From making a movie to recording music, the MARS lab is available for EWU students, staff and faculty. The Multimedia Activities Resource Services has been located in Monroe since 2000 and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to help with any technical or artistic questions for any multimedia project.
“At the MARS lab, we focus more on helping people,” said Clarence Johnson, a consultant at the MARS lab.
Along with the helpful staff, many house tutorials are also available. Tutorials include how-to’s, application and equipment tutorials. Anyone who wants to learn how to shoot a better video or just wants to become more comfortable with powerpoint can learn something in the MARS lab.
Equipment is available to check out for personal and academic use. Students make and edit video projects, do graphics work, cut music and do just about any other kind of project relating to multimedia. Available equipment includes: digital video cameras, Canon digital cameras with two zoom lenses, both PC and Macintosh laptops, Mitsubishi digital projectors, portable hard drives and various microphones.
The MARS lab updates its software within months of the new software coming out and equipment such as cameras are always being updated.
The MARS lab is also home to it’s very own audio/visual studio. It includes green screens, custom lighting and a sound-stage.
It is available for anyone who wants to record their own music or do some filming, and can be reserved by contacting the MARS lab in Monroe 305.
Along with the audio/visual studio, the Mars lab contains 17 work stations. All workstations utilize either Gateway E6100s with Microsoft XP or Apple PowerMac G5s with Apple’s Mac OSX. They are all equipped with scanners, drawing tablets, zip drives and memory card readers. Special video stations are also equipped with editing decks and external monitors. Audio stations are also available and work with ProTools, Garage Band, DigiDesign and other programs.
Access to the MARS lab is included in the student technology fee. The great innovative and new technology should not be wasted.
“People come in and it’s really based on helping people,” said Johnson. “Anybody could have a huge lab with only two or people available to help you, but here if you need help, there is going to be somebody within 20 feet of you.”