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What is Livestream Studio?

Livestream Studio is a live production switcher that incorporates many elements of a professional live multi-camera production into one desktop software. Think of it as a live production truck or a TV station's master control room on your computer.

 Its most basic features include:

  • Connect multiple camera inputs: Plug in your cameras directly into your PC to get as many angles as you need.
  • Live video outputs: Output your video to projectors or monitors; ideal for auditoriums, conferences, and houses of worship.
  • Three graphics overlay tracks: Build graphics (GFX) overlays to countdown to your event start, identify people, loop tweets using your event hashtag, or display a scoreboard.
  • Media playback modules: Bring in pre-recorded video clips to incorporate into your production, such as sponsored content or montages.
  • Built-in audio mixer and audio filters: Embed audio from your cameras or connect a USB mixer or microphone and control all the audio for your event directly from Studio.
  • Capture up to four high-resolution isolated (ISO) recordings: Record your event or individual camera angles in broadcast quality for post-production editing or replay.
  • Basic replay: Playback an ISO recording as your broadcast is happening, giving viewers a different angle of your event (e.g. a goal score).
  • Chroma key: Eliminate a colored background to incorporate different background images into your event (e.g. a weather map, virtual studio)
  • Stream to Vimeo and other providers: Go live to Vimeo, Livestream, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch, and more. Choose one or stream to multiple simultaneously.

Studio supports up to three (3) GFX tracks, eight (8) audio-only sources, and one (1) interview. All other sources (local inputs, remote cameras, media bins, RTMP inputs, etc.) are flexible, and all inputs may total up to 50.

What Equipment Do I Need In Order to Use Livestream Studio?

First and foremost, you need cameras. Studio is compatible with most SDI, HDMI, component, composite, S-video, and USB web cameras that output broadcast standard formats. If you do not own any cameras and need some suggestions, we have some here. Keep in mind you will also need the proper cables to output these cameras' video signals into Studio (HD-SDI camera = HD-SDI cable, etc.)

 

Next, you need to be able to connect these cameras to the computer that is running Studio. This is done using a capture device. These can connect to your computer via PCIe, USB 3.0, or Thunderbolt, and convert your camera's video into a signal your PC can read. Read more about what a capture device is and which capture devices Livestream Studio supports.

 

With few exceptions, you will need one capture device per camera. Webcams do not require a capture device.

 

Finally, you need a PC running Windows 64-bit version 7 or later or macOS High Sierra or later.

 

Studio requires a robust computer in order to run with all of its features successfully. We have a comprehensive guide of recommended hardware specifications depending on your workflow needs.

If you have already purchased a Livestream Studio hardware product (e.g. HD31, HD51, HD550), capture devices are already built into your machine. There is no need to purchase additional capture devices or an additional PC.

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