Department Expands its Equipment Rental Inventory

An array of new equipment is available for student checkout, thanks to investments by the UW student technology fee, the Communication Leadership Program, and the Department of Communication. In addition to recently debuting a state-of-the-art recording studio, the Department is hosting multiple trainings and professional development workshops. This is a chance for Communication students to explore new multimedia applications in addition to topics reviewed in COM 294.

For those students looking to dazzle their peers and prospective employers with their Adobe Creative Suite skills, the Department will host a series of hands-on workshops throughout the year. Participants will walk away from these sessions with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premiere. Spring quarter will bring a new set of workshops on some of the VR and 360 cameras. Check out the Professional Developments page for additional information and an update sessions schedule.

The Department also continues to provide training for the new recording studio. Do you want to learn how to create polished video interviews? Have you been waiting for the chance to record professional podcasts and voiceovers? Sign up today to take your production skills to the next level!  You can also sign up for training on the new Canon Mark IV cameras here.  Student can also stop by during open lab hours in CMU 304.

New equipment currently available for checkout includes:

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

This long-awaited DSLR camera from Canon includes exciting upgrades previously featured on Rebel cameras: faster shutter speeds, touch screen response, increased frame rate, and live view auto-focusing

Canon Rebel T6i Camera

This is the latest in a long line of prosumer-grade DSLRs. As a pared-down version of higher end Canon cameras, it retains the ability to use high-end lenses, and is comfortably smaller and lighter

Blackmagic URSA Mini

Blackmagic cameras are very high-end cinema cameras that can shoot 4K video at increased framerates, as well as in videoRAW format for uncompressed editing

24mm Prime Lens Kit

One of two great additions to our lens accessories inventory, this 24mm prime lens can attach to either of our new Canon cameras to provide f-stops as large as 1.4

50mm Prime Lens Kit

Similar to the aforementioned 24mm model, this 50mm prime lens can attach to either of our new Canon cameras to provide f-stops as large as 1.2

LED Lighting Kits

These new lighting kits greatly expand our capacity for LED lights. Although no smaller than our heavy, hard-cased Lowell lights, they are easier to use, need little diffusion and do not get nearly as piping-hot

Manfrotto Monopod

Very similar to our current selection of monopods, the IT team has added a slightly beefier model to our existing inventory to aide sports and video journalists in tight quarters

Manfrotto Tripod

These tripods are a slightly newer update to the Manfrotto 190XDBs, which students often reserve immediately. They feature new snap tightening instead of twist knobs, which is an improvement on speed

Smartphone Recording Kit

This kit includes two sizes of tripod adapters that grip onto smartphones, a small tabletop tripod, and cables that allow you to either use two microphones as inputs into your phone (stereo mini only), or convert one normal microphone into a smartphone microphone

Sony Studio Headphones

These Sony headphones provide studio-level frequency response. The speaker diameter gives power to bass frequencies. These are good for mixing audio where earbuds would otherwise fail you

Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone

The IT Team is expanding its fleet of Sennheiser shotgun microphones. This model comes in a soft bag with a boom pole for cinema-style sound capture

Zoom H2n Digital Recorder

The more nimble sibling of the popular Zoom H4n recorder, this kit comes in a smaller case with simplified controls. This microphone/recorder 2-in-1 is a great solution for a controlled interview, and accepts a stereo mini input from the microphone of your choice.

Oculus Rift VR Headset

We’ve added a slew of options for both viewing and producing immersive spherical video. One device is the much-heralded Oculus Rift, which offers both immersive 3D CGI or platforms for viewing spherical video.

HTC Vive VR Headset

Following on the heels of the Oculus, we also have the HTC Vive, which boasts a similar experience to the Oculus Rift.

Samsung Gear VR Headset

Our lightest VR viewer, this Samsung device is designed to use your phone to create 3D experiences. Note, this device is only currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, and S6 edge.

Samsung Spherical Camera

This handy all-in-one spherical camera has two wide-angle cameras inside a ball that can be mounted on a tabletop tripod (included) or on any standard-size screw mount.

GoPro Hero 360 Camera

The most robust of our 360 video equipment, this 6-camera cube records incredibly high definition video for spectacular immersive cinema.
Forewarning: Shooting 360 video takes up a lot of space! You may want to buy an extra hard drive to store all your footage.

GoPro Hero Cameras

Best utilized for rugged, outdoor filming, these cameras can attach to a person or other equipment for recording or timelapse photography. They even come with a waterproof case.

Canon Camcorders

For projects that do not require fancy lenses or lights, a Canon camcorder is a great option for recording long form talks or ceremonies, even when you cannot position yourself very close; most of these camcorders boast a generous zoom and can plug in to the wall for hours of recording


Wireless, lavalieres, condensers, shotguns, studio, desktop, USB, XLR, stereo mini… our inventory includes nearly any kind of microphone you will need; just do not forget your batteries.

Digital Audio Recorders

Feel free to explore our fleet of trusty audio recorders by Zoom, Tascam, and Edirol.

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