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:
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.
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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