Welcome to Switcher! We want to make getting started quick and easy. Let's begin by walking through a couple of steps to start you off with success on your livestreaming journey using Switcher's Studio plan!
Creating an Asset
One of the benefits of Switcher is the ability to add assets (i.e. photos, audio, titles, etc.) to your livestream. Before we begin, open the Switcher app on your iPhone or iPad, login, and tap Use as Switcher.
Note: Don't have Switcher installed yet? No problem, check out Installing the Switcher App to learn how.
To create an asset:
Tap the large blue and white plus icon. (bottom-left corner)
Next, tap the type of asset you would like to create. (i.e. Photo)
If you need some inspiration, try selecting a photo from your Photo Library. Don't be picky, we are just having fun!
After adjusting any settings, tap Done in the top-right corner.
The photo will now appear as an asset in the Sources panel.
Tap the asset to display it in the Live window.
You're getting the hang of it!
Connecting a Camera
We won't make you connect extra cameras, but it is how we got our name after all! (the ability to switch between two or more cameras) If you have a spare iPhone or iPad lying around, let's connect it to Switcher. If not, it's no problem, just jump ahead to Going Live.
To connect a camera:
Open Switcher on the second device.
Remember, you can find the steps to install Switcher here.
Tap Share This Device.
Tap Share This Camera.
Go back to your first device and tap the Inputs tab.
The Inputs tab looks like a camera icon and is located in the bottom-right corner.
The name of your second device will show up here. Tap on it! (i.e. Tim's iPhone)
Lastly, go back to your second device and tap Allow.
You did it! Don't believe me? Look at Sources panel on your first device (we call it the Main Switcher) and you will see your camera. Tap the camera to display it in the Live window. Pretty cool, huh?
Creating a Test Stream
Since this is your first go using Switcher, let's try a Private Test Stream on Facebook. This is an opportunity for you to get a feel for using Switcher without having live viewers. If you don't have your makeup on, or if your pet has the zoomies in the frame behind you, don't worry, no one will be able to see this but you.
To go live:
Tap the Outputs tab.
The Outputs icon is a square and arrow, and is located in the bottom-right corner.
Tap the blue arrow next to Facebook.
Tap Connect Account.
Log in if prompted.
Tap Private Test Stream.
Enter a Title.
Now you will see a blue checkmark next to Facebook in the Outputs tab. This means all systems are go.
Finally, tap the big red circle (record button) in the top-right corner.
You're doing it, you're really livestreaming! Well, to yourself at least.
Now it's time to have some fun: tap between assets and camera angles in the Sources panel to see what it feels like to run the livestream.
When you are finished, tap the stop button (square) in the top-right corner.
Great job, you did it! When you are ready to livestream to your Facebook viewers, all you need to do is select a public destination (i.e. My Timeline, Page, Group) when walking through the steps above.
Note: If you would like to stream to a different destination, check out our list of Streaming Platform Integrations.
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