You can import pre-recorded videos into Switcher Studio to use in your production. Good use cases for using pre-recorded video include show opener, prerecorded testimonials/interviews, highlights/clips, b-roll, etc. There are several ways to import videos, including:
If your video is in Google Drive or Dropbox, you'll want to follow the instructions specifically for those platforms, which are linked above. If you're importing your video using one of the other methods, the steps vary slightly, but the process is generally the same.
Video File Formats
Switcher Studio supports video in the following formats:
Importing pre-recorded videos into Switcher
Accessing the video file
- From the main switcher, tap the blue + button, located at the bottom of the Sources / Production panel.
- Tap Video.
- Tap the source where your video is stored (Photo Library, Switcher Cloud, etc.)
- Tap the video you'd like to import.
Understanding and adjusting Video Properties
Once you've selected the video you want to import, you will see a Video Properties modal window that allows you to adjust the following settings:
- Frame: Removes the frame if the video is smaller than the screen.
- Edge Spreading: It's unlikely you would use this option for video, but it fills the screen by spreading the image on screen.
- Outer Color: Allows you to set the background color (if your video doesn't take up the entire screen).
- Thumbnail Selection: Changes the thumbnail that you'll see in the Sources panel to make it easier to identify the video.
- End On Black: Changes whether the video ends on a black frame or on a still of the last image in the video . If you enable the option, the button will be blue, and it means your video will end with a black screen.
- Enable Audio: Turns audio from the video off or on when it is played. When audio is on, the toggle bar is blue and the button is to the right. When audio is off (muted) the toggle bar is grey and the button is to the left.
- Trimmer: Allows you to adjust the start/end of a video asset to make it shorter. This article provides step-by-step instructions: Trimming a Video Asset
- Volume: Determines how loud or quiet the audio will be when the video is played. The slider becomes greyed out if Enable Audio is turned off.
When you are satisfied with your video's settings, tap Done in the top-right corner of the Video Properties window. Your video will appear in your Sources / Production panel.
Playing a Video during your Production
- When you are ready to play your video, tap the asset thumbnail in the Sources / Production panel. The video will automatically start when you tap it (or when moved from Preview to Live if you're using the Preview window).
- There will be a yellow bar along the bottom of the asset in the Sources panel that shows the play progress.
- What the video ends, you will need to tap a camera view or full-screen asset to move on with the production.
Monitoring Audio on Video Assets
When you play a video asset during your production, you will not hear the audio from the switcher. That's by design, to prevent audio feedback. If audio were to play on the switcher, the built-in mic would pick it up and then re-broadcast it.
Even though you can't hear the audio from the switcher, your stream or recording will include the audio, so your audience will hear it. The VU meter in the switcher will confirm that audio is playing. If you want to monitor the audio, you will need to use headphones.
By default, your switcher device's mic is on. If you want to disable the mic while the video is playing, tap the mute button next to the VU meter. When you have muted the audio, there is a blue box around the microphone icon, as shown below.
Turning on the mute button does not mute your video, only any incoming audio connected to your primary device. If you need to provide commentary or talk over your video you should not mute the device's microphone.