Hechtman Recording Studio

The Penn Libraries are proud to announce the opening of the Hechtman Studio, a new mid-level video/photo production studio located on the 3rd floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The studio is equipped with professional lighting, video camera, microphones, green screen, and sound-treated walls and door.
The intent of the Hechtman Studio is to support student and faculty experimentation and to aid the development of skills in the areas of video and audio production and photography. The studio serves Penn students, faculty, and staff, with a focus on individuals and small groups, rather than on departments and production-oriented groups working on larger, longer-term projects like MOOCs and other online courses. Although the space is intended primarily to serve a curricular function, we believe that any use of the studio, whether academic, extra-curricular, or personal, furthers a user’s education and level of comfort with this critical technology.
The Hechtman Studio provides facilities for video and audio production as well as photography for the Penn community. It is open to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a not a study room, practice room, etc. and cannot be reserved for non-media production use
Everyone wishing to book the studio must first attend an Orientation Session.  Register at  http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/calendar/studioorientations
The studio contains professional lighting, backdrops, and a 4K-capable video camera:
  • 4 LED Litepanel 1x1 Astra Bi-color lights with 1x1 soft boxes on Matthews C-stands
  • 2 Westcott Spyderlite TD6 with 36x48 soft boxes on light stands
  • Sony PXW-X70 4K video camera (SDXC card preferred)
  • Rode NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone and microphone stand
  • Sennheiser lapel/lavalier microphone
  • Prompter People Flex 15 (15-inch) Teleprompter
  • 3 backdrops (green, white, or black)
  • Apple boxes to adjust height
  • Clapperboard (Dry-erase, magnetic)
Additional equipment may be borrowed from the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
Please read the studio policies before booking or using the studio.
Editing and other post production may be done in the Vitale Digital Media Lab, where staff are available to help with software like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Audition, and Audacity.
Currently, the studio is open free of charge Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm, by reservation only.
For more information or to set up an orientation session, contact us at librarystudio@o365lists.upenn.edu