What is Switcher Studio?

Switcher Studio is video production software that lets you record and stream high-quality video using only iPhones / iPads as your cameras. You can wirelessly connect up to nine iOS devices for a single video production. 

Your Switcher Studio account includes access to the iOS app and the Switcher Studio Dashboard, an online tool where you can manage your account and set up some of Switcher’s more advanced features. 

How does Switcher Studio work?

After installing the Switcher Studio iOS app on your iPhones / iPads, you’ll designate one of your devices as the primary switching device. You’ll use the switching device to control your video production, and any other devices you connect will be used as cameras.

You can pre-load the switching device with graphics, prerecorded video, and other media assets to use during your production. You’ll also use the switching device to set up your LinkedIn Live stream. Because Switcher Studio has a native integration with LinkedIn, you can easily stream to the platform without a lot of technical setup. 

Basic Requirements for Using Switcher Studio

Compatible devices

You can use Switcher Studio on any of the following iOS devices, running the most recent operating system:

iPhone: 6s and newer

iPod Touch: 7th generation

iPad:

  • iPad: 5th generation and newer
  • iPad Air: 2nd generation and newer
  • iPad Mini: 4th generation and newer
  • iPad Pro: 9.7”, 10.5”, 11”, 12.9”

Note: We recommend using an iPad as your main switching device because of its larger screen size.

Storage requirements

Video recording / streaming time is limited by your battery life and available storage. Generally, 1 hour of video translates to about 1GB on your device for 720p recording and 2.5GB for 1080p recording.

WiFi network requirements & setup recommendations

Your internet network is the most important factor for the quality of your video stream. For a WiFi network setup, we highly recommend using a wireless router with access points. Switcher Studio users have seen great success using Google / Nest WiFi and NetGear Nighthawk M1 for this type of setup. 

To optimize your WiFi, we recommend the following:

  • Use a 5GHz WiFi router. 
  • Use a network with an upload speed of at least 3Mbps.
  • Ensure the following router settings:
  • Ports 1900-2100 must be open.
  • UDP Traffic must be open.
  • “Wireless Isolation" (sometimes referred to as "Client Isolation”) must be disabled.
  • “Frame aggregation” (sometimes referred to as “Packet Aggregation” or “TX Bursting”) must be disabled.
  • Avoid using an open or public wireless network. 
  • Position your devices near your router or access point.
  • Make sure you have a line of sight between your devices and the router or access point. If your router or access point is on the floor or if there are walls in the way, it will have an impact on your connection.

For information about other network setup options, including using a wireless router without access points, using a mobile data hotspot, and using a hardwired ethernet network, check out the Network Setup section of our knowledge base. 

Installing Switcher Studio on your devices

The first step to using Switcher Studio is installing the iOS app on all the devices you plan to use for your YouTube Live production.

  1. From each device, go to the App Store.
  2. Search for “Switcher Studio.”
  3. Tap Get to download the app.

Preparing graphics & other media assets for your livestream

Inserting logos and other images for your YouTube Live broadcast

If you have a logo or other graphics you’d like to include in your stream, you’ll want to import them into Switcher Studio before you go live. You can import them either directly through the app or, if you’d rather use a laptop or desktop to access your files, you can import them through the Switcher Studio Dashboard. 

To import image files directly through the app:

  1. Open Switcher Studio from the primary iOS device that you’ll use to run Switcher during your broadcast.
  2. Tap Use as Switcher.
  3. Tap the + button.
  4. Tap Logo or Photo depending on what you’re importing.
  5. Select the location of your file.
  6. Tap the file you want to use.
  7. Select Use as Image for a full-screen image, or Use as Corner Bug for a smaller image that you can easily move around the screen.
  8. Adjust settings as needed and tap Done in the top right.

To import image files using the online Switcher Studio Dashboard:

  1. Log into your Switcher Studio Dashboard using the same credentials as the app.
  2. Click Switcher Cloud in the left menu.
  3. Click Upload.
  4. Click the Choose File button.
  5. Choose your image file, and click Open.
  6. Click Upload.
  7. Open Switcher Studio from the primary iOS device that you’ll use to run Switcher during your broadcast.
  8. Tap Use as Switcher.
  9. Tap the + button in the Sources panel.
  10.  Tap Switcher Cloud. 
  11. Tap the cloud icon next to the file.
  12. The image will appear in the Source panel.

Using built-in templates to create titles, social media handles, and lower thirds. 

Switcher Studio has several built-in templates to create media assets. For example, you can use Swither’s Lower Thirds templates to display people’s names and titles, or the Social Overlays templates to display your social media handles during your broadcast. The instructions for creating assets differ based on what you’re creating, but they’re all relatively similar. 

To begin creating a new asset from a template:

  1. Open Switcher Studio from the primary iOS device that you’ll use to run Switcher during your broadcast.
  2. Tap Use as Switcher.
  3. Tap the + button.
  4. Tap Text & Graphics.
  5. Select the type of graphic you want to create (e.g. Titles, Lower Thirds, Social Overlays).
  6. Tap one of the built-in templates.
  7. Tap the text under the template.
  8. Delete the pre-populated text and enter your text.
  9. Adjust any of the settings as needed. 
  10. Tap Done.

Adding prerecorded video to Switcher Studio

If you have prerecorded video on your device that you’d like to include as part of your livestream, you can easily add it to Switcher Studio as follows:

  1. Open Switcher Studio from the primary iOS device that you’ll use to run Switcher during your video.
  2. Tap Use as Switcher.
  3. Tap the + button.
  4. Tap Video.
  5. Select the location of your video.
  6. Tap the video you’d like to insert.
  7. Adjust any of the settings as needed.
  8. Use the Thumbnail Selection tool to choose a thumbnail image that will make it easy to identify the video.
  9. Tap Done in the top right.

