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 powerpoint 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 One_Button_Studio@uct.ac.za
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 maximise 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.
Tips on what to wear for all filming, and the OBS:
Wear colours that are in contrast with the background, this is to avoid colours blending in with the background in post-production editing.
Avoid wearing colours like teal, turquoise, shades of green (especially if you'll be using the green-screen), reflective clothing, patterns (like stripes or other fine patterns), strong bright reds (it will make your complexion look very red),black, grey and white.
Lighter shades of red are preferred.
Avoid wearing any colour that too closely
matches your skin tone, because it makes
your characteristics, especially your face and body features disappear, making viewers think you’re nude.
Wear pants with pockets or a belt, so it's easier to attach the microphone transmitter.
Avoid wearing clothes with logos or recognisable brands.
Especially if you use the lightboard the video producers need to flip your image.
Avoid wearing dresses, unless they have belts or pockets to attach the microphone transmitter.
Wear Solid colours, like shades of blue, orange, purple, yellow and light red.
Avoid wearing clothing with flimsy or soft material, because the weight of the microphone can pull the light material down.
No caps/hats as they will cast shadows on your face.
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
WHAT TO EXPECT
The studio layout:
To view our rate card for all the Digital Media Unit's Additional Services, view the rate card here.