Holiday Closure

    We will be closed from Friday December 19th at 5pm to January 5th at 9am. Workstations will be available for you to book during that time but make sure you have a picture ID when you arrive.

    Game Lab Changes

    Starting January 5th, 2015 the Faculty of Fine Arts will be transferring operations of the 11th floor game lab (EV11.425) to the TAG research group. This is a pilot project intended to evaluate a new opportunity for operational planning within the new funding structure.

    In light of this, Stuart Thiel’s term as the Fine Arts Research Game Lab coordinator will be ending in December. We appreciate Stuart’s dedication and commitment to ensuring the smooth running of the lab and wish him well in his future endeavors.

    Portable Equipment moving to the CDA depot on January 7th

    As part of the preparations for the devolving Hexagram infrastructure to Fine Arts, the majority of the Fine Arts Research portable equipment will be moved to the CDA Depot and pickups and returns will operate from EV5.770 starting January 7th 2015. You will still be able to search for the type of available equipment online, receive accreditation when required; and then be able to make your reservation through PIR.
    The main difference in the process will be the schedule in which you can plan large pickups or returns. The CDA Depot tends to be open Mon-Thurs 8-10 and Fridays 8-7 during the semester with some reductions in the schedule in-between semesters. Users wanting to pickup or return 5 items or less will be able to do so anytime during the regular depot hours.
    Users wanting to make large pickups and returns (more than 5 items) will need to make their reservation no less than 72 hours in advance and will be restricted to the following times:
    Monday to Friday: 11h-12h, 14h-16h
    Monday to Thursday: 19h30- 20h30

    WORKSHOP: Introduction to Sound Installation

    Location: FAR Black Box EV-S3

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Description: This workshop focusses on the FAR portable audio equipment. It will introduce principles and special considerations for amplified sound playback and installation in temporary scenarios. (events, performance, gallery installation).

    Topics covered include:

    • Sound reinforcement terminology
    • Introduction to some architectural acoustic principles
    • Basic signal chain considerations
    • Portable Audio Equipment: Playback Devices, Amplifiers, Cabling and Speakers
    • Planning and preparing a sound installation
    • Troubleshooting: Feedback, RF interference, absorption and diffusion.
    • Sound imaging in Mono, Stereo, 5.1 and distributed multi-channel scenarios.
    • Public address, microphone or field recording techniques will not be covered.

    This workshop will involve the physical setup and playback of a 5.1 surround-sound installation using FAR portable equipment.

    Date:  Wednesday, December 3rd, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Prerequisites: An introductory workshop for those wishing to learn more about the use of amplified sound in their projects.

    Registration Limit: A minimum of 6 participants is required in advance of the workshop. This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, Other Faculty and Graduate Students.

    Register: To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at douglas.moffat@concordia.ca.

     

     

    WORKSHOP: Introduction to the Surround Sound Studio

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    Location: FAR Surround Studio EV 10.724

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Description: The Surround Studio is a flexible multi-channel sound facility suitable for mixing and editing for music production, post-production, sound installation, TV and film/video scoring.

    This workshop covers principles of surround sound production and provides the participant with the necessary skills to begin working with multi-channel sound in FAR’s Surround Studio.

    Topics covered include:

    • Studio orientation and configuration
    • Surround sound concepts and terminology
    • Preparing for multi-channel projects
    • Setting Up the Patch Bay
    • Pro Tools HD hardware and software
    • Configuring a Session for stereo and 5.1
    • Woking with multi-channel media
    • Editing and mixing workflow for multi-channel projects
    • Setup for working to picture
    • Exporting and backing-up projects
    • Considerations for surround playback

    Date:  Friday, October 31, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Prerequisites: Experience working with Pro Tools and digital audio is recommended.

    Registration Limit: 5 participants per session. This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, Faculty and Graduate Students. To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at douglas.moffat@concordia.ca

    WORKSHOP: Brief Introduction to Avid Media Composer

    Location: FAR Screening Room EV10.525

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Date: Wednesday, October 22, 11 am to 12 pm

    Description: Avid Media Composer is a video editing application widely used for broadcast, cinema, documentary and video art post-production.  This one-hour workshop is a primarily an information session for users interested or considering using our Avid video editing suites.  Users wishing to continue with Avid will be able to schedule a hands-on workshop tailored to setting up your specific project.

    Topics covered include:

    • Choosing Avid Media Composer for video editing
    • Avid’s file management approach
    • The interface of Media Composer
    • Editing tools and keyboard-focussed editing methods.
    • Simple titles and effects
    • Basic colour correction tools
    • Exporting sequences

    Prerequisites:  This workshop is geared towards participants with previous editing experience, curious about Media Composer, or looking to transition from Final Cut Pro 7. Please contact Douglas if you have any questions.

