LINC open access rooms.

Open access 1 in the LINC will be closed from midday on Wednesday 5th September until 9am on Monday 10th September, to allow the room to be cleared in readiness for the fitting of the new carpet. Open Access 2 will be available from 8.45am to 5pm Wednesday to Friday but the 24-7 facility will be suspended during this time.

Both the open access rooms have been painted over the summer and the fitting of the new carpet is the welcome next stage of the redecoration.


Cathy Carey – Learning Spaces Coordinator

Welcome to HE drop-in students.

Learning Services would like to welcome to campus the HE drop-in students, arriving today. We are here to support you during your time here, so pop in and see us, in either the Library or the LINC, and we will be pleased to help in any way we can.

We hope you enjoy the next few days and have a great introduction to what Edge Hill has to offer.

Cathy Carey – Learning Spaces Co-ordinator

What’s been happening in our HD Television Studio?

We have had a busy few months in the television studio, with it being heavily used by the Media students, academics and departments across the University. The studio has been running flat out from 0900 to 17:00 Monday to Friday!

Here are just a few of the highlights:

In terms of students, Film and TV students have been producing light entertainment shows and children’s television shows, with the 3rd year students finishing and polishing their final projects. There are also some of our students who have been producing content for a magazine style show called ‘Lancashire Fresh Event’, and this is tied to producing content for Bay TV.

Two students within the Department of Media, James Ibbitson and Kevin Robinson have produced a film called “A Fall From Grace” which is a political drama set in the months following the end of the Second World War.  Internal production shoots took place within our HD studio and the staff common room, it’s a very professional piece of work, and has its own website that was designed by the 2 students to promote their work. Visit their website to see.

For those as old as me who remember the band Hawkwind, it was exciting to have the band member, Steve Bainbridge in the studio.  He was being interviewed by Steve Jansen, screen writer and author; this was for a creative writing project.

We have also been working with Faculty of Health and Social Care staff who have used the studio to produce content to support carers and children with disabilities.

Media Academics have been utilising the facilities to provide content for promotional information, and we are seeing requests from other areas of the university, HR being one of the departments taking advantage of new media, to promote what it’s like working for Edge Hill University, getting the word out there into the employment market place.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at


Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager



Exciting new editing software from Avid

Avid is here!!. Our new editing software has now arrived and is up and running.  For those of you who don’t not what we are promoting…It’s the latest industry standard professional editing systems designed and built by Avid, there was a slight delay in getting these installed as we were holding out for the latest software.

The new software has been built from the ground up, and for the technical among you…. this is based on a very powerful PC, with a Windows 7 operating system, running a 64 bit architecture, with Avid Media Composer v. 6.0 software. This allows for multi-layering of complex effects, with added colour correction, with minimum rendering time.

These new systems are based with our other editing booths, 2nd Floor in the LINC building.  Avid media composer has been around in industry for a very long time, and is an established editing platform for media industry editors.  It is packed with high end tool sets that allow professional finishing to be accomplished.  Our systems also have an internal 1Tb media drive, separate from the operating system hard drive, so it’s capable of handling large media projects. It also allows imports of Pro-tools projects, allowing you to finish in surround sound 5.1 or 7.1.

Avid has some amazing opportunities for collaborative working.  Within industry, the large broadcasters have Avid and Pro-tools sitting on large shared media networked storage solutions, for example, the Avid ISIS solution.  Here is an example of how they pull it all together…one or more editors can be working on the same project, while the audio dubbing editor sitting on the pro-tools system, finishes the audio.  When the project is finalised, it can then be colour graded for transmission, and all this is achieved within the Avid ISIS network.

In broadcasting, they will use a totally file based work flow and nothing has to leave the system, unless the customer requires a tape copy.  Media that needs to be kept is then placed into deep archive for retrieval at a later date.  These systems can handle up to 640 Tb of raw storage.

So for the budding editors amongst you, why not come along and take a look at these new systems, and if you want to hone your skills on the latest offering from Avid, the Media Development team based in the LINC, will be able to support you in using our new Avid systems.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at






Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager


Want to film in the University Library?

