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Old February 23rd, 2018, 12:52 AM   #16
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Re: Gear for live streaming?

For three or four cameras I would go for the Roland v1 switcher and any of the HDMI- USB converters mentioned. I found with my laptop two was all I could run But using the Roland you have up to four feeds in and one feed out.
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Old February 23rd, 2018, 07:03 AM   #17
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Ok simple question here. Do you REALLY need 4 cameras?? With software like OBS (free!) you can set up scenes with a single camera so you can switch views instantly between people being interviewed all on one single camera. If you need cutaway shots you can use a webcam. We used to do a bridal show just with a single camera that could switch from host to guest as well as do closeups of products and still do graphics and lower thirds all on a simple laptop and one cam through an Elgato HD60 convertor. You can very easily make one camera appear to look like 6 cameras and have no lip sync issues that might happen if you used individual cameras. Just a matter of being innovative .. some neat graphics and lower thirds will also smarten up an otherwise amateur looking stream!!
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Old March 1st, 2018, 11:02 AM   #18
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Thanks for the memory jog Chris.

I had forgotten that my HDMI recorder can interface with the computer via USB, because I haven't used it for that purpose before. I've only recorded with it and transferred the files later for post-production.

I will have to test the performance with a "regular" camera and see if it looks smooth when used with OBS.
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Old March 1st, 2018, 09:34 PM   #19
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Because most streams are at 720 and your camera input is 1080 you can effectively crop an image without losing any quality (only up to a point ) 4K input and stream at 720P is even better of course. In Livestream Studio you can actually have 4 preset "Takes" on each camera that you program before you start but you can also make your cam act like a PZT camera too and control the speed and transition as you adjust the FOV live .. it pretty neat but the software is only free if you have a LS account! OBS quality I find is awesome!!
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