Film, Video, Animation and Sound Facilities

Screening room and chroma-key studio

Screening room and chroma-key studio

Film students can borrow Bolex 16mm cameras with zoom or prime lenses, a Canon Scoopic, Arri 16BL, or small format Super8 cameras. Camera kits include light meters and complete instructions. Film is sold at the Checkout Office and students can hand-process it onsite or send it to a local lab. Processed film can be converted to digital files with a custom-built 16mm HD transfer machine, or edited on a Steenbeck flatbed editor or Super8 viewers. A JK optical printer is available for contact prints or optical special effects. The screening room is equipped for projection of 16mm and Super 8 film.

The Checkout Office provides HD camcorders for students in introductory classes. Advanced classes use professional largesensor camcorders & HDSLRs with a range of lenses. GoPro action cameras and older formats are also available. Students can borrow fluid-head tripods, shoulder rigs, stabilizers and a variety of halogen & LED lighting kits. Grip equipment, gels and modifiers like umbrellas and softboxes can be added to any light kit.

The primary video editing facility has eight workstations with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop, Final Cut Studio, Pro Tools and other audio and video software. Additional outboard equipment includes various analog and digital & audio and video decks, mixers and special effects devices. Other equipment (monitors, speakers, projectors, VCRs, DVD and media players) is also available for multi-media installations. The video lab is networked and equipped with a video/data projector for instruction and viewing student work.

Animation students have access to still, video & 16mm cameras for image capture, as well as light tables, peg bars and animation stands for analog cel animation, direct-on-film painting and stop-motion. The Animation lab has 10 workstations and provides support for two- and three-dimensional animation and stop motion capture. Additional hardware includes DSLR animation stands with Dragonframe Stop Motion software, a digital rotoscope station, flatbed scanner, vocal isolation booth and various analog and digital audio/video decks. This lab also serves as a supplementary facility for students working with film, video and sound projects, has all of the same software and is networked and equipped with an HD video/data projector with surround sound for instruction and viewing student work.

Sound Professional digital audio recorders are available, supported by a complete array of microphones including shotguns, wired and wireless lavalieres, binaural pairs, contact mics, and custom transducers. A dedicated sound editing room is equipped with ProTools HD and Reaper software with surround mixing capabilities and a vocal isolation booth.

Classes are held in the Screening Room, a theater for large-screen projection of film and HD video with 5.1 surround sound. The projection booth is equipped for 16mm and Super 8, and offers flexible signal-routing with AV ties to the editing facilities. The room doubles as a shooting studio with a permanent green-screen and additional electric service for high wattage lighting. A professional staff of technical assistants is continuously available during posted studio hours.

Monday - Thursday   10am - 10:30pm
Friday   10am - 8pm
Saturday   CLOSED
Sunday   12pm - 8pm

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.