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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.

Virtual Media Lab

Looking for online resources on podcasting, making videos, virtual reality, or 3D modeling? Interested in attending virtual workshops or demos? Have questions about how other members of the Harvard community are using media? The Virtual Media Lab is here to help you further develop your skills, share your work, and meet other folks who are interested in all things media.

Get Started

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

Email cablib@fas.harvard.edu to schedule a time, trainings are available by appointment.

Reserve a Studio

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

When you're ready to make a reservation, email cablib@fas.harvard.edu 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

Things to Know

Media Studios are available for all members of the Harvard community to use. 

While you're there:

  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the studios
  • Studios may be reserved for up to two hours at a time; reservations for consecutive, concurrent, or recurring meetings are not permitted

We ask that the person reserving the studio takes full responsibility for loss or damage to equipment, cables, cameras, furniture and all other items in the studio.

Harvard Library will apply fines for damage detected and can be charged 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.