Livestream Studio is designed for traditional Preview/Program switching, with controls available via mouse, defined keyboard shortcuts, or controls assigned on the Livestream Studio Surface Go.
The software includes a multi-view that allows you to see all of your video sources and graphics overlays in a single display.
If you are not seeing the full multi-view, go to the Multi-Screen tab in settings, check Enable Primary Screen Multi-View, then click Save.
At the top of this multi-view are two larger monitors, which are called Preview (left) and Program (right).
Preview is where you would typically review any video source or graphics overlay prior to transitioning it to your recording and/or stream.
Program is the content that is currently showing in your recording and/or stream; it is what your viewers are currently watching.
Below Preview and Program is an arrangement of smaller monitors with every camera input, graphics overlay channel, media bin, remote camera, and color source that you are using.
A standard multi-camera production typically involves putting a source into Preview, then using a transition control to switch it into Program.
Switching Sources Using the Mouse
To put any of your sources into Preview, hover over the source in the multi-view with your mouse, and click it.
That source will now be in the Preview monitor, and you should notice a green border around it in the multi-view.
If you want to put a source directly into Program without previewing it, hover your mouse over it in the multi-view and right-click it.
That source will now be in Program and will have a red border surrounding it in the multi-view.
You can also double-click on the Preview monitor, which will automatically transition that source into Program.
To adjust how sources are put into Preview and Program using your mouse, navigate to the Mouse / Touch tab in Settings. Select the desired actions, then click Save.
Livestream Studio’s transition controls can be found in the upper right corner of the software interface. Cut switches Preview and Program immediately with no overlap occurring between them. Clicking the ‘Cut’ button activates this transition.
Another commonly used transition is Dissolve, which is an overlapping crossfade between the changing sources.
Finally, a Wipe is an animated transition in which the Preview source overlays the Program source during the switch.
In Livestream Studio, you can configure fades and wipes under the Transitions tab in the lower right corner.
Note on the left side that you can choose to set a transition for both your main mix (i.e. any source in Preview) and each specific graphics overlay channel.
Fade is the first option in the menu, which is the dissolve transition. When you select it, you can set the amount of time you want the automatic transition between sources to last.
You can also double-click the duration time under the transition controls to change the speed of any automatic transition quickly.
The remaining options in this menu are different kinds of wipes. Selecting one will show additional settings on the right.
Reverse Direction will push the wipe in the opposite direction that it moves by default.
Flip Flop will alternate the wipe between the default direction and the reverse direction.
Feathering allows you to determine how hard or soft the edge of the wipe animation will be, in pixels. The more pixels you cover, the more faded the line will be.
Some wipes also have options for adjusting their positions and appearance on the screen when they are used.
To activate an automatic transition, click Auto in the upper right corner. The sources will then switch based on the duration you set for that transition.
You can always employ a manual transition by clicking and dragging the virtual T Bar below the transition buttons. This allows you to control the speed of that particular transition.
Switching Sources Using the Keyboard
Some people prefer using keyboard commands rather than a mouse to switch their live shows. That's where the keyboard included with your kit comes in. While any standard keyboard will work, this keyboard is designed to match with the default hotkey settings configured in Livestream Studio.
By default, pressing the 1 key will put the first input source into Preview.
Pressing 2 puts the second source in Preview, 3 puts the third source in Preview, and so forth.
Similarly, to put the first input source directly into Program, press the F1 key on your keyboard.
F2 will put the second source into Program, F3 the third source, and so forth.
The Enter key will Cut between Preview and Program; the space bar will auto-transition.
You can customize these hotkeys if you wish. Navigate to Settings and select the Hotkeys menu.
Switching Sources Using the Studio Surface Go
Also included with your kit is the Livestream Studio Surface Go. This is a compact USB accessory that you can use to perform basic switching controls during your event, including previewing and transitioning up to five input sources, overlaying graphics, and starting your recording and/or stream.
In Livestream Studio settings, navigate to the Inputs menu. Under the Surface column, you can assign five inputs to the five tracks on your Surface Go (e.g., your three Mevo remote cameras, a media source, and a GFX source).
"S1" indicates "Surface 1," which is meant to identify which Surface you were configuring if you had multiple Surface Go units connected to your PC.
"T1," "T2," etc. indicate which track on the Surface Go that you are assigning. Track 1 is the PRV/PGM button column farthest to the left.
After saving your settings, the Surface Go will indicate which of your assigned sources are in Preview and Program. The track with the lit green PRV button is in Preview. The track that has the lit red PGM button is in Program.
If you want to put one of the assigned sources into Preview, press the corresponding PRV button.
Similarly, to put a source directly into Program, press the corresponding PGM button.
The Surface Go also includes Cut and Auto transition controls for switching sources between Preview and Program.
There is also a mini T bar to execute a manual transition, allowing you to control the speed of a dissolve or wipe.
The right side of the Surface Go features the graphics overlay controls for all three graphics channels.
Finally, the Surface Go includes buttons that allow you to start and stop your recordings and streams.
When you first press either button, it will light up red to indicate that it is active. Press the button again to stop the recording or streaming.