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Equipment suggestions for new students

Cameras: Although as of yet, we do not require our Freshmen to own their cameras it is a great advantage to have your own DSLR camera capable of capturing still photos & recording video at 23.98 fps (that's actually 24 fps, but the record/playback speed is 23.98 fps).  On the Canon side (our preference) this includes anything from a used T2I, T3i, T4i, 60D up to a brand new 7D or 5D.  The latter might be considered to be much more than a beginning student would need.

Hard Drive: Required: You must have your own portable external hard drive with a (USB 2.0 (3.0 preferred) and/or optional Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2) interface. You will also use this drive in upper level production courses, including HD production, which requires large storage capacity and fast speed. We recommend something like the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk with Hi-Speed USB2 or 3 connectivity and 7200 rpm rotation speed. Formatted for Mac OSX You will also need access to headphones that are not ear buds (preferably headphones that cover your ear) and class10 SDHC flash memory cards (8gb or 16gb).

Laptop: Required

PC (Windows)

Minimum:

  • Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10
  • Processor Speed- Core i5 Processor
  • Memory- 8GB RAM
  • Hard Drive- Minimum 256 GB Hard Disk or Solid State Hard Drive
  • External Hard Drive- 256 GB Hard Disk or Solid State Drive
  • Warranty- 4 years parts and labor
  • Wireless- 802.11AC or newer
  • Anti-Malware and/or Virus Protection 

OPTIONAL:

  • USB Flash Memory Storage Devices
  • Insurance- Comprehensive breakage, theft, and hazard

Apple Macintosh

Minimum:

  • Operating System- Macintosh OS 10.10 or above
  • Processor Speed- Core i5 Processor
  • Memory -8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive- Minimum 256 Solid State Drive
  • External Hard Drive- 256 GB Hard Disk or Solid State Drive
  • Warranty- 3 year parts and labor AppleCare
  • Wireless- 802.11AC or newer
  • Anti-Malware and/or Virus Protection

OPTIONAL:

  • USB Flash Memory Storage Devices
  • Insurance- Comprehensive breakage, theft, hazard