In addition to connecting remote cameras, you can also have a Mac 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 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 WiFi network as the iOS devices you're using for Switcher Studio.
- Switcher Cast cannot be used with an Ethernet connection.
- For best results, we recommend setting your computer's screen resolution to 1920x1080.
Switcher Cast is compatible with the following Macs running the most recent OS:
- 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
Installing Switcher Cast on your Mac
To install Switcher Cast on your Mac:
- Go to the Downloads section of your Switcher Studio Dashboard: https://dashboard.switcherstudio.com/downloads
- Click Switcher Cast for MacOS.
- Click the Open App Store option.
- Click Get to install (or the cloud icon if you've previously downloaded it).
- To use Switcher Cast right away, click Open.
Bringing in your Mac as an Input in Switcher Studio
Opening Switcher Cast on your Mac
- Launch Switcher Cast from your Applications folder or Spotlight Search.
- 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
- Open the Switcher Studio iOS app on the device you're using as the switcher.
- Tap the Inputs tab (camera icon in lower tab bar).
- Under Sources on Your WiFi Network, you should see your Mac's camera and display(s).
- Tap on the camera or display name to enable it as an Input in your production. Once enabled, a blue checkmark 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.