • Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and able to present a valid Student ID.
  • Personal projects or belongings left in the DMC will be collected at the end of each day and placed in the "Lost and Found" located at the security desk in the Learning Commons.
  • Students are asked to be considerate of others and keep noise level to a minimum.
  • Headphones are provided for audio projects.
  • Absolutely no food or drink allowed.
  • The DMC does not provide storage media such as DVD-R’s, CD-R’s and flash drives. Please bring your own.
  • Students are expected to treat DMC equipment with care.
  • Downloading, installing or uninstalling software of any kind is strictly prohibited. If you need something that is not available on a computer, please speak to the DMC supervisor.
  • Computer equipment, including cables, keyboards, mice, speakers, scanners, etc., are not to be modified, moved, unplugged, or changed in any way. If you need assistance, please consult the DMC Assistants.
  • DMC software and hardware are to be used for course-related projects ONLY!

File Storage

While you are working on a project; you may store your project files on the machine you are using. However, the stored project files are not secured and removed from the computers every evening. When you are done working you must store your project files on removable media (and make your own backups of all your work!). All of the machines in the DMC are equipped with CD/DVD burning drives.

Removable media are available in the UMD Bookstore.

Saving work prepared at the computer stations is the sole responsibility of the patron.

Before leaving the Digital Media Center, patrons should store completed project files or in-progress session files to some form of external digital media.

Non-system files are deleted on a regular basis.

If a patron desires to work on a large project for an extended period of time, especially video, the DMC recommends the patron purchase a personal external hard drive. The staff will provide support connecting the external drive to the DMC’s machines.

 

Computer Information

Currently the DMC is equipped with 4 Windows 7 Workstations and 5 Mac Pro Workstations featuring:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Scanners
  • Video Capture Units for importing to audio and video.
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Headsets

 

Warning Concerning Copyright and DMCA Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code, 1976) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. The Digital Millenium Copy right Act (DMCA) of 1998 is designed to protect copyright holders from online theft. Copying, distributing, downloading, and uploading information on the Internet may infringe on the rights of the copyright owner. Even an innocent, unintentional infringement violates the law.

Every audio, visual or written work has copyright protection unless that protection has expired or the creator places it in the public domain. The work does not have to have a copyright notice or a copyright symbol to be protected by copyright. If you cannot determine whether or not a work is copyrighted assume that it is copyrighted.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, educational institutions are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user uses a photocopy or a reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

It is the user’s responsibility to determine whether information is copyrighted, whether it meets the criteria for “fair use”, and to seek permission from the copyright holder for its use as necessary.