The video lab is a fully supported, self-service video editing/dubbing facility that also provides short-term video camera loans to approved World Arts and Cultures/Dance students for research, experimentation and study within the department's scope. The video lab and its resources are not intended for commercial or interdepartmental use.

The lab is located in Kaufman Hall 145. Video lab manager approval and BruinCard enrollment is required for access. Access to lab facilities and equipment is a privilege, not a right. Any infraction of any of the guidelines set forth in this document may result in the suspension or termination of lab privileges.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Finals Week: Please contact the video lab manager.

Holidays: The video lab is closed on campus holidays.

Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  1. Only World Arts and Cultures Dance students who have enrolled in a WACD video class and/or have received consent from a WACD faculty member and the WACD video lab manager may access the lab, use the computers and borrow equipment.

  2. Non-WACD UCLA students who are currently enrolled in a WAC video class or are currently enrolled in an independent study with a WAC faculty member, and have received the consent of the WACD video lab manager may access the lab, use the computers and borrow equipment.

  3. The video lab is not open to the public.

  4. Authorization for lab use will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Proof of class enrollment or faculty consent may be required on a quarterly basis.

  5. A BruinCard must be used to enter the lab.

  6. For the safety of the equipment and video lab users, do not prop open the door.

  7. To program the BruinCard for video lab access, the WACD video lab manager must enter your information (name, UID, major, phone, email, faculty sponsor) into the database. You must have your BruinCard with you.

After regular business hours, there is a CSO (Campus Service Officer) assigned to Kaufman Hall. In case of emergency or due to building closure, students are required to comply with the CSO's notice to vacate the room.

Video cameras are available for check out to WACD students or students currently enrolled in WACD classes. Students should appear at Kaufman Hall 169 Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 4 PM with a current BruinCard. Cameras and/or production gear must be returned to the video lab manager in Kaufman Hall 169. Students are financially responsible for any loss or damage to department equipment. All inquiries regarding checking out cameras or any film/video gear should be directly to the video lab manager, William O’Loughlen, at

The computer work stations are iMac systems (3.1GHz processors, 16G memory, 21.5 inch Retina displays) equipped with Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and all major production applications running on MacOS Mojave (10.14.2) or later OS. Every station can capture video footage from SD cards. One legacy station can capture from DVCAM, video cassettes, Mini DV tape, or DVDs.

Work Station Guidelines

  1. The department is not responsible for unattended items. Once done working in the lab, please take all personal belongings and power down all decks/monitors at the station. Unattended items will be cleared away and turned into lost and found.

  2. Food and drink are never allowed in the lab.

  3. For the sake of privacy and so as not to disturb other video lab users, please bring and use headphones.

The video lab has access to videotapes dating back to the 1994-1995 academic years. We are in the process of digitizing and uploading our entire archive to our YouTube page. These shows can be watched online or downloaded to your computer.

The WACD video lab manager coordinates video documentation services for department-sponsored special events. The producer of the special event must schedule a meeting with the Senior Public Events Manager and the video lab manager at least 14 business days in advance of the requested shoot date to discuss the details.

According to policies set forth by the University of California's Events Office, location filming permits are required when videotaping anywhere on the UCLA campus, including inside Kaufman Hall. The only exception is the videotaping of rehearsals inside studios and theaters. Applications are available from the Events Office, located at 168 Kerckhoff Hall, or from the video lab manager. Completed applications are to be turned into the Events Office one week prior to your shooting dates. The permit fee will be waived for students shooting class related projects. All other projects may be assessed a fee.

During closures, all files for all users on all computers will be erased. Please make arrangements to transfer your valuable data to your own storage devices prior to this date.


For inquiries and additional information, please contact:

Will O'Loughlen

Video Lab Manager, Web Administrator

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