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Live Streaming Hardware

What is a Video Switcher (Mixer)?

This post covers how to add multiple camera angles using a video switcher (mixer). It gives an introduction to this piece of equipment. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

If you're looking to enhance the value of your live stream, integrating multiple camera angles is a great way to get started.

How? By using a video switcher.  

How to Add Multiple Camera Feeds with a Switcher

Roland Switcher Image

A video switcher (or video mixer) is a device or software program that selects between multiple incoming video signals from various sources (camera, PowerPoint feed, etc.) and directs one of those signals to a single output, including a streaming device, video recorder, or a display device (i.e. a monitor or screen). 

A director typically controls the switcher, analyzing the various incoming camera angles and selecting the best view to output.

In the short video below, I explain a switcher in more detail and demo one of my favorite live switching setups, featuring the Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4k.  


Final Thoughts + Further Reading

For more ways to enhance your overall tech setup, check out the free Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming highlights key features to consider when evaluating your different options. 

Download the Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming

Here's some further reading you might find interesting:

The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

The Best Video Cameras for Live Streaming

What is a Video Switcher?

How to Add Lower Thirds on a Roland V1-HD

Decimator MD-HX: A Customer Review

Roland V-1HD Video Switcher: A Customer Review

How to Buy Video Streaming Equipment

The 5 Things to Look For When You Buy a Camera

Magnus VT-4000: A Customer Review


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