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Video Studio: Media and Maker Commons


COVID-19: Media and Maker Commons services

Limited by-appointment services for SFU Instructors only are available in the Media and Maker Commons.

All SFU Libraries are currently closed to in-person use due to the COVID-19 virus.

We continue to offer online and virtual support where possible.


The Video Studio is a special video-capture room where you can easily record lectures and presentations (and more!) with the touch of a button and leave with a finished video file.

video studio

This is a designated space to easily record lectures, presentations, and more within SFU Media and Maker Commons, located in the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby).

We offer online training through Canvas to teach you the minimum skills required to operate the Video Studio. After this training, you can also do hands-on training with a member of our staff. In that training, you will review basic principles and gain troubleshooting experience to avoid common recording failures.

To schedule your session, book a time slot. Time slots are available in 30 minute intervals, with a maximum booking of two hours. If you need additional Video Studio time or assistance, please contact MMC staff.

Please note, All SFU Libraries are currently closed to in-person use due to the COVID-19 virus.  This includes the Media and Maker Commons.  We continue to offer online and virtual support where possible.


You need to bring a USB drive (2.5 GB for 1 hr recording).  You can also bring a laptop to make use of the teleprompter. You can check out a laptop from the Library if needed.

At the start of your session, you plug the USB drive into the designated spot.  If you brought a laptop, then attach it to the monitor via the HDMI cable and turn on the five camera lights. There is a smaller monitor above the camera that shows a preview. Once your presentation content is loaded on the large monitor and you are satisfied with the camera position, you simply press the START button to start recording and press END to stop.

The video is automatically saved onto your attached USB drive, and you will remove this with the file once the recording is done. There is no need to adjust the lighting or sound, as the room is fully setup for optimal recording conditions already.

The microphone is placed in the centre of the room. If you require a personal microphone, please see one of our MMC staff facilitators for a lapel mic.

The Video Studio offers both a green and blue screen. Wear clothes that do not match these colours, since that will interfere with the video during edition (for example, any part of you covered in green will disappear if you are using a green screen as background).


The Video Studio is great for:

  • Creating video presentations and to supplement lectures, reinforcing and emphasizing concepts that are harder to explain.
  • Creating full lectures for the use of online education, or as a substitute for a lecture if a professor is unable to make a class due to a time-conflict (e.g., academic conference).
  • Recording content for a video essay.
  • Practicing a presentation and recording it, so you can review your mannerism or pronunciation.

Green screen

Now sure how or what to do with a green screen?  Check out some of these examples.

Support at SFU

Looking for more support on creating your video? SFU offers a range of resources and support.

Student Learning Commons

SFU Library Student Learning Commons
Resources to help you improve your presentation skills, including giving presentations and leading discussions.

Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE)

Voice and presentation skills

  • Private voice sessions
  • Workshops
  • Self-guided resources

Learning technology and educational media

  • One-on-one meetings
  • Workshops
  • Self-guided resources