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One Button Studio

The studio is currently open. Read more to learn about the safety procedures we are following during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The One Button Studio is an automated, simplified video studio that can be used without any previous video production experience. The studio is equipped with a combination of special hardware and software that allows users to simply plug a flash drive into a USB port and push a button to start recording. All of the lighting, audio, and video equipment is already in place so no set-up is required.

Who can use the One Button Studio?

The studio is available for faculty (and other course instructors) to use in support of their teaching at Vanderbilt University. The studio is not available for Vanderbilt staff or students.

Phased Reopening Update: Only one faculty member will be allowed to enter the studio at a time.

Where is the One Button Studio?

The studio is located in Baker 801 (immediately to your left when you exit the elevator).

Why would I record videos for my class?

When teaching online, videos are a great way to bring social presence to your course. However, videos aren’t solely for fully online courses. They are also a great way to supplement your course content or provide resources for those who want to know more.

For ideas for using videos in one’s teaching, visit the CFT’s teaching guide on effective educational videos. For technical instructions creating screencasts via Kaltura or sharing videos with students on Brightspace, see our “Using Media on Brightspace” resource. If you’re interested in creating videos from your home, visit  Tips for Creating Quality Videos at Home.

What should I bring with me?

  • A USB flash drive with at least 2GB of space
  • Your laptop computer with and HDMI connection. If you do not have a laptop, you can use the one in the studio.
    (The studio is equipped with a USB-C to HDMI adapter for Mac users.)

Phased Reopening Update: You also must wear a mask while working with staff at the studio, but not while recording.

How does it work?

  1. Plug your flash drive into the one button studio station. The camera, microphone and studio lights will all automatically turn on.
  2. Plug the HDMI cord from the large display monitor into your laptop. Launch your presentation, web browser, or application and display your desired content.
  3. Stand in the designated spot, marked with yellow tape on the floor, and grab the remote clicker to advance your presentation (if needed).
  4. When you are ready, press the big, silver button next to you. A countdown will appear on the one button studio screen.
  5. Once the countdown is complete, recording is in progress and you may begin your video.
  6. To stop recording, press the big, silver button again.
  7. You can press the button again to record any additional video segments onto your drive.
  8. When you are finished, wait for the One Button Studio software to save your video onto your flash drive. The One Button Studio software will tell you when it is finished.
  9. Unplug your flash drive and the studio will turn off automatically .
  10. You are done! Your video(s) are now saved as .MP4 files on your flash drive.

What does the end result look like?

The subject will be standing to the left of a large monitor in front of a solid white background. Below is an example of what the final video would look like.

How do I schedule a time to record in the studio?

The studio is open for reservations M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm. We are in the process of creating an online reservation system. In the meantime, please contact to reserve the space.

The Digital Media Lab

If you’d like a more fully-featured production facility, consider the CFT’s Digital Media Lab (DML). Located in the Digital Commons, this facility is divided into two room, with stations for video, photo, audio, graphic, and web productions. The video production studio includes an array of lights, microphones, backdrops, and a video mixer for highly customizable recordings; also included are a lightboard and teleprompter to aid your on-camera instruction. The editing suite next door provides a quiet space, high-end microphones and audio editing software for professional sounding audio in your podcasts and other recorded materials; a full video editing bay sits alongside the audio booth, outfitted with a powerful computer, large external monitor, and the Adobe Creative Cloud array of software for all video post-production needs. Learn more about the CFT’s Digital Media Lab.

Current Safety Procedures

  • The studio will be sanitized before your arrival. 
  • Please wash/sanitize your hands before and after using the studio. 
  • You can take your mask off once you begin recording (storing it in your own bag, and not on studio surfaces) and then put it back on when you are finished. Hand sanitizer will be provided for this process.
  • A digital media specialist will be in the adjoining room while you record in the studio.