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Makerspace Technology

Technology available at The Innovation Station

Recording with the One Button Studio

One Button Recording

One Button Studio

  1. Insert your thumbdrive into the “golf ball” looking dock on shelf.
  2. Press the big silver button.
  3. When finished, press big silver button again to stop recording.
  4. Remove your thumbdrive.

Note: There is a 5 second countdown before recording begins.

DO NOT look at the monitor when recording, as there is a lag which can be distracting.

Flash drives must be formatted as FAT32 or HFS+ in order to be used with the One Button Studio. Other formats will not work. Note: SD cards with adapters and novelty flash drives do not work in many instances.

Formatting thumbdrives for use with One Button

Insert thumbdrive into computer and navigate to file explorer.

file explorer screenshot

Right click on thumbdrive, and select “format”

screenshot right click on usb format selected

Under “File System”, choose FAT32 or exFAT, then select “Start” make sure “quick format” box is checked.

Screenshot FAT32 selected and Quick format checked


  1. Plug unit in.
  2. Turn on camera (button on top near the back)
  3. Open cabinet and remove/turn on wireless mouse and keyboard (switches are on the edges/bottom)
  4. Turn on Mac Mini (button in back on right side as you’re facing it)
  5. When Mac boots up, it will open a window that has only one option: “Macintosh HD”. Choose that, and One Button Studio should start automatically
  6. Set One Button app to full screen (small green dot in upper lefthand corner of window)
  7. Put keyboard and mouse back in cabinet and lock it to prevent unauthorized use.