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Campus partners launch One Button Studio

Feb 25, 2015

The University Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning have teamed up to create a new multimedia program, featuring a fully automated professional video recording studio, designed to make video production "a cinch"  for faculty and students with little or no multimedia experience.

Professors can now easily produce web-ready speeches, class lectures, clips, and more, without ever setting up a camera, adjusting lights, plugging in a microphone, or even turning on their computer.

"You just walk in, place your flash drive into our USB hub, press one button, and step in front of the camera to start recording. It's that easy," says Terri Johnson, director of CTL.  "Anyone can now make a professional video in minutes."  

"It's a great resource for the library," says Assistant Dean Virginia Trow, library sponsor of the new program. "The studio provides another option for faculty looking to "flip" their classrooms, and gives our students more opportunities to build digital assets into courses and creative assignments."

The studio is also expected to draw campus organizations and student clubs looking for quick and inexpensive ways to create video for communications, promotions, and training. For video savvy users, the program also provides an upgraded media lab for video editing and group collaboration, and a supply of high quality video equipment for checkout by faculty, students and staff.

The new studio took two months and less than $5,000 to complete. Dubbed "The One Button Studio" by its creators at Penn State University, the automated video system was customized by the Pacific project team to meet specific technical and space requirements. The whole program will be operated and managed by a specially recruited group of techno-savvy students, who will answer questions, provide assistance, and keep the service up and running.

Come check us out!  The One Button Studio is located just off the main lobby in Room 136 and is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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