Media Editing

Services Available

Video Services


The staff of the Media Commons is always happy to discuss any campus video creation project with those interested. If the project is outside the mission and/or exceeds the resources available in the Media Commons we are happy to direct you to a group on campus that can assist.


The primary mission of the Media Commons is to assist and consult with University of Illinois students and student focused video creation.


The Media Commons works closely with other media services and departments on campus and is a direct partner with CITES Digital Media Group (DMG). For more information about CITES DMG and the services that they provide, see their website at or email them at

Editing Services

CITES DMG group is working on providing a media editing service that is accessible to the Faculty, Staff and Students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service would be able to provide different tier levels of editing and editing services at a low cost. For more information on progress of this service, see the DMG Creative Services page

Event Shoots

If you are interested in a potential event shoot involving students or for the benefit of student education email us at If you are interested in a promotional, marketing, or departmental event shoot please email CITES DMG is generally the primary service for event shoots however both departments are happy to discuss your potential project and direct you in the most efficient and beneficial direction. For more information see

Media Production Studios

The Media Commons has both a Video Production Studio and an Audio Production Studio. Both are available for video and audio production using state of the art equipment. Orientation and training sessions will be required before using the facilities. For questions about using these spaces, email us at: or see the specific pages on the Video Production Studio and Audio Production Studio.

Media Editing

The Media Commons offers many options for media editing stations and consultation services to help facilitate media editing.

  • Six high end media editing stations are available. These machines offer professional level software options for video and audio editing. Including the Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • For media editing assistance please email to set up an appointment.
  • To reserve a station please click here

Streaming Media

In addition to a large physical media collection stored at the Undergraduate Library, the Library also has streaming/digital media collections and resources.

About the Collection

We have an ever-growing collection of full-length films as streaming video. The films, both documentaries and a select list of feature films, cover a wide range of subject areas.

Accessing the Streaming Video Collection

Unfortunately, there is no single search that will display all streaming video in the online catalog. This is because some streaming video is hosted on campus and some is hosted remotely.

However, if you search the online catalog by title, subject, etc., all matching streaming videos will show up. You can use the facets in the right column to limit your results:

  • Location = UIUC Online Collection
  • Format = Film or Video

If you have difficulties accessing streaming media content from the online catalog, please email us at

Special Collections

  • BBC Shakespeare Plays: We have all of Shakespeare's plays available, unabridged, with closed captions for the hearing-impaired. Located here.
  • Raw footage of state of Illinois: Discover America This footage may freely be reused, modified, incorporated, etc. for any non-commercial use, such as student projects.
  • Alexander Street Press Video Portal: Thanks to a cooperative acquisition initiative of the libraries of SIUC, NIU, UIC, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all faculty, students, and staff now have 24/7, online access to 12 discipline-specific, streaming video collections, which together include more than 10,000 full-length films—all cross-searchable from a single interface. Located here.

Requesting Streaming Video Purchases

Faculty and staff can make requests for streaming video or video clips to be used for educational purposes, by filling out the form located here. Please be aware that streaming media requests may take a considerably longer period of time than traditional physical media requests. Additionally, the Library is currently only able to purchase steaming media if the license is for “in perpetuity”. Please email with questions. For more information, see our Media Ordering page.

Media Links

Software List

For a list of software available in the Media Commons and Undergraduate Library, click here.

Media Commons Lab Computing Resources

Media Commons Printing


The Media Commons has a computer lab hosted and staffed by CITES, throughout the East side of the upper level of the Undergrad Library available with NetID and password.


Black and White printing is $0.10 a page, Color printing is $0.30 a page.

Media Commons Lab computers print to Media Commons print station.

Media Commons High-End editing iMacs print to UGL print stations.


The Media Commons lab also maintains two scanners, available with NetID and password.

Undergraduate Library Resources

Loanable Laptops and Associated Hardware

Google Chromebook Laptops (and associated hardware) can be checked out for 2 hours at a time for in-library use only at the Undergrad Library. $5/hour overdue fine.

UGL Printing

Library Printing

All Library PC computers can print to print stations located near the Undergrad Library circulation and reference desks on the upper level.

Black and White Printing is $0.10 a page, color printing is $0.30 a page.

The Library also provides an 11*17 printer for $.50 a page. This is available near the front of the Library.


There are a number scanners available throughout the upper level. Two networked touch screen book scan stations are also available. Ask at the UGL Circulation Desk for locations.

Want to scan a document directly to your mobile device?The UGL loans out USB cables to connect your iPod, smart phone, PDA, Camera, and other USB devices. Each are available for 2 hours.

Laptop Printing

You can print from your laptop directly to library release stations. Laptop Printing Instructions are here.


Pay Cash: If a print job does not print via "pay cash," try resending the print job from the original computer. If there is a problem with the print job, or it can't be released after it's sent, you can request a refund for the given amount. For further information, visit the Library IT Printing Page.