Adobe License Announcement

Adobe has extended free access for students to their Creative Cloud suite of software due to COVID-19. These free licenses will now work until July 6th, 2020.

If you haven’t yet signed up for free student access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and would like to, please follow the instructions at this link.

If you are having trouble signing up for a free student license of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, please submit a support ticket to CalArts IT by clicking the “Submit a Ticket” button at this link.

-CalArts Film/Video Technical Staff

Bijou in the Rough – May 12-14

Hello School of Film/Video,

We have made it to Bijou in the Rough! We have a few ways for you to see student work.

Private Vimeo Channel of Graduating Student Work (starting May 13th)

You will find a collection of thesis and graduation projects on Vimeo starting Wednesday, May 13th. Check your student email for the link & password!

Collaborative Playlist

This is a growing spreadsheet that students can contribute to with their works in-progress and completed works. Click here to access the spreadsheet.

Students, please submit your work to the spreadsheet by filling out this form!

Class Screenings

Check your email for a detailed list of class screenings taking place Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14. Feel free to join in to see what these classes have been working on through the semester.

Enjoy the work!


Bijou in the Rough Committee (Lei Lei, Christina Nguyen, and Udval Altangerel [MFA2 FDP])

[Updated] Bijou in the Rough – End of the Year Student Work Presentations

Click here for updated info on Bijou in the Rough!

Dear Students, 

The Bijou Festival Committee along with the School of Film/Video faculty and staff are working hard to find new ways of celebrating and sharing student work this semester. While we must reschedule all in-person screenings and events that were planned as part of the Bijou Festival, we want to provide online screening opportunities to students. Below are the end-of-year options for showcasing your work the week of May 11-15:

 Class Screenings

Current F/V classes will make individual decisions on whether or not they will be holding class screenings online. If a class opts in for a public class screening, the link to attend will be distributed to the larger F/V community ahead of time through email. 

Collaborative Playlist

This is a growing spreadsheet that students can contribute to with their works in-progress and completed works. 

Please submit your work to the spreadsheet by filling out the form below: 

If you have any questions regarding the options to screen work or have any suggestions for us, don’t hesitate to email us at  

Kindly,  Bijou Festival Committee

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020 14.1 Update – Potential Issues

Adobe released an update for Premiere Pro version 14.1. In general, the rule of thumb is to avoid updating current project files to new versions of Premiere Pro. You should complete your current projects before updating to the new version to start new projects.

At this time we recommend that students do not make this update. There are known issues that may cause problems in existing projects, see the current list of issues on 2 Pop.

If you have any questions or have already run into these issues and need technical support, submit a ticket.

– FV Technical Staff

Announcing the 2 Pop Forum!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2 Pop Forum. The forum is a place for peer-to-peer support and is open to all CalArts students, faculty, and staff. Users can post questions about software applications, cameras, production sound, and much more. Users can also answer questions on the forum.

To create an account just visit the forum at and log in using Google login. Please note that you must sign in with your or email address.

Responses on the forum from the technical staff are not guaranteed, so students seeking support directly from technical staff should continue to submit support tickets via 2 Pop.

Our forum is powered by Discourse forum software and you can find the “Discourse New User Guide” here:

Users should comport themselves with the same manner of professionalism and respect that is expected of all CalArtians. Inappropriate or disrespectful posting is prohibited and users may be sanctioned by the university for such conduct.

If you have suggestions on how to improve the forum, please post those suggestions in the “Site Feedback” category on the forum or submit a support ticket via 2 Pop.

– Film/Video Technical Staff

Remote Desktop (Computer) Access

Hi All,

You can now gain remote desktop access to some of the computers in the computer labs at CalArts. You may be wondering what “remote desktop access” means. By using a remote desktop access software application on your computer at home, you can connect to and control a computer in one of the school’s computer labs. Once you’ve connected to the computer, you will be able to log in to the computer, control the mouse/keyboard, open applications, and connect to FVCentral. You can also transfer files between the remote computer and your home computer.

There will be some delay or lag in the connection, which could make it difficult to perform certain types of work on the computer you are remotely controlling. For example, the lag could make editing an image in Photoshop on the remote computer difficult. RealVNC does not support audio on MacOS, so editing audio remotely would be difficult. Additionally, the lag might make animating and editing in programs like After Effects and Premiere unworkable.

However, the connection will be fast enough for you to open a project file and render, transcode, or export using the powerful computers at the school. One workflow to consider would be for you to create projects on your home computer, transfer them to a school computer using RealVNC, and then render the project out on the school computer. Since the computer you will be remotely controlling will be at the school, it will have access to FVCentral and the render farm.

To request remote desktop access, please submit a support ticket from with the subject line “Remote Desktop Access Request”. We will respond to your support ticket with instructions.

-CalArts FVTech Staff

More Free Software Available on 2 Pop

Hello students,

New software has been added to the Free Software During Remote Instruction page on 2 Pop. Make sure to check it every once in a while.

New software available, please follow instructions found here before submitting tickets:

  • Apple Final Cut Pro X (90 days)
  • Apple Logic Pro X (90 days)
  • DEFlicker (until May 31, 2020)
  • Pro Sound Effects Online Sound Library (until May 31, 2020)
  • ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) (until May 31, 2020)
  • Substance Painter (90 days)
  • Twixtor Pro (until May 31, 2020)
  • ZBrush (60 days)

– FV Technical Staff

Free Software for Remote Learning – Spring 2020

Dear Students,

We have been in communication with many of our software vendors over the last week and are now able to supply a list on 2 Pop of free software available during remote instruction.

Some of this software may be limited to School of Film/Video students, we will try our best to support all students enrolled in School of Film/Video classes this semester.

Important things to note:

  • We will be updating the page as new software becomes available, please check back
  • Submit a separate ticket for each piece of software you are requesting, using the drop down menu in the ticket to specify the software.
  • There are some license requests that must be sent to vendors before we can give you a code. Ticket requests for the following software are due by 5pm on Monday March 23rd:
    • Avid Media Composer
    • Avid Pro Tools
    • TVPaint
    • Red Giant Complete Suite

If you have any questions, please submit a ticket.


School of Film/Video Technical Staff