What is a Lightboard?

A lightboard can also go by the name “teaching lightboard” or “learning glass”. The original analog version consists of a sheet of glass that is edge-lit by LED’s. The presenter writes on the glass with fluorescent markers. The camera sits in front of the glass, and with a dark background, the writing really pops. Lightboard studios have become quite popular in the realm of higher education, because some subjects really benefit from an instructor who is able to write, draw, diagram, sketch, illustrate, and formulat––in real-time––while recording or live streaming.

More recently, we have developed a Digital Lightboard under the StudioMatic brand. It is similar in functionality to the ‘telestrator’ that is widely used in professional sports broadcasting. It has many advantages over the legacy analog lightboard, as shown in the comparison chart below.

Analog Lightboard (AKA Learning Glass) StudioMatic Digital Lightboard
Cleaning Glass must be cleaned well, as smudges and residue show on-camera. Click-to-Clean™ technology erases the whole surface instantly.
Marking Fluorescent markers that must be replaced periodically Stylus that uses no ink and no batteries
Size Large, heavy and cumbersome to move Compact and easy to reposition
Pen Size Marker dependent, typically one size only Multiple selectable sizes
Assembly 6-8 hours 2-3 hours
Support Depends on where you purchase it Developer direct support via email, phone & remote login. One year of support included, with extended support contracts available
Compatibility Compatible with the One Button Studio-Basic Compatible with all our One Button Studio kits (Plus & Pro)
Green Screens Not compatible, requires a black background to perform well Compatible with green screens and numerous background options
Price $7,500 for a large lightboard $4,000