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Working with Digital Media: Equipment Check-out

Tips for working with audio and video, including how to use editing software and hardware available in the library.

Borrowing Equipment

The equipment listed below is available for NU faculty, students, and staff. Equipment may be checked out for a three day loan from the Northwestern University Library Circulation Desk.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Contents of each kit are subject to change.  We are not able to guarantee all items will come with an SD Card.  Please contact us by phone or email to confirm each item's availability and the contents of each kit.  

If you have questions about equipment check out please call 847 491-7633 or email:

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder

The Canon VIXIA HF G40 records 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 60 fps in MP4 format. The HF G40 is equipped with a Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and a manual focus ring that can easily be set to control the zoom instead. The camera supports Wide DR Gamma and highlight priority mode for improved image clarity. Assignable buttons and full manual control allows you to customize the shooting experience and take control of your image.

Full Specifications

Instruction Manuals

Accessories: BP-820 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (1780mAh), CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter, WL-D89 Wireless Controller, STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, HTC-100/S High Speed HDMI Cable, IFC-300PCU/S USB Interface Cable, Lens Hood (with Lens Barrier), CR2025 Battery




Canon VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder

Specifications: Full HD 1920 x 1080p Recording at 60 fps; Canon 2.91MP 1/2.84" HD CMOS Pro Sensor; Canon 20x HD Video Lens (3.67 - 73.4mm); Record in MP4 (35Mbps) or AVCHD (28Mbps); Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots; Built-in Wi-Fi & Free Movie Uploader App; OLED 3.5" Touch Panel Display & Joystick; Tilt Electronic 0.24" Color Viewfinder; SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization; Advanced Display Features & HDMI Output

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Instruction Manuals

Accessories: SanDisk Extremet 64GB SDXC memory card, Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone, Canon Deluxe Tripod 200, RH5Ma Headphones, Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG




Canon EOS 60 Digital SLR Camera

Specifications: Canon EF-S 18-135mm Lens, 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot, Vari-Angle Clear View 3.0" Flip-Out LCD, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 5.3 fps Continuous Shooting, Works with all Canon EF and EF-S Lenses, ISO 6400, HDMI Output to HDTV

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Instruction Manuals


Canon EOS 60D front view



Accessories: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Lens, Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG, Eyecup Eb (not shown), Wide Strap EW-EOS 60D, USB Interface Cable IFC-130U, Stereo AV cable AVC-DC400ST, Battery Pack LP-E6, Battery Charger LC-E6, EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet (not shown)


Canon EF-S 18-135mm LensCanon Deluxe BackpackSandisk 16GB Memory CardUSB Cable     Yamaha RH5MA Heaphones

Sennheiser EW100 Wireless Audio Recorder

Specifications: The UHF wireless microphone system features 1,680 tunable frequencies, 21 frequency banks and 12 frequency presets per bank. This package conveniently includes the EK 100 G3 camera mount receiver, SK 100 G3 bodypack transmitter with ME 2 lavalier and SKP 100 G3 plug-on transmitter in one package. The EK 100 G3 receiver is made of a durable metal enclosure and features a full functional LED display. The receiver features a 1/8" unbalanced TRS mini output for quick connection to camcorders. The receiver features 4 preset memory locations that can be reassigned to any of the 1,680 available frequencies, within the 42 MHz tuning range.The SK 100 G3 bodypack transmitter features an identically designed enclosure as the receiver. It also features an LCD display and 12 preset memory locations that can be reassigned to any of the available 1,680 frequencies. The transmitter features an 1/8" locking-mini input for compatible lavalier microphones. The SKP 100 G3 plug-on transmitter allows any standard dynamic microphone with a 3-pin XLR connection, to be used wirelessly. The transmitter utilizes the same frequency band as the body-pack and is powered by 2x AA batteries or optional Sennheiser BA2015 accupack.

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Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System - A (516-558 MHz)


Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System - A (516-558 MHz)Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System - A (516-558 MHz)          Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System - A (516-558 MHz)


Accessories: EK 100 G3 Receiver, SKP 100 G3 Plug-On Transmitter, SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter, CA2 Shoe-Mount Adapter, CL 100 XLR Cable, CL 1 Jack Cable, and ME 2 lavalier microphone.

