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Recording Studios located on the lower level of The Pyle Center

Incorporating media into your instructional content is an excellent way to engage your audience, and the Self-Recording Studios in The Pyle Center provide a high-quality setting to create that media. Putting you in charge of content-creation is liberating, but can also be intimidating. Therefore, we put together this primer to help you become comfortable with using ICS’s Self-Recording Studios.

Preparations

  • Take a look at the introduction video, which was created in the recording studios.
  • Orient yourself: The Recording Studios are located on the lower level of The Pyle Center, and there are signs directing to the studios. You can also check out the building map of the lower level, which also points out the restrooms — there are no mirrors in the studio, so the restrooms would be the closest options.
Recording Suite highlighted in green, restrooms in red

Recording Suite highlighted in green, restrooms in red

  • Take a tour, get some ideas: We understand that seeing the studios beforehand can help generate ideas about how you will create your content. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact wislineservices@ics.uwex.edu or 855-289-9177.
  • Check out our tips: We have a collection of tips on our website – including writing a script – to make your content-creation time more efficient.
  • Get design help: The studio space offers a lot of opportunities and flexibility for your programming needs. However, if you need help crafting videos to effectively engage your audience and improve learning outcomes, talk to ICS’s instructional designer: Nate Jorgensen nate.jorgensen@ics.uwex.edu
  • Recording Studio Lounge: A welcoming lounge featuring comfortable furniture, and a round table for collaboration.

    Recording Studio Lounge: A welcoming lounge featuring comfortable furniture, and a round table for collaboration.

    Recording Day

    ICS staff will greet you on the day of your recording, provide an introduction to the studio and the service, and answer questions to help you get off the ground. If you need more assistance during the day, use the phone in the lounge and dial ‘zero.’

    Video Studio: Plug In and Go

    • The video recording studio is designed for an excellent product; don’t let appearances fool you. Some people come into the space thinking that the studio is too dark, but ICS has designed the lighting specifically for video production – focus the light on spaces that need light (the desk and chair) instead of unused space. The lighting also makes it easier for you to see your confidence monitor.
    • The confidence monitor displays exactly what the recording will look like. If you would like a different layout, choose one from the PIP Layout button on the touch panel. (Take a look at the introduction video for a better idea of how to do this.)
    • Bring a USB drive. 1 hour of recording should fit easily onto a 2GB drive, so bring a drive with enough space for your recordings.
    • The recordings are final, but editable: What you see on the confidence monitor is what will be recorded, which means that layouts cannot be changed afterward or during post-production (i.e. editing). You can, however, record camera-only and then insert slides later using an editing software like Camtasia Studio, which is available in the audio-only recording studio.
    Video Recording Studio: A simple setup for one or two people – bring a USB drive, push a couple buttons, and leave with your recording in hand.

    Video Recording Studio: A simple setup for one or two people – bring a USB drive, push a couple buttons, and leave with your recording in hand.

  • Customize your background with some generic backdrops. ICS has some backdrops for your use; let us know if you need help choosing one or setting one up. If you would like to bring in your own backdrop, let us know beforehand so we can help you set it up properly.
  • Microphones are easy-to-use. There are two microphones in the studio – a table mic and a wireless lapel (lavaliere) mic. Both work simultaneously and are excellent quality.
  • Equipment configuration and placement is fixed, for the most part. The equipment is configured for certain shot selections and best lighting, and moving or adjusting anything can cause settings to change for other content creators. Therefore, we ask that users speak with our staff before moving or adjusting anything in the recording studio.
  • Bring in presentations, or grab them from the cloud. You could come with your files on a USB drive, or bring them up on the computer from the internet.
  • Audio Studio: Simplicity + Quality

    Audio Recording Studio: This studio is great for creating narration recordings, website walkthroughs, or audio-only recordings.

    Audio Recording Studio: This studio is great for creating narration recordings, website walkthroughs, or audio-only recordings.

    • The audio-only studio has Camtasia Studio installed. This is one of the best screen capture and editing tools in the business, offering everything from simple audio-only recordings, to recording audio+computer (i.e. Powerpoint), and all the editing you could need.
    • Tutorials available on-demand. Techsmith, the creators of Camtasia Studio, supplied the software with access to all of their tutorials. If you need some quick help or an idea of how to tweak your recording, try the Help menu for those tutorials.
    • Bring in presentations, or grab them from the cloud. Just like in the video studio, you could come with your files on a USB drive, or bring them up on the computer from the internet.
    • Output in virtually any format: Camtasia will export your creations in virtually any format – .mp4, .mp3, .wav, .avi, etc. – and has many pre-configured output options. You even have the choice to upload the final product directly to YouTube, if you want.

    Post-Production

    Once you have your recording, you have some options about what to do next. Pick an option that works best for you.

    • Record and Go: You can output your recording from either studio onto a USB drive and simply take it back to your office.
    • Edit your own recordings: The audio-only recording studio has Camtasia Studio software, which is excellent for combining different recording elements for fine-tuning your recording. Tutorials are available in the Help menu of the software.
    • ICS staff can edit your recordings: Check the most recent rates for this service.

    More Information

    For more information about the service or to schedule, contact WisLine Services: wislineservices@ics.uwex.edu or 855-289-9177