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, turn on the room lights. The light switches are on the wall to the right of the door you enter through.

Be sure to watch out for the cables on the floor and equipment stands as you move through the room. One of the first things you should do is 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, which runs the recording software, directly interfacing with the camera and microphone, as well as any presentations you might want to record. You will notice that 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 eye on 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, running through a few checks is a good idea.

Audio

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

Video

  • The camera should be aimed towards where you will stand. In general, the camera has a rather wide-angle view, so the camera will 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, the computer is the same as every other computer on campus.
  • The keyboard and mouse live on the podium for ease of presentation when recording a lecture. feel free to move them closer to the desk as needed, but please 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, this platform is one of the default setups for this space.

While this guide will highlight specific settings you should 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 should 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 will 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 they 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 directly 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 would rather watch a how-to video, follow these links:

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 will be greeted with an empty canvas:

Empty Canvas Screen in OBS

The first step is to enable the webcam and microphone as video and audio sources, which can be activated by expanding the + button in the source window.

You will be presented a list of possible sources, and the two you should add are:

Audio Input Capture

To add the microphone, add an Audio Input Device, which you can name “Yeti Mic” when prompted.

The Properties window should pop up, and 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 the video input to come from the attached webcam, add a Video Capture Device. The camera is a Logitech C920.

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 you want to also record the desktop or a PowerPoint presentation, you can 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 Settings button. Most of these are configured during the initial configuration and can be left at their defaults, but there are a few you should change.

Video

The webcam supports full HD video, and this setting allows for maximum video quality. To enable this, make sure the Base and Output Resolutions are both set to 1920x1080, and the FPS is set to 30

Video Settings

Output

The default Output format (found in the Output tab), .MKV, is great for uploading and stream archiving, but not for editing purposes. Instead, be sure to record MP4 files, which are more universally openable and editable. Also, be sure to set the quality as high as possible – the Indistinguishable option is good, as recording fully uncompressed video takes A LOT of space and can be more tedious to edit later.

In this window, you can also choose where you would like to save your recordings.

Output Settings

Recording & Output

Once everything is set up and you see yourself in the preview, you are just about good to go.

One last setting to check is the audio levels – too loud and you will be distorted, too soft and you will not be heard.

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

Audio Mixer

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

Now, you are good to record. After your recording is finalized and processed, the recording will appear in the folder listed above in the Recording Settings panel.

Shutting Down the Space

When you are done recording, follow these simple tasks to safely shut down the space to prepare for the next user.

Transfer Recordings

Once you have finished recording, if you were recording locally (OBS, Logitech Recorder, etc), 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, do not forget to log off the workstation! Please do not shut the computer down, as the computer will continue to receive important updates and be remotely accessible as needed by OTS for any maintenance or service requests.

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.

Turn Off the Lights

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

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

Editing Your Videos

If you do not have much experience editing videos, we 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:

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

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