Sellinger 006 Recording Studio: QuickStart Guide

(version 1, 8/3/2020) 

Welcome to the Lecture Recording Studio in SH006! 

Contact Information

Please contact Professor Jon Malis (jdmalis@loyola.edu) with any questions about the space. 

Setting Up The Space

When you first walk-in, you’ll want to turn on the room lights. It’s generally rather dark in here, and the light switches can be found on the wall to the right of the door you enter through.

Now that you can see where you’re going, watch out for the cables on the floor and equipment stands as you move through the space. One of the first things you’ll want to do is to turn on the studio lights: these are controlled by a power strip on the floor to the left of the podium (between the podium and the back wall). 

Photo of Powerstrip in Sellinger 006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup Photo of Powerstrip in Sellinger 006

The computer is the heart of the system – it runs the recording software, directly interfacing with the camera and microphone, as well as any presentations you might want to record. You’ll notice the computer system has two displays – the left monitor is the default/primary display, while the right monitor is closer to the camera, to help you keep an eyeline to the camera if you need to display your notes, record a PowerPoint, etc.

Preparing To Record

Most of the equipment should be pre-set and good to go, but as always, it’s good to run through a few checks.

Audio

  • The Yeti microphone should be close to center-axis, on the stand underneath the camera.
  • Please listen to the space for any extraneous noises – while we can’t control what happens outside in the hallways, please remember to silence your phones and any electronic devices you may have, don’t blast a loud fan, etc. Even the ticking clock could be heard in your recordings.

Video

  • The camera should be aimed towards where you’ll stand, in general it’s a rather wide-angle view, so it’ll capture you standing behind the podium all the way back to the chalkboard.

Lighting

  • Make sure the video lights are turned on, and the room lights are turned off. If you leave the room lights turned on, they will interfere with the recording/studio lights and could cause unwanted shadows and color casts.

Computer

  • The computer is configured like any other Loyola-administered machine. There is some specialty software installed, but, for the most part, it’s the same as every other computer on campus.
  • The keyboard and mouse live on the podium, for ease of presentation when recording a lecture. Please feel free to move them closer to the desk as needed, but replace them back to the podium upon wrap-up in the studio.

Recording Using Panopto

As Panopto is the lecture-recording platform most of us are most familiar with, it’s one of the default setups for this space.

While this guide will highlight specific settings you want to select for the studio, Loyola’s Panopto training can be referenced via ODTL: https://www.loyola.edu/department/digital-teaching-learning/tools/panopto

Video Source
To configure proper video and audio capture, you want to set your “Primary Sources” window to the following:

Video: HD Pro Webcam C920
Audio: Microphone (Yeti Stereo Microphone)
Quality: Ultra

if you select a lower quality, you’ll have smaller files that might be easier to play on a wider range of devices, but motion becomes choppy and the image becomes a bit blurrier.

Primary Sources Screenshot in Panopto

Recording, Output & Upload

All the recording, output and upload functions remain the same as it would if you were recording on your own machine, so please reference the ODTL resources if you need a refresher.

Recording Using OBS

OBS Studio, also known as Open Broadcast Software, is a powerful recording and streaming tool that can be used to record high-quality video direct to the computer, which can then be uploaded, streamed, or edited offline.

If you would like to learn more about using OBS, please visit their quick-start guide:

https://obsproject.com/wiki/OBS-Studio-Quickstart

https://research.moreheadstate.edu/obsguide

If you’d rather watch a how-to video, these seem to be good resources:

https://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/obs-for-screen-recording-quick-start--cms-28549

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeP8o-IYg4

Please note that most online guides are geared towards streaming, and while that is certainly an option for more advanced users, we recommend starting with recording your content locally, which you can then transfer to your OneDrive/USB Stick/etc and edit before posting.

Adding & Selecting Your Sources

When you first open OBS, you’ll be greeted with an empty canvas:

Empty Canvas Screen in OBS

The first thing I need to do is enable my webcam and microphone as video and audio sources, which I can do by expanding the + button in the source window.

We’re given a list of possible sources, the two that we want to add are:

Audio Input Capture

To add the microphone, I want to add an Audio Input Device, which I’ll name “Yeti Mic” when prompted.

