Multimedia Technologies

Digital Lab Information & Policies

Lab operating hours - Spring 2012

For the first week of the semester (January 9 - January 13):

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

For the remainder of the semester (January 17 - May 9):

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday

Open Saturday Dates:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012

Also closed:
Monday, January 16, 2012 for Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 20, 2012 for President's Day

The lab closes for the summer semester Wednesday, May 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Lab phone number: (213) 740-3919

Digital Lab Policies

1. No food, drinks, or cell phone use allowed in the Digital Lab.

2. All students must sign in at the front desk. You will need your USC I.D. with and "A" sticker to use the lab. This sticker is available at the Facilities & Technology office located in ASC 223.

3. Please keep as quiet as possible and be respectful to others.

4. Only ONE student per computer. If you are working with a partner, you must each check out adjacent computers, if available. No group projects allowed.

5. An unattended station may result in removal of personal items to place another student.

6. Do not print more than 25 pages per visit on lab printers.

7. All unclaimed paper left on the printers will be immediately discarded into recycle bins. This will help keep the lab clean.

8. No ATVN day-of-air editing or editing with ATVN raw tapes.

9. If a live camera shoot or an Annenberg Radio News production is in progress, please be extra quiet to minimize potential distruptions.

10. The Radio Booth is for ARN Staff use only. Digital Lab Technical Staff approval is required for any use.

Getting started in the lab

You must check in at the front desk before using the facility. A valid USC I.D. card with an "A" sticker is required. Let the front desk attendant know if you are editing and/or need to check out equipment (i.e. headphones, hard drives, or library DVD/tapes). Give your USCard and the attendant will retrieve your equipment for you and sign in. If you are in the lab for general use, the attendant will assign you in stations 1 through 20. Students who are not editing can expect to be assigned to a station at the west end of the lab.

Technical assistance

Our technical staff are available during open hours to assist you with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, radio, video, and other general use needs. You can locate them at the desk on the west side of the lab, or in the media services office on the east side of the lab. If our staff are out at the time, ask for help at the front desk.


Printing is free in the Digital Lab. However, to help us maintain this privilege, please do not print more than twenty-five pages per visit to the lab. We appreciate your help in maintaining this policy.

If the lab is full

During busy periods in the lab, a time limit will be enforced in order to help all students access a computer station. If the lab is full, the person who has been using the station for the longest period of time must leave at the next even hour. A wait list to use the next available station will also begin at the front desk. If you intend on using the lab for completing a class project, we recommend you make a reservation to ensure that you will have a station available to you. Reservation instructions and guidelines are available below.

Video dubbing station

The lab is equipped with BetaSP, MiniDV, S-VHS, and DVD-R decks for video dubbing. Please see our technical staff for assistance with the equipment. The dubbing of copyrighted materials is only permitted for academic purposes. If you are using the dub rack to create video resume reels, please note that we do not allow the mass production of any type of video dubs. If you need to make more than two copies, you must use means other than the dub rack (such as a non-USC dubbing facility or your own personal equipment).

Checking out

You must return your station card and equipment (if any) to the front desk and retreive your USCard when finished in the lab. USC Annenberg cannot assume responsibility for USC ID cards that are left behind.

Lost and found

Items found in the lab (including USCards) are taken to the lost and found in the Facilities and Technology front office located at ASC 223. However, USC Annenberg is not responsible for any lost property.

A note for faculty

We encourage both Communication and Journalism faculty to utilize the lab for class projects and workshops. However, to ensure we can fully support your class, please send an e-mail to Annenberg Facilities & Technology ( to make arrangements and specify your needs before scheduling any workshopsor instructing students to utilize the Digital Lab. Any specified use of the lab for your courses (including video dubs) can be arranged with the Director of Multimedia Technologies. This will help our staffprepare to assist you and your students. Also, please help us maintain our printing policy and encourage your students to support the printing limitations.

Making reservations in the Digital Lab

Students working on class assignments can make reservations for 2-hour time blocks. This reservation policy is intended to help all students get a fair opportunity to complete their assignments. You may also walk-in if stations are available, but when the lab is full, please keep the wait-list policy in mind. Reservations can be made according to the following schedule (no exceptions):

Monday through Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Reservation Guidelines:
1. Reservations can be made by visiting or calling the lab during business hours.
2. Reservations can only be made through a lab student worker or technical staff.
3. No voicemail or email reservations will be accepted.
4. Only one reservation per day and no more than 2 reservations per week beginning on Monday.
5. You may only make reservations for the current and following week.
6. If you are more than fifteen minutes late, you will forfeit your reservation if other students are waiting to use a station. You may not reschedule.
7. Same day reservations may be made up unti one hour before requested reservation time.
8. You must leave after your time block if others are waiting to use your station.
9. Same day cancellations or no-shows will still count as one reservation.
10. You may come early and get a head start on your reservation if a station is available.
11. Specifying the type of station you wish to use is acceptable, but you may not specify the station number. For example, you may ask for an "Editing" station or a "Radio" station, but you may not request "station 35".
12. It is the student's responsibility to schedule within these guidelines.