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Audio/Video Editing Suites

The Library Commons has one audio/video editing suite that can be used to import analog or digital audio files, record voice-overs, edit audio, and export to cassette tape, audio CD (using iTunes software), data CD or data DVD. These Macintosh stations with Audacity audio editing software and iMovie software are located on the third floor of the Library in the Library Commons. It is to be used by VIU Students and employees only, and exclusively for educational purposes.

Audio recording equipment and Analog and digital video cameras are available for loan to VIU Students and employees through the VIU Library's Equipment Loans department.


Booking the Audio/Video Editing Suite
  • The audio/video editing suite may be booked for up to 3 hours per day by VIU Students and employees.
  • Request a suite booking online using our suite booking website.
  • Pick up the keys to your booked suite at the Library Service Desk just prior to your booking time. Remember to bring your Student or Employee ID card!
  • The suite is available during Library hours.
  • You may not book the suite for any other purpose than audio/video recording and editing.
  • Book well in advance to ensure access to the suite.
Important information about using the Audio/Video Editing Suite
  • To use the Audio/Video editing workstation, you will need to log in using your existing VIU student computer account.
  • When you are finished using the suite, log out of your account, lock the suite door and return the key to the Library Service Desk. If you are the last one using the suite at the end of the day, click on the “Sleep” icon on the computer screen when you log out.
  • Media project files are not backed up by Vancouver Island University. You are responsible for making backup copies of your own project files. See the guide to "Exporting Audio" or "Sharing Your Video (exporting)" for instructions on backing up your files to DVD.
  • Project files will be deleted 30 days after the last time they were worked on.
  • Assistance: The Audio/Video Editing Suite is a self-service facility, meaning that users must be prepared to complete the majority of their projects independently. If you have problems using the equipment or software, consult the print instructions available in the suite. If you need help, ask the IT Helpdesk for help.
  • If you plan to distribute your audio project or video, you will need permission from the subjects featured in it, e.g. by having the subjects sign a waiver.

The audio/video editing suite computer runs the Macintosh OS X operating system and does not have Microsoft Office software installed. This station is to be used only for audio editing, recording and video editing.

The station has the following specialized technology available:

  • Audacity (for editing and recording audio)
  • Quicktime Pro (for converting audio from one format to another)
  • iTunes (for recording audio CDs -- i.e. CDs that you can play in a CD player)
  • 1 audio cassette tape recorder
  • 1 audio cassette tape player
  • 2 studio-quality microphones
  • 2 sets of headphones
  • mixing board
  • CD/DVD burner
  • iMovie 5 (for capturing and editing your videos)
  • iDVD 5 (for creating DVDs of your video projects)
  • Quicktime Pro (for converting video from one format to another)