The University of Iowa


The Learning Spaces Technology group provides technology consultations, design, installation, training, management and support of One Button Studios [OBS], a user-friendly way for creating high-quality videos. There are two models of OBS available for use on campus, one based on the Extron Studio Station model, and another based on the the Penn State University One Button Studio model.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to use One Button Studios. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to use the studio, please contact the ITS Help Desk in advance at

Using One Button Studio

Five Simple Steps

  1. Load your background or PowerPoint slides on to the PRESENTATION COMPUTER (we will have several backgrounds to choose from if you don’t bring your own)
  2. Plug your own flash drive into the RECORDING COMPUTER to activate the lights and camera
  3. Record your presentation with the touch of a single BUTTON
  4. Stop recording by pressing the BUTTON
  5. Remove your flash drive
    Please note, that to use the One Button Studio, you will need a working FAT32-formatted USB flash drive. To give you an idea of the size of flash drive you’ll need, 1GB flash drive can hold about 25 minutes of recording. A flash drive with at least 4GB of available space is recommended.

Additional OBS Uses

  • UI instructors and faculty can use OBS for a wide range of class assignments, such as documenting small-group discussions, presentations, and mock interviews. Clinical training can be enhanced by using OBS to participate in variety of mock patient interactions, such as medical history intake.
  • UI instructors and faculty can use OBS for recording video abstracts for research or for asynchronous conference presentation.
  • UI staff can use OBS to create instructional videos for professional staff and student employees.
  • Community members are also invited to use OBS for popular projects, including recording family history, video journals, or creating presentations.
  • Once you’ve recorded in the One Button Studio, you can use the raw footage to edit and create a video that includes other elements such as music, titles, captions, photography, and video footage shot outside the studio.
    Please note that One Button Studios are not production spaces; if you plan to edit your video, you’ll need to find other equipment and software.

Additional Resources

Learn More About One Button Studios

One Button Studio Support