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About One Button Studio

 

New FREE service available to students, faculty, and staff of MSUB!

 

The One Button Studio is a simplified recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience.  The design of the studio allows you to create high-quality and polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras.  You only need to plug in a flash drive and push a single button.

 

One Button Studio is a great tool for practicing a presentation.  Viewing a video of yourself can help you spot verbal ticks, hand gestures, and facial expressions that can detract from your presentation.

 

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

 

Book the Room

 

To schedule the One Button Studio  or Editing Room please click here.  Don't forget to stop at the Circulation desk to check out the key to the One Button Studio and check out the kit that contains a USB drive, slide advancer, and How To booklet.

For Students

  • Practice or record a presentation for class
  • Record using green screen technology
  • Studio components of larger video assignments
  • Use for class projects

For Faculty

  • Deliver an introduction to an online course
  • Record a lecture
  • Present research papers
  • Create demonstration modules
  • Document mock interviews & small group discussions

For Staff

  • Create training modules for staff
  • Develop instructional videos for student employee

 

 

 

One Button Studio Component Support

USB Drive

 

I plugged in the USB drive and nothing happened. I received the error message “USB drive not formatted correctly”

Solution: Make sure you are using the USB drive that was provided in the green kit because it was properly formatted as FAT32 to use in the One Button Studio. Other formats will not work. Note: SD cards with adapters and novelty USB drives do not work in many instances.

 

I plugged in the USB drive and nothing happened. I received the error message “not enough space on USB drive.”

Solution: This error message appears when there is less than 500 MB of free space on the USB drive. Be sure to use the 32 GB USB drive that is provided in the green kit that you can check out at the Library Circulation desk because it will have ample space.  

 

Nothing happens when the USB drive is plugged in.

Make sure the flash drive port is turned on (the light should be on). If no light, press the button to turn on. Also be sure to use the USB drive that is provided by the library and ensure the USB drive isn’t defective by testing out using the Presentation computer.  If the studio lights still do not turn on, Contact the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 to reboot the OBS software.

 

I plugged in the USB drive and the lights turned on, but there is no video or a solid blue background on screen.

Call the Ask Here desk at (406) 657-1662 for help. The OBS system may need to be rebooted.

 

I plugged in the USB drive and the lights turned on, but there is only a solid white background on the screen.

Remove the USB drive, wait for the lights to turn off,  and then reconnect the USB drive.

 

There is no video on the USB drive.

The USB drive was removed too early. When you are finished recording press the button and then wait for the computer prompt before you remove the USB drive.

  

If this does not resolve the issue, please call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help. 

 

Microphone

 

I’m playing the video but it has no audio.

Verify that the playback computer volume is audible.

 

I’ve tried playing the video on different computers and it still has no audio.

Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

There is a hissing or noise in the video.

Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help. Minimal background noise can often be removed during post-processing editing.

 

The sound is not in sync with the video.

Avoid using Windows Media Player to play your video. Sound playback issues may be due to memory leakage in Windows. Reboot your computer or try playing the video with another application like VLC Media Player. 

 

Play video directly from the desktop instead of the USB drive. Sound playback issues may result from USB drives being too slow. This will manifest as video stuttering or appearing out of sync. Copy the .mp4 from the USB drive to the desktop and then open the .mp4 on the desktop.

 

If neither of these solutions have resolved your issues please call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

Button

 

Nothing happens when the button is pressed. 

Press the button firmly. Brand new buttons – or buttons that haven’t seen as much usage – may be slightly springier than older ones and the switch inside may not contact with the appropriate pressure. If the button light is on, press the button and hold it down for a slightly longer amount of time. In general, firmly press the button instead of lightly tapping it.

 

If this solution has not resolved your issue please call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

Camera

 

The lights turned on, but there is no video or a solid blue background on screen.

Call the Ask Here desk (406)657-1662 for help.

 

The lights turned on, but there is only a solid white background on the screen.

Remove the USB drive, wait for the lights to turn off and then reconnect the USB drive.

 

There is no video on the USB drive.

The USB drive was probably removed too early. When you are finished recording press the button and then wait for the computer prompt before you remove the USB drive. Ensure the USB drive isn’t defective by testing out using the Presentation computer. 

 

The video is out of focus.

Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

The video stutters.

Play video directly from the desktop instead of the USB drive. Sound playback issues may result from USB drives being too slow. This will manifest as video stuttering or appearing out of sync. Copy the .mp4 from the USB drive to the desktop and then open the .mp4 on the desktop.

 

If this solution has not resolved your issue please call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

There is a 2 second delay on the video during recording.

