Timothy Smith Network Media Lab

The Timothy Smith Network (TSN) is a member organization of 34 active community technology centers established to help the people of Greater Roxbury effectively use and access technology by providing related services, educational programs, and resources.


Since its establishment in 2001, the BNN Timothy Smith Network Media Lab has been unique among TSN’s community-based computing centers. While many centers offer training and public access to computers and the Internet, our Center focuses on advanced multimedia applications — tools used to create digital media content for distribution through BNN cable channels, reaching two-thirds of Boston homes and reaching a global audience through our website. The BNN Timothy Smith Network Media Lab seeks to provide greater Roxbury area residents of all ages with quality training and access to new communications technology.

The Timothy Smith Fund, established by a 19th century Dudley Square merchant, provides for periodic upgrades of computers. In 2014, we upgraded our Media Lab with 14 new Apple iMac 27” computers with the latest versions of hardware and software (including Final Cut Pro X) for faster, more reliable editing. Combined with a transcoder and HD cameras, members now enjoy a tapeless digital workflow and easier distribution of programming to BNN cable channels and the web.

The Timothy Smith Network Media Lab is equipped with the following:

(14) Apple iMac27" computers, (2) Instructor stations, (12) student stations featuring:

  • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x8GB
  • 3TB Fusion Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5
  • Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
  • Apple Magic Mouse (Wired)
  • Apple Wired Keyboard
  • MSWindows 7 PRO
  • Final Cut Pro X and 7
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6
  • Office 2011
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
  • Infocus IN3124 Projector w/AverVision
  • DV/DVCAM Deck
  • (2) 42-inch flat-screen instruction monitors
  • (4) Mercury Pro 16X External Blu-ray Burners with Roxie Toast 11 HD
  • (14) Belkin Universal Media Reader/Writers
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