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The Arcade's iMacs are are designed for audio and video editing and creation. They also have Microsoft Office and a variety of other productivity software, including Adobe Creative Cloud (CC).  CC includes After Effects, Animate, AIR, Audition, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, Prelude, and host of other apps. Seattle Public Library offers free access to Lynda's video tutorials.  Log-in using your SPL card and PIN.

Note: iMacs delete files on logout. Be sure to save your data to your own drive before leaving.

A/V Capture Tools

Blackmagic Media Express Software for Blackmagic Intensity hardware for recording video from analog sources.  Allows the most flexibility in quality and format for digitization. Blackmagic Desktop Video Help (pdf)

Elgato Video Capture Software for transcoding analog A/V with Elgato hardware. Elgato Help (pdf)

Piezo Capture audio from programs such as web browsers, Quicktime or Skype. Piezo Help (pdf)

Screenflow Record your computer's audio and video. Create tutorials with callouts and highlights. Screenflow help.

A/V Converters

HandBrake Convert media files into a variety of file formats. Supports de-interlacing and cropping. HandBrake Help

Max Create high-quality audio files from CDs or digital sources. Supports error correction for ripping from CDs. Max Help Forum

Media Encoder CC Ingest, transcode, create proxies, and output a variety of video formats. Available on iMacs 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Miro Video Converter Convert video files into optimal formats and sizes for a variety of mobile devices.  Supports Android and iOS devices.

MPEG StreamClip Open, edit, and convert a variety of media file formats. Supports professional quality exports. MPEG StreamClip Help (pdf)

Audio Tools

Ableton Live 9 Suite Digital music sequencer/audio production workstation. Interfaces with the Ableton hardware.

Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) Digital audio workstation from Adobe Systems featuring both a multitrack, non-destructive mix/edit environment and a destructive-approach waveform editing view.

Audacity Audio editor/recorder. Multi-track mixing with a wide range of plug-ins. Import/export a variety of audio formats, record from a microphone or other peripheral. Audacity Help

BWF MetaEdit Embed metadata in Broadcast Wave files. Developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). BWF MetaEdit Help

Logic Pro X Recording, creating and editing audio. Software instruments as well as Apple Loops instrument samples and musical scoring and notation. Logic Pro X Help (pdf)

Mixxx DJ platform supports audio import/export, beat matching, and sampling among many other features. Mixxx Help (pdf)

Pro Tools Digital audio workstation for music and audio production. NOTE: iLock USB attached to the back of each iMac.

Reason Digital audio workstation emulates a physical rack of equipment such as samplers, mixers, synthesizers, and effects pedals.

Sibelius 7.5 Music notation program supports composition and playback. Currently only available on iMac 6.

Virtual ANS Simulator of the ANS synthesizer, a  photoelectronic, microtonal/spectral musical instrument developed in Russia. Allows drawings and pictures to be converted into audio sounds. Virtual ANS Help, Virtual ANS Tutorial Videos

Video Tools

Blender 3D animation program supports modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, motion tracking, and video editing. Blender Help

Compressor Companion encoding program for Final Cut Pro. Create custom encoding settings for FCP projects. Compressor Help

Final Cut Pro X Advanced video editing application. Wide functionality, easy-to-use interface. Final Cut Pro X Help (pdf)

FrameByFrame Create stop motion animations. Take pictures in sequence with a webcam, adjust frame rates and export files.

iMovie Apple's basic video editing software. iMovie Help (pdf)

Premier Pro CC Adobe's timeline-based video editing app. VST audio plug-in support, and 5.1 surround sound mixing.

QCTools Analyze digital videofiles frame by frame and help to locate issues with digitization. Has different view modes for comparison of video characteristics.

Quicktime Player 7 Pro & Quicktime X View, encode, and create media. Playback and video/audio and screen capture. Quicktime Help

VLC Media player capable of playing an array of video formats. Also used as a region-free media player to view DVDs of all region codes. VLC Help


Adobe Creative Cloud Available on iMacs 3-6. A full list of Adobe CC software is available here.

Cyberduck FTP client.  Cyberduck Help (pdf)

EaseUS Data Recovery Disk recovery software.

FaceTime Video chat/voice over IP for use with Apple computers and devices.

Photos Photo management/editing. iPhoto Help

Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Seashore Graphics editor supporting multiple layer image creation. Seashore Help (pdf)