It is the law school's policy to record and preserve presentations at major local events sponsored by the school and affiliated groups. As early as possible in the course of planning conferences, lectures, or other events, all sponsoring groups should consult with media services to determine what kinds of resources might be needed. Recordings of major events are archived on our webcast page.
Under some circumstances, event planners will need to budget for the costs of media services (camera operators, equipment rentals, production, etc.). Event sponsors are also responsible for obtaining Speaker Release Forms (.pdf) from all speakers prior to the event. A Speaker Release Form is required from each participant for events that Media Services records. Duke faculty can also sign an annual release form (.pdf).
*Note that we only support events that are held in the law school building.
The Academic Technologies Department provides limited direct video support for outside groups that contract for the use of law school facilities. Law school contacts for such events should consult with us during the process of negotiation with outside groups in order to be sure that Academic Technologies can supply or arrange for support needed. Outside groups will be charged for the costs of law school media support, either directly by Academic Technologies or through the general agreement to use the law school facilities.
Instructors shall determine whether their classes may be recorded. Students must request permission of the instructor to record a class, whether the request is for audio or video recording.
The Academic Technologies department has several digital cameras available for the use of the law school community for class related projects as well as law school sponsored events. Arrangements for borrowing the video recording equipment can be made by request to Media@law.duke.edu. Equipment is generally lent with the intent that it stays within the law school building.
The resources of the Scheinman Media Lab are available to students for video-based projects to be turned in as coursework. Video projects are time-consuming, but help develop media awareness and can produce unusual insights for both students and faculty. We invite faculty who are considering allowing video projects to contact the Media Services group for details about what kinds of projects work well and what to tell students about the Media Lab.
The group's role in video projects is to facilitate the technical production of a video project. Usually this means digitizing materials, recording voiceovers and creating the final production on a non-linear editor, with the students advising at every step. All content and production decisions are made by the students themselves.
Work on student projects should be scheduled within the Media Services consultants' available work hours. Please contact as early as possible in the process in order to schedule the time you will need. Please note that you should have the following completed and ready to go before video production can begin:
- script including voice over, placement of video or audio tracks, etc.
- segments of video to be digitized carefully tracked, timed and, where possible, cued up
With few exceptions, the video production process requires the assistance of Media Services staff. If you are experienced with Final Cut Pro and wish to carry out the production without the coordinator's assistance, please make a request of the coordinator. Whether or not you are given access to do so is at the coordinator's discretion, according to his assessment of the situation. We would rather refuse this request than risk the failure of a project.
The Scheinman Media Lab is also available to all faculty and staff for video-based projects that may not be directly related to class. If you have a project you would like to develop, feel free to contact Media Services for consultation. Video can be a valuable teaching tool, a powerful method of training and a dynamic way to convey an idea.