Switcher Studio is an iOS app that allows you to livestream to a variety of platforms (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, etc.) using multiple camera angles, logos, titles, pre-recorded video, and much more. This article provides the steps to prepare for and create your first livestream using Switcher Studio.

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1. Understanding Switcher Studio Requirements

Before using Switcher Studio, it's important to make sure you have the appropriate devices and accounts to livestream.

  • iOS device(s): iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

  • Internet connection: WiFi, mobile data, or hotspot

  • Streaming platform account: Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn Live, etc.

Note: A wireless network or hotspot is needed to livestream using multiple iOS devices as remote cameras or screens.


2. Installing the Switcher Studio App

To use Switcher Studio, begin by installing the Switcher Studio app on any iOS devices you would like to use in your livestream. Installing the app on multiple devices will allow you to use one device to control your livestream, and any additional devices can be utilized as remote cameras or shared screens. Follow the steps below on each device you want to use.

To install the Switcher Studio app:

  • Open the App Store on your iOS device.

  • Tap Search in the bottom-right corner.

  • Type "Switcher Studio" in the search bar.

  • Tap Search in the bottom-right corner.

  • Tap Get or Install next to Switcher Studio: Live Stream.

    • If you have previously installed Switcher on this device, there may be a cloud download icon instead.

  • The Switcher app will install onto the home screen of your device.


3. Launching the Switcher Studio App

The first time you open the Switcher Studio app on your device, you will be prompted to allow Switcher Studio access to certain features.

To launch the Switcher Studio app:

  • Tap the Switcher app icon on your iOS device.

  • Tap OK if prompted with "Switcher' would like to find and connect to devices on your local network."

  • Tap OK if prompted with "Switcher' would like to access the camera".

  • Tap OK if prompted with "Switcher' would like to access the microphone".

  • Repeat these steps on each iOS device you wish to use.


4. Creating a Switcher Studio Account

Now that you have launched the app on your iOS device(s), you can create a Switcher Studio account. If you will be using multiple devices to livestream, you can complete the following steps on the iOS device you plan to use as the main switcher.

Note: If you have an existing Switcher Studio account, you can log in and continue to the 5. Understanding the App Interface section.

To create a Switcher Studio account:

  • Tap Create Account in the Switcher Studio app.

  • Tap Continue if prompted with "Switcher' wants to use 'switcherstudio.com' to sign in"

    • You will be redirected to an account creation page.

  • Complete the following fields:

    • First Name

    • Last Name

    • Email Address

    • Password

    • Confirm Password

    • Select Industry

  • Tap Create Account.

Note: A watermark will appear on any live videos made during the trial period of the app.


5. Understanding the App Interface

After creating an account and/or logging in, you will be brought to the main interface. The Switcher Studio app is divided into three primary sections: Sources, Live, and Tools.

  • Sources: Contains assets (i.e. images, titles) and inputs (iOS cameras or screens).

  • Live: Shows what is being displayed in your livestream.

  • Tools: Access and control of in-app features (i.e. Remote Guest, Live Comments, etc.).

Note: For a comprehensive overview of the Switcher Studio app, check out the Switcher Studio iPad Interface article.


6. Creating & Importing Assets

Now that you have an understanding of the main interface, the next step is to add any assets, such as images, logos, audio, pre-recorded video, etc., you may want to use in your livestream.

To import an existing asset:

  • Tap the blue plus icon.

  • Tap the asset type. (i.e. Logo, Video, Audio, etc.)

  • Tap the asset location.

  • Tap the asset of your choice.

    • You will now have the ability to configure any additional asset settings, such as framing and layering settings.

  • Tap Done in the top-right corner.

  • The asset thumbnail will now appear in the Production Panel as a tappable option to display in your livestream.

To create a new asset:

  • Tap the blue plus icon.

  • Tap the asset type. (i.e. Text, Cards, etc.)

  • Tap the asset style of your choice.

  • Tap the asset template you want to use.

    • You will now have the ability to configure any additional asset settings, such as text fields and colors.

