Operate the One Button Studio


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What is the One Button Studio?

A One Button Studio (OBS) is a simplified recording studio that gives users the ability to create a high-quality video recording without any previous video production experience. The University of Maryland's (UMD) One Button Studios provide the following resources to help users create a polished video project:

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What should you bring to the One Button Studio?

You must bring:

It is recommended that you bring:

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Operating the studio with a presentation

  1. Plug your USB flash drive into the USB slot labeled USB Storage on the control panel. This will turn on the equipment. 
  2. Plug the HDMI cable to your laptop. 
  3. If you are playing a video from your laptop, make sure your audio output settings are set to EPSON PJ
  4. Press record on the control panel. Once the recording has begun, Recording will be displayed on the menu in the upper left hand corner of the lectern monitor. 
  5. When you have completed your video presentation, press stop.
  6. The light indicator on the control panel will flash while the video is being saved to your flash drive. When the indicator light is done flashing, you are done!
  7. A file folder will save to your USB flash drive with a name that starts with the studio's building acronym and room number (i.e. ATL 1400A-). The video file (.m4v) will be located within the folder with a name that starts with the studio's building acronym and room number (i.e. ATL 1400A-).
  8. Existing files on your USB flash drive will not be removed or deleted. 
  9. Remove your USB flash drive from the control panel.

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Operating the studio without a presentation

  1. Plug your USB flash drive into the USB slot labeled USB Storage on the control panel. This will turn on the equipment.
  2. Press record. Once the recording has begun, Recording will be displayed on the menu in the upper left hand corner of the lectern monitor. 
  3. When you have completed your video presentation, press stop.
  4. The light indicator on the control panel will flash while the video is being saved to your flash drive. When the indicator light is done flashing, you are done!
  5. A file folder will save to your USB flash drive with a name that starts with the studio's building acronym and room number (i.e. ATL 1400A-). The video file (.m4v) will be located within the folder with a name that starts with the studio's building acronym and room number (i.e. ATL 1400A-).
  6. Existing files on your USB flash drive will not be removed or deleted. 
  7. Remove your USB flash drive from the control panel.

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Additional features

One Button Studios contain additional buttons that provide the following features. Pause may be used at any time during your video presentation. Simply press pause to pause the video and press it again when you are ready to resume your video. Mark can be used to take still images at any time during your presentation. You can press this button as many times as you wish. Upon completion, the image files (.jpg) will save in a "thumbnails" file folder within the file folder with the studio's building acronym and room number (i.e. ATL 1400A-) on your USB flash drive. A separate image file will be saved for each time you pressed the button.  

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Best practices for video presentation

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The delivery

  1. Don’t forget to breathe.
  2. Try not to rush, take brief pauses for emphasis.
  3. Speak clearly and possibly at a louder volume than your usual. Pretend you are talking to someone twenty feet away. If you don’t speak loud enough, or mumble, the microphone may not pick you up clearly.
  4. Be confident and look like you are enjoying the presentation. Your audience will enjoy watching you.
  5. Have fun!

Practice! Not only can you use OBS for your final presentation, use it to practice. Record a portion (or all) of your presentation and watch it. Take notes on your performance and make adjustments before recording your final version. Practicing prior to your final recording will make the experience much smoother and less stressful.

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Support

If you have issues with scheduling the One Button Studio or with operating the technology, email Classroom Support or call 301.405.2500.

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