What can I do in the Studio?
The Studio offers the space, equipment and software for you to get creative with video, music, graphic design and more. For example, you can shoot and edit a video, record a demo for your band, or convert an old home movie to DVD.
Specifically, the Studio is for digital media projects only, e.g. projects related to audio, video, photography, design, development and digitization. General computer use, such as email, web browsing, and word processing should be done in the public computer lab.
Who can use the Studio?
The Studio is open to Arlington Heights Cardholders, Arlington Heights Business Cardholders and students from the following schools presenting a student ID:
The Academy at Forest View
Buffalo Grove High School
Christian Liberty Academy
John Hersey High School
Rolling Meadows High School
South Middle School
St. Viator High School
Thomas Middle School
If you meet these criteria, but are under the age of 12, you will need a parent to accompany you. Customers with fines about $10 will not be allowed to use the Studio.
Reciprocal borrowers may also use the Studio on a walk up basis or make a reservation for the current day, but may not make future reservations. Please visit or call the Tech Help Desk to inquire about availability.
Can I bring friends with me?
Sure! However, the cardholder whom the Studio is checked out to must be present the entire time. You cannot check in under someone else’s name or simply drop your friends off. Studios A, B, C and Entry hold a maximum of four people. Studio Production holds six at most.
How much time do I get?
You can reserve all Studios for two hours at a time, with the exception of Studio Entry and Studio C for Film Conversion, which you can reserve for four hours since conversions are time intensive.
Can I stay longer?
If no one is reserved after you, you may extend your reservation. Just clear it with a member of the Digital Services team.
How do I make a reservation?
, call 847-870-5224 or stop by the Tech Help desk. For video or film conversions, or if you need to reserve a camera or any of the Studio kits, please call or stop in.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
You can make reservations up to a week in advance.
Is this free to use?
You bet. You’ll only need to pay for flash drives ($6), CDs or DVDs (75¢) (Or if your fines are over $10).
Can I save my files on your computer?
You are responsible for saving your files to your own device. We do have flash drives and DVDs for sale, as well as flash drives and external hard drives for checkout. Before you leave the Studio, you must restart the computer, which will erase all your files before the next use.
What if I need help?
We’d love to help! If you need assistance with a project while you’re in the Studio, you can ask a Digital Services team member for help at the Tech Help Desk. If you need more in depth help, you have a few options. You can make a one-on-one appointment
, watch some great video tutorials at Lynda.com
, learn web development and programming through Treehouse
, take online classes at Gale Courses
, or attend one of our technology classes
There are also binders in each Studio with guides for various things like recording music, scanning photos and converting home movies. Each Studio has PDF versions of these guides on the desktop as well. We encourage you to use these for self-guided learning.
Will you work on my project for me?
We’ll gladly show you the ropes and help you through any hurdles, but the Studio is a DIY environment with a focus on learning and experimentation. You’ll be doing the heavy lifting.
Can I have food or drink with me?
No. The Studio is a food and drink-free environment.
How many photos, slides or film images can I scan at once?
You can scan anything up 11.7 x 8.5 inches. You can also scan multiple items at once, as long as there is a half inch or so of space between them, otherwise they will scan as one image. For slides, the scanning tray holds four, and you can scan them all at once. For 35mm film negatives, the tray holds two strips of six photos, so you can scan 12 photos at once.
What home video formats can I convert?
We have a VCR for both VHS (C) and 8mm tapes. If you have a working player or camera for a different format (Hi 8, Mini DV, etc.), you can connect it to our equipment and digitize from there. You can transfer them to either a DVD or to a digital video file on the computer.
We also have a setup for 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm film conversion.
Can I burn CDs or DVDs?
Yes. There are external CD/DVD burners you can check out from the Tech Help desk while you use the Studio. We also sell blank DVDs for 75¢ at the Tech Help Desk.
Do not use any of the equipment for illegal or unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials or content you have no right to reproduce or distribute.
How long does it take to convert analog audio/video to a digital format?
Conversion happens in real time, meaning a two hour VHS tape will take two hours to convert, and a 20 minute LP will take 20 minutes to convert.
Additional time is required for burning to CDs or DVDs, as well as editing and rendering video if you choose.
Can I bring in my own equipment?
Yes, but unless you’re plugging in your own storage device (flash drive or external hard drive) or connecting a camera to our video conversion equipment, you cannot connect your own devices. You absolutely may not rearrange or unplug cables from our setup to accommodate your own equipment. Our gear is a custom set up, and any unplugging or rearranging of cables may result in a poor experience for the following users. It’s important to leave things as they are.
That said, feel free to bring your own laptop, etc. to do work on while you have video rendering or converting on our computers.
Can I install my own software?
You may not install your own software, but you can request certain titles be installed. Let us know!
I made some cool work in the Studio. Is there anywhere I can post it?
Awesome! We’re glad you used the Studio to make something you’re proud of. Get in touch
to discuss ways to expose your art/music/photo/design/video/app.
How can I submit a suggestion and/or complaint about the Studio?