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Studio U

Learn about Studio U, the self-service video, learning glass, and screen capture studio for faculty and staff use.


Studio U is a free-to-use resource for the campus to support the creation of video content for instruction and academic programs. With simple push-button controls, you’ll be able to record green screen, learning glass, screen annotation or other kinds of videos. Once finished you will walk away with a USB thumb drive containing a completed video you made all by yourself.

Studio U Features

Studio U was designed to address the typical video recording needs on campus. Using just the control panels in the room, you can create:

  • Green Screen videos with several options for displaying slides/screen content and on-screen annotations
  • Interview videos with a curtain backdrop with up to 3 people standing or seated
  • Learning Glass videos for delivering engaging chalkboard-style content

All videos are recorded directly to a USB thumb drive. Within moments of stopping your recording, you’ll be able to walk away with a video file that is ready to post to a course website or online video platform, or that can be edited using standard video editing programs.


COVID-19 Protocols

During the pandemic, Multimedia Services has worked closely with Environmental Health & Safety to open Studio U on a limited basis. The studio is available with two 2-hour slots daily, Monday through Friday: 9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 3 pm.

Only 1 individual is permited inside Studio U during a reservation slot. Previously, Multimedia Services staff would be present to answer questions and assist with setup and delivery, safety precautions prevent staff from being present during the reservation. However, a newly-installed PA system in the room allows instructors to communicate instantly with Multimedia Services staff upstairs, and authorized staff members are able to view a live feed of the camera remotely to provide assistance and direction as needed.

Before and after each reservation, Studio U is thoroughly cleaned. All hard surfaces and equipment (such as whiteboard markers, the podium, doorknobs, touchscreens, and peripheral devices) are disinfected, and additional time is allotted between sessions to allow for air circulation. Individuals making reservations (and staff supporting Studio U) must abide by up-to-date campus COVID protocols, including filling out UCSD’s self-screening questionnaire and canceling any reservations if they are not cleared for work on campus.

Ready to try Studio U?

To reserve a slot in Studio U, contact Multimedia Services at to determine availability and eligibility. Feel free to email us at this address as well if you have questions or would like more information to learn more about the room. Be sure to download the Studio U guidelines to ensure you’re prepared for your first recording session.

Studio U is located in the basement of the Applied Physics & Mathematics building, room B302.

Need help? Get more information about ETS Multimedia Services or contact us at