Cabot Media Studios

Everything you need to produce high-quality audio and video recordings.

Welcome to the Media Studios

Located on the lower level of Cabot Science Library, our two self-service media studios have everything you need to easily make high-quality audio and video recordings. When you're done recording, simply take your files with you on a USB drive.

Get Started

Before booking a media studio you must complete a 30-minute training session.

  • Drop-in trainings are offered Mondays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. 
  • Trainings are also available by appointment Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Email to schedule a time.

Reserve a Studio

Once you're trained, you may book either studio for up to 2 hours. 

When you're ready to make a reservation, email at least one week in advance with the following information:

  1. Which studio you would like to book
  2. A short description of your project
  3. Preferred dates and times for use
  4. Setup requests and special technological needs

Media Help Hours

Cabot's media studios are largely self service. Student media consultants are available to help and offer drop in trainings during the academic year.

  • Mondays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Tuesdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Wednesdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Thursdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Fridays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Saturdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m
  • Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Things to Know

  • Media Studios are available for all members of the Harvard community to use.
  • Food or beverages are not allowed in the studios.
  • Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of two hours at a time.
  • Reservations for consecutive, concurrent, or recurring meetings are not permitted.
  • The reserver takes full responsibility for loss or damage to equipment, cables, cameras, furniture and all other items in the studio. Fines will be assessed by Harvard Library for any damage detected, and can be levied up to one month after the reservation is completed.

Additional Services We Offer

Drop by during our help hours and one of our student media consultants can show you how to use our equipment or software, or help you with your own machine.

We also offer consultations, workshops and email help.


A consultation is the best way to get personalized help with a project or get more in-depth questions answered.

Workshops & Classes

We regularly hold custom workshops for groups of three or more. Email us with your topic of interest and we'll start the planning process.

Email Help

Have a quick question like: "How do you do that in the Media Studios?" Send us an email and we'll get back to you with possible solutions.

Project Gallery

From class projects, tutorials and audition tapes, to promos for a startup, LinkedIn portrait sessions and podcasts, students have created a variety of projects in the Cabot Media Studios. 

Check out some of the work that's been created here.

A screenshot from a promo for Barry

Barry: The Making of American Icon

Joan Roman produced a short film for a digital media course at the Harvard Extension School. "Barry" is a comeback story of the ages.

Mr. Opus standing in a room with a fancy belt.

Mr. Hankins Opus Podcast

This podcast, recorded in the Media Studios by James Hankins, shares stories and interviews with young future education leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A screenshot from a Touchscape video. It shows the instructor in the corner and Lego people representing different professions.


Thomas Kaue uses the Media Studios to create tutorials on how to learn American English. He explores “total physical response” — how touching the objects in response to a command can help you remember the words better.

Three people sit around a table in the Media Studios during a recording session for the 2 Million Minutes podcast.

2 Million Minutes

Rosan Bishwakarma and Lucas Ward started this podcast project to find out more about students on campus and how they approach college.

Three people stand around a camera in the Cabot Media Studios setting up for a portrait session.

Portrait Session

Bibiana DaRosa held portrait photoshoot in the Media Studios to practice and experiment with new techniques.