Items in the VRC: Video Cameras and tripods

Flip Cameras

Flip Cameras

The Flip Video (2.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches) records up to 120 minutes of video.  It uses two AA batteries and is simple to operate with a power button on the side and a red record button in the center.

Canon Video camera

Canon Video camera

The Canon Vixia HFM40 camcorder records video on a 8GB memory card.  Files can be downloaded onto a computer in a M4V format. The camera can run on rechargeable batteries for 125 minutes, or can be connected to an outlet with a power adapter. The camera has audio capability and features 1080p HD recording.  A tripod and external microphone can be used when necessary.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Several tripods are available in the VRC to help with stabilizing a camera or camcorder.  The tripods are adjustable and collapsible.

Resources in the Visual Resources Collection

The Visual Resources Collection has various items for student use, besides images. All of these items must be signed out, and should be returned in the same condition that you received them. All items can be borrowed by the hour or overnight. Future Blog posts will focus on individual items, with pictures!!

  • Point-and-Shoot Cameras. We have two Panasonics and one Nikon
  • Video Cameras.  We have two Canon Vixia digital video cameras
  • Flip Video Cameras. Two hour maximum recording time; often used as a voice recorder
  • Clear Plastic Sheets for scanning delicate drawings in the DOC scanner. Approx 22″ x 30″
  • Tripods
  • Dollies with Wheels.  Tripods may be put on these.
  • Photographic lights for model photography
  • Flat panel TVs connected to Macmini computers.  You may also connect your laptop to the TV
  • LCD Projectors that connect to Laptops
  • Laser Pointers
  • Powerpoint Remotes
  • Copystand with lights to photograph delicate drawings and very small models. Make an appointment to use this.

Presentation Method -Prezi

For Architects, Planners, Historic Preservationists, and Real Estate Developers, the Prezi format for presentations offers a flexible canvas for building your case, or explaining a topic, or presenting a thesis. It is not easier than Powerpoint, but rather, different. An image can become the framework for the entire presentation.
Start at
and register for an account.
Teachers and students – Register with your email address for the educational account – its Free! Use the Sign-up now button.
Use the LEARN and EXPLORE tabs to learn more about Prezi features.

Shows some good features of Prezi.
I will be giving an introductory tutorial on Prezi, on Monday October 31, at 12:15 in room 1111.

Let’s Talk ARTstor

Let’s Talk – starting on Tuesday October 11th, the VRC will be conducting weekly conversations, demonstrations and collaborations focused on digital media, teaching tools, university resources and your suggestions.

We will start off with “How to Navigate Artstor – the Basics” On Tuesday 10/11 from 12 to 12:30, and again on Friday 10/14 from 12 to 12:30.  Please meet in 1115, the Media Lab.  Artstor has over 1 million images available for use in lectures and research.


Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Visual Resources Collection blog – MAPPimages . Here you will find helpful hints about Powerpoint, Photoshop, equipment you can borrow, what new fabulous images have been added to the collection, and links to other exciting topics and pages in the world of architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, and real estate development.