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One Button Studio

The One Button Studio (OBS) is a simple, easy to use video recording suite located on the fifth floor of Mills Library.

What is it?

The One Button Studio (OBS) is a simple, easy to use video recording suite located on the fifth floor of Mills Library. The Studio is equipped with lights, audio and a camera and can be used by McMaster faculty and staff to practice and record presentations without video production experience.

The One Button Studio software is a free OS X application, created by Penn State University. For information on the development of the One Button Studio at Penn State, go to http://onebutton.psu.edu/.

Who is it for and what can I use it for?

Faculty:

  • Delivering an introduction to an online course
  • Video notes for your classes
  • Presenting research papers
  • Recording a lecture

Staff:

  • Completing video projects
  • Practicing a presentation
  • Recording interviews or small group discussions

How Do I Get Started?

The One-Button Studio is a designated space within the MacPherson Institute, located on the 5th floor of Mills Library. To schedule a recording session, go to the Studio Booking tab.

You need to bring a USB drive (with at least 4GB of free space) and a laptop with your presentation content (if you want slides) to your booking time.

Make sure to bring your own laptop with an HDMI cable adapter if you plan on having your slides on the TV.

At the start of your session, you plug the USB drive into the designated spot, then attach your laptop to the projector and turn on the projector.

Once your presentation content is loaded behind you, you simply press the metal USB button to start recording and press it again to stop.

The video is automatically saved onto your attached USB drive, and you will remove this with the file once the recording is done. There is no need to adjust the lighting or sound, as the room is fully setup for optimal recording conditions already.