Douglas Cross

Retired Associate Professor, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Description: The Multimedia lab is equipped to handle a wide variety of clinical, research, and teaching applications that involve audio and video hardware and software. This includes A/V media transfer, editing, movie development, audio tape development, A/V compression, animation development, and CD/DVD burning. The lab is also equiped to perform acoustic voice analysis (Praat). A lab manual provides the inexperienced user easy to follow directions for carrying out typical multimedia projects. The lab is also used for treatment of client's with fluency and voice disorders. 

Instrumentation: The Multimedia lab is based on PowerMac G5 and Dell desktop computers with both analog and digital interfaces. Hardware includes two JVC audio-video take recorders and playback decks, one VHS/S-VHS format capable and one that handles VHS, S-VHS, and Mini DV format tape allowing for complete anolog-to-digital and digital-to-anolog media conversion and dubbing. A Sony VHS U-Matic tape recorder and playback unit is also available for older 3/4" tape formats. The system has multiple monitors for ease of video editing and playback. A three-way Fostex speaker system is produces high quality audio playback. The system also includes an HP 5470c Scanjet Scanner, two firewire external hard drives for data storage (200 GB and 160 GB), and a LaCie multi format DVD/CD burner. 

Software: A variety of software options are available for high quality audio-video media editing and development. Software applications include, but are not limited to, iMovie, iDVD, and Final Cut Pro for audio-video movie editing and development. DVD studio pro. Cleaner, and Roxio Toast are available for media compression and DVD/CD development. Photoshop is available for image editing. Both Macromedia Flash and Macromedia Director are are used for developing high quality animation and multimedia materials.