Welcome to the NHCPL Multimedia Lab

IMLS logoNHCPL Multimedia Lab

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grant # 45.310)

Multimedia devices


The Multimedia Lab includes a computer loaded with Camtasia Studio, Adobe Premiere Elements, and WordPress.

  • The computer has an HD Monitor attached to it, as well as a webcam and conference microphone. It can be used for video conferences for job interviews and educational purposes.
  • WordPress enables patrons to create web pages, and Adobe Premiere Elements and Camtasia provides users access to tools to create and edit video and digital images.
  • A green screen is available for special effects in the filming of video blogs.
  • Patrons must have a valid library card in order to use the multimedia lab computer.  The library card must be in good standing and below the maximum fine amount of $10.00.
  • Patrons with a valid library card can reserve a Digital Canon Powershot S120 Camera, tripods Logitech h390 headset, and accessories for use in filming within the room.
  • Patrons are responsible for any and all equipment that is borrowed and all items must be returned in-person by the person who booked the room and equipment.
  • Please Note: The $5.00 ADMIN fee for booking the Multimedia Lab will be waived.

Make a reservation to use the lab


NHCPL Multi-Media Lab

computer monitor and keyboard with a man's right hand on the mouseSkype & Webcam

The addition of Skype to this lab will give patrons the ability to participate in job interviews and employment related conferences.


  • The webcam  is a Microsoft LifeCam
  • Please be sure to share with us if you are awarded a job through the use of Skype or other resources provided by the library.

Equipment Available


  • Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera ($450.00 replacement)
  • Camera Batteries ($15.00 each)
  • Table tripods ($15.00 each)
  • Memory card ($35.00)
  • Logitech h390 Headset ($30.00)
  • Patrons will be responsible for returning all materials and will be charged based on prices above if materials are not returned.

Multimedia devices

Video camera in front of green screenGreen Screen

In film and television, a uniformly lit plain background that is used to create a travelling matte for special effects shots using a process called color separation overlay.


Green and blue are the preferred colours because they are not found in human skin or hair tones (see also chroma key). The live action component of films such as Avatar (2009) and 300 (2006) are almost entirely photographed with actors performing in front of green screens.


Chandler, Daniel, and Rod Munday. "green screen." A Dictionary of Media and Communication. : Oxford University Press, 2011. Oxford Reference. 2011. Date Accessed 11 Jun. 2015 <http://www.oxfordreference.com.proxy128.nclive.org/view/10.1093/acref/9780199568758.001.0001/acref-9780199568758-e-1146>.


Chroma Key (color separation overlay) 

A video post-production and graphical technique in which one colour in a shot or image is removed or made transparent (‘keyed out’) and replaced by a different background: e.g. the weather-map that appears to be behind the forecaster on television.


Chandler, Daniel, and Rod Munday. "chroma key." A Dictionary of Media and Communication. : Oxford University Press, 2011. Oxford Reference. 2011. Date Accessed 11 Jun. 2015 <http://www.oxfordreference.com.proxy128.nclive.org/view/10.1093/acref/9780199568758.001.0001/acref-9780199568758-e-0326>.

Computer monitorCamtasia: Illustrate Your Point with Video

Show your ideas, spread the word, or share knowledge with a video. From quick video demos to extensive video projects, Camtasia has all the editing tools to create the great video content you need to get the job done. 


  • Quickly record your webcam or screen, engage your viewers with a variety of effects, and easily share your videos to anyone.


computer monitor with pie charts on the screenSnagit

Snagit is a powerful screen capture and editing tool that allows you to capture, edit, and share anything on your screen.  


  • No matter what you're working on, Snagit helps you capture great looking images and videos with just a few clicks.
  • Easily customize your screen captures with effects, or show off what's important with Snagit’s markup tools.
  • You can also create quick videos by recording your screen.
  • Below are videos, tutorials, guides, and more to help you get the most out of Snagit.

A bike with and without PhotoshopPhotoshop Elements 13

Make quick edits, add artistic touches like a pro, or transform your photos to show your vision.


  • Express your creativity in beautiful photo books and cards. And always find any photo, fast.


Who should use Photoshop Elements 13?

People who:

  • Want to bring out the best in their photos.
  • Enjoy taking photos of family, friends, and activities in their lives.
  • Need an easy way to organize and quickly find their photos.
  • Like to do things to their photos such as remove people or objects, move objects around, and just make them look better.
  • Like to express themselves creatively through their photos.
  • Want an easy way to share their photos with others.
  • Want to create personal photo keepsakes.


WordPress logoWordPress

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes.


  • Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

What You Can Use WordPress For

  • WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes.
  • WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

IMLS logoNHCPL Multimedia Lab


NHC Library was awarded a $4,500 LSTA grant to build a multimedia lab at the Main Library.


Reference Supervisor Jimi Rider, who wrote the proposal, says the new lab will enable library patrons to conduct job interviews online using video conferencing software, edit and produce videos for video blogs or other projects, and build web pages using WordPress. He is working with NHC IT staff to order and install equipment, and expects the new lab to open by late spring.


LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Multimedia devices


Uses for the Multimedia Lab

  • Job interview/video conference
  • Digital slideshow of images (organizing home pictures)
  • Blogs and video blogs
  • Webpages
  • Tutorials
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