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Media & Design Center - Labs, Software & Equipment: Media Lab

Media Lab Policies

Media Lab Policies:

  • The Media Lab is a public space available for use unless reserved for an instruction session.
  • No food and drinks are allowed in the Media Lab.
  • Please use headphones when listening to audio in the Media Lab and consider others working around you.
  • All files must be saved to your Z:\ storage folder. You'll find a shortcut on the desktop to access your Z:\ folder.
  • The MDC has a limited number of external storage drives that can be used in the lab for transferring files. Please consider bringing your own flash drive if you want to transfer or backup your files.
  • We do not support or allow the copying of copyrighted work. Be sure that material qualifies under Fair Use if copying media.

Programs in the Lab

MDC Software and Resources

The following applications are available on all MDC Media Lab computers (along with the full Microsoft Office Suite). Our audio lab also offers Reason 10. Click the links for more information and official tutorials from the software developers. 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Other Programs:

Saving Your Work

Using the Z Drive

The Z Drive is your own personal storage space that can be accessed from any computer in the MDC Media Lab and the UL's lower level lab. You can log in to any of these computers and access files saved on the Z Drive. When working in the MDC Media Lab, you should always save your work on the Z Drive. Anything not saved on the Z Drive will be deleted and lost when you log off.

To access and save work on the Z Drive, simply double-click on the "Z Drive (Personal)" icon on the desktop (displayed below).  

Z Drive icon 

Media & Design Center Staff

The Media & Design Center staff are available to answer your questions on using equipment, finding films, and creating posters or podcasts!  

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Media & Design Center
Undergraduate Library
CB# 3942
Chapel Hill, NC 27599