The Properties window should pop-up, and I want to make sure the Device is set to “Microphone (Yeti Stereo Microphone)

Audio / Video Capture Settings Menu Properties for "Yeti Mic"

Video Capture Device

In order to set our video input to come from the attached webcam, we need to add a Video Capture Device. The camera is a Logitech C920, so that’s what I’ll name it when prompted.

When given the settings dialogue, here are the important settings to note:

Device: HD Pro Webcam C920
Resolution/FPS Type: Custom
Resolution: 1920x1080
FPS: 30

 Properties for "Logitech C920"

If I also wanted to record my desktop or a PowerPoint presentation, I could also add Display Capture as a source, which can be configured to record either of the two displays present.

OBS Settings

In the bottom-right of the primary window, there is a button called settings. Most of these are configured during the initial configuration and can be left at their defaults, but there are a few we want to change.

Video

The webcam supports full HD video, and we want to make sure we’re recording Full HD to maximize the quality we’re able to achieve. To do this, we want to make sure our Base and Output Resolutions are both set to 1920x1080, and our FPS is set to 30

Video Settings

Output

Under the Output tab, we want to make sure we’re recording in a format that’s easy to edit. The default format, .MKV, is great for uploading and stream archiving, but it’s not as great if we want to edit it. Instead, we want to make sure we record to MP4 files, which are more universally-openable and editable. Also, we want to set our quality as high as we can – I personally like the Indistinguishable option, as recording fully uncompressed video takes A LOT of space and can be more tedious to edit down the road.

You can also choose in this window where you’d like to save your recordings to.

Output Settings

Recording & Output

Once everything’s set up and you see yourself in the preview, you’re just about good to go.

One last setting you want to check isy our audio levels – too loud and you’ll be distorted, too soft and you won’t be heard.

In the main window, the Audio mixer is directly below the source monitor/preview:

Audio Mixer

Right here, two sources corresponding to two inputs are displayed: the Logitech C920 Webcam, and the Yeti Microphone. You want to make sure you turn down the volume to zero for the Logitech, so you’re only recording audio from the Yeti, and you want to set the Yeti’s levels so you’re staying as far to the right as you can without peaking into the Red. As shown above, audio is in the green with just a few pops into the yellow, which is exactly where you want to be.

Now, you’re good to record, and after your recording is finalized and processed, it will appear in the folder listed above in the Recording Settings panel.

Shutting Down The Space

When you’re done recording, there are just a few simple tasks to safely shut down the space to prepare it for its next user.

Transfer Recordings

Once you’ve finished recording, if you were recording locally (OBS, Logitech Recorder, etc), you want to make sure you transfer those files off the workstation, either to your OneDrive or to a USB Stick/External Hard Drive/etc.

Log-Off The Computer

As always, don’t forget to log off the workstation! Please don’t shut it down, as it will continue to receive important updates and be remotely accessible as needed by OTS for any maintenance or service requests.

Turn Off The Lights

Using the power strip, turn off the studio lights. Please don’t touch the power knobs/switches on the lights themselves, as some are rather sensitive and fragile. You might want to turn the overheads back on first, so you’re not plunged into darkness.

Clean Up The Space And Lock Up

Please be mindful of any cables that could be trip hazards, and please remember to remove all trash, etc, as you leave.

To exit the room, you can leave via the door you entered through. There’s a large green button to the right of the doorway labeled “Push To Exit” that will release the magnetic door lock.

Editing Your Videos

If you don’t have much experience editing videos, I’d recommend using Adobe Premiere Rush, which can be accessed and downloaded as part of Loyola’s Creative Cloud license:

https://www.loyola.edu/department/technology-services/services/software/adobe-creative-cloud

To familiarize yourself with the program, Adobe Rush has a built-in tutorial walkthrough that should automatically begin when you launch the app for the first time, but if you want further info, LinkedIn Learning has a full course on Premiere Rush:

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/premiere-rush-first-look/welcome-2?u=57888833

There are also a lot of quicker tutorials on YouTube, this one looks good (but I make no guarantees):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsc81qbpy6g

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