Lights, Camera, Action!!!

November 16, 2015 | Greg Astill

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Toronto Reference Library’s Green Screen Room is now officially open as of today. The room is located on the main floor of the library in the Digital Innovation Hub and can be booked for all video and audio production needs. Library users can now take advantage of the space to work in a quiet environment to film a movie, shoot a commercial, record a song or create a podcast. 

Toronto Reference Library Green Screen with Lights and Camera
Toronto Reference Library Green Screen with Lights and Camera

The room is a 12’ by 15’ space equipped with a full green screen wall for both fun and professional compositions.  In addition, a workstation preloaded with audio production software is provided.  A wide range of high end studio equipment, such as cameras, lights, and microphones are also available.  Be mindful of sound levels, the space is not sound proof.  The space is meant for all things production, so if you need a workstation to edit your files, be sure to book a workstation in the Hub.

Below is some information you will need to know about the space and how to book it. 

How to Book the Space
You need a valid Toronto Public Library card to book time in the space and bookings can be made in person in the Toronto Reference Library Digital Innovation Hub or by phone at 416-393-7007. Bookings can be made three days in advance. No bookings on Sunday.

When arriving for your booking, please check in at the main desk in the Digital Innovation Hub with your Toronto Public Library card. You can book up to two hours a day. Only one member of a group is allowed to book for the group.  Please show up on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your reservation may be freed up for other users.

Booking Times 

The space can be used on specific days of the week.

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Equipment Provided
The following is a list of equipment already in the space at the start of your booking.

  • Quartet: Professional audio interface and studio control centre
  • iMac/Mac Mini Workstation with GarageBand and Audacity for audio recording
  • Studio speakers
  • Lighting kit: includes 2 x 500 watts lightbulbs and 2 x softboxes on tripod
  • Green wall
  • Simmons SDXpress2 electronic drum kit

Green Screen Room Workstation with Microphone

Apogee Quartet Mixer

Additional Equipment That Is Available
The list below is equipment that can be signed out to a library card for use within the space. Users must complete and sign an Equipment Loan Form before they can use the equipment.

  • Canon Rebel T5 SLR camera
  • Canon XA10 Video camera
  • Canon VIXIA HFR40 Video camera
  • Nikon Coolpix L620 camera
  • Audio-Technica Studio microphone pack
  • Audio-Technica LAV Mic Kit
  • Nektar Impact LX61 Midi Controller Keyboard
  • Numark iDJPro Kit
  • Studio Headphones
  • Macbook (Wirecast Software installed for Green Screen Productions)
  • Black Magic Ultra Studio Express
  • Microphone table stand
  • Camera Tripods

Audio Recording with a microphone

Audio Technica Lavalier Microphone

Thinking of using the space but need to know how to use the equipment effectively first? Check online for dates and times when we offer programs?

Workshops will take place at Toronto Reference Library in the Studio Space and all workshops are free. Space is limited and registration is required. Workshops will focus on how to use the following equipment effectively:

  • Video Production (green screen, camera and lights) and
  • Audio Recording (microphones, studio mixer, instruments, midi keyboard and recording software)

We hope to add more dates and times in the next week or so.  Stayed tuned and be sure to check out the blog for the latest information.

We look forward to seeing all the great projects created in the space and hope this is a new space that everyone can take advantage of. 

Library staff shooting a music video.

Have fun!!