Swticher Studio (www.switcherstudio.com) today announced the launch of Switcher Studio Director Mode, a new feature update that brings broadcast quality multi-camera HD recording capabilities to Apple iPads and iPhones. Switcher Studio is an iOS app that enables anyone with an iOS device and an Internet connection to capture and deliver multicam events to online audiences – and now with Director Mode, record broadcast quality HD content that meets stringent, professional broadcasting standards.
With the new Director Mode capability, users can now assign fixed frame rates, record 1080p HD broadcast quality from multiple angles using iOS devices, and export their compositions directly to Apple Final Cut Pro X for final edits and finishing. Switcher Studio Director Mode elevates iOS video to broadcast quality, and is already in use by broadcast television stations to deliver content to new audiences online.
Matt Schuster is the executive director of TV Santa Barbara, a nonprofit community media center that prides itself on empowering people to ‘make media that matters.’ By providing community members knowledge, resources, and tools to create and distribute their own original programming content, TV Santa Barbara is incorporating new technologies to help people share their stories and produce media about their communities. In a shift from standard definition production gear to the new Switcher Studio system, Matt had this to say about the evolution of the studio:
“TV Santa Barbara is eager to add Switcher Studio to our production tools available for community use. The simplicity of the system will greatly expand our ability to provide coverage of community events, and expand our community training programs. I haven’t seen a group of people as excited about learning how to use production equipment, as when we introduced them to Switcher Studio.”
The Switcher Studio Director Mode Workflow; How it Works
Using the new Director Mode in Switcher Studio, users can disable the built-in camera on the primary device and sync up to 4 additional iPhones or iPads by pairing with a router or hotspot. Tapping “Rec +Broadcast” within the app triggers a recording on each connected device so users have access to full quality video from each angle regardless of any hiccups or glitches on the network. Users can then switch between sources and make edits while an event is in progress.
When the user stops recording, video from each connected iPhone or iPad is composited on the primary switching device with all cuts and transitions made during the event. This results in a fully edited HD video that can be immediately uploaded from the device or exported directly into Final Cut Pro X to make additional tweaks and adjustments (*requires Media Manager BETA). Director Mode also allows the user to assign a fixed frame rate for the final composition.
Director Mode also enables users to broadcast directly to a streaming video platform like YouTube or Ustream. If bandwidth is limited, users can stream at a lower quality while still capturing a 1080p HD video. This way, content can still be uploaded afterwards for on-demand viewing with higher quality HD imagery. Switcher Studio’s built in speed test will check the user’s internet connection and automatically adjust the resolution and bitrate for a live video stream.
During a production, users can also insert photos, graphics, and overlays or use the Switcher Cast screen sharing app to bring a computer in as a source and share PowerPoint and Keynote presentations with multi-view and picture-in-picture effects. The app requires no special hardware or gadgets, all a user needs is an iPhone or iPad and an internet connection – simply sync the devices to the same router and use it as a hub for communication between cameras (no internet connection required if only recording).
Pricing and Availability
Switcher Studio is available immediately on a monthly subscription model and is priced at $25.00 USD per month, or for an annual rate of $299.00 USD. There is also a 7 day free trial available at www.switcherstudio.com.
About Switcher Studio
Switcher Studio was started by a team of people who love creating and delivering great content – from anywhere and from any device. The app was born from a passion to democratize what was once an incredibly complex and expensive experience, to one that enables anyone – from a high school football coach to a wedding videographer to a professional television station – to create a multi-camera production studio experience with nothing more than some iOS devices and an internet connection and instantly stream live video to services like YouTube and Ustream. For more information or to start creating amazing multicam streaming events, please visit www.switcherstudio.com.