Media Centre services for students

Our facilities

Editing facilities

If you have content that you would like to edit using Adobe Creative Suite, please email us using the contact details at the bottom of the page so we can arrange access for you. A member of our staff will be able to give you room access. You’ll need to bring your own personal portable hard drive to save your work

Studio bookings

To book one of our TV studios, the radio studio or an audio booth, please use the contact email at the bottom of the page. Please provide the booking date and time and a brief description of what you would like to do. 

Equipment booking

Students of Film Studies, Journalism and Languages can book their department’s equipment through our online booking system. If you can’t see the equipment you need or can’t login, please email us using the details below.

If you're not a student of the above courses we do have some Sony PXW-X70 video cameras that can be booked by emailing us but you will need to undertake a training course before using this equipment.

COVID 19 information for Multimedia Journalism and Film Studies students

If you study either Multimedia Journalism or Film Studies you have permission to store media content on The Media Centre editing server. Under the University’s COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan as of 20 March 2020 all studio and lab work should now be completed remotely. Unfortunately the Media Centre’s editing server cannot be accessed remotely.

Facilities Office

The Facilities Office will be closed for equipment bookings from 23 March 2020 for the duration of the Easter vacation. If you already have equipment on loan please keep it in a safe and secure place. We will update communications for re-opening the Facilities Office and booking equipment when this is confirmed by the University.

Film Studies

  • The way AVID software handles media files when importing makes it extremely difficult to move projects to a remote location. The Media Centre are therefore unable to provide access to material already on the media server.
  • AVID is offering temporary 90-day user licenses for students. The Media Centre have applied for these licenses for all Film Studies students. Once the licenses have been approved by AVID you will receive an email from either the university or AVID with a registration code. You will need to deposit this code into your My AVID account. If you have not already please set up a My AVID account using your Essex email address.


Adobe Creative Cloud and software


While the Facilities Office is closed, you can use Zoom to carry out video and audio interviews. Zoom instructions and download.
We have produced some video tutorials to help you get started.

Server files

If you're no longer able to get back on to campus, we'll be able to send you a download link via to your material on the Journalism drive. Please email with the subject "Coursework Material".

Get in touch
The Media Centre
Telephone: 01206 872468