Use the SCIM lab in Grainger 052 [view map] to explore emerging technologies related to Immersive Computing

Please note that the SCIM Lab is generally meant to be used over multiple reservations. The first appointment will involve a consultation session and development of hardware/software workflows.

Please provide as much advance notice as possible. We strive to respond within 2 business days of the reservation request

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About the SCIM Lab

The SCIM Lab is designed to give access to hardware and software related to emerging technologies. As such, sessions should be viewed in an exploratory manner. Each use case is unique and we will work with you to develop personalized workflows toward your goals. Faculty, Staff, and Students of the University of Illinois are eligible to request the SCIM Lab. Priority will be given to research uses.

SCIM Lab Hardware
  • A high-powered PC Workstation
    • Intel i9 10980XE
    • 64 GB RAM
    • Nvidia A6000 48GB GPU
    • 10 Gbe network access
    • Sandisk PRO-Blade station with support for up to 16TB of fast storage
  • XR Headsets
    • Magic Leap 2
    • Meta Oculus Quest Pro
    • HTC Vive XR Elite
    • HP Reverb G2 Omnicept (w/ biometrics tracking)
  • Four (4) Microsoft Azure Kinect depth cameras
  • Insta360 Pro 2 8K 360 Camera
  • Immersive Audio System
    • Twenty-one (21) Genelec 8320a speakers
    • Two (2) Genelec 7350a subwoofers
    • MOTU 24Ao Audio Interface
    • Presonus Dante to AVB converter
  • Virtual Video Production
    • Two (2) Blackmagic Studio 4K Cameras that will shoot either 1080p or 2160p in various quality levels of Prores or DNxHD. These cameras are equipped with Metabones Speedboosters and Nikon G-mount lenses. The effective focal length and f-stops are:
        • Nikon 35-105mm 1.8
        • Nikon 130mm 1.1
        • Sigma 160mm macro 1.8
        • Sigma 15-30mm ultra-wide 2.2
    • Blackmagic Decklink 8K Capture Card
    • Blackmagic ATEM Switcher
      • Allows for live-mixing, coloring, and media playback to fully produce a video without requiring post-production for recording or livestream
      • Provides both upstream and downstream keying abilities for title overlays, lower thirds, and/or background inserts
    • Two (2) Blackmagic Hyperdeck 4K SSD recorders
    • A green wall (for chroma keying)
    • Studio Lighting
      • Seven (7) daylight balanced studio fluorescent light fixtures mounted to a truss system
      • Two (2) free-standing white-balance adjustable LED panels
      • Eight (8) ADJ 5PX HEX RGBAW+UV Lights
      • Six (6) ADJ Ultra Hex Bar 6 Lights
  • Audio Recording Equipment
    • MOTU 1248 Audio Interface
      • Allows for individual recording of up to 12 microphones (embedded in camera feed or direct to DAW software) at up to 96kHz 24-bit
      • Digital mixer with DSP (EQ, compression, reverb) for live stereo mix-down to ATEM Switcher
    • MOTU 8M Audio Interface
      • 8 Mic Preamps
    • Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic
      • 8 microphone preamps
      • 8 channels compression
    • Four (4) Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lavalier Microphones
    • One (1) Audio Technica BP4071 Shotgun Microphone
    • Two (2) sE SE5 Small Diaphragm Condenser “Room Microphones”
SCIM Lab Software
  • Adobe CC 2022 & 2023
  • Ableton Live 11.2.6 Suite
  • Da Vinci Resolve Studio 18
  • Handbrake
  • Nvidia Omniverse
  • OBS
  • Reaper
  • Rokoko Studio w/ Face Capture
  • Touchdesigner
  • Unity
  • Unreal Engine
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux: Ubuntu 22.0.4 LTS
  • Zoom

The Scholarly Commons does not currently provide editing services. Instruction on the basics of editing can be requested as a separate consultation appointment.

SCIM Lab Policies and Procedures

Responsibilities of Scholarly Commons Staff

  • The lab will be initially prepared in a clean and efficient manner for ease of use and instruction.
  • A staff member from the Scholarly Commons will also instruct the patron on the basic usage of the equipment. This will be based on the needs of the patron.
  • The staff member will assist with moving the data captured from the SCIM Lab to a hard drive provided by the patron

Responsibilities of the Patron using the SCIM Lab

  • Patrons will bring their I-Card to verify booking
  • Patrons will be responsible for bringing a storage device (preferably USB 3.0 or faster) to save the data once the video shoot is completed (or check out an external drive from the Loanable Technology Center). Generally, we will keep a copy of the files on our SCIM Lab machine for at least one week; however, DO NOT RELY ON THE SCHOLARLY COMMONS FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE OF FILES – THE HARD DRIVE OF ANY OF OUR MACHINES MAY BE WIPED AT ANY TIME.
  • Patrons will come prepared to shoot the video and will have rehearsed/memorized their script.
  • Patrons are responsible for any props needed.
  • Patrons will follow instructions of the Staff member regarding care and treatment of the equipment
  • Only individuals needed to shoot the video will be allowed in the lab.

Please note that the library is not responsible for any damage that may occur on equipment as a result of media borrowed from the library or used internally.

Human Subject Research

As an institution, UIUC must ensure the protection of human subjects in research by maintaining policies and procedures compliant with federal regulations and other applicable laws.

OPRS (The Office for Protection of Research Subjects) is committed to providing investigators with the tools and resources that they need to safely and successfully achieve their research goals.  Visit their webpage for information regarding any research you may be conducting which involves human subjects:

All the pertinent forms and form templates can be found on this page:

If you are a study participant yourself, please familiarize yourself with your rights here:

Talent Release Forms

Per the University of Illinois Public Affairs website, “If you are planning to use an individual’s image or likeness in media such as photographs, video, etc., you should request written permission to do so. Releases should also be completed and signed by any talent working with companies or individuals shooting photography, video or audiotape on University premises. Use the forms below accordingly.”

For more information and direct links to Talent Release Forms click here