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Welcome to the CASSH Communication and Media Lab (CaML)

The CaML is an interdisciplinary, eight-room new media suite from the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities and directed by Communication Studies. Our media vault provides tools for myriad production and research needs, allowing CASSH students and faculty to critically explore both the creative and commercial aspects of new and emerging technologies.

Instructors interested in creating CaML projects or registering students to use the facilities and equipment must complete the Course Eligibility Proposal Form. Forms must be submitted by the final day of class of the previous semester.

Read more about the CaML.


 

About the CaML 🐪

Created by CASSH and its Communication Studies Department, the mission of the CaML is to: 

  1. Enrich CASSH classrooms with new media projects using digital tools.
  2. Provide space for students and faculty to create and collaborate.
  3. Facilitate academic research using new media tools and technologies.
  4. Contribute to CASSH's commitments to Eagle Advantage competencies and career readiness.


The Devine Installation

Prominently featured in the CaML is the above image, a six-canvas polyptych called "Autumn on the Upper Mississippi River" (2022) by Mark F Devine. The gigapixel installation is an image constructed from 25 individual high-resolution drone captures using a DJI Mavic 3.

Open Lab Hours

Students in qualifying courses may book computer reservations through Google Docs. Following the academic calendar, even weeks are Maroon, odd weeks are Gray.

Students may add their names to the reservation sheets linked below, or they can visit the lab during open hours, or they can call 608.785.5102 and leave a message with their request. Walk-ins are first-come first-served.

CaML Open Lab Hours

  • M - 3:15 - 5p
  • T - 11a - 7p
  • W - 3:15 - 5p
  • R - 11a - 7p
  • F - 3:15 - 5p

Links go live on Fridays at 11 for reservations the following week.

Current CaML Exclusive Courses:

  • CST 377: Digital Media Production
  • CST 379: Interactive and Experiential Media
  • CST 489: Documentary Production

CaML Rooms

Unless otherwise noted, rooms may be booked using the sheets linked above.

Murphy 167 - Editing Bay East

Seats 2. Includes Shure podcasting microphones.


Murphy 168 - Editing Bay West

Seats 2. Includes Shure podcasting microphones.


Murphy 169 - Research & Conference Room

Seats 12. Space includes Sennheiser omnidirectional ceiling microphone and AVer 12x zoom 4k video camera both of which can be independently controlled from the Observation & Podcasting Room.

The Sennheiser ceiling microphone array features a patented automatic speaker position detection and dynamic beamforming for best speech intelligibility. The AVer 4K Dual-Lens PTZ Conferencing Camera features a 12x optical zoom and AI technology with a Sony Exmor sensor and two lenses to see both close-ups of speakers and the full room. The Research & Conference Room can only be reserved by contacting the CaML Director.


Murphy 170 - Observation & Podcasting Room

May be used either to control and observe participant research in the Research & Conference Room or for video or in-the-round podcasting.

The Observation & Podcasting Room can only be reserved by contacting the CaML Director.


Murphy 171 - Media Production Classroom

Seats 25 students. Four television sets display podium projector. Space includes Sennheiser omni-directional ceiling microphone and AVer 12x zoom 4k video conferencing camera. Booking full classes in the lab requires consent of the CaML Director before the start of the semester.

The Sennheiser ceiling microphone array features a patented automatic speaker position detection and dynamic beamforming for best speech intelligibility. The AVer 4K Dual-Lens PTZ Conferencing Camera features a 12x optical zoom and AI technology with a Sony Exmor sensor and two lenses to see both close-ups of speakers and the full room.


Murphy 172 - New Media Studio

Provides a space for interviewing, green screen, AR/VR experiences, and PC computing needs for production projects.

The New Media Studio can only be reserved by contacting the CaML Director.


Murphy 173 - Storyboarding Space

Seats 6. Space includes two portable white boards, two computer stations, and a desk for users with laptops.

The Storyboarding Space may be reserved for classes with permission from the CaML Director.

Equipment will be ready for checkout beginning Spring 2024. Please be sure to check out a Course Eligibility Proposal Form to make course-wide equipment reservation requests.

Audio:

  • Tascam DR-40x (with L/R XLR inputs) (5)
    • Octopus tripods or tabletop microphone stands may also be checked out
    • Tascam DeadCats (5)
  • Phillips Portable Audio Recorders (5)
  • Zoom PodTrak (1)
  • Shure MV7 Podcasting Microphones with desk attachments and pop filters (5)
    • Connects directly to computer using USB or USB-C cables
    • Or can connect through XLR cables to Tascams or Zoom PodTraks, a separate check-out
    • Tabletop microphone stands may also be checked out
  • Lav Microphones (Tascam DR-10L)
  • Rode NTG2 Boom Microphone
    • Boom pole and DeadCat may also be rented
  • Midas Dual DP48 Personal Monitor Mixer with SD Card Reader
  • Blackshark v2 Pro Wireless eSports Headsets (10)
  • 5 - way headphone splitters (12)

Video:

  • Sony 4k Video Cameras (5)
  • GVM three-light portable lighting kit with stands (2)
  • Gimbals (5)
  • Small, portable dolly rig (1)
  • Stingers (3)
  • SanDisk Portable SSD (5)

New Media:

  • Movo PhoneVideo Kit7 (5)
    • Octopus tripods can also be checked out
  • HTC Vive Pro Virtual Reality System (1) 
    • Vive Facial Trackers
  • iPad Minis (6)
  • Mr. Tappy Mobile UX Research Kit (2)

Still:

  • Nikon D5600 with carrying case (2)
    These extras may be requested  
  • Lenses
    • Nikon AF70-300mm lens (2)
    • Vivitar 55 mm telephoto lens (2.2x Pro Lens) (2)
    • 55 mm 0.43x Wide Angle Lens with Macro (2)
    • 55 mm Professional 3 pc. Filter Kit (Ultimax: High Definition 0 optics Glass) (1)
    • 25 mm F17 ASPH (2)
    • 3 pc. (UV, CPL, FL-D) filter kit (1)
  •  Vivitar Tripod (2)
  • 128 GB SD Card (2) or 256 GB SD Card (4)
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CaML Director

Photo of CaML Director Taylor Miller

Taylor Cole Miller
Communication Studies
tmiller3@uwlax.edu
Office Phone: 608.785.8713

Location & Contact

The CaML is located in the northwest wing of Murphy's first floor. The door to the suite (Murphy 165) is inside the building's main corridor next to the Special Collections Library.

phone: 608.785.5102

Lab assistants:
Landon Shidell
Kevin Montero
Kelly Rudolph

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