In the age of digital content creation, live streaming has become a powerful and popular way to engage audiences in real-time.
Whether you’re hosting a webinar, a gaming session, a Church event, a live event, utilising multiple cameras can significantly enhance the viewing experience. Additionally, with the versatility of modern streaming platforms, you can now easily output in traditional 16×9 (e.g., for Twitch) or vertical format 9×16 (e.g., for TikTok).
To ensure a seamless and professional multi-camera live show, it’s important to have the right equipment and setup in place. Our thoughts on this are captured below and we look forward to hearing from you on these.
Investing in cameras is important for a successful multi-camera live stream but not crucial. Consider using professional video cameras or DSLRs capable of capturing crisp, clear footage. Ensure that all cameras have the same resolution and frame rate settings to maintain consistency throughout the broadcast.
There are now several application (apps) for phones that can address the challenge of not having a dedicated camera. The Mavis Pro Camera app and the Blackmagic Camera app are examples of these solutions.
If you are using dedicated cameras, you will need to get your video signal into the cloud. To this you will need an encoders, for example the Atomos Ninja. If you are using a phone camera app, this won’t be an issues, of course.
A video switcher, also known as a vision mixer, is a neccasity for managing multiple camera feeds. This allows you to switch between different camera angles seamlessly during the live stream. Choose a switcher that suits your needs, considering the number of cameras you plan to use and the features required for smooth transitions. This could be a traditional hardware switcher, for example an ATEM Mini, or a cloud-based solution (see below).
You may want to consider using a capture card for each camera for use after your live stream. Ensure compatibility with your chosen cameras and the video switcher. If using a phone camera, make sure you have enough storage space if you intend to record alongside streaming.
Good audio quality is as crucial as video quality. We would always recommend investing in high-quality microphones and audio interfaces to capture clear and balanced sound. Consider using a mixer to control audio levels and ensure a professional and immersive experience for your audience.
Proper lighting enhances the visual appeal of your live stream. Set up adequate lighting to eliminate shadows and create a well-lit environment. Soft, diffused lighting sources are preferable to prevent harsh shadows and create a flattering look for your subjects.
A stable and high-speed internet connection is essential for a smooth live stream. Check that your internet service provider can handle the required upload speed for streaming in the desired resolution by using a website like Speed test. Consider using a wired connection to minimise the risk of connectivity issues.
Choose a streaming software to broadcast your multi-camera live show that fits your need and your price range. Popular options include Mavis, OBS Studio, XSplit, or vMix. Familiarise yourself with the chosen software to control camera inputs, manage overlays, and handle other production aspects during the live stream.
Testing and Rehearsals
Before going live, conduct thorough testing and rehearsals. Check all equipment, verify camera angles, test audio levels, and simulate transitions. This helps identify and address any potential issues before your audience tunes in.
We hope to have helped give some ideas and thought-started for your live stream. In short, by investing in the right equipment and thoroughly preparing for your multi-camera live stream, you can deliver a professional and engaging experience for your audience.
A well-executed live show can leave a lasting impression and help you build a loyal viewer base.