    Registration Limit: 5 participants per session.

    Register:  Please contact Douglas Moffat at douglas.moffat@concordia.ca

    This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, other Faculty and Graduate Students.

     

    WORKSHOP: Introduction to Video Recording

    Description: An introduction to setting up and working with FA Research’s HD video cameras. This workshop covers basic principles and workflows to begin working with the JVC  HM100 and Sony EX cameras and related equipment. Topics covered include:

    • Setup: Setting up the camera, tripod and media.
    • Digital Video: file containers & codecs, frame sizes & frame rates, timecode.
    • Camera: Menu and button interfaces.
    • Settings: Reset and configuring the camera settings.
    • Lenses: Controlling zoom & focus, depth of field.
    • Exposure: Adjusting aperture, shutter, ND filters and gain.
    • Colour: Setting white balance & monitoring.
    • Audio: Considerations for recording sound.
    • Movement: Considerations for camera movement.
    • Special Scenario: Fast & Slow Motion and Low Light conditions.
    • Media: File management, transcoding and storage.

    Dates:  Friday October 17th, 1pm to 4pm

    Location: Screening Room EV 10.525

    Prerequisites: This is an introductory workshop, no previous experience required.

    Registration: The limit is 7 participants per session. This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, and other Faculty and Graduate Students. To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at douglas.moffat@concordia.ca

    Workshop: Introduction to the 3D Scanner

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    Description:
    - This one-hundred-fifty-minute (maximum) workshop provides a demonstration of the Creaform EXAscan 3D Scanner.
    - Calibration of the scanner, scanning strategies and file exporting will be covered in the VX Elements software environment. Basic mesh clean-up and refining will be covered using the GeoMagic software.
    - Workshops will be conducted in groups of a maximum of 8.
    - To register or for more information, please contact Marc Beaulieu, F-A Research Facilities Rapid Prototyping Lab Coordinator at marc.beaulieu@concordia.ca. Be sure to include in any message: your name, Hexagram or student ID & the name and date of the workshop.
    - Participants are invited to bring objects that they may wish to scan in order to try out the scanner for themselves in the second half of the workshop, as time permits.

    Location:
    Rapid Prototyping Lab EV.10-835

    Workshop times:
    Tuesday, October 21st @ 14:00 – 16:30   FULL
    Thursday, October 23rd @ 10:30 – 13:00   FULL

    *Additional workshops may be announced based on demand.

    **Note: You must be Registered with F-A Research Facilities before signing up for this workshop.

    Workshop: Sound Part 1 – Field Recording

    Date: Tuesday, September 30 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Location: Fine Arts Research Recording Studio, EV 10-515

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Description:  This workshop will cover the use of our portable hard-drive recorders and microphones giving participants the necessary information to use and care for these resources. Users interested in continuing towards using the Recording Studio should attend this workshop.

    Topics covered include:

    • Review of basics of sound, digital recording and acoustics.
    • Strategies for field recording.
    • An introduction to the microphones.
    • Introduction to wind-screens, boom-poles and related equipment.
    • Working with the Sound Devices 722
    • Hands-on time with the equipment.
    • Preparation for the Recording Studio Workshop (Part 2)

     

    Prerequisites: Experience working with digital audio is recommended. Basic computer skills are essential.

    Registration: Limit is 6 participants per session. This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, Faculty and Graduate Students. To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at douglas.moffat@concordia.ca

     

    Workshop: Introduction to the Laser Cutter

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    Description:
    - This ninety-minute workshop provides a brief demonstration of the Trotec Speedy 500 Laser Cutter / Engraver. The entire process from file preparation to final cutting will be covered.
    - Workshops will be conducted in groups of a maximum of 5.
    - To register or for more information, please contact Marc Beaulieu, F-A Research Facilities Rapid Prototyping Lab Coordinator at hexagram.rp@concordia.ca
    - In order to register, please be sure to include in any message: your name, Hexagram or student ID & the name and date of the workshop.

    Location:
    Rapid Prototyping Lab EV.10-835

    Workshop times:

    ** All workshops are now fully booked! **
    New workshops will announced for early November based on demand and equipment availability.

    Tuesday, September 30th @ 10:30 – 12:00 (Morning Session) FULL
    Tuesday, September 30th @ 13:30 – 15:00  (Afternoon Session)  FULL
    Thursday, October 2nd @ 10:30 – 12:00 (Morning Session)  FULL
    Thursday, October 2nd@ 13:30 – 15:00 (Afternoon Session)  FULL

    **Note: You must be Registered with F-A Research Facilities before signing up for this workshop.