One Button Studio



Using the OBS How to book your session for the OBS using Outlook Guidelines on how to create your slides for the OBS How to edit your video in Vula Leasons Learnt and usage

Download the "Picture-in-Picture" Powerpoint template here.

The One Button Studio (OBS) is an automated video recording venue that requires no technical skills on how to use camera and audio equipment, you simply press a button and start talking. This studio is similar to the lecture recording venues except in that the booking system is linked to your staff number. Your videos will be accessible on your Vula Home page, under “My Videos”.

The use of the OBS is built to accommodate a Do-It-Yourself approach, this means the CILT Digital Media Unit and OBS manager will not do the services for you, unless otherwise negotiated.

To gained the maximum benefit of the OBS recording process you need to be fully prepared before coming to the studio.

This means: Practice your lecture out loud multiple times; You need to know the length of your video and how many videos you are planning in the room; Your power point slides cannot be used to talk to – but are only there to be recorded; Do not rely on them; Memorise key points of your lecture before coming to the recording.

The more you practice, the better your recording experience will be. Knowing what you want to say and how long your lecture is, will also make your editing easier.

Additional services: If you want to read your script from the teleprompter, this will be a “paid for” service. Please send your request to use the teleprompter to the email address

To view our rate card for all the Digital Media Unit's Additional Services, view it here.

The OBS is located in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching department, Room 7.51, PD Hahn Building, Floor 7, Upper Campus. Follow the signs along the way.

Tips on preparing your Presentation for the OBS:

The One Button Studio (OBS) is set up to allow for your lectures to be recorded with a powerpoint presentation. Unlike lecturing in a classroom, the way you create and design your slides has an impact on your video.

The video below gives you guidelines on how to create your slides so it can be used to maximize the impact of your video. The way you plan on distributing and publishing the video is also dependent on how you create your slides. We would greatly appreciate it if you take the time to watch this video before coming into the studio. Below is also a powerpoint presentation template that you can download that will guide you in the actual size of where the video will display and how much space you have for your content.

Download the "Picture-in-Picture" powerpoint template and View our instructional video below:

  • Be thoroughly prepared
  • Wear the correct clothing
  • Have your slides ready as they will be recorded
  • Ensure your name and title of your video series is on your first slide of your presentation
  • Go to Room 7.55 if you experience any problems with the equipment in the room
  • You will be liable for any damage to the property and equipment during your recording
  • DO NOT exceed the maximum of 2 people being recorded at one time
  • DO NOT touch the camera or any equipment in the room that is unrelated to the recording procedure
  • DO NOT bring in any items or props, unless specifically given permission by the OBS manager
  • DO NOT record any inappropriate content in the room. Inappropriate according to the UCT's code of conduct



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This studio is only available to record videos for academics who are recording lectures, doing interviews (maximum 2 people in the studio), screencasts, audio recording and blended course material.

A maximum of 2 hours per session is advisable for a booking. The background is grey and cannot be changed unless requested.

The person booking the session will receive all the videos of their session into their own Vula video series. If you want to book but have another person receive the videos, please inform the OBS manager before recording and your videos will be redirected accordingly.


How to get started with the OBS



The studio layout:


To view our rate card for all the Digital Media Unit's Additional Services, view the rate card here.

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