Do You Need a Live Streaming Switcher?

With gatherings limited due to the covid-19 pandemic, you may need a solution for live-streaming content. You can use a live streaming switcher for business presentations, church services, weddings, eSport competitions, educational programs and more.

The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO

A live streaming switcher and recorder such as the new Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO could be the perfect solution for you.

The small but powerful Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO fully equips camera productions for live streaming to YouTube, Skype, Zoom, Facebook, Twitch TV and more. Simply connect ATEM Mini Pro to switch live between 4 high-quality video camera inputs for high-quality images. You can also connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles.

The live streaming switcher also allows has a built-in DVE that allows for picture in picture effects, and each video input to be recorded onto USB flash disks for future editing. The user-friendly control panel has buttons for selecting sources, video effects, audio mixing and transitions.

You can also pair the Mini Pro ISO with the ATEM Streaming Bridge, which is coming in August. This device allows you to convert the live stream from any ATEM Mini Pro model back to SDI and HDMI video. 

The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro ISO retails for $599.

Lumantek ez-Pro VS4 4 Channel Full HD 4×1 Seamless Switcher

If you’ve got a bit more to spend, you might consider the Lumantek ez-Pro VS4 Seamless Switcher. This streaming switcher also lets you broadcast quality video when you don’t have access to a high-tech studio. Users say it’s easy to use!

The Lumantek ez-Pro VS4 also has four channels: 3 HDMI, 1 SDI , and 1 HDMI/SDI port.

Its user-friendly design allows you to insert a transparent background video over another, insert picture-in-picture logos and embed and de-embed audio. The Lumantek ez-Pro VS4 also has internal scalers that allow you to switch between videos with different resolutions.

This switcher does not have record functionality built in, but it does have an HDMI output, so you can connect your own recording device.

The Lumantek ez-Pro VS4 4 Channel Full HD 4×1 Seamless Switcher retails for $949.

SlingStudio Hub HD Video Switcher

Also priced at just under $1000, the SlingStudio Hub HD Video Switcher makes it easy for you to stream your live-switched video production to Facebook Live, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and more. It also works wirelessly for up to 300 feed.

This streaming switcher lets you connect up to 10 cameras, iphone and Android smartphones, and drones to get the perfect angles in full HD. Use your Mac OS device or iPad to monitor your feeds and easily switch between 4 cameras in real time (manual or auto switching).

With the SlingStudio Hub, you can also incorporate custom and motion graphics, text overlays, scoreboard, Instant replay, coach and referee review, chromakey and lower-thirds. It also features a videoconferencing mode.

The SlingStudio Hub has 4K post-production support so that you can save time when you’re editing in Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro.

The SlingStudio Hub HD Video Switcher retails for $999.