Although the only requirements for using Switcher Studio are an iOS device and a reliable internet network, additional equipment can really enhance your video production. Tripods and mounts will stabilize your video, while microphones and an audio mixer will help ensure your online audience can clearly hear everything.
Here's what we recommend:
We recommend having at least one iPad as part of your Switcher Studio setup, as it is easier to use as the main switching device.
These will ensure your devices don't die during your production. You can purchase portable batteries for about $15-$20 on Amazon.
To use your iOS device with a tripod, you need both the tripod itself and a ¼-20 (“quarter twenty”) tripod mount.
Besides the iOgrapher options, our other favorite portable tripods include:
An external microphone will provide better audio quality and allow more flexibility than the built-in microphones on iOS devices. Wireless handheld and lav microphones are two of the most common options. We’re big fans of Saramonic microphones and recommend the following:
- Handheld mic: Saramonic UwMic15A Camera-Mount Wireless Cardioid Handheld Microphone
- Wireless lav mic: Saramonic Blink 500 B2 (2-person kit)
If you use external microphones, you’ll also need an audio mixer. Using a mixer will also make it easier to inject music into your stream. Any basic mixer will work with Switcher Studio, but one of our favorites is the Zoom H6 6-channel mixer/recorder. You may also want to purchase the Lightning to USB3 camera adapter, which connects the mixer to your iOS devices.
- Mixer. If you require multiple audio sources (i.e. You put an iPad/iPhone in a different room and want to switch to it live), you will need to purchase a mixer to funnel all audio into the main Switcher iPad. Any basic mixer will do for this.