College and Small Business Development Center offer Digital Media & Marketing Studio services to Lincoln County entrepreneurs
The Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center invites Lincoln County businesses to take advantage of the SBDC’s Digital Media & Marketing Studios.
The studios were funded by Lincoln County Economic Development Grants facilitated by the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and supported by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. These grants were received in 2016, 2018, and 2023. The studios offer small businesses throughout the county the opportunity to take professional photographs of their products, artwork and more, and to record and edit audio and video content.
Still Photography Services
• Light boxes for products (Food, Candles, Crafts, etc.)
• Paper and fabric backdrops for larger items (pottery, sculpture, etc.)
• Copy stand for professional photographs of paintings and other 2-dimensional documents and items
• Use Panasonic 4K video cameras or Canon 5DMkIII DSLR to record quality video
• Most clients use GarageBand to process audio recorded with Rode ProCaster microphones (two per studio).
“Everything the studio can do is designed to help businesses sell more products, locally and across the globe,” said original 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.”
Beginning later this summer (launch date to be announced soon), the Digital Media & Marketing Studios will be available for businesses to rent for just $30 per hour, in one- or two-hour blocks, including personal assistance from an SBDC Digital Studio Host, Nissa Parker.
Each studio features acoustic paneling, professional lighting, a variety of background screens, a chromatic green screen, a 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 a variety of robust applications, including Final Cut Pro X, Garage Band, and other software.
The 2023 grant replaced aging iMacs with robust new machines capable of high-speed image and video processing. The new grant also made possible enhanced lighting systems, which allow users to adjust tone, color and brightness from their phone or tablet.
Businesses new to the studio must register with the SBDC prior to their first appointment.
Businesses seeking video support will find the studio cameras and backgrounds helpful, but should note that video editing is the responsibility of the client or their vendors.
“OCCC offers publicly available iMac computers with FinalCutPro video editing software available,” Parker said. “Alternatively, some clients edit their video files with a variety of mobile apps directly on their phones or tablets, while others send them to local videographers for editing services.”