We are aware that at this busy time of year for projects, students may want to use the University Library for filming purposes.  If you think, from your story boarding, you may want to come in and film, please note we have the following guidelines in place for you to follow.

Students in the editing suite

You must seek permission, in advance, from either;

Please give a brief outline in your e-mail your plans for filming, where in the Library you would like to use and an idea of how many people there will be with you.

We will aim to accommodate all requests, as much as possible, but please be aware the Library is a place of study and we cannot allow your fellow students to be disrupted.

The Library is always quieter in the evening, and at weekends, so you may want to bear this in mind when you make your request.


Cathy Carey
Facilities Co-ordinator

Media Students a Must read…

Well reading week is now behind us and it was a busy one!
The media development team was busy looking after Media’s 1205 & 1208 students as they were given their first introduction to Edge Hill’s HD television studio.

Studio Production Gallery

The intention of these training sessions is to give first year students the opportunity to see first-hand the variety of production equipment used to produce a TV show. They are designed to give students an insight into the variety of the different production roles,  and the key skills required to fill them, as well as giving them the oportunity to get hands on.

In our next blog we will update you on the arrival of our new Avid Media Composer editing systems. This system will give the budding editors amongst you, a chance to edit on another industry standard platform. So make sure to keep an eye on our news via this blog.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager.

Emerging Technologies Staff Development Monday 21 November 2011 – The Right Image For Blackboard

Want to learn how to make your images more accessible?

By optimising them you are creating a resource which is both less demanding on Blackboard and eShare storage and also more usable by your intended audience.

Image optimisation is using the most compressed (smallest file size) which remains visually acceptable for the specific role of the image.

This session aims to demonstrate some simple techniques to optimise images using Microsoft programmes.

Book on to this session by emailing Staff Development.

The medium is the message

As you may know by now, Learning Services has many different channels of communicating important information to our students and staff. Along with our biannual newsletters we have this blog, which you can subscribe to via an RSS feed, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

But which one should you follow? That depends on the type of information you’re after, really!

Our blog is our formal point for anything that happens within Learning Services. Information on our latest facilities, new books and resources, opening times, it all gets posted here. If you visit our website often, you will see the latest news from our blog rolling on the front page. Alternatively you can go to our blog directly and read the latest or search by category or tag. What’s more, you can leave us any comments or suggestions you might have related to our articles. If you don’t want to be visiting the blog site every time, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. You will find a link at the top left of our blog.

Everything that gets posted on our blog gets automatically posted on our Facebook and twitter accounts. So why follow us there?

Facebook and Twitter are our less formal mediums of communication. Any last minute notices about our service as well as any promotions, contest and events will get posted there first so that you will always be up to date. Consequently they get updated a lot more frequently than our blog. If you have a smart phone you can check your Facebook and Twitter accounts on the go so you’ll always be up to date! You can also give us feedback and comment on things that you like or dislike. Additionally, on Facebook, you will find photographs of any events that we organise, or you can post your own. We will also share or retweet posts from other services that we think you might be interested in and you can spread the word to your friends yourself by sharing or retweeting.

So whether you want to be reading our full articles or just snippets of our news there’s a medium for you and whatever your preference one thing is for sure: you’ll never miss a thing!

Summer 2011 opening hours

The opening hours for the University Library and the LINC will change for the summer vacation on Monday 13th June 2011

University Library

8.30am – 9pm    Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8.30am – 5pm    Wednesday & Friday
Closed               Saturday & Sunday

LINC Building

The LINC will remain 24-7 access  (with a valid Unicard) throughout the summer vacation. However the helpdesk hours will alter to

8.45am– 7pm    Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
8.45am – 5pm    Wednesday & Friday
Closed               Saturday & Sunday

From Monday 27th June the Helpdesk will only open 11am – 3pm daily

The opening hours for all our Libraries can be found here

For further information please call us on 01695 584286 or e-mail


Cathy Carey

Facilities Coordinator