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One-Button Studio makes DIY video projects a snap

Inserting a USB drive turns on the lights and camera; pushing the button starts the recording. Image courtesy of Emory Libraries.

The One-Button Studio is now open on Level 1 of the Woodruff Library, courtesy of Emory’s Academic Technology Services. This new space allows Emory students, faculty and staff to record a quality HD video with the touch of a single button, without any prior production experience.

To record a video, users insert a USB drive, which automatically turns on the pre-set microphone, camera and studio lights. A push of one button starts and stops the recording.

The studio can be reserved through the Student Digital Life Resource Scheduler. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Users can reserve the space for a maximum of three hours. Because of its size, the studio can accommodate just two people.

The space is ideal for practicing a presentation, recording an interview or lecture, or creating a podcast. The studio has a gray background for filming, but green and blue screen options are also available for swapping backgrounds in post-production. 

The One-Button Studio webpage includes filming tips. To learn more, Emory faculty, staff and students can access, an open online resource with more than 4,000 video classes, including a wide array of short courses on video production that includes writing, recording, editing and presenting.

For more complex projects, the Student Production Studio on Level 1 of the Woodruff Library provides a larger space with more specialized, customizable, high-end equipment for video and audio recordings.

The MediaLab in the Woodruff Library’s Music & Media Library, located on Level 4 above the main entrance, is a post-production space. Users have access to a variety of specialized software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro X, PluralEyes and more. Student technology specialists are available for assistance during staffed hours.

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