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PolyU Library

i-Space: Studios@LIbrary

Consisting of the Digital Makerspace, Digital Visualisation Room, One Button Studio, Digital Studio and Digital Creativity Workstations

  

Details

Offer a professional studio with support from the Library staff

Location: L303g, Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing)

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Booking Information:

  • Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
  • 2-hour per session, starting at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm respectively
  • Capacity: 1-3 person*
  • Please contact our studio technician at lbstudio@polyu.edu.hk or 2766-7825

 Points to Note

  • The studio technician will contact you to assess your filming requirement in order to confirm your booking and prepare the recording equipment and calibrate lighting devices before the filming session
     
  • The studio technician will brief user on proper use of the studio equipment, and confirm the environment setting based on the user’s requirement collected from the pre-session communications
     
  • If users will operate any studio equipment on their own, they are required to acknowledge receipt of the equipment in good working order with no damages by signing the “Studio and Equipment Record Form”

The Studio supports the creation of multimedia contents of 360 virtual tour and animated video.  Please refer to the following resources for the use of software.

Location: L303f, Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing)

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Booking Information:

  • Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
  • 4-hour per session, starting at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm respectively
  • Capacity: 1-3 person*
  •  3 days in advance

Note:

  • We offer technical support and consultation to the studios during office hours only.  
  • First-time-user of the studio is encouraged to book office hours’ time slot to have better technical support.
  • First-time-user of the Live Animation System is encouraged to book a consultation service before using the studio.

 Workstation 1 (Live Animation

1. Live Animation System (Virtual Talents & Axis Neuron)
A software suite for creating live animation.

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2. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio
A free and open source video recording and live streaming software.

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Workstation 2 (Virtual Tour Production

1. 3DVista Virtual Tour Pro
For create interactive cross-platform 360 degree virtual tour.

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2. 3DVista Stitcher
For convert a set of pictures into panoramas.

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3. Agisoft Metashape
A photogrammetry processing software for scanning 3D objects.

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4. Blender
A free and open source 3D creation suite.

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Offer a self-service video recording studio.

Location: L303e, Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing)

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Booking Information:

  • Monday to Sunday (while Library Open)
  • 2-hour per session
  • Capacity: 1-3 person*
  •  3 days in advance

Note:

  • We offer technical support and consultation to the studios during office hours only.  
  • First-time-user of the studio is encouraged to book office hours’ time slot to have better technical support.
  • Please bring a USB thumb drive (Formatted in exFAT) for recording.

 5 Steps to Start up Your Video Recording 

Step 1. Power on equipment

  • Make sure you turn on all the equipment, including: Ceiling lights and electric power, LED light panels, and The One Button Studio Workstation

Step 2. Insert your USB drive

  • You will see "Press the button" when it is ready

Step 3. Press the Button to start recording

  • Recording will start in 5 seconds
  • Stand within the yellow frame on the ground. This helps you position yourself on the camera
  • Finished?

Step 4.  Press the Button again to stop recording

  • Wait for a few seconds for the workstation to save the video to your USB

Step 5. Done! Remove USB drive

  • Your video are saved in your USB in MPEG4 format (.mp4) and ready for your edit

Offer a self-service video conferencing studio for live classes and discussions and other online learning activities. 

Location: L303c, Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing)

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Booking Information:

  • Monday to Sunday (while Library Open)
  • 2-hour per session
  • Capacity: 1-2 person*
  •  3 days in advance

Note:

  • We offer technical support and consultation to the studios during office hours only.  
  • First-time-user of the studio is encouraged to book office hours’ time slot to have better technical support.
  • Please bring a USB thumb drive (Formatted in exFAT) for recording.

 Video Conferencing Workstation 

1.Microsoft Teams

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2. Zoom

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3. Skype

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Support audio recording and video conference

Location: L303d, Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing)

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Booking Information:

  • Monday to Sunday (while Library Open)
  • 2-hour per session
  • Capacity: 1-2 person*
  •  3 days in advance

Note:

  • We offer technical support and consultation to the studios during office hours only.  
  • First-time-user of the studio is encouraged to book office hours’ time slot to have better technical support.
  • Please bring a USB thumb drive (Formatted in exFAT) for recording.

 Audio Production Workstation (Mac) 

1. Audacity
A free and open source audio recording and editing software.

Overview

Tutorials

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Voice over

PowerPoint narrations 

Others

2. Pro Tools
An industry standard all in one digital audio workstation (DAW) for music creation and audio production.

Overview

Tutorial

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3. GarageBand
An entry-level digital audio workstation (DAW) for create music easily.

Overview

Tutorials

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4. iMovie
A video editing software for the consumer market.

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 Video Conferencing Workstation 

1.Microsoft Teams

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2. Zoom

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3. Skype

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Tips

1. Plan your video with a Project Brief

When preparing for the shooting, you need to define the purpose of, style of, and audience for your videos. These points should be included in a project brief, a document outlining the key expectations and specifications for the final product. This will help you stay on track, keep the goals of the video shoot top of mind, and ensure that everyone working on the video shoot stays on the same page.

A Project Brief should include:

  • Project specifications to briefly describe your video presentation
  • Overview to summarize the topic and purpose of this presentation
  • Outline to think about each video as a story with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Creative inspiration by observing the video product with the similar style, flow or format you have in mind

           

Small group interview with a curtain backdrop

 2. Write a Script

It is always best to prepare what you will say in advance, unless you intentionally plan to improvise while shooting. Your script should be easy to follow and understand. Creating storyboards with scripts could help you to visualize your idea of the video presentation and plan the length for each shot.

3. Prepare your presentation

If you are going to shoot a video presentation for assignment or project work, you may explore the following software packages for preparing your presentation:

Pro Tips! 

  • Don't forget to dress appropriately for your presentation!
  • Do ensure you are Camera Ready.

Copyright and Fair Dealing

The University respects copyright and other intellectual property rights as enforced in Hong Kong and urges its staff and students to do its best to comply with the applicable copyright laws, regulations and guidelines, and suggest precautionary measures. You may refer to the Guideline for Using Copyright Materials in Learning and Teaching at PolyU for more details.

In Hong Kong, there are some exceptions in the Copyright Ordinance, such as fair dealing, that allow some copying for educational establishments. There are no prescribed percentages on what can be copied; however, this is not a blanket license to copy. Educational establishments are permitted to copy by a teacher or a student to a reasonable extent artistic works or passages from published literary, dramatic, or musical works, or recording of broadcast or cable programmes, in a fair manner for the purposes of giving or receiving instruction.

To enjoy “fair dealing” exemption, you must properly acknowledge the title and authorship of the work and deal with the work in a fair manner. Examples of what would be considered fair or unfair for dealing with a copyrighted work can be found here.

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses

You can share your work by licensing it using a Creative Commons license. According to the website of Creative Commons, the current copyright law that was created long before the emergence of the Internet has laid down restrictive rules that stifle the use of your work on the network that we take for granted such as copy, paste, edit source and post to the web. Creative Commons is “a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws.” Under this scheme, an author can choose amongst 6 different CC licenses to indicate under what conditions people can use their works.

Software for Audio/Video Editing

The Digital Creativity Workstations located at Multimedia Commons (MC) in North Wing 3/F are installed with the following software for audio and video editing: