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Video Production Studio (Self-Service)

The self-service video production studio allows Northwestern students, faculty, and staff to easily produce professional-looking videos. The studio is located on the 2nd floor of Mudd Library, Room, 2169, Evanston Campus. The studio can be used in two different configurations - the Lightboard mode and the Self-Service mode.


Features and Benefits


Lightboard is a glass chalkboard that uses light to allow users to face viewers while writing and recording a lecture. Created by Northwestern Engineering Professor, Michael Peshkin, the board is videotaped in mirror reflection, giving users a quick and easy way to communicate technical subjects, equations, and sketches, all while engaging with the camera and the viewers. Learn more about the Lightboard.

Self-Service Video

The Self-service Video Studio allows faculty, staff, and students to produce and record professional quality video projects for no cost. Use the Self-Service Video Studio to record your presentation or lecture, deliver a research presentation, or to create an instructional demonstration.

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There is no cost to use this service.

How to Request Service

Reservations are required to use the studio and can be made through LIBCAL, the Library's online reservation system. You will need your Wildcard to enter Mudd Library and a USB flash drive to store your recording.

Before You Start

Before using the studio, you’ll need to either check out a pre-formatted USB drive from the Mudd Library circulation desk or format your own.

Note: Northwestern IT recommends using one of the Library’s pre-formatted drives. Reformatting a personal drive can result in the loss of files on that drive. Library drives can be recorded to, then switched to a personal computer where files can be moved to a more permanent storage option.Personal drives must be formatted with one of the following file systems: FAT16, FAT32, XFS, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, NTFS.

Use Best Practices for Recording Videos

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating your videos:

Support Resources

User Guides

How-to Videos

Need some help walking through the the setup for a recording? Check out one of the videos below:

Last Updated: 17 March 2022

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