Epiphan AV.io video grabbers can be used with a laptop or desktop, PC or Mac for Streaming to multiple social media platforms on a budget. Using Epiphan’s simple-to-use AV.io video grabbers with a free open source streaming application, such as OBS Studio, you can create an affordable setup for live multi-source streaming to your favorite social platforms.
Multi-source streaming to social platforms with OBS and AV.io video captureSince the recent release of our two new social media streaming devices—Webcaster X1 for Facebook Live and Webcaster X1 for YouTube—aspiring content producers have been very excited with the concept of streaming an HD camera to either Facebook Live or YouTube using a simple Webcaster X1 device code. However, social streaming isn’t limited to using only a single camera in live broadcasts. Our popular live production switchers, Pearl and Pearl-2, can push streams via RTMP containing many different sources and layouts to Facebook Live and YouTube (among many other CDNs). Both Pearl products have comprehensive feature sets that meet and exceed the needs of most high-end live productions. But what if you wish to stream multiple cameras to a social platform but don’t require all the features our Pearl and Pearl-2 appliances have to offer? Or perhaps you prefer a lower cost solution for live streaming multiple sources to your social followers? If that sounds like you, then I have some good news.
Streaming more, with lessUsing Epiphan’s simple-to-use AV.io video grabbers with a free open source streaming application, such as OBS Studio, you can create an affordable setup for live multi-source streaming to your favorite social platform. We’ve listed OBS Studio as one of the best live streaming platforms, and for good reason. With OBS Studio, you can create any number of “scenes” (also known as “layouts”) containing any combination of your sources. And when your stream is published and you’re broadcasting live, you can switch between these scenes with the click of a button. OBS Studio allows you to add the following types of sources in your scenes for multi-source streaming:
- Display sources (e.g. monitors attached to your capture computer),
- Media files (like video files or recordings),
- Image files (e.g. backgrounds or overlay text),
- Game capture devices (i.e. video game applications),
- Video capture devices*, and more.
Multi-source streaming in a nutshellExample of sources used in a live production From here, simply add your AV.io grabber as a source to any of your OBS Studio scenes, and then add any other additional sources as you wish. You can combine your HD camera (captured with your AV.io grabber) with your capture computer’s integrated web cam, content on separate display monitor or even another HD camera (or a laptop, tablet or video game console) using a second AV.io device. This combination of custom sources allows you to adapt to any use case and effectively create a low-cost, yet high-quality multi-source production. For example, you can use AV.io capture devices with OBS for:
- Conferences – film a guest or keynote speaker with your HD camera and switch to the speaker’s presentation slides to add depth to the live stream
- Vlogging – film yourself with your HD camera and switch to a screencast view when necessary to better connect with followers/subscribers
- Gaming – capture high-quality gameplay from a video console (using AV.io device) or video game application on your capture computer (with OBS) and switch to a webcam or HD camera scene for commentary to create a more engaging live stream
- Teaching – film yourself with your HD camera and switch to an application on a second display monitor to better help instruct others
- And much more.