This 35,000 square foot facility is the country's first and only fully digital training center, which includes the Electronic Arts Game Design Lab.

In addition, the Zemeckis Center is home to Trojan Vision, the university's student-run television station, which offers courses for credit to undergraduate and graduate students from all schools and programs at USC. Trojan Vision programming and production offices include a sound stage, a broadcast-quality control booth and suites for digital sound and picture editing. Trojan Vision brings together students from several academic units to produce four original strip-series and 17 weekly half-hour series.

Representing an unprecedented collaboration of studios, agencies, corporations and individual leaders throughout the entertainment community, the facility that was once only the dream of alumnus Robert Zemeckis is now a reality.

Facility Features

  • Stone Stanley Patio
  • Creative Artists Agency Reception Center
  • William Morris Green Room
  • Dave Johnson Green Room
  • The Melvin & Helen Prop Heller Prop Shop
  • Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks Lighting Control Room
  • Avid Edit Labs:
    • Individual Editing Lab (Red Lab)
    • (31) stations Xpress Pro vers. 4.6 on dual proc 3.4 GHz HP 8200s
    • 15 stations have NetMix via server access
    • The other 16 stations feature Sony DSR 1500A decks for DV capture/cut.
  • Gene F. Martin Editing Room
  • Group Editing Lab (Gold Lab):
    • (13) stations Xpress Pro 4.6 on dual proc 3.03 GHz HP 8000s
    • (8) stations Xpress Pro 4.6 on dual proc 3.4 GHz HP 8200s
    • (2) stations with Sony DSR 1500A decks for DV capture/cut
    • (1) station Xpress StudioHD 5.1 on HP 8200
    • (1) station XProHD 5.2 on HP 8200
  • Advanced Media Classrooms
  • Warner Bros. Advanced Media Classroom
  • John Wells Advanced Media Classroom
  • William Wyler Advanced Media Classroom
  • Steven Spielberg Advanced Media Classroom
  • Overhead projectors for both video and computer
  • Touch-screen consoles for playback control of VHS, DVCam and DVD
  • Avid Xpress Pro Editing Stations Classrooms
  • Prologic Sound
  • David Kirschner Family Visual Effects Studio:
    • (2) Final Cut Pro High Definition Editing Systems
    • (15) Dual Processor G5 Macintosh Computers
    • Software: Avid, Maya, Boujou, Shake, After Effects, Photoshop
    • Sony HDW-F500 HDCam VTR
    • Sony High Definition Video Monitor
  • Vicon 3-D Motion Capture System
  • Ron Howard Screening Room:
    • 48 seats
    • 35mm, 16mm, Super16, 35mm DTS, 35mm Dolby Digital Sound Film Projection
    • Digital Track Interlock
    • 5.1 THX Sound (equipped for 10.2 Surround sound)
    • NEC Digital Cinema Projector (1280x1024)
    • Video playback in HDCam, HDV, Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, NTSC & PAL VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and DVCAM
  • Akira Kurosawa Stage (Studio E):
    • 2,250 square feet
    • 100 Strand lighting instruments
    • Strand dimmer and lighting board
    • Hard Cyclorama
  • Stanley Kubrick Stage (Studio D):
    • 2,250 square feet
    • 100 Strand lighting instruments
    • Strand dimmer and lighting board

      Note: Stages D and E are adjacent, with a removeable sound-proof panel that allows both stages to be used for a single production.
  • Studio A:
    David Geffen Stage
    Scott Sassa Family Television Control Room
    • 1,600 square feet
    • (3) Sony Digital Studio Cameras
    • (30) Mole Richardson lights
    • Strand dimmer and lighting board
    • Grass Valley 110 switcher
    • Mackie audio board
  • Studio C:
    • 900 square feet
    • 30 Strand lighting instruments
    • Strand dimmer and lighting board
  • Audio Post-Production:
    • Pro Tools HD audio station
    • Kurzweil/Studio Logic audio effects system
  • Edit 1:
    • (4) Avid editing systems
  • Edit 2:
    • Sony Digital Linear BVE-9100 editing system
    • Master onto Digital Betacam
    • Sony DVS-2000C digital video switcher
    • Sony DME 3000 digital video effects generator
    • Pinnacle Deko 500 character generator
    • Apple G5 with Adobe Photoshop CS
  • Graphics:
    • Apple G5 with Aja IO video/audio box
    • Apple G4 with Targa 2000 video card
    • Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe AfterEffects, Apple Motion
  • Trojan Vision - Student-Run Television Station:
    Multi-camera stage with:
    • Four Sony digital studio cameras
    • Grass Valley 4000 digital switcher
    • Pinnacle Deko character generator
    • Yamaha O2R digital audio mixing board
    • (3) AVID Xpress Pro with Mojo
    • Portable multi-cam production unit
  • Production Equipment For Student Checkout:
    • (2) Sony F900H/3 (HD Cameras)
    • (17) Sony DSR-PD170 DVCAM camcorders
    • (50) Sony DSR-PD150 DVCam camcorders
    • (100) Sony DSR-PD100 DVCam camcorders
    • (30) Sony DSR-PDX10 DVCam camcorders
    • (11) Sony TRV-900 DV camcorders
    • (9) Sony VX-1000 DV camcorders
    • (8) Sony DSR-500 DVCam cameras
    • (5) Sony Betacam BVW-D600 cameras
    • (40) boom kits (with mics)
    • (27) Mole Richardson lighting kits
    • (20) Lowell Kits (DP light, Omni Light, Pro Light, w/chimera)
    • (10) Lowell DP lighting kits
  • Universal Studios Motion Control & Performance Capture Laboratory
  • Tokyo University of Technolgoy Digital Systems Laboratory
  • Interactive Media Labs:
    EA Game Innovation Lab (3 sections):
    • Alucid Custom Usability Lab
      • Separate observation room and subject rooms
      • Hi-res dome-enclosed video monitoring system
      • Integrated audio monitoring and intercom system
      • PC/Console/Wireless device capture capabilities
      • Hi-res VGA to video converter
      • Sony VAIO control PC running UsabilityWare 4.0 User Research Software
      • Video switcher
      • Digital video mixer
      • Audio mixer
      • (4) Sharp Aquos test feed LCD monitors
      • Digital editing & archival system for test footage
    • Subject Room
      • Sharp Aquos 37" Flat Screen
      • Game consoles
      • (3) semi-private work areas
      • (10) Dell Workstations
      • (10) Planar PX191 Flat Panels
      • (3) Dell Monochrome Printers
      • (3) 8x12 Wacom Tablets
      • Complete Adobe/Macromedia, Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max, Microsoft software
    • Projection & Brainstorming Area
      • Polyvision whiteboard
      • HP color inkjet printer
      • Mitsubishi projector on 10' wide automatic roll-down screen
      • Extensive board game, digital game and book library
  • Zemeckis Media Lab (2 sections):
    • Media Lab:
      • 270+ degree (5+4+5) surround projection
      • 14 NEC ceiling-mounted projectors
      • AMX multi-input video/audio routing touch panel system
      • 5.1 Surround Sound with Mackie speakers
      • (5) Apple G5 workstations
      • (5) Dell workstations
    • Conference Area:
      • 42" Plasma screen
      • 5.1 Surround Sound with Sony speakers
      • Canon scanner
      • Digi 002 Audio Rack
      • Kurzweil K2500XS Keyboard
  • Twentieth Century Fox Lounge and Conference Room