Don’t pay thousands of dollars for a production switcher when it’s all going to go into your computer anyway. Sure, you could get one, Cut the show on the mixer and run it a digital converter and into the computer, but why? When you can do it for under $100 with video switching software. There are tons of them out there.
There are advanced live webcasting products available for your Mac or PC that enables you to stream multiple live video cameras, while dynamically mixing in other media (movies, images etc). Some even include features such as Chroma Key (blue/green screen) and built-in titles allowing you to create beautiful, professional webcasts.
Here are the ones we recommend:
Vidblaster (PC ONLY)
The easy to use video production tool to create anything from a simple holiday video to a live television broadcast. Easily create and record videos for sites like YouTube, or holiday videos for personal use, or create video podcasts and publish them with one click to any WordPress site or to Mevio. Use VidBlaster Pro to create television-like recordings using multiple cameras, or stream it live to the internet!
VidBlaster Studio gives you an entire control room, with multiple monitors and a professional video switcher.
Wirecast PC or MAC
Controlling your broadcast in real-time is easy. With Wirecast's multiple layer support, it's simple to place a background music track or a company logo over your webcast, while changing between the cameras you want your viewers to see.
EASY TO USE PROFESSIONAL REALTIME LIVE VIDEO MIXING SOFTWARE
Easy to use live video mixing software to mix up to four DV camcorder inputs with digital firewire connection. Preview for all video input channels without external video monitors. Web video streaming with any streaming software in the same desktop PC. Images and titles over video with alpha channel support. Professional digital DV video quality without analog video cables.
Live Channel Pro (Mac- defunct)
Live Channel Pro is a software-only solution designed to create a virtual live television studio on any Macintosh computer without any additional hardware, performing real-time video production and streaming in a single software application.
Free and Cheap
Apple’s Quicktime Broadcaster
Other software with multi-camera support
Capture Magic SD
Last update: 06:38 PM Wednesday, September 10, 2008