Tech Commons’ multimedia workstations (PC and Mac) are available on the 2nd floor of the UCSF Library (CL-240) and in the eLearning Studio (CL-245). Multimedia workstations are available anytime the Library is open and require users to log in with a UCSF Active Directory account. Tech Commons workstations are not available for use by the general public.

Before reserving a workstation, please review our Policies page for detailed information on multimedia workstations.

Reserve a Workstation

Software and Hardware Available in Tech Commons

Use multimedia workstations to:

  • Edit and compress video using Final Cut Pro or iMovie
  • Create interactive eLearning content with Articulate Studio
  • Create multi-touch books with iBooks Author
  • Create screencasts similar to those seen on the Khan Academy using Camtasia
  • Digitize analog content from a variety of source materials including VHS, DVD, or miniDV
  • Scan slides or film in high resolution

Click the tabs above to view software and hardware available in the Tech Commons.

Tech Commons CL-240

In addition to standard web and productivity software, multimedia workstations include a wide range of multimedia editing applications. Click the tabs above to view a complete listing of software/hardware available or view the images below for a summary.

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Tech Commons CL-245 (eLearning Studio)

If you are looking for a quiet place to record and build learning modules, check out the eLearning Studio (CL-245) in the UCSF Tech Commons. This room is appropriate for projects that cannot be completed using public workstations, such as recording narration, working with protected health information, or collaborating with a group on a video or audio project.

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Reserve the eLearning Studio today as the room is in high demand and read more about the eLearning Studio on the Convergence blog.

Hardware Available

Certain multimedia workstations include a number of hardware peripherals. See below for a complete listing of hardware available on the multimedia workstations in CL240 and CL245.

  • Cassette Player (available in CL-245)
  • Microphone (available in CL-245)
  • Large Format Scanner (available at workstation #6)
  • Photo Scanner (available at workstations 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • DVD/VHS Players (available at workstation #1 and CL-245)
  • miniDV Deck (available at workstation #1 and CL-245)
  • Playback Monitor (available at workstation #1 and CL-245)

Important Workstation Information




Important Back Up Information

All files on workstations are deleted every night and upon log out. Files cannot be stored on the workstations. Users are strongly encouraged to use an external hard drive to save their working files.

The workstations are not backed up and the Library is not responsible for any data loss due to equipment failures. Additionally, projects that contain sensitive information such as protected health information (PHI) should not be stored on the multimedia workstations.


Multimedia Help

Learning Tech Specialists are available to provide assistance with the multimedia workstations during business hours (8:30am – 5pm, M-F). To ensure staff availability for support lasting longer than 30 minutes, please contact the Learning Tech Support in advance to schedule an appointment or attend a Tech Clinic.

Need a quick answer to your multimedia question? It is most likely in the Learning Tech Knowledge Base.



Active Learning in Progress!


CL-240 in the Tech Commons is an Active Learning area. Feel free to engage in collaborative activity with moderate talking and noise while using the multimedia workstations.

For information and directions to individual study, group study, collaborative projects, technology assistance, research consultations, service desk transactions and social interactions on UCSF News.