Published On: Mon, Apr 24th, 2017

The $999 SlingStudio creates it easy to furnish multi-camera Facebook Live and YouTube streams


Sling Media, the Dish auxiliary we substantially know for a Slingbox and Sling TV service, is announcing a SlingStudio hardware today. With this, Sling Media is entering a totally new marketplace since distinct a prior offerings, that targeted consumers, a $999 SlingStudio is meant for video creators who wish to furnish live video streams for Facebook Live or YouTube.

Typically, that’s not usually costly — with a hardware from competitors like TriCaster builder NewTek costing $5,000 or some-more — nonetheless also comes with a high training curve. The SlingStudio, on a other hand, is tranquil around an iPad app.

Using that app, a video producer can simply record, revise and monitor feeds from 4 HD video inputs. While we can bond a sum of adult to 10 cameras and smartphones (iOS and Android around Sling’s Capture app) to a box simultaneously, a modifying program creates we concentration on 4 feeds during a time for a live edit, that is typically adequate for many setups. If we do have some-more than 4 cameras connected, though, it’s easy adequate to switch those feeds in during any time (or play pre-recorded videos).

While we usually need a SlingStudio heart and a app to get started (plus, of course, a few cameras with HDMI outputs), a association is also rising a integrate of accessories that enhance a hub’s functionality. These embody a $149 battery for regulating a heart off a electricity grid and a $49 USB-C expander with an ethernet pier and a ability to offshoot adult USV drives for saving your recordings for after modifying (by default, a SlingStudio annals all particular camera feeds and a live-switched video and audio for after modifying in a likes of Adobe Premiere).

Maybe a many engaging appendage is a CameraLink, though, that allows we to spin any camera with an HDMI outlay into a wireless camera for your setup. The CameraLink, that is powered by a possess two-hour battery supply, creates a wireless tie to a hub, which allows a camera chairman to ramble adult to 300 feet from a hub.

It’s value observant that while a SlingStudio’s concentration is clearly on broadcasting live, it can also be used to record all of a incoming streams for post-production.

“We cruise SlingStudio a high-production, low-cost concept,” wrote Dish CTO Vivek Khemka in today’s announcement. “It’s absolute and stretchable adequate to concede directors to weave together professional-quality video with a apparatus they already have on palm – from high-end cameras to audio rigging to smartphones.”

I saw a demo of a SlingStudio at CES in January. At a time, the hardware didn’t have a name or cost nonetheless and was still really most in beta. Still, environment adult a live tide with mixed cameras looked easy adequate and a iPad app made it easy to lift all of a opposite feeds together. It’s easy to see how a sincerely gaunt news organisation could use this to fast lift off a live on-site talk for placement on Facebook Live or YouTube, for example. For now, a association is focusing on these dual platforms, nonetheless it says that support for other content-sharing sites is “coming soon.”

For now, a association is focusing on these dual platforms, nonetheless it says that support for other content-sharing sites is “coming soon.”

The SlingStudio and a accessories will go on sale in May during BH and directly from Sling Media.

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