In addition to connecting remote cameras, you can also have a Mac or PC display as an Input in Switcher Studio. This type of screensharing allows you to bring in your display to show things like Powerpoint / Keynote slides, webpages, and displays from other programs. In order to use a Mac or PC as an Input, you'll need to install our free screensharing program, called Switcher Cast. 

Before installing Switcher Cast, there are some important things to note:

  • 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.
  • Your computer must be on the same Wi-Fi network as the iOS devices you're using for Switcher. 
  • Switcher Cast cannot be used with an Ethernet connection. 
  • Switcher Cast for Windows is currently a beta program. We recommend sharing slides, websites, and still images only. Webcams and video transmission is not supported for PCs.
  • For best results, we recommend setting your computer's screen resolution to 1920x1080. 

The instructions for installing Switcher Cast and connecting your computer in Switcher Studio vary depending on whether you're using a Mac or PC. 

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Installing Switcher Cast on your Mac

Switcher Cast is compatible with the following Macs running macOS Catalina:

  • Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or newer
  • Mac Mini: Mid 2010 or newer
  • MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer
  • MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newer
  • MacBook and MacBook Retina: Late 2009 or newer
  • iMac: Late 2009 or newer

To install Switcher Cast on your Mac:

  1. Go to the Downloads section of your Switcher Studio Dashboard: https://dashboard.switcherstudio.com/downloads
  2. Click Switcher Cast for MacOS.
  3. Click the Open App Store option.
  4. Click Get to install (or the cloud icon if you've previously downloaded it).
  5. To use Switcher Cast right away, click Open.

Bringing in your Mac as an Input in Switcher Studio

Opening Switcher Cast on your Mac

1. Launch Switcher Cast from your Applications folder or Spotlight Search.

2. Your Mac's built-in camera (FaceTime HD), and main display will be listed as Sources, as well as any connected displays.

Enabling your Mac's sources as Inputs

  1. Open the Switcher Studio iOS app on the device you're using as the switcher.
  2. Tap the Inputs tab (camera icon in lower tab bar).
  3. Under Sources on Your Wi-Fi Network, you should see your Mac's camera and display(s).
  4. Tap on the camera or display name to enable it as an Input in your production. Once enabled, a blue check mark will appear next to it, and it will show up in your Sources / Production panel.

Note: The first time you use Switcher Cast, you'll receive a message on your Mac about granting access for screen recording. Click Open System Preferences.

If you accidentally click Deny, simply go to your System Preferences manually.

In System Preferences, go to Privacy > Screen Recording, and check the box next to Switcher Cast as shown below.

Installing Switcher Cast on your PC

Here are the minimum requirements for running Switcher Cast for Windows:

To install Switcher Cast for Windows:

  1. Go to the Downloads section of your Switcher Studio Dashboard: https://dashboard.switcherstudio.com/downloads
  2. Select the Switcher Cast for Windows option.
  3. Locate the downloaded file on your PC (usually your Downloads folder). 
  4. Right-click on the "SwitcherCastWindows" .zip folder, and select "Extract". This will allow you to extract the files for installation.
  5. You should see a separate folder for "SwitcherCastWindows" that is uncompressed. Open it.
  6. Double-click the Installer in the"SwitcherCastWindows" folder.
  7. Because this is a beta program, Windows will give you a warning with the option of Don't Run. Do not click this option. Instead, click More Info.
  8. Select the Run Anyway option.
  9. The installer will appear on the screen for a few seconds, then disappear. It will create a Switcher Cast icon on your desktop. Double-click the icon to launch it.

Bringing in your PC as an Input in Switcher Studio

Opening Switcher Cast on your PC

  1. Double-click the Switcher Studio icon on your Desktop (or the location you saved it when installing).
  2. A small, white box will appear on your screen, which means Switcher Cast is open and running.

Enabling your PC's sources as Inputs

  1. Open the Switcher Studio iOS app on the device you're using as the switcher.
  2. Tap the Inputs tab (camera icon in lower tab bar).
  3. Under Sources on Your Wi-Fi Network, you should see a Desktop option.
  4. Tap the Desktop name to enable it as an Input in your production. Once enabled, a blue check mark will appear next to it, and it will show up in your Sources / Production panel.

 

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