You can import prerecorded videos and Clips into Switcher Studio to use in your production. Good use cases for using prerecorded video include show opener, prerecorded testimonials/interviews, highlights/clips, b-roll, etc. Video assets may be used in full-screen mode or as an overlay, where they will appear on top of other full-screen backgrounds.

Switcher Studio supports video assets in the following formats:

  • .mp4

  • .mov

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Importing Prerecorded Videos into Switcher Studio

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 are importing your video using one of the other methods, the steps vary slightly, but the process is generally the same.

Note: Videos imported from Photo Library may become corrupt and unusable if iCloud backup is turned on for the Apple account. We recommend importing assets using Switcher Cloud or saving the video to the My Files app before importing it into Switcher Studio.

  1. From the main switcher, tap the blue + button, located at the bottom of the Sources / Production Panel. 

  2. Tap Video.

  3. Tap the location where your video is stored (Switcher Cloud, My Files, Photo Library etc.). If you are importing a Clip made in Switcher Studio, tap My Recordings.

  4. Tap the video you'd like to import.

Once you tap the video you want to import, a Video Properties modal window will appear. You can customize the asset in the Properties window, as outlined below.

Customizing a Video Asset

Selecting between Full-screen and Overlay

By default video assets are full-screen assets. As a full-screen asset, a video can be played on its own, behind overlays, and as part of Multiviews. If your video does not take up the entire screen, you can select a background color.

An overlay asset will create transparency around it, allowing you to display the video asset on top of other camera sources and full-screen assets. Here is how to select the Overlay option:

  • In the Video Properties menu, next to Layering, tap Overlay.

  • When you choose Overlay, the screen preview will become smaller, and additional options will appear.

You will likely need to adjust the size and position of the screen based on where you want it to appear on screen.

  • Resize the screen by pinching in (to make smaller) and out (to make bigger).

  • Tap and drag the screen to move it to the desired location.

  • You can also use the Vertical and Horizontal alignment options for easier positioning.

Video Tutorial: Using a Prerecorded Video as an Overlay

Framing Options

The Framing options allow you to contain or fill the video within the screen. If you are using the Overlay mode, you can use Custom Position to resize and reposition the asset.

Contain: Scales down the video to fit in the frame. If the video has a frame around it after it has been scaled down, you can change the color using the Background Color option.

Fill: Scales up the video to fill the entire screen. This removes the frame and can cut off parts of the video. It is useful if you are importing a video that doesn't match the screen size.

Custom Position: Allows you to customize the size and position of the video. Pinch in or out on the image to resize it. Tap and hold the image to move its position on the screen.

Note: When using Custom Position, it will have a solid background if the Layering option is set to Full-screen. The background will be transparent if the Layering option is set to Overlay.

Additional Customization Options

  • Background 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 Last Frame: Changes whether the video ends on a still of the last image or on a black solid black frame. If you enable the option, the button will be blue, and it means your video will end on the last frame.

  • 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 happy with the appearance of the Video Asset:

  • Tap Done in the top right corner.

The video will appear in your Sources / Production panel. 

Playing a Video Asset during the Production

Playing a Video Asset during your production will vary based on whether it's in Full-Screen or Overlay mode.

Playing a Full-screen Video Asset

  • Tap the video 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.

  • When the video ends, the bar at the bottom of the thumbnail will turn red.

  • Tap a camera view or full-screen asset to move on with the production.

Playing an Overlay Video Asset

  • To use a Video Asset overlay during the production, simply tap the thumbnail in the Sources/Production Panel.

  • It will appear on top of the live source or full-screen asset.

  • There will be a yellow bar along the bottom of the asset in the Sources panel that shows the play progress.

  • Tap the thumbnail again to remove it. You can remove it while the video is playing or when it ends.

Understanding Audio while Playing Video Assets

Why Don't I Hear Sound when the Video is Playing?

When you play a video asset during your production, the audio will not play out of the switcher's speakers. That is intentional, to prevent audio feedback. If audio were to play out of the speakers on the main 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 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. 

Muting Audio Separate from the Video Asset

By default, the audio input source (such as the mic on the main switcher) remains on, while a video asset is playing. This allows you to talk over the video if desired.

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.

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