University of Wisconsin–Madison

Media Kit

media kit

A media kit is a box that includes a microphone, webcam, and light. These devices connect to a USB hub inside the box.

A single USB port on your laptop or computer connects all three pieces of equipment. The media kit helps you record high quality content for your course.

An external webcam and microphone in addition to a webcam or ring light improves the quality and accessibility of your videos. An HD webcam and and good lighting will also improve the accuracy of virtual backgrounds.

Checkout

Contact us to checkout a media kit. Send us your office number and we will have a media kit left inside your office for pickup at your convenience.

Instructions

For instructions on configuring your laptop or computer with the media kit webcam and microphone, check out the Media Kit Instructions.

After plugging the media kit into your device’s USB port, follow the steps below to configure your device. 

Windows  Webcam

  1. Navigate to the search bar and type Camera.
  2. Open Camera.
  3. Navigate to the camera and arrow icon in the top right corner. 
  4. Click this icon to toggle between your device’s built-in webcam and the Logitech HD Webcam

Windows  Microphone

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Type sound into the search bar and open Choose your input device.
  3. Navigate to Input and change your input sound device to Microphone (Blue Snowball).
  4. Adjust input levels according to your needs.

Mac  Webcam

  1. Open Finder
  2. In Finder, navigate to Applications.
  3. Once in Applications, open Photo Booth or another video service such as FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype.
  4. Now that you are in Photo Booth, navigate to the top menu bar.
  5. Go to Camera to switch between your device’s built-in webcam and the Logitech HD Webcam

Mac  Microphone

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Once in System Preferences, open Sound.
  3. In Sound, go to Input. Change your sound input device to Blue Snowball.
  4. Adjust input levels according to your needs.

Light

It is recommended you film in a well-lit room with windows covered. Eliminating natural light wherever you can will help decrease lighting inconsistencies. Ideally, any windows will be behind the media kit and facing you. 

The light functions via its own controller, meaning it requires no setup in your computer’s settings. Simply turn the light on and follow the instructions below.

  1. The light has three color temperature settings: white, warm, and white warm. Select white warm light as your color temperature.
  2. The media kit light has ten brightness levels. The light should be the only light source directed at your face. The image at the right displays each button’s function. Select the third or fourth brightness level by pressing the plus and minus buttons.
  3. Adjust the light to face you straight on or at a ¾ angle.