Camera technology has improved a lot in our mobile phones, making the use of the single purpose camera less and less and limited to certain professions. But the heavy editing etc is still done on the desktop computers. Especially for live video, which usually required a production studio and a full mixing board. This is where Switcher Studio comes in.
Switcher Studio is a mobile production suite that allows content creators to use an iPhone or iPad as a portable video mixer.
Switcher Studio, in its basic form, allows you to record videos in HD from the built-in camera on your iPhone/iPad, which can either be recorded and edited, or streamed live directly to sites like YouTube, Ustream, and Twitch.
But, the main thing is the Director Mode. This is when you disable video recording on your main mixing device (probably an iPad), and connect up to 4 other iOS devices wirelessly, and they all can be used as different video recording sources for you!
The cameras of these additional devices can then all feed live video into your main device, essentially turning your device into a multi-camera live production studio. What’s even better is that you can add a laptop as one of the video sources, in case you want to do things like add web browsing or a Power-point presentation into your production.
The studio also comes with some editing features specially designed to make your video look like it came out of an actual studio. These include transitions, picture-in-picture, and TV-style graphics and overlays. These edits can either be done in real-time, or in post production after your recording is done.
You can also update and modify streaming channel settings from your computer using the Switcher Studio dashboard and sync them with the Switcher Studio app. Their cloud-based synchronization system lets you manage your settings and access saved channels from any device.
The company is still self-funded and charges $25 per month to use its platform. This includes access to the iOS and desktop apps, as well as its cloud platform that allows its users to live stream to services like YouTube.