The Moody Media Lab Video Booth provides a fast, automated way to record basic video presentations and single-camera projects with only a USB and the push of a button! It also offers a variety of options to enhance your videos that include a green screen, slide deck computer connected to video display, a teleprompter, and a lightboard. This guide will provide details for setting up the video booth to successfully record your classroom presentation, pitch video, audition tape, and more! If you're looking for help with video production, editing, or ideas, we have other guides that can provide you with more details on that.
Lamppost: Media Lab Basics
This guide introduces the basics of video production through detailed instructions on setting up the video booth space in the Moody Media Lab. It is intended as a supplement to your exploration of the space and the joys of videography, presentation, and creative modes of thinking through moving images. If you would like to dive further into concepts explored here, explore our other guides listed below to expand your understanding of the video booth and video production to light bulb and spotlight levels of literacy. To learn more about our library literacies initiative and our tiered approach to literacies, see our guide.
The video booth is set up in a way to be nearly 100% automated, all you need is a flash drive that has been formatted to FAT32. If you are borrowing a flash drive from the Help Desk, they have already been formatted as such and will work seamlessly with the system.
Insert your flash drive into the USB Storage slot on the system interface box. The system will activate a few seconds after it has recognized the properly formatted USB (it shouldn't take more than 10 seconds or so).
You can tell that the system has activated when the four lights on the ceiling turn on and a solid green light appears next to the "USB Storage" title on the box.
There are a variety of backdrops that you can select for your video that will give it a professional quality:
Each of these backdrops are connected to a track that allows for an easy swapping in and out of various backdrops depending on the needs of your project.
Adjust the camera to desired position using the adjustable mounting arm. You can raise or lower the height of the camera, pan it left and right, change the angle of the shot to lean left or right, and utilize the zoom on the camera to compose the perfect shot for your project.
The arm does have quite a bit of resistance, so if you need assistance with adjusting the camera, please ask for assistance from the Help Desk staff.
There are a number of optional pieces of equipment you can setup to help add to your presentations including a slide deck connected to a TV screen, a teleprompter, and a lightboard. Additional guides on how to set those up are forthcoming. If you need help using those optional items, feel free to ask the Help Desk staff for assistance.
After setting up an optional pieces of equipment, to begin recording press the record button.
The button will blink red three times and turn a solid red to indicate that the system is recording.
When you have finished what you were recording, press the stop button to finish the recording. If you need multiple takes of the piece you are recording or have other presentations, performances, or interviews to conduct, you can hit the record button again the system will create a new folder with your additional recordings separate from the first. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as you would like.
The green blinking light next to USB Storage is indicating data transfer of your recorded video to the USB. Wait until the light has turned a solid green before removing the USB and turning off the system.
Clean up is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply follow the steps below to leave the video booth ready for the next patron to quickly and easily record a professional looking video! Do make sure that you leave the camera monitor, teleprompter computer, and slide deck computer on so the next patron can easily access those systems.
Remove USB to turn off the system.
Reset any optional equipment you used.
Ensure that the teleprompter computer is logged on. If the computer is logged out, select restart to cycle the computer to automatically log itself in. If this does not solve the issue, contact staff at Helpdesk.
Upload your script to the teleprompter program using the USB connector in the desk. The computer is not networked, so you will need to have the file on a USB to upload it.
You can also directly type your script into the program.
Set the font size and scroll speed for the teleprompter and hit play to use during recording.
Delete text from teleprompter.
DO NOT log out of computer.
Log into slide deck computer using your BearID to upload a PowerPoint, Keynote, or other slide deck program onto the machine using either the USB port in the desk or your Baylor Box account.
Turn on the TV monitor on the back wall to include slides in your video without the need to edit them in during post production.
Utilize the wireless clicker provided to advance slides in your deck during your recorded presentation.
Log out of the computer.
Turn off the TV.
Plug lightboard into power outlet once positioned where you would like it. Move background curtain over the plug (we'd recommend the black background for use with the lightboard).
Rotate power knob to "on" position and rotate further to increase illumination of the lightboard.
Follow camera setting adjustment instructions to mirror the image and flip lightboard writing.
Use lightboard markers located in the back of the room in the cabinet labeled "lightboard markers" to write on the lightboard during your video recording.
Clean the whiteboard off with provided dry cloth or paper towels.
Unplug lightboard from the wall and return to spot on the side of the room near the light switches.
Reset camera setting to off for horizontal mirroring.