Hello, and welcome to your Switcher Studio experience. While we have over 100 helpful guides and tutorials to suit everyone's needs, this guide works specifically for those hoping to use Switcher Studio for their church, temple, synagogue, or mosque.
This guide walks you through the most popular setup for worship broadcasting. If you have any questions that aren't covered within this guide, please send an email with your question to [email protected], and our Support Team will be happy to assist you with your specific needs.
Selecting Your Cameras
Any iOS 12 devices can be used as your cameras for Switcher Studio. We highly recommend using an iPad as your main device. iPads have a larger interface, and they are also what we use for our photo tutorials, so it is far easier to learn the software with an iPad as your main control device.
If you wish to use any additional camera angles, these cameras can be a mix of iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch 6 devices. You can also bring in a computer as a visual screensharing source.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8+
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7+
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6S+
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6+
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch 6th generation
Compatible Macs (For Use With Switcher Cast ONLY)
- 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
Compatible PCs (For Use With Switcher Cast ONLY)
- Windows 10
Compatible Gimbals (for remote panning and tilting)
- DJI Osmo Mobile
- DJI Osmo Mobile 2
- DJI Osmo Mobile 3
Using Android Devices
We would love to integrate Android, but the way Android products transmit audio and video for video switching (with two or more cameras) doesn't produce great results in the same manner that iOS, Macs, and PCs do.
Similar softwares have tried Android integration in the past, but the results were poor enough that Android had to be removed as an option. Here at Switcher Studio, we tried some beta builds with Android, and the results were also poor. We want everyone to have an amazing result, so we never gave users the option for Android.
However, any of the devices listed above are fully compatible with Switcher Studio for you to be able to get started with our services.
Keep in mind that you do not have to have a data/cellular plan for these devices. Many of our users still use Android for their personal cell phone, and you can purchase refurbished iOS products to use as your WiFi cameras.
Creating Your Account (And Your Free-Trial)
You need to navigate to the Switcher Studio website in order to get started. This, of course, can be found at switcherstudio.com.
- Click on "Log In" at the top-right of the Switcher Studio website.
- Beneath the options to add an email address and password is a link to Create An Account. Click on that link.
- Enter the valid email address and the password that you wish to use for your Switcher Studio account. If you have a promo code available, enter that here as well.
- Now, you need to confirm your email address. Check the inbox for the email address that you signed up with, and click the "Confirm Your Email" link within the email.
- Return to the Dashboard, and follow the prompts to get started.
- You will now be logged into your Switcher Studio Dashboard, and your 14-day Trial will begin at this time. Your Dashboard becomes very important later on, but there is not much to do here at this time. Let's set up the app next!
Installing The App
On any iOS 12 device, open your blue App Store app. Do a search for "Switcher Studio", and you will find the Switcher Studio app. Keep in mind that Switcher Studio is only available for iOS 12 or higher; if you do the search on iOS 11 or below, you will not find the app.
To check your version of iOS, open the grey Settings app on your iOS device. Select General -> Software Update. If there is a pending update for iOS 12, install it before installing the Switcher Studio app.
If you device is using iOS 11 or below and advises that it cannot update to iOS 12, then that means that you are not using one of the compatible devices listed above.
Connecting Your Cameras
Because Switcher Studio works by using wireless networks, it is important to make sure that each device is connected to the same WiFi network before doing anything else. If you do not have access to a WiFi network, a mobile data hotspot will work as well.
Select the iOS device that will be used as your main switching device (the main device controlling your stream). We highly recommend using an iPad as your main device. Open the Switcher Studio app on this device and select "Use As Switcher". You will be asked to log into the app using your Switcher Studio credentials (your email address and password).
When the app opens to the main screen, you will be on the Outputs tab, which shows where you can send your stream. Tap on the tab to the bottom-left to toggle to the Inputs tab instead. This shows your camera connections.
Place this device down for now.
Now, on one of your other devices, open the Switcher Studio app. This time, select Remote Camera Mode. You will not log into this device.
Place this device down for now.
