Welcome to the One Button Studio

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    1 Insert your drive into the dock to begin
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    2 Press the button to start & stop recording
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    3 Remove your drive when you are finished


What is the One Button Studio?

One Button Studio is a user-friendly way to practice presentations.

There are 5 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

NOTE: To use the One Button Studio, you will need to bring a USB flash drive. To give you an idea of the size of flash drive you’ll need, 1GB USB drive can hold about 25 minutes of recording.

When you are finished recording you will have an .mp4 file on your USB drive. The .mp4 format can be played by most media players and mobile media devices.

The One Button Studio software is a free OS X application, created by Penn State University. For information on the development of the One Button Studio at Penn State, go to http://onebutton.psu.edu/.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to use the One Button Studio. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to use the studio, please contact Classroom Technology in advance at 319-335-1976 or by email at classroom-technology@uiowa.edu.

What can you do with the OBS?

One Button Studio is a great tool for practicing a presentation. Viewing a video of yourself can help you spot verbal tics, hand gestures, and facial expressions that can detract from your presentation.


  • UI Instructors and faculty can use One Button Studio for a wide range of class assignments, such as documenting small-group discussions, presentations, and mock interviews. Clinical training can be enhanced by using the Studios to participate in variety of mock patient interactions, such as medical history intake.
  • UI staff can use the One Button Studio to create instructional videos for student employees.
  • Community members can also use One Button Studio. Popular projects include recording family history and creating presentations.
  • Once you’ve recorded in the One Button Studio, you can use the raw footage to create a video that includes other elements such as music, titles, captions, photography, and video footage shot outside the studio. Please note that the One Button Studio is not a production space. If you plan to edit your video, you’ll need to find other equipment and software.

For Students

  • Practicing a presentation for class
  • Green screen recording
  • Studio components of larger video assignments
  • e-Portfolio introductions and content

For Faculty

  • Delivering an introduction to an online course
  • Presenting research papers
  • Recording a lecture when travel is required
  • Creating demonstration modules

Which component do you need help with?

  • obs-support-flashdriveUSB drive
  • obs-support-microphoneMicrophone
  • obs-support-buttonButton
  • obs-support-cameraCamera
  • obs-support-lightsLights
  • obs-support-computerSystem / Other

One Button Studio Assistance

Use these easy guides to troubleshoot One Button Studio issues!

Post-Production Assistance

It’s important to note that at this time we do not have staff who will be available to offer post-production assistance. However, you can find videos about post-production techniques on YouTube and Lynda.com

Locations & hours

Main Library Learning Commons

Room 1015J
125 West Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420



Same as Main Library Collections

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Room 316
600 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1098



Same as the Hardin Library


Reserve the Hardin Library’s One Button Studio ONLINE

Reserve the Main Library’s One Button Studio ONLINE

  • Log on with your HAWKID and PASSWORD via office365.uiowa.edu.
  • Click on the CALENDAR ICON (on the upper right side of the window) and choose NEW
  • Enter reservation information in the EVENT field. You may also add names in the ATTENDEES field (optional).
  • Set the time and date of your reservation (make sure to include length of meeting).
  • Click ADD ROOM and choose LIB RESOURCES. Select ERM-LIB-OBS.*
  • Make sure the Mark as Private radio box is not marked.
  • Double check the attendee list, start time and length, and the chosen room to ensure they are correct. Then select Send and wait for room verification via email. (All recurring appointments will be automatically declined.) Please check verification email to ensure reservation has been accepted.
  • Please see the Main Library Service Desk when you arrive for access to the One Button Studio.

*  If ERM-LIB-OBS is not listed the studio is already reserved. Adjust the time and date of the reservation and try again.

Reserve the Main Library’s One Button Studio IN PERSON

  • If the light on the panel is green, the One Button Studio is AVAILABLE now. Press Reserve Now to book the room for the next 120 minutes or the start of the next reservation. Your reservation will appear on the screen.
  • If the light on the panel is red, the One Button Studio is NOT AVAILABLE.
  • If the One Button Studio is not in use 10 minutes into the reserved period, it may be used by another group for the duration of the reserved period.
  • Please see the Main Library Service Desk for access to the One Button Studio.


If you would like a tour of One Button Studio or want our One Button Studio marketing package, please sign up here.

Your feedback is important to us! If you have any comments please fill out our short online survey.

If you hare having technical difficulties please contact Classroom Technology at classroom-technology@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-1976.