The Mini-Studio is a simple-to-operate, self-service video recording facility. To use it you just need to bring along a USB memory stick of your own to store the recording (all recordings are saved as mp4 files). All the equipment switches on and off automatically, you just need to plug in your USB stick and you're ready to go.
You can record a 'talking head' shot of you speaking straight to camera (or, if you prefer, you can stand).
Alternatively, if you want to record a slide presentation, then you need to bring along your laptop and just plug it into the HDMI cable on the desk in the Mini-studio. The system will automatically recognise that you're using a laptop and will change to the right settings, recording whatever is on your laptop screen and a small video window of you speaking.
For those with more advanced requirements (and able to do their own editing and post-processing) there is also a movable green-screen. If using this, please be careful and make sure that it is rolled back up afterwards.
The mini-studio is open to students and staff and if you want to use it simply to make a recording of you practising giving a presentation, or for a set of lectures, please simply book and go ahead! It is a free service and is currently being piloted, so please let us know straight away if you encounter any difficulties with the equipment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to make any suggestions about how the service might be improved or extended, again, by writing to the same email address.
Please note that the location is in the library and so try to ensure that you do not disturb other users nearby and that you use the facility for legitimate activities related to your studies, learning, or academic work.