Pick up your main switching device and look at the Inputs tab again. You should now see your secondary device's name. Tap on this device's name, and it will connect as a remote camera for you to switch to while live.
Incorporating Your PC/Mac
We have a free screensharing program called Switcher Cast, which allows you to bring in your Mac's and PC's displays as additional camera sources! This is often used to bring in a PowerPoint Presentation during a broadcast, to demonstrate video game playthroughs, or to show website navigation.
In order to use Switcher Cast for a computer, you need to install the software. Run the software on your computer, and ensure that your computer is on the exact same WiFi network as your main switching device (just like a normal iOS device camera). Now, look on the Inputs tab of your main switching device, and tap on your computer's name in order to connect it.
You can download Switcher Cast for Macs by clicking HERE.
You can download Switcher Cast for Windows by clicking HERE.
Using The Audio From Your Mixer/Soundboard
Many places of worship use an audio mixer/soundboard for the audio in their building. This creates high-value audio for attendees, especially for those speaking/singing into microphones and for band members playing instruments. Luckily, it is easy to connect your soundboard directly into Switcher Studio so that this high-quality audio is used for your broadcasts and recordings.
Switcher Studio transmits audio from your main switching device only. All of your remote cameras are visual sources only and do not transmit audio. By default, your audio source is the internal microphone of your main device.
In order to connect your soundboard (or any other audio equipment), you will need two things:
Connect one end of the XLR cable to the "Main Out" of your soundboard. Connect the other end of the XLR cable to the bottom of the iRig Pre adapter. Then, plug the iRig Pre adapter into the headphone jack of your main switching device.
Now, when you open the Switcher Studio app, your audio will be from the soundboard and not the internal microphone of the main device.
Preparing Your WiFi Network
It is important to make sure that your WiFi network is optimized for streaming before going live. Even if your network is fast overall, it may still not be optimized. This will lead to issues connecting devices, lag, dropped frames, and even crashes.
We recommend using the following settings on your router:
- Setup a closed or private wireless network for your video production.
- Use 5GHz access points instead of the more common 2.4GHz.
- Use a network with an upload speed of at least 3Mbps.
- "Wireless Isolation" must be DISABLED. This is sometimes referred to as "Client Isolation".
- UDP Traffic must be OPEN.
- Ports 1900-2100 must be OPEN.
You can either log into your wireless network and make any necessary changes, or you can contact your Internet Service Provider and they can make them for you.
If you still experience dropped frames, try positioning your cameras closer to your router or access point. You may also want to check your router to make sure frame aggregation (or packet aggregation) is disabled. This is also referred to as TX Bursting.
Users will also need an additional mDNS configuration on wireless controllers to allow the devices to communicate properly: _recolive-cc._udp.local.
Preparing Your Mobile Data Hotspot
Each device needs to be on the same network for them to connect.
If a WiFi connection is not available, you can use our software with a 4G/LTE network through a mobile data hotspot. A mobile data hotspot is essential; straight 4G or LTE will not work.
First, contact your mobile data provider. Ensure that your mobile data hotspot has at least 3MBps upload speed and no data throttling enabled.
After this, connect all of your iOS devices to the mobile data hotspot, just as you would to a normal WiFi network.
Setting Up A Facebook, YouTube, or LinkedIn Stream
With Switcher Studio, you can stream to multiple major platforms at your own convenience. We have direct integration for Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, making it the easiest to get started with these three platforms.
There are some differences when it comes to streaming to each of the different platforms. Here is what you need to know to get started:
To stream to Facebook with Switcher Studio, tap the "+" icon in the Outputs tab and select Facebook. Sign in with your Facebook credentials. Select "Public" as the privacy for your streams (you can always restrict individual streams later). You will be able to select a default destination (as in, where you plan to stream to the most), but you will still be able to select from other destinations later on if desired.
You need to create a new streaming event before every broadcast that you perform. This will consist of a title, description, and streaming quality setting.
To stream to your Timeline, nothing special needs to occur.
To stream to a Page, your Facebook account must be an Admin of the Page. Being any other level (Moderator, Writer, Editor, etc.) will not work; your account must be an Admin.
