Large Format Printer Options

I’m also the person that handles the printing from our internal large format printer. It’s an Epson Stylus Pro 9800. I inherited this part of the job last semester in the middle of a large project that everyone in digital was assisting with to get done in a timely manner. Since then the printer is now my sole responsibility.  I am looking into creating an online form somewhere with different printer options to minimize the need to reprint due to lack of communication or understanding between myself and the departments that need jobs printed.

These are some of the things that will probably go into the form.  These are based on mistakes that have already occurred during printing this month of August as well as my background work in photo and printing labs.

  • Type of paper (might need to put together sample book)
  • End use
  • mounted/unmounted
  • amount to be printed

starting Preservation video

About to start work editing a video on the poster preservation project going on now btw our CHC department and the Preservation department.  The footage was shot a few weeks ago by myself and the other videographer here at the library.  Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to edit the footage do to priority going to previous event videos.

I will form a rough cut in the time I have between getting feedback for the library tutorial videos. Then I will send her my rough cut to see if we can collaborate on this.

The files are MTS and I’m working with Premiere.  She prefers Final Cut, but for some reason (and after some online searching I see I’m not the only one affected) Final Cut doesn’t want to read the MTS files I imported from the camera.  This explains why the girl who works in media lab gave me a set of MOV files when she was clearing out the camera’s hard drive. Because she also works in Final Cut.  I didn’t keep the MOV files, I gave them to the videographer and kept the MTS files I downloaded. Therefor, I’m going to work in Premiere with the MTS files.

Sometimes it seems that not having everyone on the same software can be hindering. Other times it seems beneficial that if one program is having issues, there are people who know the alternate program that might not have those same issues.

the making of library tutorials – draft 1

This is our process for making the library tutorials.

1. Reference & Instruction Librarians write scripts for the video tutorials based on a Term Paper Strategy sheet they made as handouts to students in the 2010-2011 academic year.

2. Department Head and myself make edits to scripts.  I go ahead and re-write based on edits.

3. Library Assistant in the department makes the animated video files using Xtranormal’s desktop program State.  He is using the green screen background so I can add images of our library to the background.  He is also the one taking the pictures.

4. I inter splice the animated videos with the video screen captures I made using Quicktime as well as the library still shots and a few sound effects from garage band (typing + footsteps).

5. I add title screens.

6. export h.264 vimeo HD at 1280×720 25fps.

7. Post on vimeo in password protected files while I wait for feedback for further edits.

NOTES:

– vimeo allows me to replace files so I don’t lose the web address if I need to update a video file.

– State is easy if you don’t care not being able to control what the characters are doing or which way their eyes are going.

– video 1 is ~1:30 minutes long.  It took me about 1.5 hours to get the edits done and uploaded. This is with video screen captures and stills (not counting title) already done and ready to be imported into the Adobe Premiere file.