While recording the video will appear on the recording monitor. It will look like there is a delay between what you doing in front of the camera and what is being recorded. This is the result of the encoding process the video goes through before being displayed on the recording monitor. This delay will not appear on the final .mp4 recording.

 

Lights

 

The lights didn’t turn on.

Try unplugging the USB drive and then plugging it back in. Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help rebooting the system.

 

The lights didn’t turn off.

Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help.

 

Nothing happens when the USB drive is plugged in.

Try unplugging the USB drive and then plugging it back in. Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help rebooting the system.

 

System/Other

 

The OBS software isn’t available – or it crashed.

Call the Ask Here desk (406) 657-1662 for help. The software will need to be restarted.

 

The lights turned on, but there is no video or a solid blue background on screen.

Call the Ask Here desk (406)657-1662 for help.

 

The lights turned on, but there is only a solid white background on the screen.

Remove the USB drive, wait for the lights to turn off and then reconnect the USB drive.

 

The camera and lights do not turn on when I plug my USB drive into the USB port.

The recording computer may be asleep and needs to be “woken up” before the USB drive is inserted into the USB port. If the screen is dark when you come in tap the button to wake the machine up. Then you may insert your USB drive into the USB port.  Contact the Ask Here desk at (406) 657-1662 to restart the system if this doesn't work.

 

How do I use the blue screen?

If you are wearing green use the blue screen for better separation.

 

To use the blue screen press the switch on the GREEN/BLUE screen device so that the LED lights on the camera turn blue. Don’t forget to turn off the blue screen when you are done!

 

How do I use the green screen?

If you are wearing blue use the green screen for better separation.

 

To use the green screen press the switch on the GREEN/BLUE screen device so that the LED lights on the camera turn green. Don’t forget to turn off the green screen when you are done!

 

How do I use the projector?

Point the remote at the top left corner of the projector and press the red power button. Then login to the presentation computer using your NetID and password and pull up your presentation. Once the projector has warmed up it will display your presentation on the screen. Press the power button twice to turn the projector off.

 

My video didn’t save to the USB drive. Can I retrieve it?

If your video doesn’t save to your USB drive you will have to record the video again. 

 

My video appeared to save to the USB drive but won't open?  Is there a backup copy?

If it looks like your video saved properly but cannot be opened when you double-click the icon, library staff may be able to retrieve a backup copy from the OBS system.  These files are never accessed unless there is a problem and they are deleted at the end of the semester.

 

I accidentally deleted my files!  Is there a backup?

Yes, backups are stored on the OBS harddrive until the end of the semester.  Contact the library at (406) 657-1662 to set up a time to obtain a backup.

 

Hardware

 

Where can I get a USB drive?

There is a 32 GB USB drive in the OBS kit that can be checked out at the Library Circulation desk. This drive has been properly formatted to work with the OBS so be sure to use it to make your recording. You can then copy your video file onto your own personal USB drive or upload to cloud storage.

 

How much space will the MP4 file(s) take up on the USB flash drive?

In general, a 1GB drive will accommodate 30 minutes of recording time.

 

Where can I check out a wireless slide advancer?

The wireless slide advancer is in the One Button Studio kit you check out at the Circulation desk.

 

How do I use a wireless slide advancer with Prezi?

How to use a wireless slide advancer with Prezi.

 

Presentation

 

Are there any free backgrounds that I can use?

Looking for a great background for your One Button Studio video?  Copyright free images can be found here.

 

If you plan to use the projector choose images that have a dark background such as black slides with logos. If you want to use lighter images plan on using the green screen during recording and dropping the images in during post production.

 

Where can I find free Audio sources?

Use the links on this guide to find audio for your project. 

 

Publishing

 

How do I upload a video to Box?

Back up your video project using Box, which is free cloud storage for students and staff at MSUB. File size uploads to Box are limited to 5 GB so check your file size before attempting the upload.  Sign-in using your MSUB email (includes @msubillings.edu) and your NetID/D2L password. Sign into Box at https://msubillings.account.box.com/login. For Box login help visit this help page. Click here to learn more about Box.

 

Post Production Assistance

 

How do I edit my video?

Please note that we do not have staff that will be able to offer post-production assistance.   Atomic Learning Tutorials provide brief videos covering all aspects of the start-to-finish video production process for iMovie and Adobe Premiere. Please refer to these tutorials for helpful information. Sign-in with your NetID/D2L username and password.                          

  • iMovie

Atomic Learning Tutorials for iMovie

 

  • Adobe Premiere

Atomic Learning Tutorials for Adobe Premiere