Campus launches first One Button Studio in Africa

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:19

Campus launches first One Button Studio in Africa

In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Directorate Academic Development and Support (ADS) recently launched Africa’s first One Button Studio.

According to Dr Marieta Jansen van Vuuren – representative from ADS and the One Button Studio project leader, the project stemmed from a need on the Campus to provide students and lecturers with the technology and space to record quality educational video material. “The One Button Studio solution not only raises the bar in terms of video production and workflow but also drastically lowers the barriers students and staff have to face in developing consistently high-quality educational videos,” explains Jansen van Vuuren. 

During the launch of the One Button Studio – which is situated within the Campus’s Learning and Research Commons, guests were informed about the many applications of the studio as well as how this project will enhance video literacy amongst academic staff and students. “The One Button Studio represents an innovative way to help students and lecturers create, communicate and enhance their teaching and learning experiences by tapping into the power of video. The studio is therefore a good example of how ADS enables students and academic staff to record video that suits their needs” explains Dr Jansen van Vuuren

What is the One Button Studio?

The One Button Studio is modelled after the One Button Studio at the Penn State libraries, which integrates third party hardware to create an automated and streamlined video recording studio. The One Button Studio is a simplified, self-service and automated video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience.

The design of the studio allows one to create high-quality and polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. All that is expected from the user is a flash drive and the push of a single button. 

Studio design

The hardware automation enabled by the One Button Studio application removes the need to physically interact with many high-tech components. According to Mr Lance Bunt – also from ADS, this creates a clean, uncluttered space where you can focus on creating your content, and not the other way around.

One studio, many applications

Bunt explains that certain types of video projects work especially well in the One Button Studio. Examples of such projects include: presentation practice, module introductions, concept videos, assignments, recording with green screen and simulated interview settings.

For more information please contact Dr Marieta Jansen van Vuuren on +27(0) 16 910 3319 or Mr Lance Bunt on +27(0) 16 910 3317.