Area Supervisor:
Mitchell Dunn

Area Location:
F-235 HFAC
(801) 422-7300

The Cave is the Media Arts’ high-end editing environment. This state-of-the-art editing facility has 5 high-end edit stations, capable of working with multiple streams of uncompressed HD footage. In The Cave, we support transfers to and from HDCAM SR, HDCAM, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, VHS, and Umatic, as well as real-time RED and MPEG4 conversions.

Software Available: Final Cut Studio 3, Adobe Master Collection CS 6, Avid MediaComposer 6

The Cave is a limited access facility restricted to Advanced Editors. The Cave is not a general editing room, and all projects using the Cave and its facilities must be cleared through the MA Access Meeting.


To gain access to The Cave you must reach the advanced editing skill level and attend an Access Meeting to be cleared for access.To be considered having the advanced editing skill level you have to complete the following prerequisites:

Basic Editing Skill Level
– Completion of TMA 185/105
– TMA 384R – Beginning Avid or FCP

Intermediate Editing Skill Level
– Complete Basic Skill Level
– Assistant Edit on a Capstone (No Cave Access)
– Work as Lead Editor on 1 outside project

Advanced Editing Skill Level
– Complete Intermediate Skill Level Test
– TMA 384R – Advanced Avid or FCP -OR- TMA 285 -OR- Advanced Editing Practice Exercise
– Work as Lead Editor on a minimum of 1 additional outside project

Cave Access
– Complete Advanced Skill Level and be asked to edit a TMA Capstone
– Proficiency Exam (if needed) / Training


The following are the procedures we ask you to follow when in the high-end editing lab (The Cave).

  1. The hours of the Cave are the same as the hours for HFAC (6am-11pm). It is possible to obtain a late pass from the TMA Office if deemed necessary by your project faculty advisor.
  2. Everyone who is granted access to the Cave will be trained on the equipment in the facility.
  3. You are responsible for any problems or incidents that happen while you are inside the lab. If anything does happen report it immediately to the Area Supervisor and the Access Manager.
  4. All projects must be approved through Access before post-production can begin in the lab. Working on unapproved projects will lead to the revocation of your lab privileges.
  5. Do not delete any files that are not yours, or access another student’s project. If another project is open on the computer when you arrive please save and close it, then work on your own.
  6. Be responsible for your own things. Do not leave tapes, papers, CDs, or DVDs lying around.
  7. If you are the last to leave the lab, please turn off the lights and decks if they are not in use.
  8. In regards to the door code; the code is for your use only. You will not allow anyone who has not been approved in the area. Nor will you give your code to any other person.
  9. No food or drink is allowed in the High-end Editing Room.
  10. Each approved project is granted only 1TB (terabyte) for storage on the Cavestore, so watch your usage. Projects left on the Cavestore after the project deadline will be archived and deleted. You can purchase the archive files from the TMA Office.
  11. Area personnel are not responsible for project media left in approved storage areas an will not be held responsible for missing project media.