The Lightboard Studio contains LED lighting on specialized glass to create a transparent white board that illuminates your writing while recording the board and your lecture. The instructor faces the camera and writes normally on the transparent white board that will be flipped in the resulting video.

Instructor writing on a glass board

Below in this demonstration of the lightboard, Becky Rosenbauer, Engineering Computing Coordinator, recorded a lecture on orthographic projection, which essentially is the concept of how engineering drawings are created and conveyed to other engineers. This recording includes a combination of writing, drawing, and the demonstration of 3D objects.

Operating the Lightboard studio

  1. Turn the system power on using the power switch on the right side of the lightboard table. The camera will take a moment to initialize. When ready, the camera image will appear on the confidence monitor. You should not need to make any adjustments on the camera!
    Power switch
  2. Turn the room lights off before beginning the recording.
  3. The board has two LED lights in the frame. These lights are controlled by the dimmer knobs on the left side of the table near the frame. If necessary, adjust the brightness of the white LED light so you can be seen clearly on the camera. Avoid making it too bright or you will appear washed out and grainy. The backdrop should be black, not grey. Adjust the blue LEDs to control the intensity of the markers on the board. Again, avoid making them too bright. The freestanding LED light is to illuminate the backdrop and provide depth to the image. It does not need to be adjusted.
    Built in and freestanding LED lights LED dimmer switch
  4. Insert your USB storage device into the control box. You can use any USB device – a flash drive or a USB hard drive. Supported formats are FAT32, NTFS, and VFAT long file names, EXT2, EXT3, and EXT4. Recordings require 2.5GB of data per hour. You should have at least 4GB of free space.
    USB slot for USB stick or drive
  5. When ready, press the RECORD button to begin recording. The system automatically creates a thumbnail image in the recorded file every 5 minutes. You can add a chapter marker at any time by pressing the [MARK] button on the controller. If you need to pause the recording for any reason mid-recording, use the [PAUSE (II)] button, not the [STOP] button.
  6. When you are finished with your recording, press the [STOP] button.
  7. Please erase the glass at the end of your session. There are cloths available near the table. Do not use paper towels, or other abrasive materials.
  8. Shut the system power off using the button from Step 1 on the table.
    • Note: The recording processor never turns off, so the buttons on the control panel will remain lit. This is normal behavior.

Recommended Markers

The Lightboard Studio only works with neon dry-erase markers. Expo and Quartet are the recommended brands should you want to bring your own set.

Quartet Neon Markers Expo Neon Markers

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