Juniata College
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New and Improved!

We've been working hard over the 2017 summer to create an improved Simplified Studio experience. The space has been completely renovated to create a flexible studio that can appeal to a wider range of uses. Below is a short list of some updates and improvements that have been made.
  • All new software based off Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and Palakis' obs-websocket plugin
  • Simplified user interface
  • New green screen with live compositing and selectable backgrounds
  • No need for USB flash drives. Videos are stored on the network under user
  • HDMI input for displaying laptop input
  • Multi-camera configuration allows for a wider range of uses
  • Improved audio
  • After recording, immediately playback what was just recorded
  • Better lighting and color balance that produce higher quality videos
If you'd like to watch a short demo of the new features, check out the video below. (We've since fixed the audio issues since the video)

Here is an additional video tour of the studio:

Getting Started

Before using the Simplified Studio, you need to create or already have a reservation.
When it is time for your reservation, stop by the TSC and pick up the key to the studio. You will need it to unlock the door. Be sure to return the key after you are done using the studio.
studio lights If the lights aren't already on, just find this switch and turn it on.
log in screen To get started recording videos, enter your USERNAME when prompted. Please make sure you enter your username correctly, as your videos will be stored under that name on the network.
Below is an explanation of the recording session screen. If you see this screen before logging in, that means that the person before you forgot to log out. Do them a favor and tap "End Session" in the top right corner. If you don't end their previous session, your videos will be stored under their username and you will be unable to retrieve them.
studio screen
You may stop/start recording as many as times as you'd like during your session. After each time you stop a recording, you'll be presented with a preview of what you just recorded.
Once you have finished all of your recordings, tap the "End Session" button. You will be presented with the following screen as it logs you out.
end session screen

Using the Green Screen

    AVOID wearing Green, or shades similar to green. Some shades of yellow can be problematic as well.

    The studio has multiple virtual backgrounds to choose from, however a laptop can be hooked up in order to provide an endless array of background options.

What are the lines on the floor for?

lines on floor The lines on the floor are to help keep you in the correct position during recording.

GREEN LINES outline of the visible area and focus of the green screen camera.

RED LINES outline of the visible area and focus of the grey wall camera.

YELLOW LINES outline of the safe areas when using the optional overlays.

BLACK AND YELLOW safely covers cords running across the floor. Ignore these.

Always double check by looking at the preview monitor to make sure you're correctly framed and in focus.

Interested in contributing or building your own?

Good news, this project is open source! If you're interested in creating your own Simplified Studio or contributing to the project, please visit our GitHub page at: https://github.com/Photovor/obs-interface
studio diagram
If you have any comments or questions, please contact simplified_studio@juniata.edu