Key Features & Functionality
Switcher Studio has a robust set of features, but there are three core components that are key to understanding how to create a live video with Switcher Studio: Inputs, Assets, and Outputs. Each of these key pieces of a Switcher Studio production set your video apart from a basic livestream, adding dynamics and energy to the viewing experience.
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Inputs are any live source that can be connected and displayed in real-time.
Up to nine iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads, can be used as remote cameras in Switcher Studio. Once cameras are connected, the main iOS device running Switcher Studio can switch between camera angles with ease. For more information on connecting cameras, check out the Camera Setup article.
Screens from on-site iOS devices can be added to the production using the Switcher Studio app. This is great for displaying user interfaces of personal shops, websites, or tutorials. You can read the Screensharing an iOS Screen article to learn more.
The Remote Guest feature allows anyone with a webcam and an internet connection to join your live production from any location. This is a great feature for hosting guests for call-ins, interviews, or general dialogue. Check out the Remote Guest Overview article for additional information.
Switcher Cast is an application for Mac and PC which allows computers to be used as an input in your production. You can learn how to set up this feature in the Screensharing a PC Using Switcher Cast and Screensharing a Mac Using Switcher Cast articles.
Assets are any pre-prepared content that can be used in the live production.
Text assets such as lower-thirds, titles, and broadcast notifications can be used to enhance communication and engagement with viewers. These are great for introducing guests, giving a title to the livestream, and preparing to go live. See the Text Assets article for information on how to create and customize your own text assets.
Images and logos can be imported into the Switcher Studio app for use in live productions. Using image assets in a live production can be a game-changer for selling products and personalizing the stream with your brand logo. Check out the Logo & Image Overlay Assets article to learn more.
Pre-recorded videos can be imported into Switcher Studio to use during your live production. Great uses for video assets are show openers, product showcasing, and highlight reels. Learn how to import and use video assets in the Video Assets article.
Pre-recorded audio files can be imported into Switcher Studio for uses such as sound effects, introduction, and background music. The Audio Assets article covers supported file types and how to add audio into your live production.
Multiviews are a tool that allows you to display multiple camera angles, guests, or video and image files in the live production. For information on setting up and customization, check out the Multiviews article.
Cards are a full-screen display that combines camera angles, text, graphics, and a stylized background. These are ideal for live selling productions and can be customized using your very own Brand Profile. To learn more, read the Combining Assets & Camera Angles article.
Switcher Cloud is a tool for storing any of your assets for access on any device with an internet connection. This means that you can seamlessly upload photos, videos, and more from one device to the Switcher Cloud, to be backed up or downloaded on other devices. For more information, check out the Switcher Cloud Overview article.
Outputs are any platform or destination that the production will be sent to.
Facebook has a direct integration with Switcher Studio for livestreaming. This means that from within the Switcher Studio app, all you have to do is log in to your Facebook account to connect it and begin streaming to your profile and pages. To learn how to connect your Facebook account, read the Streaming to Facebook with Switcher Studio article.
YouTube has a direct integration with Switcher Studio, allowing you to easily connect to your YouTube account from within the Switcher Studio app and begin streaming. To learn how to set up Switcher Studio to stream to your YouTube account, check out the Streaming to YouTube with Switcher Studio article.
Multistreaming is a feature that allows you to simultaneously stream to two or more destinations. With Multistreaming enabled, you are able to expand your reach and have the potential to organically grow your audience by expanding to multiple platforms. For information on setting up Multistreaming, read the Multistreaming With Switcher Studio article.
Twitch users have access to stream using the Switcher Studio app. Read the Streaming to Twitch With Switcher Studio article to learn more.
Custom RTMP, or Real Time Messaging Protocol, is a way to configure streaming platforms using a custom Stream Key or ID and Stream URL. This feature is great for connecting to platforms that do not currently have a direct integration with Switcher Studio. For more information, check out the Streaming to Platforms Without a Direct Integration article.
The Switcher Studio app is able to be used to record a video without going live. This is a great feature if you are making a video and plan on making post-production edits. To learn more, read the Recording Only article.
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