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This tip sheet has some information for members of the CNS community who want to learn about photography and video on campus. You might also want to review UT’s photography resources and filming guidelines

Campus Resources 

Some departments on campus provide video and photo production services. These are especially useful to support event coverage:


Photography :

  • Texas Student Media provides student photography services. Contact senior program coordinator Peter Chen peterschen@utexas.edu for details.  


  • PCL/FAL Media Lab offers free multimedia equipment, including DSLR cameras and audio recorders, for checkout to all students, faculty and staff. Alternatively, most modern smartphones can record HD quality video and photos.

Existing Photo & Video Assets:

University Communications has downloadable video clips of campus (“B-roll”) as well as campus photos available for use by UT faculty and staff.



Self-producing a video project is easier than ever. It is possible to make effective videos with little to no investment using the tutorials and resources below. Additionally, free access for campus community members to in-depth video instruction is available on Lynda.com



Most modern smartphones record HD quality video. Alternatively, multimedia equipment is available for check-out from this campus resource: 


For novice to intermediate users, we recommend editing video in iMovie on a Mac desktop or a comparable PC software. You may also edit video from a phone or tablet using the iMovie app. 


Music for videos is not provided by the university, but there are many affordable, royalty-free resources available online:


Important Reminder: Students featured in photos or video must sign the UT talent release form which you should keep as part of your records. 

Information regarding student privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found on the UT Registrar’s website.