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One Button Studio

What is the One Button Studio?

The One Button Studio (OBS) is an automated video recording venue that requires no technical skills on how to use camera and audio equipment. This studio is similar to the lecture recording venues except in that the booking system is linked to your staff number. The videos will be recorded and accessed directly to your Vula account. The OBS is situated on the 7th floor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching department in the PD Hahn Building, Upper Campus.



Studio equipment

The studio is equipped with:

  • A camera
  • Lights
  • A PC station that records the video
  • A monitor to view your slides
  • USB hub to connect your slides
  • The one button
  • The indicator light to let you know when you are recording or stopping
  • Clicker to change slides
  • A lapel mic and a boom mic
  • A HDMI cable to connect your own laptop 

However, you must bring your own laptop.

How to get started with the OBS

Booking the OBS is the same way you would book a venue in Outlook. 

  • Click on Calendar, then choose your desired date and time for recording.  
  • Enter ‘One Button Studio’ in the ‘To’ subject line. 
  • Make sure you include the title of your video in the subject line as well as the date and time you would like to book the recording for.
  • Click send. You will get an email response to confirm your booking.
  • Please allocate 15 minutes extra for your set up time. A maximum of 2 hour slots are available per session. It is advisable to do a half hour test shoot before recording for your course - to familiarise yourself with the set-up and practice your lecture.       

For further queries, email


As a presenter, what do I need to do in the venue?


  • Upon entering the room, connect your USB to the hub. This is connected to the monitor which will display and record your slides. Alternatively, you can connect your own laptop to the HDMI cable to view and record your slides for your video. Should you need assistance with the equipment, someone is waiting to help you in room 7.55.
  • Connect yourself to the lapel mic by clipping it to the centre of your shirt. Make sure that nothing is obstructing the mic as this records the audio for your video. Place the microphone just above your breastbone. If you are struggling - please ask Stephan Steyn for assistance. 
  • Stand on the tape marked on the floor. You may move your hands while recording but do not move from the spot as the camera frame will cut you off.
  • On a stool next to your right hand is the “one button”. This button is the recording and stopping button. When you click the button once, the indicator ‘cat’ will turn red, indicating the recording has started. Wait 5 seconds before you begin the delivery of your presentation. Look directly into the camera. The monitor above the camera is a guide for you to see when your slides need to change. 
  • Use the clicker to change to the next slide. Be aware the slides are being recorded at the same time as the camera is recording your lecture. This means your eyeline will be picked up by the camera. You should not be reading your slides. Make sure that you are familiar with the content of your slides before entering the OBS Studio. Look directly into the camera for the duration of your recording.
  • Once you have completed recording, simply click the button once. It will turn green, signaling the recording has ended.


What else do I need to know about the OBS Studio recording process?

Once the video has been recorded, it is processed and uploaded to OpenCast. This is an online platform that allows you to edit your video before the final version is published to your Vula website.





Do’s and Don’ts

Choice of clothing has a big impact on the filming process. Do not wear black, white, grey, green, fine patterned shirts or any colour that is dominant in your logo. Solid colours or pastel colours are best.