While Switcher Studio has a robust set of features, the core components to creating a video are:
- Inputs: camera sources and screensharing
- Assets: images, text, and pre-recorded videos
- Outputs: streaming destination or record-only selection
This article provides a high-level overview of these features with links to more in-depth articles and tutorials.
One of the key benefits of Switcher Studio is the ability to connect multiple iOS devices over Wi-Fi to create a multi-camera video production. In addition to cameras, you can also display a screen from a Mac, PC, or another iOS device into your Switcher Studio production. For example, if you want to show slides from your computer you can screenshare your monitor into Switcher Studio. Cameras and screensharing displays are called Inputs in Switcher Studio.
Before you can use any cameras or screens in your video production, you must enable them in the Inputs menu. You can navigate to the Inputs menu by tapping the icon that looks like a video camera in the tab bar. Once enabled, your sources will appear in the main Switcher Studio production window so that you can easily toggle between different views.
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Assets are images, text graphics, and pre-recorded videos that can be used during your production. You can import assets into the Switcher Studio app from a variety of sources (e.g. Photos app, Dropbox, etc.), and you can create new assets using the built-in templates.
There is no limit to the number of assets you can import or create in the Switcher Studio app. They can range from full-screen assets to transparent overlays that appear on top of whatever else is on the screen. Common overlays include logos, titles, and social media handles.
Assets appear in the Sources / Production panel below your enabled Inputs.
Note: When you import or create assets, they are only stored on that device. If you log into the Switcher Studio app on a different device, your assets will not automatically transfer.
Our paid plans include access to Switcher Cloud, which allows you to store and manage assets online. The main benefits of Switcher Cloud include:
- Upload assets from a computer: Switcher Cloud is browser-based, so you can use a computer to upload your assets.
- Easily add assets to additional devices: Instead of having to recreate assets when you use Switcher on a new device, you can easily download existing assets from Switcher Cloud.
- Protect assets from getting deleted: Users can delete individual assets inside the app, but if you store assets in Switcher Cloud, you don't have to worry about accidentally losing them.
There are limits to the number of assets you can store in Switcher Cloud based on your subscription level.
The Outputs tab in the Switcher Studio app is where you'll set up your livestream or turn off streaming if you want to record your video without going live. It's also where you can adjust the Wi-Fi Optimization Mode, which is important if you're having any issues with your cameras communicating with the switcher.
You can navigate to Outputs by tapping the icon that looks like a box with a right-facing arrow in the tab bar.
Setting up your livestream
When you go to the Outputs tab, you will see several options for livestream platforms (Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.) under Broadcasting. The most common platforms that are integrated with Switcher Studio will appear by default, and you can add additional platforms by tapping the + icon above Broadcasting.
To set up a livestream:
- Tap the blue arrow next to the platform.
- Based on the platform you select, you'll be prompted to enter details like a title and description, and adjust settings such as visibility and stream quality. If you are on a subscription plan that allows scheduling livestreams, you'll also have the option to set the broadcast date and time.
- Tap the Create Livestream button to finalize the set up.
- When you're ready to go live, tap the red button in the top right to start the broadcast.
If you want to use Switcher Studio for recording without going live, simply select None under Broadcasting in the Outputs tab. When you're ready to start recording, tap the red button in the top right.