Video Production Studio

Video Prod Studio

Availability and Booking Request

  • We strive to respond within 2 business days of the form submission

  • The form must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the first desired date, but further advance notice is preferred.

  • For reservations outside of listed available time, please submit this form with at least 2-weeks advance notice. These requests will be subject to staff availability

Faculty, Staff, and Students of the University of Illinois are eligible to reserve the Video Production Studio.

About the Video Studio

The Media Commons Video Production Studio is equipped with the following:

  • A green wall (for chroma keying) with optional drapes in black, white, blue marble and grey marble
  • Studio Lighting
    • Seven (7) daylight balanced studio fluorescent light fixtures mounted to a truss system
    • Two (2) free-standing white-balance adjustable LED panels
    • Two (2) tungsten spot lights mounted to a truss system
  • Two (2) Blackmagic Studio 4K Cameras that will shoot either 1080p or 2160p in various quality levels of Prores or DNxHD. These cameras are equipped with Metabones Speedboosters and Nikon G-mount lenses. The effective focal length and f-stops are:
    • Nikon 35-105mm 1.8
    • Nikon 130mm 1.1
    • Sigma 160mm macro 1.8
    • Sigma 15-30mm ultra-wide 2.2
  • Audio Recording Equipment
    • MOTU 1248 Audio Interface
      • Allows for individual recording of up to 12 microphones (embedded in camera feed or direct to DAW software) at up to 96kHz 24-bit
      • Digital mixer with DSP (EQ, compression, reverb) for live stereo mix-down to ATEM Switcher
    • Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic
      • 8 microphone preamps
      • 8 channels compression
    • Four (4) Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lavalier Microphones
    • One (1) Audio Technica BP4071 Shotgun Microphone
    • Two (2) sE SE5 Small Diaphragm Condenser “Room Microphones”
  • Blackmagic ATEM Switcher
    • Allows for live-mixing, coloring, and media playback to fully produce a video without requiring post-production for recording or livestream
    • Provides both upstream and downstream keying abilities for title overlays, lower thirds, and/or background inserts
  • Two (2) Blackmagic Hyperdeck 4K SSD recorders
  • Teleprompter
    • Please bring your script in .txt or .rtf split into blocks with space for breath and pacing. This can be copied over from another document type during the reservation, but will require additional time.

A reservation in the Media Commons Video Studio will generally adhere to to the following schedule:

  • Pre-production: 15-30 minutes (incl. lighting, camera & mic setup, teleprompter, etc)
  • Shoot: Dependent on length of reservation (plan ~5 minutes shooting time per minute of footage to allow for multiple takes)
  • Post-production: 15-45 minutes (incl. color correction, green screen, audio processing)
  • File Transfer: 15-45 minutes (dependent on amount of footage shot and processing to be rendered)

Note: if you are an experienced video editor, we can simply transfer the unprocessed footage to you and avoid most of the Post-Production and File Transfer time needs.

The Media Commons does not currently provide editing services. Instruction on the basics of editing can be requested as a separate consultation appointment.

Video Production Studio Policies and Procedures

Responsibilities of Media Commons Staff

  • The studio will be initially prepared in a clean and efficient manner for ease of use and instruction.
  • A staff member from the Media Commons will also instruct the patron on the basic usage of the camera and lights, as well as the workflow for capturing video and audio. This will be based on the needs of the patron.
  • The staff member will assist with moving the data captured from the Video Production studio to a hard drive provided by the patron, or one of the media editing stations out in the Media Commons, if desired.
  • If asked, the staff member will be happy to set up an appointment to instruct on the basics of video editing.

Responsibilities of the Patron using the Video Production Studio

  • Patrons will bring their I-Card to verify booking
  • Patrons will be responsible for bringing a storage device (preferably USB 3.0 or faster) to save the data once the video shoot is completed (or check out an external drive from the Loanable Technology Center). Generally, we will keep a copy of the files on our Video Studio machine for at least one week; however, DO NOT RELY ON THE MEDIA COMMONS FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE OF FILES – THE HARD DRIVE OF ANY OF OUR MACHINES MAY BE WIPED AT ANY TIME.
  • Patrons will come prepared to shoot the video and will have rehearsed/memorized their script.
  • Patrons are responsible for any props needed.
  • Patrons will follow instructions of the Staff member regarding care and treatment of the equipment
  • Only individuals needed to shoot the video will be allowed in the studio.

Please note that the library is not responsible for any damage that may occur on equipment as a result of media borrowed from the library or used internally.

Talent Release Forms

Per the University of Illinois Public Affairs website, “If you are planning to use an individual’s image or likeness in media such as photographs, video, etc., you should request written permission to do so. Releases should also be completed and signed by any talent working with companies or individuals shooting photography, video or audiotape on University premises. Use the forms below accordingly.”

For more information and direct links to Talent Release Forms click here