The Typical DIY Recipe Book:
The One Button Studio Concept was born out of an effort at Penn State University. The team there sought to simplify video recording and assembled components to make that happen. They graciously shared the resulting plan and parts list openly with the world.
Simplified video recording was a great thing to bet on, and the idea spread around the world, in particular on college campuses where IT groups sourced and assembled components according to the original plans.
While many key features were present, there have been a handful of nagging problems and there has not been further development to solve those issues or add commonly requested helpful features. Sadly, for these reasons a number of colleges have moved away from the Penn State published plans, scrapping hardware purchased for this cause. Frankly, this feedback is what pushed Revolution to build a better solution. Read more about the start and evolution of One Button Studios.
When comparing self-built to a complete commercial solution...
Critical elements can be easy to overlook:
The amount of time needed for development & trial-and-error is often greatly underestimated when wading into uncharted waters, even with a solid understanding of the main elements needed.
Also consider lead time. From the day you get a green light to implement a one button studio, how long will it take until that studio is up and usable? Revolution systems typically deliver within 2 weeks and all setup is completed within one day. We've seen new users building their own taking several months or even years to reach a minimally viable launch.
The level of quality of a DIY system is often limited by the amount of time which can be reasonably devoted to such a project. Unforeseen little issues which popped up along the way can tax a developer or studio owner for years as users ask for support, improvements and solutions. We've witnessed more than a handful of career changes pushed by such experiences.
As the basis of most DIY builds, the Penn State approach includes the key functions of making recording relatively easy. If you want to insert a presentation use an analog projector onto the wall to capture your presentation. Not surprisingly, the clarity (and resulting professionalism of your video) is diminished.
You can add a greenscreen but you are then limited to capturing one mode: the presenter standing in front of the greenscreen (no use of the projector). There is no processing of that video so post-shoot editing will be needed every time.
In contrast, our team has spent thousands of hours researching, developing, and tuning the commercial systems we produce to make the process of setup and use as seamless as possible.
Users of the Revolution One Button Studio can switch between a variety of presentation modes, integrating presentation slides, backgrounds, logos and more in real time with nothing more than the touch of a button. Live streaming capability is included in all of our systems.
We place an immense value on customers' time and overall experience. We are happy to spend ten hours to make a change that will save five minutes for every customer during setup & launch.
If something comes up with any of our products, you can pick up the phone and talk with someone on our team who will address the issue, often live with you on the first call.
Many customers are surprised how little they'd save in trying to build their own systems, even a basic system. The hardware list for the basic Penn State plan would cost $5500 without a projector or greenscreen. That goes up to $10,000 if including the greenscreen (which still requires editing every video)!
With that in mind, which option sounds most economical in the end?
If you are responsible for helping a group of faculty or employees create better video lessons and content, look no further than the One Button Studios from Revolution.
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