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Video recording in the One Button Studio in Room 316 of Alexander Library.

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One Button Studio

Produce professional videos with ease

Reserve the Studio

The One Button Studio is an easy-to-use digital video recording studio. Located in Room 316 of Alexander Library, the OBS is available for use by Rutgers students, faculty, and staff with a valid netID and RUID card. The studio does not require users to have prior video production knowledge. Lighting, audio, and video configurations have been pre-set for ease of use.

Sample uses include:

  • Presenting a research project
  • Creating ePortfolio materials or video essays
  • Rehearsing for a class presentation
  • Recording a lecture for online instruction
  • Using the green screen to create videos with professional visuals

Reserve the Studio

To use the studio, please reserve it in advance by scheduling a time.

Reserve the Studio


The studio is available for use Monday through Friday between 9am - 6pm.* Studio time may be reserved in 15-minute increments. Due to space limitations, groups should consist of no more than 3 people at a time.

After reserving your time, proceed to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Alexander Library where you will check out the key to the studio (you will need your RUID). Bring a FAT formatted flash drive with at least 1 GB of free space. Your recording will be saved to your flash drive as an .mp4 file which is easy to upload to YouTube, Canvas, Sakai, and to watch on digital media players. When you are done recording your videos, be sure to leave the studio exactly as you found it before returning the key back to the Circulation Desk.

* Except for holidays and when the building closes early, as it does during Friday intersession hours.

Quickstart Guide

Reserve the Studio

  • Reservations available in 15 minute blocks, up to 4 hours per day
  • Reservations available up to 2 months in advance
  • No food or drink is permitted

Check out the key

  • Visit the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Alexander Library to obtain the Studio key (requires RUID)
  • Bring a FAT formated flash drive with at least 1 GB of free space—1 GB will store approximately 25 minutes
  • Flash drives are also available for purchase from the vending machine in the Scarlet Latte on the lower level of Alexander Library

Record the video

  • Insert your USB drive into the dock to activate the Studio camera and lighting
  • Press the large silver button to start/stop recording
  • When finished recording, remove your USB drive to deactivate the studio camera and lights

Clean up the Studio and return the key

  • Turn off the Studio lights
  • Close the Studio door behind you
  • Return the Studio key to the 1st floor Circulation Desk

Tips and Tricks

Q: How to I get to the OBS?

A: The One Button Studio is located on the third floor of Alexander Library in Room 316. You can take the stairs or the elevator from the "Old Wing" (located in Government Documents on the 1st floor) to floor 3. See image below or larger map here.

Q: How do I verify that my thumb drive is FAT32 formatted?

A: You can verify the formatting and reformat your USB thumb drive on your computer. For the Windows 10 operating system, follow the instructions in "3 Ways To Format 32GB+ USB Drives To FAT32 In Windows 10." For Mac users, you can double-check the formatting of your thumb drive by following the steps outlined in this blog post, "How to Format a USB Flash Drive with Mac to FAT32." For any other operating system, Google will likely lead you to instructions.

Q: Where's my MP4 file? 

A: The MP4 file that you create will be saved to your thumb drive with a timestamp as the file name, e.g. Oct_24_14:19:13.mp4

Q: How long does it take for my video to be saved to my thumb drive? 

A: Your video may take several minutes to be transferred to your thumb drive. Please plan your reservation time accordingly. 

Q: Can I edit my video in the Libraries?

A: Yes! The OIT computer labs in New Brunswick have iMovie (Mac) and Windows Live Movie Maker (PC) as part of their standard operating environment. There are two OIT computer labs in Alexander Library: one in the Undergraduate Reading Room on the first floor, and one in the Graduate Reading Room on the third floor (note that it is required to show ID in the GRR as proof of matriculation status). 

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Virtual Tour

OBS Monitor

OBS Monitor

The welcome screen of the OBS monitor

obs equipment

OBS Equipment

The camera, lighting and sound equipment

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