About the Digital Media Lab

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Digital Collections Department staff offer training and assistance to faculty and graduate students to help them get started on a digital project.  We offer training for slide and image scanning, video digitization, audio recording/editing, text scanning, and basic video editing.  In depth training is available by appointment only.

To make an appointment please email digitalcollections@northwestern.edu OR  call (847) 467-1080.  The lab is open M-F, 9:30AM to 5PM.

Digitization Equipment

  • Epson 1640 XL with 11"x17" flatbed
  • Fujitsu 630c with document feeder
  • JVC DVD/VCR recorder
  • Nikon SuperCoolScan 4000 (slide/film/negative scanner)
  • Numark USB turntable
  • Panasonic DV/Mini-DV deck - DVCR 1
  • Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR with 80 GB hard drive.
  • Pioneer DVD/Divx player
  • Sony DV hardware codec converter
  • Scanner - Expression 1640XL Epson Flatbed 12 x 17" with transparency adapter
  • TapeLink USB Alesis Cassette Deck



  • Adobe Premiere CS6
  • Adobe Flash CS6
  • Final Cut Pro
  • iMovie '09
  • Screenflow


  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Silverfast AI


  • Adobe Soundbooth CS6
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Garageband

Document Scanning / OCR

  • ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition
  • OmniPage Professional 17

DVD Authoring

  • DVD Studio Pro
  • iDVD
  • Toast 8 Titanium


  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • iWeb

Digital Collections Recording Room

The Digital Collections Recording Room is now available to Northwestern University faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Vocal Booth Exterior

The Recording Room includes a VocalBooth designed for voice-overs, podcasts, presentation narration and conducting interviews. The room can also be used for video post-production work.

The VocalBooth is equipped with a high-quality condenser microphone fed outside of the booth into a digital mixer. The mixer is connected via firewire to a Mac Pro workstation set up with Apple Soundtrack Pro, Adobe Soundbooth CS6, Garageband, Audacity, and Screenflow.

  Vocal Booth Logo







To make a reservation, send us an email or call (847) 467-1080.