You can connect up to nine devices in a Switcher Studio production. When setting up your iOS devices as cameras there are three main steps:
- Designating one device as the main switcher
- Designating other devices as a camera/screen
- Enabling cameras/screens in the switcher so they can be used during your production
All the devices you plan to use during your livestream must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Designating Devices as the Main Switcher or a Camera/Screen
- Enabling Camera Views & Screens in the Main Switcher
- Cameras/Screens Do Not Appear in Sources
- Switching between Camera Views during Your Production
Designating Devices as the Main Switcher or a Camera/Screen
For each production, you’ll need to designate one device as the switching device and connect your other devices as remote cameras. The switcher will control your video production.
Note: Open and log into the main switching device first. You should not log into the devices you're using as additional cameras.
- Open the Switcher Studio app on the device that you’ll use as the main switcher.
- Log in if prompted.
- Tap Use as Switcher.
- Open the Switcher Studio app on each device that will be used as a camera only. Do not log into the app, simply open it.
- Tap Share This Device.
- Tap Share This Camera to use the camera as an input in your video production. Or tap Share This Screen to screenshare from the device into the switcher.
Share This Device is Unavailable
If Share This Device is dimmed and you cannot tap the button, it means your device is not connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the main switcher. Once you connect to the correct Wi-Fi network, you will be able to tap the button.
Enabling Camera Views & Screens in the Main Switcher
In order to use the additional cameras/screens during your production, you’ll need to enable the remote cameras as inputs within the main switcher device. Enabling them as inputs will allow you to select from the camera views during your production.
Step 1: From the main switcher, tap the Inputs tab (camera icon in tab bar).
The devices you’ve designated as remote cameras will be listed under Sources on your Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Tap a device name to enable it as a usable camera angle/screen in your production.
Once enabled, a blue check mark will appear next to the device name.
The enabled device will appear as a source in the Sources / Production panel.
When you enable a remote camera in the switcher, you'll receive a message on the remote camera device notifying you that another device is taking control of the camera. Tap the Allow button. If you enable the Allow Automatically option, you will not have to manually tap Allow to connect the camera in the future.
Connecting iOS Devices by URL
If you're on a network with a lot of devices connected to it, it may be easier to connect your remote cameras by manually entering the device URL. This option also works if your devices do not automatically appear in the Inputs tab of the switcher device as described in the instructions above.
When you tap Share this Camera or Share this Screen on your iOS device, you'll see the message "Waiting to Connect to the Switcher." This screen will also include a unique URL that starts with "rlcc://" followed by a number.
To connect the device to the switcher,
- From the main switcher device, tap the Inputs tab (video camera icon).
- If your device isn't listed, tap Add Source.
- Tap Connect by URL.
- Type in the unique URL from your remote device.
- Tap Connect in the top right.
The device will appear under the Sources on Your Wi-Fi Network section, with a blue check mark indicating it has been enabled as in input.
Cameras/Screens Do Not Appear in Sources
If you have followed the instructions above, but your devices do not appear in the Inputs tab, there are a few potential causes:
- The camera/screen device is not on the same Wi-Fi as the main switcher. This can happen if there are multiple Wi-Fi networks, including a 2.4g and 5g version.
- There are network settings that do not allow devices to connect to one another. Check your network settings to ensure that Wi-Fi isolation is not enabled.
- Beginning with iOS 14, there is a Local Network privacy setting that must be enabled in order to connect cameras/screens in Switcher Studio. Check each device's Settings app to ensure the setting is enabled. This article provides step-by-step instructions: iOS 14 Critical Setting (September 2020)
Switching between Camera Views during Your Production
During your production, simply tap a camera in the Sources / Production panel to switch to its view. Tap a full-screen asset or another camera view to move on.