Live streaming is becoming more and more popular and lucky for all the nifty creators out here, more accessible. Many are starting to look into ways to make their stream more exciting and versatile. A great way to do this is to explore multi-source live streaming. This boosts the production value of your broadcast.
Besides offering a better aesthetic, using multiple cameras also make it easier to add effects. That’s because you can actually test and prepare effects on a source that in that moment is offline. The other camera can be used as the main source of the stream and will allow adding effects with more flexibility. You can, of course, also add multiple angles, switch them up, zoom in or focus on different aspects of your stream without much hassle and moving about.
This is certainly more complex than a simple camera live stream but will be worth the effort. Keep in mind that you will need extra equipment which may not be cheap.
This may seem obvious. For a multi-camera shoot, you will need multiple cameras. Ideally, they would be the exact same model to ensure picture quality, colouring and resolution match. If this is not possible, experiment with the settings before to get them aligned, as especially during a live stream it is very easy to notice differences.
You can still have a multi-source stream with one camera, you can add pre-recorded sequences and add some multi-dimension that way.
Once you have your cameras set up, you will, of course, need to switch between them and the different angles. Switches come both in hardware and software version.
Software switches are usually integrated into streaming applications such as Wirecast or vMix. They are installed on your computer and can be controlled by it. They are less robust than hardware switches but work excellent, especially when they are run on a decent computer.
Hardware switches are the more reliable option but they are more expensive. Video sources are directly connected to the switcher’s panel or unit via an SDI or HDMI cable. A display panel is included or can be connected which will allow you to operate the switches instantly between sources.
However, nowadays as we often use mobile devices for our live streams and are able to wirelessly switch multi-camera using mobile options. These allow you to mix multiple streams from an iPhone, this allows stream from up to two cameras, or from an iPad, which allows up to four cameras.
Have you nailed live streaming already? We are sure our eager readers would love to hear your tips and tricks.
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