The OTS Production Studio, built in 2014 by way of a provost grant, is designed to meet the expanding needs of UB faculty, students and staff as we continue to cross the digital divide in our pedagogy and studies. The studio itself was designed to be two things; modular and easy to use. It’s layout is designed after a classroom and while it does have a couple extra bells and whistles, if you’ve ever recorded in a UB classroom, you should feel right at home here.
At the heart of the studio is a production switcher, which allows you to switch between multiple video sources, as well as mix audio, all in the same unit. It is also capable of doing green-screen based effects live. Feeding into the switcher are three robotically-controlled cameras, each capable of recording images up to 1920x1080 resolution. The studio also has an array of microphones, ranging from wireless mics to broadcast quality production mics.
The computer in the studio contains several different types of recording and editing software, ranging from Panopto, to Windows media encoder and Adobe Premiere for video recordings, as well as Audacity and Adobe premiere for audio recordings. Several other additions to the Adobe Creative Suite are also included – such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash – allowing you to record, edit and produce a finished product for your class in one session.
To book the studio, all you have to do is email OTS’ Media and Classroom Services Dept. at email@example.com with a description of your project and a technician will contact you to discuss logistics, as well as schedule a training session to help you familiarize yourself with the room. While technicians will be available to assist you on the day of your session, we do require advance notice to allow us to prepare the room and arrange for training. Also, if you are recording for a specific class project, please let us know what class it is for so we can reach out to the professor to see how we can best meet the needs of the assignment.
- Click here to view a video tutorial on recording with Windows Media Encoder in the Production Studio.