TIME technology requirements

1.Computer skills

Students are expected to have proficiency in basic computer skills before attending the TIME class. The computer labs used for these courses are equipped with Apple iMac computers. If you need to increase your familiarity with computing in general or the iMac specifically, you can take advantage of the Lynda.com tutorials or schedule a one-on-one tutorial with Gene Preble, Media Arts Studio Manager (visit the cage or call (617) 879-7298 to make an appointment).

2. USB Flash drives

For both Visual Language and TIME courses, students are required to purchase at least one 4GB or larger USB Flash drive (or possibly two, depending on specific projects) and bring them to class every day. Student projects will be stored directly on the drive. Having one or more USB flash drives is extremely useful for moving files and projects back and forth across machines for printing, scanning, and library research. High Speed USB flash drives are available for purchase from the MassArt Bookstore and stores around campus like Walgreens in Brigham Circle and CVS in the Logwood Medical Area. Students should be very careful with these drives since they are small and easy to lose or leave behind connected to a machine. While USB flash drives are handy for storing word processing documents and images, they do not offer the storage capacity and data transfer speed required for video projects.

3. Hard Drive

Students taking the TIME course are required to bring to class a bus-powered portable hard drive in order to store digital media files. USB flash drives, in most cases, do not offer the capacity and data transfer speed required for video editing. If you are taking TIME this semester, you are required to obtain an external bus powered hard drive with at least 120 GB of space. USB 3 or Thunderbolt connector interfaces are best but USB 2 will work, nothing else will work in our labs without an adaptor. 5400, 7200, and 10,000 RPM as well as SSD will all work. Your drive must be formatted for use on an iMac (i.e., HFS+). If you need help formatting a new drive please ask for assistance in the SF Cage. A drive with multiple interfaces is a good idea if you plan on doing a lot of video work, as you will have many ways to interface with various computers and connectors. Hard drives are delicate electro-mechanical devices and are subject to failure due to a variety of reasons. Therefore, it is prudent to make back-up copies of important files, otherwise hours, if not days, months, and years of work may be lost. Back-ups may be made to your Google Drive, USB flash drives (for small project files and a compressed version of your final video but not full-quality video files), or another hard drive.
Please feel free to stop by the Cage with any questions you might have regarding Technology Requirements.