Asset Types

Assets are images, text graphics, and pre-recorded videos that can be used during your production. You can use the following types of Assets in your Switcher production:

  • Photo: full-screen .jpg or .png file
  • Video: .mp4 or .mov file
  • Logo: .jpg or .png file that is not full-screen, usually used as a corner bug.
  • Titles: text graphic that can be full-screen or a smaller overlay
  • Lower Thirds: text graphic overlay that is not full-screen
  • Social Overlays: graphic that contains icons from social platforms and customizable text
  • Donation Overlays: graphic that contains icons from donations platforms and customizable text
  • Broadcast Notifications: full-screen text graphic
  • Image Overlay: .jpg or .png file that is not full-screen, usually used in the center of the screen.
  • Image as Lower Third: .jpg or .png file that is not full-screen, usually used in the lower part of the screen.
  • Multi-view: layout that allows you to combine multiple cameras and/or Assets into a single view.

Articles that provide more detailed information on each Asset type are linked above.

Adding Assets to Switcher Studio

There are three ways to get Assets into Switcher Studio:

  1. Import an existing image or video from your device
  2. Import an existing image or lower third asset using Switcher Cloud
  3. Create a new asset using a built-in template

Importing an Existing Image or Video from your Device

  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 Photo or Video or Logo depending on what type of file you are 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.

Note: If you are importing .png files with transparent backgrounds, you cannot import them directly from iCloud. Once files are stored in iCloud, the transparency breaks.

For more detailed information on importing a specific type of Asset, check out the articles linked in the list above.

Importing an Existing Image or Lower Third Asset using Switcher Cloud

Upload files onto Switcher Cloud

  1. Log into your online Switcher Studio Dashboard.
  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. Select the file type. If you are uploading a full-screen image, select Photo. If you are uploading a file with transparency, select Image as lower third.
  7. Click Upload.

Note: Currently you cannot import video files through Switcher Cloud.

Once you have assets in Switcher Cloud, you can import them into the Switcher Studio app as follows:

  1. Open Switcher Studio from the device that will be your switcher.
  2. Tap Use as Switcher.
  3. Tap the + button in the Sources panel.
  4.  Tap the asset type you want to import - Photo, Video, Logo, etc.
  5. Tap Switcher Cloud.
  6. Make any adjustments in the Asset Property window.
  7. Tap Done.
  8. The image will appear in the Source panel.

Note: If you import assets by selecting Switcher Cloud in step 4, instead of the asset type, you will lose the transparency if the file is a .png. You must import it as a Photo or Logo to maintain the transparency.

Creating a New Asset Using Built-in Templates

Switcher Studio has several built-in templates to create media assets. For example, you can use Switcher’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.

For more detailed information on creating a specific type of Asset, use the links included in the list at the top of this article.

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