Do-It-Yourself Recording Studios


The CTL DIY studios are available for instructors who wish to create recordings for their courses using equipment that is a step up from typical laptop options. The studios are quiet and private spaces outfitted with cameras, lighting, microphones, backdrops, and necessary software.

Morningside Campus studio

CUIMC studio

What types of recordings are possible?

The DIY studios are optimized for talking-head style lectures, slide and screen capture, and audio recordings. 


Where are the CTL’s DIY Recording Studios?

Our Morningside Campus studio is located in 204 Butler Library and our CUIMC studio is located in the CTL Medical Campus office at the 168th Street Armory.


Who can use the Recording Studios?

The recording studios are available to Columbia instructors who are creating content for their Columbia courses.


How do I reserve time to use one of the Recording Studios?

To reserve time for recording, please fill out the form linked here. 

Studio recording time should be requested at least a week in advance of recording, and each studio can be reserved for up to two hours. 


How should I prepare for a recording session?

To make the best use of the studios please consider the following preparations:

  • Have ready the final versions of your script.
  • Have ready your slide presentation and how you will access it. 
  • Practice delivering your presentation ahead of your scheduled recording time.


What are my options to save my recordings?

  • Recordings can be saved to cloud services such as your Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox. 
  • Recordings can also be saved to a portable media device, such as an external hard drive or thumb drive.


Once I’ve completed my recording how can I make it available and accessible to students?

  • Panopto is Columbia’s video recording, editing, and streaming solution that integrates with CourseWorks. 
  • Be sure to consider accessibility before using media in your course. Captions, transcripts, and other considerations like video length and naming convention make learning materials accessible to all of your students. To learn more visit the CTL’s accessibility resource page. 

If you’d like to learn more about preparing your course content for studio recording please contact

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