IET Media Lab

About the IET Media Lab

The IET Media Lab is the main general access media production computer lab on the UC Davis campus. Located on the second floor of the Student Community Center (SCC), the IET Media Lab provides access to media equipment and software for students, staff and faculty to create their own projects utilizing our scanner, video, audio, and general computer stations.




The IET Media Lab offers three types of scanners:

  • Document Scanners - automatically scans loose sheets of paper through a sheet feeder (up to 50 at a time). Scans can be saved in a variety of formats including PDF, jpg, Word doc and Excel Documents
  • Flatbed Scanners - a versatile scanner, this scanner can scan individual sheets of paper, pages from a book or even objects placed on the flatbed. In addition, adapters are available to scan various types/sizes of negative or slide film.
  • Slide/Negative Scanner - dedicated slide or negative scanner. Can scan from a color or black and white 35mm negative or mounted slides.


On specialized Video Stations, dual monitors are available allowing more room for video timelines, bins and menus. The second monitors are 4K displays with USB-C connectors located on the back of the monitor.

Both entry-level video editing and advanced professional video editing software are available. iMovie is available for beginning video editing. For more advanced users, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects are available.

A group video room is available to enable groups to edit video in a separate room without disturbing or being disturbed by the rest of the IET Media Lab.

A VHS to DVD Recorder is available to transfer old VHS tapes to a DVD-R.


The IET Media Lab has one audio room with a Mac workstation available for mixing and recording sound. The room contains a microphone, MIDI keyboard, speakers, and analog tape recorder. Software includes Logic Pro X, Garageband and Audacity.

Color Printing

Color printing is available in the IET Media Lab at a cost of $1.00 per page. Color printing is priced per side, meaning a two-sided color printout costs $2. Color printing is billed on a separate account from regular black and white printing

Pen Tablets

Wacom pen tablets are available for checkout for use in our computer rooms. Pen tablets make drawing on the computer much easier. We also have one Wacom pen display which allows your draw directly onto an LCD display.


Reservations are available for all the Media stations in the IET Media Lab. This includes the audio room and the group video editing room. You may call the lab at (530) 752-2911 or make a reservation in person. If you are 15 minutes late for a reservation, your reservation is subject to cancellation.

We do not take same-day reservations in order to prevent displacing current clients. 


Hardware and Software

Computer Stations

The IET Media Lab has fifteen 21" iMac computers and two PCs.

Abobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud requires a login to use the software on our computers. See the Adobe CC Frequently Asked Questions.

Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Dreamweaver
  • Animate
  • Acrobat DC
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Lightroom
  • XD

3D & CAD Software

Various 3D and CAD software are available in support of classes held in our computer classrooms. These include:

  • Sketchup
  • Vectorworks
  • Twinmotion
  • Rhinoceros
  • Maya
  • AutoCAD
  • Blender 3D