Screensharing a PC Using Switcher Cast

Switcher Cast is a free screensharing program that allows you to connect a computer's display as an input in the Switcher Studio app. This type of screensharing is useful for sharing presentations, webpages, and programs. This article provides information on accessing and using Switcher Cast for screensharing on a PC.

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Switcher Cast for PC Overview

  • For best results, we recommend setting your computer's screen resolution to 1920x1080.

  • Your computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network as the iOS devices you're using for Switcher Studio.

  • Screensharing from your computer does not transmit audio. To include audio from your computer, you'll need to use an audio mixer with your production (see External Audio sources for more information).

Note: Switcher Cast for Windows is currently a beta program. We recommend sharing slides, websites, and still images only. Webcams and video playback are not supported for PCs.

Requirements for Switcher Cast on PC

Note: Switcher Cast cannot be installed onto Chromebooks. In order to screen share with a Chromebook, you will need to use our Remote Guest screensharing method.

Installing Switcher Cast on your PC

To install Switcher Cast for Windows:

  • Log into the Switcher Studio Dashboard.

  • Click Downloads in the left sidebar.

  • Click Switcher Cast for Windows.

  • Locate the downloaded file on your PC (usually your Downloads folder).

  • Right-click on the SwitcherCastWindows .zip folder.

  • Click Extract.

    • This will allow you to extract the files for installation.

    • You will see a new folder named SwitcherCastWindows that is uncompressed.

  • Double-click on the new folder named SwitcherCastWindows.

  • Double-click the Installer in the SwitcherCastWindows folder.

  • A windows pop-up will appear. Click More Info.

  • Click Run Anyway option.

    • The installer will appear on the screen for a few seconds, then disappear. It will create a Switcher Cast icon on your desktop.

Adding Your PC as an Input in Switcher Studio

  • Double-click the Switcher Cast icon on your Desktop.

    • A small, white box will appear on your screen, which means Switcher Cast is open and running.

  • Open the Switcher Studio app on the main switcher (i.e. iPad, iPhone).

  • Tap the Inputs tab (camera icon).

  • Under Sources on Your Wi-Fi Network, you should see a Desktop option.

  • Tap the Desktop name to enable it as an Input in your production. Once enabled, a blue checkmark will appear next to it, and it will show up in your Sources panel.

Displaying Your PC on the Live Feed

Once you have the PC connected as an input on the main switcher, it can be displayed in the production. It is a good idea to have your computer showing the content you would like to display before selecting the PC in the live feed.

To display the your PC in the live feed:

  • Click the Switcher Cast input in the Sources panel.

    • The Switcher Cast input will display in the live feed.

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