Saving Your Work While in the Inspiration Lab
Operate with the camera plugged in to a power source.
If you use the Lab video camera, you will need at least a 64 GB 45 MB/S SD card.The Inspiration Lab uses a Sandisk Extreme 64 GB 45 MB/S SD card.
Save your work on your own SD card or insert the SD card in to the slot on one of the video editing workstations to:
- Transfer the files to personal storage device or cloud, or
- Import the video file(s) into Adobe Premier Pro to save as project file for editing
NOTE: Only Adobe Premiere Pro supports the ProRes video files (*.mov) produced by Blackmagic cameras.
Please see the File Size and Saving Time section on this page for more saving information.
See also the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.
Wiping your Data When Done
Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.
After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.
To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".
Adobe Premiere Pro
The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a is a professional-grade non-linear video editing software program with an overwhelming amount of features that this guide will only brush the surface of. This program allows you to:
- Import video, audio and graphics in various formats
- Edit, manipulate and assemble your clips in sequence on a timeline
- Apply effects, filters, transitions and titles to your sequence
- Export your edited project in a wide variety of formats
Hardware you may need to get started:
- Footage of some type to edit (files saved to your computer, external hard drive, camera media card, etc)
- Third party hardware for some formats (examples) and correct cords for connecting to your computer
- A computer with Adobe Premiere Pro on it that meets the minimum system requirements
Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment
The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.
The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).
Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.
We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.
File Size and Saving Time
Videos, espeically when edited with effects and titles, can become large files. Please come to the Lab prepared with a big enough storage device or cloud access to save your work. You cannot save your work on the public computers.
Large files may also take a while to save. Be sure to leave enough time within your booking to save your project.
File sizes and saving times can vary wildly depending on the file format selected:
|File format Types
||file size||estimated saving time|
|20 minute video, small format (eg. MOV, Mp4, MPEG2)||1-5 GB||10-40 minutes*|
|20 minute, large format (eg. uncompressed AVI)||25-30GB||10-12 minutes|
*mp4 is the smallest (most compressed) format and so takes the longest to save at 40 minutes.
Additional time will also be required if you wish to burn any of these projects onto a disc (10-15 minutes for a 20 minute video).