Technical Support

Software for Personally-owned Computers 2020-2021

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To aid students with safe filmmaking practices and remote/hybrid education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Film/Video has launched a new Technology Access Program. During the 2020-21 academic year, the following software will be available for free to all current School of Film/Video students.

Be aware, some of these requests may take up to a week or two to go through.

Any codes or web links sent to you through tickets should remain private and not be shared with anyone else.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, which includes all of Adobe’s apps such as Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.

License information available on CAIT’s website.

Autodesk Maya

Autodesk products such as Maya are available to students for free via their website.

Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer is a film and video editing software application.

To request a Media Composer license and instructions, submit a ticket and select “Media Composer” in the ticket drop down menu. We’ll answer these tickets starting September 8th.

Ticket requests for this software must be submitted by October 1st, 2020.

Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio makes free plugins that can be used in Pro Tools via their website.

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation used for sound for picture and sound recording, editing, and mixing processes.

To request a Pro Tools license and instructions, submit a ticket and select “Pro Tools” in the ticket drop down menu. We’ll answer these tickets starting September 8th.

Ticket requests for this software must be submitted by October 1st, 2020.

Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve is a color correction and non-linear video editing application that has a robust free version available on Mac, PC and Linux on their website.

Dragonframe

Dragonframe is a stop motion software.

To request a Dragonframe license and instructions, submit a ticket and select “Dragonframe” in the ticket drop down menu. We’ll answer these tickets starting September 8th.

Ticket requests for this software must be submitted by October 1st, 2020.

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D, a popular 3D animation application, is available to students for free. To get this software, you need to first register for an OnTheHub / Kivuto account by following these instructions. Verification may take a few days. Once your account has been verified, you can download Cinema 4D from Maxon’s website here.

Highland 2 Pro

Highland 2 is software for writing screenplays that can work for almost every kind of document you write. From novels to blog posts and school reports, Highland’s clean design and innovative tools help you focus on words, not formatting.

For instructions on how to obtain a free license to Highland 2 Pro, submit a ticket selecting “Highland 2 Pro” in the ticket drop down menu.

Microsoft Office 365

Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

Go to Microsoft Office 365 and enter a valid school email address to get started.

Red Giant

Red Giant offers free 6-month access to Red Giant Complete.  To get this software, first register for an OnTheHub / Kivuto account by following these instructions. Verification may take a few days.  Once your account has been verified, you can download Red Giant Complete from Red Giant’s website here.

Soundly (Soundminer cloud-based alternative)

Soundly is a cloud-based sound effects database application. It has a limited number of sound effects available for free to students in the School of Film/Video.

To receive a Soundly promo code and instructions, submit a ticket selecting “Soundly” in the ticket drop down menu. We’ll answer these tickets starting September 8th.

Ticket requests for this software must be submitted by October 1st, 2020.

Substance Painter

Substance Painter is offering free licenses for students on their website.

Toon Boom

CalArts and the School of Film/Video have partnered with Toon Boom for the academic year. In addition to adding Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro to our computer labs, we have also arranged for currently enrolled students to obtain free personal desktop licenses.

As a student at CalArts, you are entitled to a free one-year desktop subscription of ToonBoom’s Harmony Premium and Storyboard Pro software to use on your own personal computer.

To get the special instructions to download your Harmony and Storyboard Pro licenses, submit a ticket selecting “Storyboard Pro” or “Harmony Premium” from the ticket drop down menu.

TVPaint

TVPaint Animation is a 2D paint and digital animation software.

To request a TVPaint license and instructions, submit a ticket and select “TVPaint” in the ticket drop down menu. We’ll answer these tickets starting September 8th.

Ticket requests for this software must be submitted by October 1st, 2020.

Unity

Students have two options for getting a free Unity license.

The first option is to use the Unity Personal Plan, which is free and can be found here.  https://store.unity.com/products/unity-personal.

The second option is to sign up for the free Unity Student Plan. The Unity Student Plan gives students access to free assets, plugins, and collaboration tools. To sign up for the Unity Student Plan, you will need to first create a student Github account here https://education.github.com/pack/join. Once you’ve created your student Github account, you can sign up for the Unity Student Plan here. https://store.unity.com/academic/unity-student

Additional Educational Discounts

For additional educational discounts on software, visit the Educational Discounts article.

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