Using Epiphan Pearl Mini for a “One Button Studio"

Education is a dynamic field where teaching methods are always evolving, thanks to the ever-advancing technology. One exciting innovation gaining traction is the "One Button Studio." In this blog post by Marta Chernova at Epiphan, we're going to dive into what exactly a One Button Studio is, why it's becoming a favorite at forward-thinking institutions, and, perhaps most intriguing, how you can set up one of your own. So, let's embark on this journey into the world of easy, high-quality video recording for education.

What is a One Button Studio?

What exactly is a One Button Studio, you might wonder? Well, it's like a video recording setup made with simplicity in mind. Just as the name suggests, it operates with a single button, so it's a piece of cake to use, even if you're not a seasoned video pro – whether you're a teacher or a student. All you have to do is step in, hit that one button, record your video, and walk out with your recording ready to roll.

Inside this studio, you'll find top-notch gear like cameras, microphones, lighting, and a computer or hardware encoder, all neatly integrated into a single, easy-to-use interface. And when it's time to get your recording, you have options – it can either fly up to the cloud automatically or be saved right to a trusty USB drive.

The magic of One Button Studios goes beyond just being handy. It puts the power of creativity directly into the hands of educators and students. Plus, with this streamlined setup, you're saving a bundle of time for your IT and support folks. They won't need to troubleshoot complicated tech – anyone can stroll in, hit that button, and start recording in a snap.

Now, let's talk about how One Button Studios are really shaking things up in the world of education. These studios have made their way into schools and colleges all around the globe, and they're making learning a whole lot more exciting in various ways:

Flipped Classroom and Online Learning: Teachers and staff are putting One Button Studios to work by pre-recording lessons, which is a game-changer for the flipped classroom approach. They're even crafting complete online courses with ease.

Student Presentations: Here's the part that students really love – these studios are like their secret weapon for creating top-notch video presentations. It's a breeze for them to practice class presentations, record speeches, lectures, interviews, and project demos. They can focus on their content without getting bogged down by the technical stuff.

Digital Storytelling: If you're into storytelling, filmmaking, or capturing school events, One Button Studios are a goldmine. Students get to unleash their creativity, and it's all hands-on. This kind of experience not only sharpens their digital and media skills but also nurtures their storytelling talents. It's like their very own film studio!

How to set up a One Button Studio

Now, let's demystify the process of setting up your very own One Button Studio. It might sound a bit overwhelming, but I promise it's more doable than you might think. Here's a simplified guide to get you started:

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Spot First things first, you'll want to pick the right location. Find a quiet space with enough room to accommodate your studio gear and any props or decorations you might want for your recordings.

Step 2: Gather Your Gear Here's what you'll need:

  • A high-definition camera (look for one with HDMI or SDI out)
  • A professional microphone (either a shotgun or lavalier)
  • A green screen
  • Studio lighting
  • The Epiphan Pearl Mini video production system
  • Optional: You can even consider adding a busylight to signal when the studio is in use.

Step 3: Setting Up and Configuring This is where the magic happens. Connect your camera and audio to the Pearl Mini to get the One-Button functionality going. Then, configure the Single Touch recording feature on the device. You can also set it up to upload the video to the cloud or save it to a flash drive. Once the configuration is complete, your users will be able to start and stop recording with a single touch on the Pearl Mini's touch screen.

Step 4: Craft a User Guide For a seamless experience, put together a user guide for your One Button Studio. Make it simple to follow with instructions on how to power up the equipment, start recording, and access the recorded files.

Step 5: Put It to the Test Time to call in your students and teachers and give the setup a whirl. Pay close attention to any hiccups or roadblocks and iron them out. The goal is to make sure your setup is user-friendly for everyone and consistently delivers high-quality results. So, test, test, and test some more!


One Button Studios are like the education world's secret weapon, and they're here to make your life easier. These studios offer a user-friendly, versatile, and budget-friendly solution for cooking up top-notch video content. Whether you're a teacher eager to captivate your students, a student on a mission to up your presentation game, or an institution looking to level up your educational game, a One Button Studio is your golden ticket to success. It's like having your own magic wand for education!

Read the full article by Marta Chernova for Epiphan HERE

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