Add Windows or Mac Computers as Remote Camera Sources

In Livestream Studio, you have the option of using a Windows or Mac desktop or laptop computer as a remote camera source by connecting it to Livestream Studio over your local network connection, similar to how you connected your Mevo cameras to Livestream Studio. This is great for adding a slideshow presentation into your production.

Before configuring any remote camera settings, be sure to add the necessary number of remote camera modules to your project by going to Settings: Inputs and adding remote cameras. You can have up to 10 remote cameras in your multi-view (including your three Mevo cameras that you have already connected).

Bring in a Windows Computer as a Source

First, you need to connect your remote Windows PC to your LS-3CamKit-# network so that it is on the same network as your mini PC with Livestream Studio.

 

To download the remote software onto your remote PC, go to the Livestream Help Center (help.livestream.com), navigate to Livestream Studio, then Remote Cameras. Open the article entitled "Using the Remote Desktop Client for Windows" and download the software.

Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen steps to run the installation wizard, then click Finish.

Remote Camera will launch in the background of your PC. Right-click on the icon in the bottom toolbar and click Settings.

Here you can adjust your remote camera’s name and set which video and audio signals are visible from that PC. In this example, only the Desktop screen is visible, but other video sources that are added later to this computer can also be detected (e.g. webcams).

Computer Name: The name that will appear in the remote camera module for your remote camera source.

Checked sources will be available to use from this system as remote camera sources. Uncheck any sources you do not want to use.

Encoder Quality: The resolution you want the video to stream at over your network to Livestream Studio. Slower CPU's should use a lower resolution.

Encoder Framerate: The frame rate you want the video to stream at over your network to Livestream Studio. Slower CPUs should use half-speed FPS (30p).

 

Back in Livestream Studio, under the Remote Cam tab, you should see your PC listed as a source as long as it is connected to your Portal router either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Select it from the list to activate the source; it will appear on the right side of the module.

Click the corresponding gearwheel to see more options.

Video Source: The remote client has the ability to use any of the system's desktop, an attached webcam, or an installed Blackmagic capture device as a video source. Use the dropdown menu to select the one you want to use.

 

Monitor: If you select Desktop as the video source and the remote system has multiple displays, you can configure which display you would like to use as a source by selecting it from the drop-down menu.

 

Capture Device: If you select a Blackmagic Capture Device as your video source and have more than one installed on your system, choose the one you want to use.

 

Audio Source: You also have the option of selecting from any of your available audio devices. The default is the standard system audio output.

 

Capture Mouse Cursor: Unselect this option if you do not want to see the mouse cursor on the remote system.


Bring in a Mac Computer as a Source

As with a Windows computer, make sure the Mac computer you want to use is connected to your LS-3CamKit-# network so that Livestream Studio can recognize it over the network.

 

To download the remote software onto your Mac, go to the Livestream Help Center (help.livestream.com), navigate to Livestream Studio, then Remote Cameras. Open the article titled "Using the Remote Desktop Client for macOS."

Double-click the Livestream Studio Remote Camera.dmg file in your Finder to start the installer.

Drag the Livestream Studio Remote Camera into the Applications folder.

Go to the applications folder and double click on Livestream Studio Remote Camera to open the application.

You will see this window pop up, indicating that the remote camera icon will appear in your menu bar at the top of your screen. You can choose to prevent the message from appearing again.

The app will run in the background until you close it. You can close it by clicking on the icon in the menu bar and clicking Close.

 

When the Remote Client is running, you can click the icon and click Settings to make further adjustments to your remote camera source.

Computer Name: The name that will appear in the remote camera module for your remote camera source.

Checked sources will be available to use from this system as a remote camera source. Uncheck any sources you do not want to use.

Encoder Quality: The resolution you want the video to stream at over your network to Livestream Studio. Slower CPUs should use a lower resolution.

Encoder Framerate: The frame rate you want the video to stream at over your network to Livestream Studio. Slower CPUs should use 'half-speed FPS (30p).'

 

In Livestream Studio, select an unused Remote Camera module. Your Mac computer will appear as an option. Click it to activate it.

Your desktop will appear. Click the gearwheel icon to access more settings for your source.

Here, you can change which video and audio sources are being shown from your Mac. If you select a desktop monitor, you can also choose to hide or show the mouse cursor.

Troubleshooting

If you are not seeing any options on the list within the Remote Cam tabs, please check the following: 

  • Make sure the remote system is on the same network by connecting it to the Portal router network by Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
  • Check that the following ports are open on your local network if you use a firewall: 
    • UDP: 5353, 60936 - 61036
      TCP: 60936 - 61036
  • Check that the Bonjour Service is enabled on the Studio system, as detailed below.

To ensure that Bonjour is running, first make sure Studio is closed. Then, open the start menu and type Services. Click the Services icon that appears at the top of the menu.

Look for Bonjour Service in the menu and select it.

Right-click it and click Restart.

Close the menu and relaunch Studio. Remote cameras on your network should now be detected by Studio.

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