3D Printing for OSU

Until now, 3D printing has only been available under lock and key to specific departments such as Engineering and Architecture. For a limited time, the Digital Union is offering FREE 3d printing for all OSU faculty, staff, and students! It’s part of a pilot to access the demand for the service and feasibility of offering it campus wide. More details at u.osu.edu/du3d.

Carmen’s Down. How to deal.

You might have heard that Carmen has been on a little unplanned hiatus. Meanwhile, check out these Carmen Alternatives for Coursework. The page outlines alternate ways to accomplish the major functions Carmen provides such as tracking grades, sharing content, and accepting assignments. It’s always stressful when the daily tech we depend on fails us, even though realistically we know that this will happen every once in a while despite the best efforts.

This video always gives me the attitude adjustment I need to take a breather, enact an alternative, and be grateful when my service comes back online.

3D Printing for OSU Coming Soon!

The Digital Union is getting ready to launch a pilot that will make 3d printing available to all current faculty, staff, and students for free! We’re currently working out all the nitty gritty details such as policies, procedures, maintenance, and software. I can’t tell you too much yet, but stay tuned. Here’s a 3d vase we just printed to test out one our brand new MakerBots!

Gray 3d printed vase; very angular. In the background is a word mark on the wall that reads Digital Union, Enarson Classrooms Building.

And as if life couldn’t get any better, I just found that Lynda.com offers seven different courses on 3d printing, so take advantage of your free access to these online tutorials, and we’ll see you in the lab.


Hello, I’m Queenie

Headshot of Queenie Chow with OSU Block O logo top rightI started writing on this blog in October because I had a few useful tips to offer. In less than a year, I’ve amassed over 7,500 views from over 5,000 unique viewers, so I thought you might actually want to know a little bit about what I do here at OSU and why anything I say even matters. Behold…an About page! Ok, that’s all for now. Stay tuned, as I’ve been super busy hiring, training, and prepping for the two new Digital Union locations.

Promo events go on through the end of this week, so stop by for a tour and a cupcake! Forget about the state of the art recording studio, free unlimited use of Continue reading

Make a Video Available to Your Class

Computer generated graphics of lego movie characters fleeing from an explotion in the background.Have a video on disc or tape  you need to make available to your class? Unless you made, and therefore own the copyright to that video, you’ll want to go through a service offered by the Office of Distance Education & eLearning called Secured Media Library. According to the website: Continue reading

Easy Screen Recording on Mac

Screen recording window w/ red record buttonDespite the misnomer, Quicktime Player actually does a lot more than play videos. You can use it to make screen recordings, and it’s oh so easy! Here’s the method I recommend, which involves recording and saving your video using Quicktime, then compressing to an mp4 of reasonable file size using MPEG Streamclip.

Install this software to record from your computer OR reserve time to use the Digital Union recording studio, where we have all the software, hardware, and staff assistance to help you get the job done. Either way, here’s what you’ll need to do. Continue reading

$100 Video Studio for ESL

Panoramic photo of the studio; beige patterned carpet; blue movers blankets hung on the walls; a desk, chair, and tripod on the left; a green screen backdrop covers the entire right wall.

Earlier this week, I wrote about Digital Union’s upcoming studio in Denney Hall. It turns out great departments think alike, because ESL just built a super low key, low budget version for their own use. Here’s my Q&A with ESL colleague, Chris Hill.

How will the studio be used?

Chris: Many courses in the American Language Program (pre-admission ESL) and most courses in the ESL Composition Program (post-admission ESL) have been flipped, which means we’ve been creating a lot of materials for students to access online.  Continue reading

Encoding or Transcoding?

Most people use the terms encoding and transcoding interchangeably, however there is a distinct difference between the two.

Encoding & TranscodingEncoding refers to taking an uncompressed source and converting it to a compressed file whereas transcoding is taking an already compressed file and converting it to another compression scheme. These compression schemes are commonly referred to as codecs. Codec, in this context, is the standard or format of the compression. Continue reading

OSU’s Newest Video Studio Sneak Peek

Two men standing in front of a green screen inside a studio; a third man is behind a control panel.Here’s a sneak peek into the video studio at the upcoming Digital Union Denney Hall, one of two new DU labs set to open this Fall. We’re finishing up the install, making final adjustments, and developing training at this point. Everything is coming together and it’s all pretty hectic and exciting! We’ve designed this Continue reading

Beyond H.264

Banner with the initials HEVC, under which it reads High Efficiency Video CodingToday the most commonly consumed media format is MP4 files using the H.264 (Advanced Video Coding) compression scheme for video and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) for audio. These provide the best, easily consumable, compression ratios and as such became the format of choice for mobile device designers and manufacturers. While H.264 does a very efficient job of compressing video, making larger sizes and higher quality possible at lower bit rates than previous formats, there’s always room for improvement. That’s where H.265, or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), comes in. Continue reading