Last year, most educators were forced to jump headfirst into the world of live streaming, in order to continue their students learning, even outside of the classroom. This year, we believe that this same group of educators will be looking to perfect the live streaming process, and improve what they’ve started. We’re here to help.
Roland recently released a great guide for teachers, who are live streaming from their classrooms. We’re going to take a look at some highlights from their article, below.
Getting started, check out this video produced by Roland, detailing how live streaming mixers can elevate the classroom experience for remote learning.
Do I Need a Video Switcher Solution
Roland's guide points out potentially one of the biggest questions- is a switcher even necessary for your classroom. While some lesson plans won't require a switcher, a lesson where a teacher and notes must be shown to students will be significantly elevated with a switcher. In addition, a longer lesson will benefit from multiple camera angles and changing views, to help keep students engaged.
A Typical Setup
The typical setup is as follows:
- One or two cameras
- two computers
- a microphone
- a small vision mixer with USB 3.0 streaming built-in
- suitable lighting.
Check out this diagram to learn more:
How to Stream to YouTube, Facebook and Zoom
Students are participating in virtual learning through several different mediums, some on video conferencing like Zoom, Teams, Google Meets, Etc. Some are watching lecture capture via live stream on platforms like YouTube or Facebook Live. Another great reason to use a mixer is many of them feature a USB output, which means you can feed multiple cameras into any of these applications as a webcam. For those that don't, capture cards and HDMI to USB converters are available as well.
What's the Best Streaming Solution for Me?
This list of considerations will help pick the best streaming solution for each specific educator.
- Simple to use
- Very robust and reliable
- Compatible with different gear
(computers, iPhones, tablets, Go Pros, Handy Cams etc)
- Have an excellent knowledge base with loads of tips and tricks by professional users
Switchers like the VR-1HD are great for a small sized solution. It will allow teachers to connect multiple cameras and a computer screen as well. It also has audio inputs. Best of all, teachers can achieve picture in picture and other customization features.
VR-4HD is general thought of as a compact studio, put into a mixer. It expands on camera an audio inputs, as well as provides a host of customizable output screens. It also features a USB 3.0 streaming interface, meaning it can feed right into a video conferencing call, making it ideal for remote learning in schools and universities.