Park City Library opens YouCreate Lab
Ryan Summerlin April 16, 2013
The latest multimedia equipment and software are expensive and hard to find. Just ask Jamison Brandi, independent filmmaker and producer who transplanted to the area in September.
While researching post-production studios in Salt Lake City to finish a trailer for a film he had recently produced, Brandi stumbled upon a new addition to Park City, saving him a trip to the valley and extra money he says he would have spent in L.A. or New York for the same amenities.
The YouCreate Lab, Park City Library’s newest amenity, opened its doors last week. The collaborative community space – with state-of-the-art software and equipment designed to enable locals to creatively express themselves through digital videos, photography, websites, graphic design, podcast, presentations, and other forms of digital media – was only a few blocks away from his home, Brandi laughed.
"Creating a post-production studio for the public to use for free is unheard of," he said. "People with this type of technology will charge a pretty penny for you to use spaces that are just like this one at the library. Offering this to the public is amazing, and local amateurs making films or features should be excited."
According to Tegan Davis, youth services librarian, the new space encourages the development of 21st century skills such as literacy in information, media, communications and technology, which she claims are essential for today’s global economy.
"Local high school students have access to this type of technology while in school, but they are only 18 percent of (Park City’s) population. This digital media lab will give the rest of the community the chance to have these types of amenities," Davis said. "Students will be turning in their laptops soon when school ends for the summer. This will give all of the GoPro kids the opportunity to keep playing."
The lab, Davis adds, will provide everyone in the community with the opportunity to pursue his/her creative aspirations, whether that is digitizing family slides, creating art, movies, apps, or animations.
The lab includes equipment that can be used in the library as well as borrowed.
Final Cut Pro X, video-editing software developed by Apple, is one of the high-tech tools available in the digital media lab. According to Brandi, the new software is used by professionals to transfer video onto a hard drive, where it can be edited, processed, and output to a wide variety of formats. Over the next week he plans to cut the trailer for his film completely from scratch in the lab with the new program, a task he normally does with the older Final Cut program, and in a rented studio.
"I am going to push the lab as hard as I can and see what happens," Brandi said. "I’ve been able to help the library staff with some of the technology and I plan on coming back as much as I can to help them out. This type of thing works like a share system for me. I was the first person in, so it only felt right to ask if they needed any help troubleshooting problems."
Davis is anticipating a lot of traffic to the new lab, which was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administrated by the Utah State Library and the Friends of Park City Library.
The innovative learning space, which took six months to design and construct, has four computers that users can reserve for two-hour increments, and an assortment of video and still cameras to borrow for use outside of the library.
According to Davis, classes will also be available soon to teach the public how to tell their own stories using the digital software and technology now available at the library.
"Our biggest difficulty so far is getting familiar and knowledgeable with the new software and equipment we have," Davis said. "Jamison will be able to teach us a lot once we get the proper volunteer paperwork finished. We are depending on people in the community like him to volunteer their time and knowledge with locals who are interested in learning how to use these new tools."