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The Arcade's iMacs are the fastest computers in Suzzallo-Allen Library. They are designed for audio and video editing and creation, but also have MS Office and a variety of other productivity software, including Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) (CC includes After Effects, Animate, AIR, Audition, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, Prelude, and host of other apps, described here). Our iMacs delete files on logout, so make sure to save your data to your own drive before leaving!

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A/V Capture Tools

Blackmagic Media Express | Companion software for Blackmagic Intensity hardware for recording video from analog sources.  Allows the most flexibility in quality and format for digitization. Blackmagic Desktop Video Help (pdf)

Elgato Video Capture |Companion software for Elgato hardware for digitizing analog video and audio sources. Elgato Help (pdf)

Piezo | Capture audio from computer programs such as web browsers, Quicktime or Skype. Piezo Help (pdf)

EZ Vinyl Converter | Companion software for the ION EZ Vinyl/Tape converter for digitizing records and cassettes. EZ Vinyl Converter Help (pdf)

Screenflow | Record your computer's audio and video. Create tutorials with callouts and highlights. Use Screenflow.

A/V Converters

HandBrake | Convert media files into a variety of modern file formats. Supports de-interlacing and cropping. HandBrake Help

Max | Create high-quality audio files from CDs or digital sources. Supports error correction for ripping from CDs and can generate audio files in over twenty formats. Max Help Forum

Media Encoder CC | Ingest, transcode, create proxies, and output a variety of video formats. Available on iMacs 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Miro Video Converter | Convert video files into optimal formats and sizes for a variety of mobile devices.  Supports Android and iOS devices.

MPEG StreamClip | Open, edit and convert a variety of media file formats. Supports full screen viewing and previews of conversions and exporting at professional quality levels. MPEG StreamClip Help (pdf)

Audio Tools

Ableton Live 9 Suite | Digital music sequencer and audio production workstation that interfaces with the Ableton hardware

Audition | Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) is a digital audio workstation from Adobe Systems featuring both a multitrack, non-destructive mix/edit environment and a destructive-approach waveform editing view. Available on iMacs 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Audacity | Audio editor and recorder that supports multi-track mixing along with a wide range of plug-ins. Import/export a variety of audio formats as well as record from a microphone or other peripheral. Audacity Help

BWF MetaEdit | Embed metadata in Broadcast Wave files. Developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). BWF MetaEdit Help

Logic Pro X | Apple's digital audio workstation app for recording, creating and editing audio. Provides software instruments as well as Apple Loops instrument samples and musical scoring and notation. Logic Pro X Help (pdf)

Mixxx | DJ platform that supports audio import/export, beat matching and sampling among many other features. Mixxx Help (pdf)

Pro Tools | Digital audio workstation for music and audio production. NOTE: an ilock USB device must be checked out at the Media Arcade desk in order to use this. Ask if you have questions!

Reason | Digital audio workstation that emulates a physical rack of equipment such as samplers, mixers, synthesizers and effects pedals.

Sibelius 7.5 | Music notation program that supports both composition and playback using an extensive sample library. Currently only available on iMac 6.

Virtual ANS | Software simulator of the ANS synthesizer, a  photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument developed in Russia. Allows drawings and pictures to be converted into audio sounds. Virtual ANS Help, Virtual ANS Tutorial Videos

Video Tools

Blender | 3D animation program that supports modeling, rigging, animation, sumulation, rendering, motion tracking and video editing. Blender Help

Compressor | Apple's companion encoding program for Final Cut Pro. Create custom encoding settings for Final Cut projects. Compressor Help

Final Cut Pro X | Apple's advanced video editing application. Has wide functionality and an easy to use interface. Final Cut Pro X Help (pdf)

FrameByFrame | Create stop motion animations. Take pictures in sequence with a webcam, adjust frame rates and export files.

iMovie | Apple's basic video editing software. iMovie Help (pdf)

Premier Pro CC | Adobe's timeline-based video editing app, supporting high resolution video editing at up to 10,240 × 8,192 resolution, at up to 32-bits per channel color, in both RGB and YUV. Audio sample-level editing, VST audio plug-in support, and 5.1 surround sound mixing are also integrated.

QCTools | Analyze digital movie files frame by frame and help to locate issues with digitization. Has different view modes for comparison of video characteristics.

Quicktime Player 7 Pro & Quicktime X | View, encode and create media. Capable of playback as well as video/audio and screen capture. Quicktime Help

VLC | Media player capable of playing an extremely wide range of video formats. Also can be used as a region free DVD player to view DVDs of all region codes. VLC Help


Adobe Creative Cloud | A full list of Adobe CC software is available here.

Cyberduck | FTP client.  Cyberduck Help (pdf)

EaseUS Data Recovery | Accidentally deleted your thesis? Try EaseUS in the Arcade.

FaceTime | Video chat/voice over IP for use with Apple computers and devices.

iPhoto | Photo management to import and sort digital photos from a camera. iPhoto Help

Microsoft Office | Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Seashore | Graphics editor capable of multiple layer image creation. Seashore Help (pdf)