Learn audio production with John Mark Lapham

Whether you use audio to support a video project or it takes the lead in a podcast or digital essay, media projects deserve to be heard! In three new tutorials, media specialist John Mark Lapham helps you develop new skills in capturing and then editing compelling audio. These short introductions walk you through recording great audio with our checkout gear and working with professional tools like Adobe Audition. Whatever your project, your story starts here!

Gear Up: Recording Audio with a USB Mic

Gear Up: Recording Audio for a Video Project

How to Shoot Video with a Canon 60D

So you just checked out one of the Learning Studio’s Canon DSLR cameras, and you go to shoot your first short film. But the process is a little trickier than you expected.

DSLRs were originally built for still photography, but today many of them also shoot video, and they’ve been prized by filmmakers for the quality of the images they produce. Yet shooting video on a Canon 60D isn’t quite as intuitive as shooting photos.

In our first installment of the Gear Up series, the Learning Studio’s Nathan Driskell gives you a three-minute checklist to get you up and running with video production using the Canon 60D.

For more advice on shooting with your DSLR, stop by the Learning Studio and ask a Media Assistant for help on your next project.


DSLR Filmmaking on Lynda.com

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 12.59.59 AMOnce you’re comfortable with how to set-up the camera, check out a course on Lynda.com to continue to develop your skills.

Introducing the One Button Studio

Recording a video can be a complex process. The checklist of settings and techniques to remember for any given camera is often daunting, especially for someone new to the equipment. That’s why in 2013, the Learning Studio began beta testing a new solution for quick video recording: the One Button Studio.

The One Button Studio was developed by Penn State University, who worked with us to install the first One Button Studio outside the Penn State system, upstairs in the ACU library.

The unique studio is perfect for students practicing a speech on camera or for a professor sending a short message or lecture to a class.

Now, any visitor to the Learning Studio can record a video in three simple steps:


  • Place your USB drive into the slot
  • Push the silver button to start recording
  • Push the button again to stop recording



The HD camera mounted on the wall records directly to your USB drive. To enhance your video, three professional-grade lights and a directional microphone ensure clean, high-quality audio and video. Users can even project slides over their shoulder using a short-throw projector connected to the iMac in the room (You can ask the front desk for a remote to control your slides).

The One Button Studio is the personal film studio anyone can use.

[TIP: Reserve Studio 1 up to 7 days in advance to plan your next visit to the One Button Studio.]

Learning Studio: Unboxed

Thanks to our media production specialists Matt Bardwell and Nathan Driskell and the student staff for the next Unboxed short. We’ve continued to see steady growth in our Checkout Gear pool and wanted to make folks aware of some of our advanced video production options like the pop-up green screens.

If Drew inspired you to check one out, here are a couple resources that will make your first green screen project a little easier.


Vimeo Video School

The staff at Vimeo introduce the basics of lighting and editing your green screen footage that any student would be capable of replicating with minimal training. We also have copies of After Effects up in the Learning Studio if you want to work with advanced software; otherwise, green screen tools are also available in iMovie and Camtasia.


Lynda.com Advanced Course

When you get the green screen bug, follow-up with an intermediate course at Lynda.com. Members of the ACU community have access to all Lynda.com titles; just make sure you log into Lynda before visiting the the following course page.

  1. Log into Lynda.com
  2. Advanced Green Screen Techniques course


Mobile Media tools for checkout

Thanks to the widespread use of checkout cameras in our first year, this summer we will pick up additional HD camcorders and DSLR cameras for campus checkout. But that’s only half the story. This fall returning students will have access to additional gear to support video and photo projects.

LS Unboxed: Pico Table Dolly

We’ve seen some creative approaches to camera movement in our first year, so we picked up a couple tools for those ready to move beyond the simple zoom or pan. The Pico Table Dolly introduces controlled camera movement across any level surface, whether you’re shooting a traditional camera or making an iPhone movie.

Here’s Ben Weaver from the Learning Studio with a quick look at the Pico Table Dolly:


Other Checkout Gear

In addition to the Pico Dolly, we’ve continued to add gear by request:

Lowel 3 Light Kits – This spring we put together 3-light kits for FilmFest now available for the rest of campus. The kit includes 500w and 250w halogen lights, perfect for 3-point and green screen lighting.

Collapsible Green Screen – For advanced users interested in basic green screen shots, we have 5×7 green screens that fold up like your car windshield reflector. Great in combination with the Lowel light kits.

Video and Wireless Lav Mics – Audio is at least as important as visuals in your final video, so you may want to experiment with our range of video mics and wireless lavalier mics for check-out (*remember to check the battery before shooting).


For More Information

For a complete list of all check-out equipment, check the Learning Studio blog. For all other questions about availability, come by during regular Media Lab hours or call the main info desk, 674-2341.