Zoom H4N Audio Recorder

Specifications: Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°; Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics; Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality; Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation; 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording

Full Specifications

Operation Manual


Accessories: Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder, Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphone, SanDisk 8GB SDHC Memory Card, Ultra Class 10 UHS-I Pearstone Accessory Shoe Adapter with 1/4"-20 Stud Connector, Whirlwind WHH4NL 3.5 MON Line-to-Microphone Attenuator Cable for HDSLR Cameras


Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera

Specifications: Optical Sensor Resolution: 6.1 MP, Optical Sensor Technology: CCD, Optical zoom: 3x, Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.5-5.6, Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters, Maximum focal length: 55 millimeters, Lens Type: Zoom lens, Optical Sensor Size: 15.6 x 23.7mm, Included Flash Type: Pop-up flash, Display Size: 2.5 inches, Light Sensitivity: ISO 200-1600, Image types: RAW, JPEG, Width: 5 inches, Depth: 2.5 inches, Height: 3.7 inches, Weight: 16.8 Ounces

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Instruction Manual


Accessories: Gadget Bag, MH-23 Quick Charger, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm Lens, Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control, Nikon UC-E6 USB Cable, Quick Start Guide


Panopto Mobile Kits

Portable Panopto kits are now available to check out from the main circulation desk at the University Library (Evanston campus). Each kit includes everything you'll need to produce a Panopto recording for either PC or Mac, as well as a helpful guide to get you started. All you need to make them work is a single available USB port on your machine and a valid Wildcard for the 3-day loan. 

Each kit includes:

  • USB Web Camera
  • Mini Tripod
  • USB Lapel Mic 
  • USB Headsets 
  • USB 3.0 4-port Hub with power supply 
  • USB-C USB 3.0 4-port Hub with USB-C power supply 
  • USB Presenter’s slide advancer 

Panopto Mobile Kits are made available through A&RT. More information available on the Digital Learning website.



1. Eligibility: Equipment loans are free of charge and available only to current faculty, students, and staff with valid Wildcards. Only the borrower may handle or use the equipment while it is on loan.  Equipment is lent to an individual who assumes the financial risk for the complete equipment set until all equipment is returned.

2.  Equipment usage:  Equipment is available for curricular and extra-curricular purposes.  Equipment may be used both on-campus and off-campus. All patrons are expected to adhere to all computing policies as described at  Northwestern University Library assumes no liability for misuse of borrowed equipment.

3. Equipment pick up and return:  Equipment may be checked out at the Northwestern University Library Circulation Desk. Equipment cannot be booked or reserved in advance. Proxy users will not be permitted to pick up or drop off equipment. Equipment may not be returned at any other location - only at the Northwestern University Library Circulation Desk. Equipment must be picked up and returned during open hours, 8:30-11:30 pm Sunday-Thursday, 8:30am-9pm on Friday, and 10am-9pm on Saturday.  
4. Loan period: The loan period is three days.  Once equipment is returned and checked by staff, an item may be borrowed again if it has not been requested by another user.
6. Signed statement:  Patrons are required to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of the equipment and the terms of the loan before equipment is lent - including financial responsibility for damaged or lost equipment and fees for late return.  Equipment will be checked by Circulation staff to confirm its good condition before loan is made.  
7. Fines and Fees: Patrons are financially liable for any items not returned on time or returned requiring repair or replacement. For items not returned on time, a late fine of $10 per day will accrue for the first week. The full replacement cost will be charged for all equipment not returned by one week after its due date.
a. All fines related to repair and replacement costs will be charged to the library account of the  person who checked out the equipment.  
b. If not paid at the library replacement costs will be billed to Student Accounts.
8. Return:  When equipment is returned, Circulation staff will inspect all equipment for visual damage or missing items.   Equipment return may take up to 10 minutes to check all equipment components and cables. The patron is expected to stay until the return process is complete and the return receipt is generated. Patrons are financially liable for any missing cables or components, including items or damage discovered after the generation of the return receipt.