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One Button Studio Handbook


Location & Operation Hours:

WLA 420

Monday – Friday  11AM – 6PM


  1. What is a One Button Video Studio?
  2. Who Can Use the Studio?
  3. What Types of Projects Can be Filmed?
  4. I Have a Project Idea, What Do I Do?
  5. Meeting With Studio Director. What to Expect?
  6. What to Expect from a Training Session?
  7. How to Record a Video?
  8. On-Camera Tips
  9. What to Expect on Studio Day?
  10. Script Appendix

What is a One Button Studio?

The One Button Video Studio is a resource for faculty to create quality course-related video content. The purpose is to make the recording process as efficient as possible by allowing the user to simply press a button to turn on the equipment and begin recording. After some training in video production, certified faculty members will be able to produce and edit video content worthy of the Pepperdine standard.

Who Can Use the Studio?

The studio is for faculty use to create course-related projects only. It is not for student use. If student assistance is required for a project, the faculty member must be present for the whole recording session.

The studio is not available for staff members outside of eLearning unless given approval by Shelley Stewart, eLearning Director.

What Types of Projects Can be Filmed?

  • Lecture Vignettes – A fully planned out series of pre-recorded lectures for a course being taught in an upcoming trimester. It requires 4-6 months (start to finish) to plan, film, edit, and transcribe.
  • Pre-recorded Demonstration – A properly planned and scripted demonstration to be added to a course and can be completed in 4-6 weeks.
  • Professor Introduction – A brief video introduction that is posted on the course. It must be recorded before the course goes live and can be completed in 3-4 weeks.
  • Session Introductions – Brief summary videos for each session in a course. Requires one overall project approval from an instructional designer and the filming timeline can be agreed upon by the professor and Studio Director.
  • Guest Speaker or Interview – A video including two or more people. This can be completed in 3-4 weeks.
  • Special Projects – Professors are always welcome to pitch ideas to an instructional designer or Shelley Stewart. The Studio Director will work with you on how to best present your project and which resources are most appropriate as not all video projects require studio equipment or time.

I Have a Project Idea, What Do I Do?

  1. Make a pitch to your Instructional Designer or Shelley Stewart. An instructional designer will work with you to determine if the content fits well in your course and if it will be engaging to students. It is important for all course content to be the best representation of you, as the professor, and the quality of the program. The idea must be approved before scheduling a studio session.

2. Write a script. We want you to make the most of your studio time and having a script is the most efficient way to do this. It helps you organize your thoughts ahead of time and gives the Studio Director an idea of how much recording time you will need. In addition, your script can be imported to a teleprompter for smooth delivery. Scripts also ensure that accessibility standards are met. Please take a look at the script templates in the Script Appendix to help you get started.

3. Schedule studio time. With an approval from your Instructional Designer or Shelley and a script ready you can schedule your studio time with the Studio Director. Make sure to email a copy of your script to your Instructional Designer, Shelley Stewart and Channell Walker.

4. Quality assurance check and meet with the Studio Director. Your script will be routed to our Quality Assurance Coordinator for proofreading. The final draft of the script needs to be approved no later than 3 business days before the studio session otherwise your session will be postponed. At the same time, you will plan your studio session with the Studio Director.

Meeting with Studio Director. What to Expect?

The role of the Studio Director is to guide you through the video production. Together, you will discuss edits to the script as well as compile a list of shots and props. The Studio Director will schedule a studio equipment and operation training session which will certify you as a qualified studio user.

What to Expect from a Training Session?

The purpose of the studio equipment and operation training session is to familiarize you with the studio equipment, operation and production process. It will be hosted by an eLearning team member and it will cover:

    • Hardware Startup and Shutdown
    • How to Record a Video
    • On-Camera Tips
    • Time-Slot Mindfulness

How to Record a Video?

  1. Turn on the Mac Mini in the cabinet and the camera. This will also turn on the computer monitor.
  2. Turn on the mouse and keyboard.
  3. On the screen, open the ‘Volumes’ folder.
  4. The One Button Studio App (the blue screen) will appear on the screen in fullscreen mode.
  5. Insert your USB drive in the dock. It must be FAT formatted to work with the software. The studio lights will turn on and you should see a video feed on the screen.
  6. Switch on the Green or Blue Screen. Left for green, right for blue. This is optional.
  7. Press the BIG silver button to start recording. The computer will count down from 5 before the recording begins.
  8. Record your video.
  9. Press the BIG silver button again to stop the recording.
  10. Remove your USB drive. This will turn off the studio lights.
  11. Begin the shut down process:
    1. Turn off the Green or Blue Screen by pushing the switch to the middle position.
    2. Shut down the computer by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner. Select ‘Shut down,’ The click ‘OK.’ This will also turn off the monitor.
    3. Turn off the mouse and keyboard and place them in the drawer.

On-Camera Tips


  • Bring Positive VibesExpress the emotion you want your audience to feel while watching the video. If you want them to be engaged then be enthusiastic when you share your content.
  • Wear Nice, Comfortable ClothesWe want you to look your best, but we also want you to feel comfortable.
  • Practice Good PostureGood posture looks good on camera. Sit up straight with your shoulders back.
  • Speak up and Speak Clearly We want you to be heard. Audio is just as important as video. It should be smooth, evenly paced and at an appropriate volume.


  • Wear Green or Blue – Your body will disappear if your wear these colors while using the green or blue screen effect.
  • Wear PatternsChecked, pinstripes and plaid flicker on camera and causes a distraction. We want the students to watch you, not your clothes.
  • Wear GlassesBe warned that glasses may reflect the green or blue light. Remove your glasses or try to wear contacts, if you can.
  • Wear Chunky Metal Jewelry or Noisy Bangles Big, chunky jewelry can reflect the light and noisy bangles are distracting if you talk with your hands.
  • Go on Camera with Unruly HairThis can also be distracting to viewers due to the green or blue highlights that can peek through the tiny gaps in your strands.

What to Expect on Studio Day?

  • Show up on time and stay on schedule. It is likely your shoot is not the only one on any given day. Be conscious of time and considerate of others.
  • Come Prepared – Bring your USB drive, laptop, and any props you may need.
  • Multiple Takes – Expect to record the same thing at least 2 or 3 times.
  • Bright Lights – The studio lights are bright and if you sit under them long enough you may start to sweat. Plan accordingly and drink plenty of water.

Script Appendix

Meet the Instructor Writing Frame: An Introduction for Learners

Who Am I?

Brief highlights about myself personally and professionally:

  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…

What Is This Course About? 

A short statement about the “big ideas” presented in this course and their relevance to the program, applicability to the workplace or discipline more widely, and to your learners specifically:

  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…

How Is This Course Structured? 

A summary of the learning approach by which the course is organized:

  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…

What Are My Expectations for my Learners and What Can My Learners Expect From Me?

A brief outline of expectations about online communication, learning requirements, and other important things to know for learner success:

  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…
  • Talking point…

2 thoughts on “One Button Studio Handbook

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