Setting up your devices for your livestream

Once you’ve created all the assets for your stream, it’s time to set up your devices and prepare for the day-of production. 

Connecting your iOS devices & selecting the main switcher device

All the devices you plan to use during your livestream must be connected to the same internet network. Once you’ve ensured they’re all on the same network, you’ll need to designate one device as the main switcher and connect your other devices as cameras.

Designating devices as the main switcher or remote camera

  1. Open the Switcher Studio app on the device that you’ll use as the main switcher to control the video production. 
  2. Tap Use as Switcher.
  3. Open the Switcher Studio app on each device that will be used as a camera only. 
  4. Tap Remote Camera Mode.

Enabling all camera views in the main switcher

Now that you’ve designated your devices as either the main switcher or a remote camera, you’ll need to enable the cameras within the switching device, as follows:

  1. Open the Switcher Studio app on the device you’ve designated as the main switcher.
  2. Tap the Inputs tab.
  3. You should see the devices you’ve designated as remote cameras.
  4. Tap on a device name to enable it as a usable camera angle in your stream.
  5. You’ll see all your enabled cameras in the Sources panel.

Setting up your stream for YouTube Live

Connecting your YouTube account to Switcher Studio

Switcher Studio has a native integration with YouTube that makes it easy to stream to the platform. First, you'll need to connect your YouTube account to Switcher Studio. This is usually a one-time process. Next, you'll need to set up the stream. Last, you'll initiate the broadcast.

Enabling YouTube Now for your YouTube channel:

  1. 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.
  2. At the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side is an option for Creator Studio Classic. Click this.
  3. The Creator Studio menu appears on the left-hand side. Click Channel.
  4. You now see a grid showing the features available for your channel. If "Live Streaming" is disabled, click enable to enable it.
  5. Wait for up to 24 hours. Your YouTube account now has live streaming enabled!

Connecting your YouTube account:

  1. Open Switcher Studio in your main switching device, and tap Use As Switcher.
  2. Tap the Outputs tab (this should be the default screen).
  3. Tap YouTube Live.
  4. Enter your YouTube login credentials. 
  5. Tap Sign in.
  6. If you are not going live immediately, tap Close. If you are going live immediately, start with step #3 below.

Alternative connection method:

The Safari app on your iPhone will share your social login information with the Switcher Studio app. That means that when you want to link Switcher Studio to your YouTube account, you will not need to enter a username and password to connect if you’re already logged into that website on Safari.

Setting up your YouTube Live stream:

  1. From your main switching device, go to the Outputs tab.
  2. Tap YouTube Live.
  3. Add a title and description for your stream, and select your audience. 
  4. Select a quality for the stream from the guide below.
  5. → Low - 360p
  6. → Medium - 480p
  7. → High - 540p
  8. → HD - 720p
  9. When you are done creating your event, tap Create Livestream

Keep in mind when selecting a stream, the quality of your production still depends on the strength of your network. If your WiFi network is not optimized, you will have trouble with higher-quality streams.

Initiating your YouTube Live stream:

After tapping Create Livestream, you’ll be taken back to the Switcher Studio control screen on your switching device. 

  • On the Outputs tab next to YouTube, you should see the name of the stream you just created.
  • Tap YouTube Live and a blue checkmark will appear, confirming that’s where you’ll be streaming.
  • To go live, tap the big red button.

Working with media assets and camera views during your livestream

The Sources panel on your main switching device is where you’ll find and control all your pre-loaded media assets and connected cameras. During your livestream, you can display graphics, play video, switch between cameras, and combine camera views.

Displaying graphics and text assets during your stream

To display a text or graphic asset while live, simply tap the asset under Sources. If it’s not a full-screen asset, it will appear on top of the camera view that’s being displayed. To remove it, tap the graphic in the Sources panel again. If it’s a full-screen asset, it will replace the camera view. To move on from a full-screen asset, simply tap a camera view or another full-screen asset.

Playing prerecorded video during your stream

To use a video during your broadcast, simply tap on the video thumbnail under the Sources panel. To move on after the video has ended, tap on any full-screen asset or camera view in the Sources panel.

Switching between camera views during your stream

During your production, simply tap a camera under Sources to switch to its view. 

Combining camera views during your stream

If you’re using more than one device, you can combine camera views using Switcher Studio’s built-in Multi-views. The most popular Multi-view is called Dashboard, which allows up to 4 camera views on the screen simultaneously. To use the Dashboard view, first you’ll create a new Multi-view on your main switching device, and then you’ll select it during the stream.

Creating a new multi-view:

  1. From your main switching device, tap the + icon.
  2. Tap Multi-views.
  3. Tap Dashboard.
  4. Next to Number of Sources, tap the number of camera views you want to show simultaneously. 
  5. Adjust the settings as desired.
  6. Tap Done in the top right.

Using the Dashboard multi-view during your stream:

  1. Tap the multi-view you’d like to use in the Sources panel.
  2. Tap the cameras or assets you’d like to include in the multi-view.  Note: The camera views/assets will be ordered from left-to-right in the order you select them. 
  3. To replace a camera view or asset in the multi-view, tap the replacement in the Source panel. Tap the position you’d like to replace (e.g. A, B, C, D).
  4. To remove the multi-view, tap another asset in the Sources panel. Tap Solo to make it full-screen.

Questions?

Check out our full knowledge base for more detailed information about using Switcher Studio. You can also email our customer support team at [email protected] with any additional questions. 

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