The Self-Service Video Production Studio allows Northwestern students, faculty, and staff to easily produce professional-looking videos.
The Lightboard Studio is located in the Mudd Library, 2169. 2233 Tech Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. See a map of Mudd Library. All you need is a Wildcard to access the library and a USB flash drive to store your recording.
Studio Configuration Options
Created by Northwestern Engineering Professor, Michael Peshkin, the Lightboard is a glass chalkboard that uses light to allow users to face viewers while writing and recording a lecture. 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.
Use the Self-Service Video mode to record your presentation or lecture or to create an instructional demonstration.
Before Getting Started
Before using the studio, you’ll need to either check out a formatted USB drive from the nearby Library circulation desk or format your own.
Note: we recommend 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.
Pre-Made Background Templates for the Lightboard
If you are not planning to use a PowerPoint presentation of your own with the Lightboard, you can download and use one of our pre-made templates below:
- Lightboard background with content (PPTX, TEMPLATE)
- Lightboard background with captions (PPTX, TEMPLATE)
Using the Room
Best Practices for Recording Videos
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating your videos.
For either studio configuration:
- Keep videos to 5-6 minutes, each on a single topic.
- Pause before starting and look at the camera. This gives you a clean cut point to edit out your walk-on.
- If people are going to watch several videos, they don't want an intro on each one.
- Text can be superimposed later into the video.
For the Lightboard, specifically:
- Plan your talk so you know where you are going to be drawing on the Lightboard.
- Dark clothing works best so your writing is readable in front of your clothing. No text on clothing.
- When writing on the board, look at what you are writing. When talking about something on the board, point at it and look at it. When you aren't writing or pointing, look at the camera.
Need help? Call 847-491-3361 or visit the nearby circulation desk for assistance.