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Multimedia Support Center


Nathan Gjerstad


The Multimedia Support Center Lab features 18 high-end computers equipped with the latest multimedia software including Adobe Creative Suite CC, Maya, Corel, Toon Boom, and Unity.

The space also houses multiple scanners, Korg Synth Keyboards and access to Wacom tablets. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to help with questions, and to provide advice and technical support.

Lab Hours

7:30am - 10:00pm Monday - Thursday
7:30am - 6:00pm Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday


The Multimedia Support Center houses a 1800 square foot, double high media studio. The space is semi sound isolated with a 97 feature pipe lighting grid. 

A great space for video shoots, audio recordings, or special events. The space is booked on a first come first served basis, and does not offer block bookings. Seating and tables are available for groups of 70 or smaller.  

Please call or send an email to make arrangements for your next event. Read and familiarize yourself with the Studio Guidelines below before booking your event.


Multimedia Support Center Studio in a U-shaped Setup


Studio Availability

9:00am - 8:00pm Monday - Thursday 
9:00am - 6:00pm Friday

Faculty and Staff Services

Support and Assistance:

Technical and creative advising and consultation on multimedia projects.

Assistance with obtaining resources for multimedia courses and demonstrations. 

Assistance in media resizing and formating.


Media Transfer Services:

Copyright compliant transfers from DVD, CD, VHS, DV Tape, and Vinyl.


Media Duplication Services:

Copyright compliant duplications of DVDs, CDs, and USB.


Questions about copyright? We can help.


Production Services:

Multimedia Support Staff are able to provide audio and video recording of events, activities, and instructional aids. We have the capability to handle multi-camera, 4K HD, live broadcasting, and live playback and monitoring. We can also provide production resources for instructional activities. 


Printing and Digital Design:

We also offer limited printing services for Columbus State Staff and Faculty members. Contact a technician for more information on these services.


Multimedia Support Center


Office Hours

8:00am - 7:00pm Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 6:00pm Friday


Appointments for any of our services can be scheduled by asking a technician or contacting our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright is the legal right that a content creator has to their own work. Copyright allows the creator of the work the exclusive rights to:

1. Make a copy of the work.

2. Distribute the work to others.

3. Display or perform the work publicly.

4. Make a derivative of the work.

Copyright can be granted to others via the creator's permission. This can be done by licensing out the work, which allows selected others the right to use the work under certain conditions, or by the creator waiving their rights to the work and granting full ownership to another party. 

Owning the copyright to a work means that no one else can use your work unless you grant them permission. Someone else cannot copy your work to their computer or give it to their friends; they cannot take your work and make a book or play based on it or even show your work to an audience unless you grant them permission to do so. 

Please visit the U.S. Copyright Office website for more information on copyright law.

Here in the Multimedia Support Center we are copyright compliant. This means that we cannot make copies of any work that copyright has not been obtained for. This means we cannot make a copy of the latest Disney film, even if you've bought the DVD. We cannot make prints of the movie's poster for you to display around campus. Any action that violates copyright law cannot be performed by us.

By being copyright compliant we are protecting ourselves and you. Copyright is a very serious criminal offense in the U.S. Violation of copyright is seen as theft and, depending on the severity of the violation, can lead to significant fines and time in jail. If we knowingly violate copyright law then we put ourselves and you in danger.

We know it can be difficult to do what you need with copyright laws getting in the way. However, there are ways around them and we can help with that. Contact us if you have any questions about the appropriate ways to obtain copyright or visit the U.S. Copyright Office website for more information.

"Fair Use" is an exception to copyright law which allows restricted use of copyrighted material. Fair use depends on what part and how much of the work is used. To determine fair use, you have to consider the following four factors:

1. What is the purpose of using this work. Is it for a commercial nature or is it being used for nonprofit or educational purposes?

2. What is the nature of the copyrighted work? 

3. How much of the work was used and what is the substantiality of the used portion in relation to the work as a whole? 

4. What is the effect of the use upon the potential market for the work? Will the copyright owner obtain any loss because of its use?

There is no perfect formula when it comes to fair use. Each piece of work is different and has different considerations when it comes to what is used and how much. If you are uncertain if your use of a work falls within fair use or not, we suggest consulting with legal experts before using the work. You can also visit the U.S. Copyright Office for more information.

As a guide, here are some activities that have been deemed fair use according to the 1961 Report of the Register of Copyright and the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law:

- Quotation or use of an excerpt for review or criticism.

- Use in parody.

- Reproduction by a library as a replacement for a damaged copy.

- Use by an instructor or teacher of a small portion to illustrate a lesson.

- Use for legislative or judicial proceedings.

- Incidental and fortuitous reproduction of a work located within a news or broadcast scene.

Unfortunately we cannot provide instruction on how to use an entire software. What we can do is provide instruction on how to accomplish a specific task. Our instruction could come in the form of person to person instruction or links to additional resources, depending on our schedule and the content. If you require instruction on an entire software we would recommend looking for courses at Columbus State Community College. If you prefer to learn at your own speed or need to learn quickly, we suggest online tutorial courses, such as those offered from Lynda.com, Adobe TV, or the Adobe Training and Tutorials site.

Unfortunately we do not checkout video or audio equipment to students or staff. All of our equipment can be used within the studio and whisper room with staff supervision, but we cannot let you take anything home with you. We simply do not have enough equipment to check any out. If you require the use of headsets or a laptop while within the library or lab, there are some available at the circulation desk. If you are a staff or faculty member and you require video or audio production needs as part of your instruction or event, please contact us about providing these services. If you require in-class audio and visual needs, you'll need to contact the Media Services Department at media@cscc.edu or by calling 614.287.2463.


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