Learning Glass Best Practices

Reservations and Scheduling

  • Reserve the Learning Glass
    • Use the FITC room reservation form.
    • Via telephone at the FITC office, 831-459-5506.
  • Staff
    • Schedule time with support staff for preparation and recording.


  • Planning
    • A whiteboard is available with the size or glass marked on it so you practice what you will be drawing on the whiteboard.
    • Max length of recording time per session is 20 minutes. 
  • Testing
    • Perform practice sessions to get used to looking at your reflection as you write on the Learning Glass.
    • Record and playback short sessions to verify the sound and lighting is recording as you expect it.
  • Presenter Apparel
    • Long sleeves help keep hands from looking disproportional.
    • No visible writing on clothing as it will be reversed in post production.
    • Wearing dark colored tops/shirts is highly recommended to increase visibility of text.   

Equipment Set up

  • Learning Glass
    • Lighting: there are five dimmer controls for six sources of light.
      • Learning Glass dimmer is on the left side of the Learning Glass frame facing the camera.
      • The lighting for the instructor are controlled by three dimmer controls underneath the table on the far left side facing the camera.  They control the lights on the instructor.  
      • There is a dimmer dimmer control for the top of the head on the table next to the camera.
  • Cleaning
    • Microfiber cloth
    • Cotton cloth
      • This works the best without the cleaning liquid.
      • Clean the glass immediately after each use; the marker is easier to remove prior to drying.
      • After cleaning with dry cotton cloth, use liquid cleaner to remove remaining marker.
  • Adjustment
    • Learning Glass Height adjustment is under the Learning Glass table on left facing the the camera.
  • Video
    • Camera
      • On/off  top right side of camera.
      • Select Video lower right on back of camera.
      • Red record button top right of camera.
    • Monitors
      • The monitor on camera is small but is good for focusing.
      • The monitor on the tripod is for camera operator to view.
      • The monitor on floor is for the instructor to determine if the writing on the glass is in camera view.
  • Audio
    • Microphones
      • Boom Microphone.
      • Lapel Microphone.
    • Mixer 2 channels are used to combine boom and lapel microphones into the camera.
      • Left channel is boom microphone.
      • Right channel is lapel microphone.
      • Press record once on the mixer to put it in standby mode so it doesn’t time out and shut off during recording session.
      • Camera Audio channel are reversed so when adjusting microphone volume bars visuals on the mixer and not on the camera for adjusting channel volumes.


  • Timing
    • You may want to keep the sessions to 10 minute per recording. You will find that you get through more material in a shorter amount of time without interactions and pauses you would find during a full lecture.

Post Production

  • FITC-staff will provide basic services, such as: 
    • Flipping Video
    • Logo
    • Titles
    • Editing