To stream to a Group, you must first add Switcher Studio as a streaming app for the Group. To do this, navigate to your Group on facebook.com using a computer (not a mobile device). You must be an Admin of the group. Select "More...", and then choose "Edit Group Settings". Scroll down to where it says "Add Apps". Click on this. Search for "Switcher Studio". Select "Switcher Studio". Confirm that you wish to allow streaming to your Group from Switcher Studio's servers. Select "Add". Close the final confirmation box.
Once you are done creating your event, you'll be returned to the main control screen. Tap on the word Facebook to place a blue checkmark beside the "Facebook" option. Now, when you tap the red button in the top-right corner, you'll be live.
Facebook is also the only platform where you can see the comments live on Switcher Studio as they appear.
Before you begin, make sure your YouTube account has live streaming enabled. To do this, navigate to your YouTube channel on youtube.com using a computer (not a mobile device).
Log into your account at YouTube.com. Click on your profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen to reveal additional options. Select Creator Studio. At the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side is an option for Creator Studio Classic. Click this. The Creator Studio menu appears on the left-hand side. Click Channel. You now see a grid showing the features available for your channel.
If "Live Streaming" is disabled, click enable to enable it. Wait 24 hours. Your YouTube account now has live streaming enabled!
Now, you can connect your YouTube account to Switcher Studio. Tap the "+" icon in the Outputs tab and select "YouTube". Sign in with your YouTube account information. Allow Switcher to link with your YouTube account. Now, you can create a YouTube event.
Once you are done, you'll be returned to the main control screen. Tap on the word YouTube to place a blue checkmark beside the "YouTube" option. Now, when you tap the red button in the top-right corner, you'll be live.
Like with Facebook, you must create a new event for every time that you go live.
LinkedIn Live is only available for a limited group of beta members and organizations through LinkedIn. In order for your account to have access to LinkedIn Live streaming, it must be granted beta access from the LinkedIn team. You can request that access HERE.
Once you have access from LinkedIn, you can link your account to Switcher Studio and create your first event. Tap on the blue "+" sign beside the word Outputs on your main switching device. You should now see a selection of our direct integrations. Tap on LinkedIn.
You will again see the warning that only a limited number of members and organizations have access to the LinkedIn Live beta program. If your account is one of these, select either "Personal Page" or "Organization Page" to get started. Log in with your LinkedIn credentials.
Title your broadcast. Select the region that is closest to your current location (or closest to the location where you will be streaming from). Also, select the stream quality you desire. Remember that a robust Internet connection is needed for HD streaming.
When you are done, tap Create Livestream. You should now see the title of your stream beside the words "LinkedIn Live" in the Outputs tab. Tap on the words LinkedIn Live to place a blue checkmark beside the "LinkedIn Live" option. Now, when you tap the red button in the top-right corner, you'll be live.
Streaming To Other Platforms Via RTMP
To stream to platforms other than Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch, you need to set up a Custom RTMP stream. While Switcher Studio has direct integration to the three platforms listed above, the desire to use other platforms such as Twitch, Periscope, and more will necessitate the need for setting up a stream with Custom RTMP.
Your streaming platform will need to provide you with two RTMP values in order to use Switcher Studio for your broadcast: A Server URL and a Stream Key/ID.
Write down Stream Key and your Server URL (and double-check for accuracy). Open the Switcher Studio app. In the Outputs tab, tap on the blue arrow to the right of the option for Custom RTMP.
Tap on the blue "+" sign in the top corner. Type in your Stream Key and your Server URL. Double-check for accuracy; if there is even the slightest typo (such as adding a space to the end of your Key), your stream will not work. Save your new RTMP Channel as your platform's name.
When it's time to go live, tap Custom RTMP in the Outputs tab. Select your new Channel's name so that a blue checkmark appears beside it. You're all set!
Streaming Simultaneously To Two Or More Platforms
Many Switcher Studio users wish to go live on multiple platforms at the same time. As an official Facebook Live partner, we are not able to implement simultaneous streaming from directly within the app (it goes against Facebook's Terms And Conditions).
