All about the studio and editing spaces in the Media Center

Fall 2018

The Media Center has various studios and control rooms designed with the latest technology for multimedia productions. Each has different rules and policies to make reservations.

STUDIO A (mini studio) ANN102A: DIY 360-degree rotating video podcast and webcast studio.

Here’s what you need to do to use Studio A:

• Complete a Studio A training workshop. (Please contact Chuck Boyles for more information at

• You may use the Studio A to record segments with one or two people.

• For consistency and branding in each production, the host welcome AND goodbye must contain the following: “from Studio A in the USC Annenberg School…”

• The studio may be used to record interviews, Skype recordings, podcasts, shows, etc.

• Live web streaming and recording is available. Recordings get transferred to the Studio A bin in Xchange.

• Always ask a MC Technical Production Specialist to help you with set positioning and lighting.

• Do not rotate the set platform; you could accidentally cause serious damage to the wires.

• Check the Virtual EMS calendar for available time slots. Some classes may have reoccurring hours prescheduled

• You can reserve Studio A time after your training through Virtual EMS at:

STUDIO B (audio studios) ANN 102B, 102C & 102D: This includes an Audio Production Booth, an Audio Live Studio, and Audio Control Room.

• The studio spaces may be used to record voiceovers, interviews, podcasts, phoners, etc. Once you are finished recording, move to the Media Center central floor to edit your material. Do not edit in Studio B.

• Studio B Live Studio and Control room may only be used for Annenberg Radio News production material from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Thursdays. Do not blow on, tap, or touch any of the pickup areas of the microphones!

• All trash must be picked up from the studio and properly discarded. If you want to keep scripts/rundowns, pull them out of the Radio Control Room or they will get thrown away each night by the producers or MC Production Supervisor!

• If you are working during an ARN day of air shift, the studio can be used freely. Reservations should be made for all other times when ARN is not in production.

•Reserve Studio B in 30- or 60-minute blocks using this form if you are not working during an ARN day-of-air-shift.

STUDIO C (big studio)

ANN 102E & 103: Large live video studio and television control room.

• The studio and control room may be used to record interviews, Skype sessions, read from the Teleprompter and record in front of the green screen.

• Reserve Studio C in 30-minute blocks during Open Lab times by emailing The hours are posted on the door.

• Studio C media output is recorded directly to FORK and will be uploaded to Xchange. Once you are done recording, move to the Media Center central floor to edit or download material.

• Remove all scripts and rundowns, they will get recycled nightly.

• Always ask an MC Technical Production supervisor to help you with set positioning, audio and lighting.


Editing facilities are for Annenberg students. During the week, Annenberg Media productions have priority use of the edit suite and desktop computers

ANN 102L: Suite of 10 video editing stations. ANN 206 A – K: 10 private video editing bays (2nd floor).

• Reservations are not required. The bays are first come, first serve. If you need to briefly step away, leave a note that you are returning.

• No food or drinks. Only sealed water bottles will be allowed.

• Do not save any personal projects or files on MC computers. Locally saved files will be deleted each night.

• Do not plug/unplug any wires into the computers towers.

• Pick up after yourself and do not leave a mess.

• If the multi-edit room is locked, use the upstairs editing suites.

Edit Suites do not require reservations at this time.

Overall Studio Policies

1. No eating or drinking is allowed in the production studios or control rooms. This rule applies to students and visitors. Anchors and hosts will be allowed to have a resealable water bottle.

2. Unless you are properly trained, do not touch any buttons or settings on the video switcher, audio mixers, or any other specialized control room equipment.

3. No scenery, props, or sets can be added without MC Technical Production supervisor approval and cannot be stored overnight.

4. Return all equipment (chairs, tables, stands, monitors, curtains, etc.) to its proper place before leaving production spaces.

5. All trash must be picked up from the studio and control room and properly discarded.

6. Do not tape, staple, or attach any extra materials to the studio sets and desks.

7. Don’t be late. Your reservation could be given away after a brief grace period.

About This Site

This is a resource hub to help student reporters at the Annenberg Media Center.

If you’re new to the Media Center, check out this one-page guide to see what it’s all about.

Contact the Media Center

Media Center Director, Professor Christina Bellantoni

Annenberg Media Executive Editor, Tess Patton

Annenberg Media Assignment Desk:
(213) 740-3847

For equipment-related issues:
(213) 740-5739