Usage Guidelines and Recommended Software


  • Use of the Media Studio is reserved for venture teams and i-lab related projects only. No outside projects, please.
  • A training session with the Media Studio Teaching Assistant or a member of the i-lab staff is required before use.
  • No equipment is to be taken out of the Media Studio. Ever.
  • No food or drink other than bottled water is allowed in the Media Studio.
  • Media Studio equipment is for recording only. Editing must be done outside the studio on your own equipment and you should take your recordings with you on portable storage media.

Recommended Software

Audio Editing

  • Audacity: Audacity is a freeware, multi-track editing program that is easy to use and has a good track record for being stable and dependable.
  • Hindenburg: Hindenburg is a low-cost, professional audio editing tool designed specifically for journalists and podcasters. It is the editing software recommended by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.
  • GarageBand: GarageBand is Apple’s native audio editor.  It is free if you have a Mac and relatively intuitive.

Video Editing

  • iMovie: iMovie is Apple’s free video editor and comes with your Mac. It is easy to use and fine for vodcasts and simple projects.
  • Windows Movie Maker: Microsoft’s version of a simple, iMovie-like free video editor. Again, fine for simple projects.
  • Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut Pro is a step up from iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, and it comes with a step up in price ($299). The upside is that you can make high-quality professional productions with it.
  • Adobe Premiere: Adobe Premier is the professional video editing tools for Windows. You can get the simplified Premiere Elements version for a lower price, or go with Premiere Pro to get more capability at a higher price. A pay-as-you-go cloud-based option is available through the Adobe Creative Cloud.