  • Tap Done in the top-right corner.

  • The asset thumbnail will now appear in the Production Panel as a tappable option to display in your livestream.

Note: Switcher Cloud is a feature that allows you to upload, store and import assets using cloud-based technology. Check out the Switcher Cloud Overview article for more information.


7. Connecting Remote Devices

While using additional iOS devices as cameras or screens is not a requirement to livestream with Switcher Studio, it is an easy way to enhance the quality of your production. To use iOS devices as remote cameras or shared screens, each device will need to have the Switcher Studio app installed and be connected to the same wireless network or hotspot.

To connect remote devices:

  • Ensure all devices are connected to the same wireless network.

  • Open the Switcher Studio app on all devices.

  • On the remote device(s), tap Share This Device.

    • Tap Share This Camera or Share This Screen.

  • On the main switcher, tap the Inputs tab (camera icon).

    • Tap the name of each device that you would like to connect.

  • On the remote device(s), tap Allow.


8. Connecting Streaming Platform(s)

The next step is to connect your platform accounts to Switcher Studio. Follow the steps below to connect to platforms like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitch, etc.

Note: For a complete list of streaming platforms available with Switcher Studio, check out the Streaming Platform Integrations article.

To connect your streaming platform(s):

  • Tap the outputs tab (box and arrow icon) in the bottom-right corner.

  • Tap the platform you wish to use in the Broadcasting section. (i.e. Facebook)

  • Tap the blue arrow to the right of the platform you wish to use.

  • Tap Connect Account if prompted.

  • Log in with your platform account credentials if prompted.

  • Tap Connect.

  • Tap Continue.

  • You will now be able to configure the destination options for your first livestream.

    • Destination location (for Facebook only)

    • Scheduling: Go Live Now or Schedule for Later

    • Title

    • Event Description

    • Stream Quality

  • Tap Save.

    • A blue check mark will appear next to Facebook in addition to the title of your stream.

Note: If you would like to stream to two platforms simultaneously, be sure to check out the Multistreaming With Switcher Studio article.


9. Starting the Livestream

Now that you have connected your streaming platform(s), you are ready to go live! Follow the steps below to start broadcasting to your live audience.

To start the livestream:

  • Tap the outputs tab. (box and arrow icon)

  • Ensure there is a blue checkmark next to the streaming platform you want to stream to.

  • Tap the record button (red circle) in the top-right corner.

Note: If you want to make a test stream that will not be visible to the public, you can create a private test stream on Facebook. Check out the Creating a Private Test Stream on Facebook article to learn more.


10. Displaying Sources in Your Livestream

To display sources in the livestream:

  • In the Sources panel, tap the asset or camera angle you want to display.

    • An orange box will appear around the source you selected, and the live feed will display accordingly.

  • Tap the next camera angle or asset you want to display to remove the current one from the live feed.

Note: For Multiviews configured to choose the camera angles each time, the steps to display will be slightly different. To learn more, check out the Multiviews article.


11. Ending Your Livestream

To end the livestream:

  • Press the stop button (red square) in the top-right corner.

  • Wait for the progress bar to complete.

  • The display will indicate that the livestream has successfully ended.


12. Taking Next Steps

Now that you have successfully made your first livestream using Switcher Studio, it is a great time to learn about some of the additional features available to enhance future productions. Below is a summary of just a few of these tools along with links to articles that walk through setting up and using the features.

Multiviews

Multiviews are customizable assets that allow you to display multiple sources on the screen at the same time. This is great for interviews or co-hosting a production. For more information, read the Multiviews article.

Live Comments

When livestreaming to platforms, live comments from the audience can be loaded into the Switcher Studio app. The comments can be displayed on-screen which allows you to respond and engage with your viewers in real-time. To learn more, check out the Live Comments article.

Remote Guests

The Remote Guest feature in the Switcher Studio app allows you to remotely connect a guest to your livestream and display their camera and audio as part of the production. This is a great tool for interviews and productions where not all members are on-site. To learn more, check out the Remote Guest Overview article.


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