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 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 channels that reach two-thirds of Boston homes. The BNN Timothy Smith Media Lab seeks to provide 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 2010, we upgraded our Media Lab with 13 new MacPro 12-core towers with the latest versions of hardware and software for faster, more reliable editing. Combined with a new 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:

  • (1) Instructor Station (MacPro 12-Core towers with 27-inch LED Cinema Displays)
  • (12) Student Stations (MacPro 12-Core towers with 27-inch LED Cinema Displays)
  • (2) 42-inch flat-screen instruction monitors
  • DV/DVCAM Deck
  • (13) SDHC Card Readers
  • Final Cut Pro X and 7
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6
  • Windows 7
  • Office 2011
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing


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