ABP Microstudio

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning has built a Microstudio with audio and video capabilities in the Glyn Davis Building.

As students respond better to higher quality audio and video content, the quality of multimedia is an important factor to consider when producing content. Because the Microstudio is acoustically treated and equipped with professional-grade equipment, the quality of the recordings that can be achieved is far superior than what can be produced in most home setups.

The sections below contain guides on how to get the most of the equipment to produce teaching content.

Follow these instructions to book a time in the Microstudio. For any assistance please contact BEL+T.

  • Glossary of terms

    Some technical terms will be used repeatedly throughout these sections. A glossary of terms has been put together to ensure the proper understanding of these terms in the context of the microstudio.

    ABP Microstudio: a recording studio inside the Glyn Davis Building that has the capacity to do video filming, podcasting and screencasting.

    Audio clipping: this happens when the audio level picked up by a microphone is higher than what can be recorded by the recorded device. A clipped audio file is characterised by a very distinctive popping or crackling sound and cannot usually be recovered in post-production.

    Audio level: the amplitude at which an audio file has been recorded. This should not be confused with the playback volume of an audio file.

    Colour temperature: how warm or cold an image/video looks (i.e. how yellow or blue an image/video is)

    Compositing: a post production technique where several images or video footage are layered on top of each other. This can include a keyed out person composited on a new background, titles and graphics composited on a video etc.

    Footage: Media used as a part of a project. Eg if several videos are are combined together into a single final video project, all the individual videos are collectively referred to as footage. While footage is usually a term associated with videos, if static images and audio files are used as part of a video project, they can also be referred to as footage.

    Highlights/shadows: respectively refer to the brightest and darkest of an image/video.

    Hue: colour properties of an image/video

    Keying: a post production method that involves compositing two or more full frame images or video footage together. The term is used mostly during green screen recording, where the expression 'to key the green screen out' means to delete the green background in post-production. Most editing software use the term 'keying' when referring to functions used to replace green backgrounds.

    Post-production: also shortened to 'post' or 'editing' is the process of taking the raw recorded footage (video, audio, images) into an editing program (eg Photoshop for static images, Premiere or After Effects for videos, Audition or Audacity for audio) to correct parts of the footage, remove or add sections and combine various media together.

    Production: Strictly speaking, production refers to the stage where footage is captured and recorded, i.e. when a talent is standing in front of a camera or recording audio (hence why post-production is the process where the production footage is then assembled). However, the term is now used more generally and can also involve storyboarding, scripting, scheduling, distribution, and nowadays often refers to the entire process from start to finish.

    Raw footage: uncompressed footage that has not yet been edited. Raw footage is usually quite large in size, usually looks quite bland and sometimes cannot be read by regular consumer programs/devices, but contains a larger amount of data will allow a more effective post production workflow. All recorded footage (audio, video or photo) should be recorded with the least amount of compression to preserve as much information as possible.

    Recording, filming, shooting: Recording is a general term referring to the process of capturing media (audio or video) and storing it on a storage device (usually an SD card or a hard drive). Within this section of the website, most of the instances of the term 'recording' will refer to audio recording, but will also be used as a more general term on occasions. The terms 'filming' and 'shooting' can be used interchangeably and refer specifically to video recording.

    Talent: person being recorded, standing in front of a camera. Talent is a term mostly associated with videos.

    Treated surface: In the context of recording, a treated surface is a surface that has an acoustically absorptive surface attached to it. The acoustic treatment will reduce the amount of reverberation, resulting in a cleaner sound. The level of treatment of a space will determine the type of recording equipment that can be used. The ABP Microstudio is treated, but is not fully sound proof or anechoic.