However, you can still use third-party services such as restream.io and switchboard.live to simulcast to multiple platforms while using Switcher Studio. Here is a guide from our blog that will help you with the simulcasting process using Restream or Switchboard, as listed above: https://www.switcherstudio.com/blog/expand-your-reach-with-simulcasting-services.
Showing Lyrics On-Screen
Switcher has an in-app text tool that can be used to make lower thirds, titles, or other text assets to display during your broadcast. Some of these text assets are animated, whereas other are static. Your first step is choosing the text asset style that you want. (This Help Center article about adding text goes into depth about how to use Switcher's text tools.)
Once you have selected your style of text, add each section of each song for your upcoming service. You can use line breaks within the text asset editor to add multiple lines as part of a single asset. (The number of words or lines that you can put in each text asset depends on how large you want the text to be displayed within the video.)
We recommend making the text assets in order so that they are easy to find later. We also recommend using the Duplicate function on each previous asset and simply changing the text to suit the next bit of the song. This way, the color scheme, font style, and placement are preserved perfectly from section to section.
When you are done, each section of the song should be displayed in order within Switcher Studio's Assets menu. You may want to double-check that the lyrics are arranged in order prior to going live.
During your worship service, you'll be ready to use your new assets. Just tap each corresponding text asset as those lyrics are sung. Tap again to remove the text, and then tap the next text asset to place it onto the screen. Continue doing this until the song has finished.
Showing Scripture Slides On-Screen
Earlier, we learned about wirelessly sending your PC or Mac's display into Switcher Studio as an additional camera source. This is a crucial process for showing slides of your scripture on-screen while live or recording.
To get started, use a program like Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides to create a slideshow presentation. Each slide should show some of the scripture (such as one-to-two Bible verses) in a succession, so that advancing to the next slide shows the next line(s) of scripture.
Customize the slideshow to look the way you wish for it to look, such as using your church's color scheme and graphics in the presentation.
Next, connect either your PC or your Mac into Switcher Studio as a remote camera source. You should see the slideshow as an available source now. However, we do not generally want the entire screen to be the slide. Most worship streams prefer to utilize a multi-view effect, where one side of the screen is the slide, and the other side is a camera view of the worship leader.
To do this, tap on the blue "+" button in the Sources window, as if you were about to import an image or a video. Scroll down, and tap on "Multi-Views".
From here, select how many sources you will be using, as well as which multi-view you desire. In this instance, you need the Flap view with two (2) sources.
Adjust any necessary settings in the multi-view generator window. When you are ready, tap "Done" in the upper-right corner of the screen. Your multi-view is now ready for use.
To use the multi-view, tap on it. Now, tap on the two sources that you wish to use (these should be your computer screenshare and the camera view of your worship leader) in order. This will cause the multi-view to go live with a pleasing aesthetic for your audience to see.
After your 14-day free Trial expires, you need to purchase a subscription to continue using the Switcher Studio app. The app will not function anytime your account is inactive, such as post-Trial when there is no active subscription.
To purchase a subscription, please log into switcherstudio.com with your Switcher Studio account. This will take you to your User Dashboard. From here, use the menu on the left-hand side to click on Account Info, and then Billing Info. Next, you will get to choose between a Personal Plan and Professional Plan.
Each Plan comes with options to do Monthly Payments or Annual Payments. Choose the Plan and the payment frequency that works best for you, and you'll be all set. The app itself is free to download onto as many devices as you want; you will just need an active trial/subscription in order to use it.
You can use either the Personal Plan or the Professional Plan, depending on your individual needs. Here is a list of all of the features included within the Professional Plan:
- Video Chat
- Prescheduling Facebook Streams
- Prescheduling YouTube Streams
- Facebook Live Crossposting
- RTMP ability via the Dashboard
- Displaying Live Comments
- Microsoft Stream access
- Access to the Affiliate program
If you need any of the features listed above, then you will want to subscribe to the Professional Plan. If you do not need any of those features, then subscribing to the Personal Plan will work just fine. You can always upgrade to the Professional Plan at any time for a prorated amount.