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The Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center invites Lincoln County businesses to take advantage of the SBDC’s Digital Media & Marketing Studios.
Funded by Lincoln County Economic Development Grants received in 2016 and 2018, the studios offer small businesses throughout the county the opportunity to take professional photographs of their products, artwork and more, and to record audio and video content.
“Everything the studio can do is designed to help businesses sell more products, locally and across the globe,” said DMMS Host Gretchen Ammerman. “Better photos, compelling video and audio content – all of it can help Lincoln County businesses better compete online, both on their websites and on a wide variety of social media channels.”
The Digital Media & Marketing Studios are available for businesses to rent for just $30 per hour, in one- or two-hour blocks, including personal assistance from Gretchen.
Each studio features acoustic paneling, three-point lighting, a variety of background screens, a chromatic green screen, a Kaiser copy stand for photographing two-dimensional artwork and documents, and a Canon 5DMkIII DSLR camera. Images, audio and video are processed on the studio’s 27-inch iMac using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, Final Cut Pro X and other software.
The Digital Media & Marketing Studios are available for businesses to rent for just $30 per hour, in one- or two-hour blocks, including personal assistance from Gretchen. The SBDC maintains a calendar of availability; to reserve your time, call 541-994-4166.
“Since the SBDC is all about training,” Ammerman said, “my goal is to help our clients get certified quickly to use the studio alone, as soon as possible. Once certified, businesses can rent the studio for just $15 per hour, and won’t have to schedule around my calendar.”
Businesses new to the studio will register with the SBDC prior to their first appointment.
“We’re getting a lot of inquiries about videos,” Ammerman said. “And, while clients can shoot video here in the studio, they are also free to bring in their own video files and edit them, any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the College’s new iMac video editing lab.” Ammerman stressed that clients should be sure to bring a flash drive to load the photos and/or videos they create.
The iMac lab was funded by a separate grant from the County’s economic development program, and unlike the Digital Media Studios, is available to the public at no charge whenever classes are not in session.
“The SBDC is currently recruiting for instructors interested in teaching Final Cut Pro video editing, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, using our new lab,” said SBDC Director Dave Price.
Anyone with expertise in any of those applications who might be interested in teaching at OCCC should contact Price at 541-994-4166.
The first Digital Studio and the SBDC’s new iMac computer lab are both located inside Oregon Coast Community College’s North County Center, at 3788 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. The second Digital Studio is located at OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport.