Editing Resources

Software Update Policy:

FAVS strives to keep its labs in working order. To do so, software and operating system upgrades are strategically initiated at specific times in an academic year, which is between semesters ONLY and never during a semester. Updates are fully vetted and recognized to be compatible before completed.

Per post-production best practices, upgrades are never done immediately after new software and OS versions are released. We encourage you to follow these same practices with your own systems. It is never a good idea to update your editing software or operating system while in the middle of editing a project. We encourage you to complete your project first, back up both the project and your system (as always) and then perform software updates. Following Apple guidelines updates should never be done without backing up your system and files first.

For more information on the software and versions currently running in our labs, please see below. Note: The systems run Deep Freeze so all freeware that is installed or updated is erased at midnight. To report system or software problems please send an email with your questions and/or concerns to favslabs@gmu.edu.



Please note: students are required to purchase one external hard drive.  For best practices, we encourage students to purchase two; one drive should be transported to classes and to the labs, and one drive should remain home as a media storage backup. The drive you bring to classes and editing labs must be portable.

While there is no laptop requirement for Film and Video Studies students, we do recommend students purchase an Apple Mac Book Pro. Please read through our complete Computing Recommendations 2017.


FAVS editing labs are currently running the following software in the Sage Room and AB 2001.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4
Final Draft 10

In addition, the Sage Room is currently running Logic Pro X, Movie Magic Budgeting 7 and Movie Magic Scheduling 6.

Editing Labs

Professor Ben Steger teaches FAVS seniors in The Sage Room. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

FAVS Sage Room (PAB 3019)

The Sage Room is an editing and meeting room open to all FAVS Majors. It is located on the third floor of the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The room is open at times the deLaski building is open except for the closures listed below. In addition, the Sage Room will be closed periodically for meetings and classes. Please see the room for any notifications of closure. For card-swipe access or to book the space, please email FAVS Office Manager, Samantha Beach, at sbeach2@gmu.edu with your G#.

Sage Room Schedule, Fall 2017

The Sage Room will be closed
Monday 10:30 am-1:10 pm
Tuesdays 10:30 am-1:10 pm

FAVS/Game Lab (AB 2001)

The FAVS/Game Lab is a shared editing space for students of Film and Video Studies and Computer Game Design. The lab is located on the second floor of the Art and Design Building and has monitored open hours.

FAVS/Game Lab Schedule, Fall 17

The open lab hours for the FAVS/Game Lab will be announced shortly.

Writers/Producers Lab (PAB A109 A)

New for Fall 2017 semester, Film and Video Studies is launching a Writer's Producers Lab in the deLaski Performing Arts Building, room A109 A. This six-station lab will run Final Draft 10, Microsoft Office, and Movie Magic Budgeting  7 and Movie Magic Scheduling 6 and will provide a place for screenwriting students and producing students to work independently or in small groups.