Live-streaming with smartphone VS Live-streaming with professional equipment
There are differences in technical offerings, operating speed, durability & stability between smartphone and specialized equipment, each method has its own advantages & disadvantage.
1 – technical offerings:
A multi-camera livestream setup allows us to stream at almost any standard frame rate while livestream application on smartphones has limited preset of video output due to prioritized convenience.
Vision mixer is an important component in a multi-camera setup, the vision mixer can help presenting at least more than two camera feeds respectively.
On another hand, livestream feature on smartphone uses up to two cameras which are the front and back of the phone.
Video cameras for livestream often allows user manually control the exposure of the image while current livestream application on smartphone automatically control the exposure.
2 – operating speed:
Smartphone can get you to go live as quick as in a minute while professional equipment require setup time and tests before hand.
A multi-camera setup requires the work of a team, each member of the team must always in constant communication.
Compare to smartphone, livestream can be one-man show.
3 – stability & endurance
To put in an example of long-hour livestream session, a multi-camera livestream setup of which their physical housings are designed to maintain performance despite heat in exchange for a complex setup.
For smartphone, the good thing about integrated hardware is you don’t often face incompatibility issue between components which happen sometimes with multi-camera setup. (frame rates or software incompatibility)
RICE’s experience on professional Live-streaming:
In our recent shows at EnTea House, we did a two-camera setup. It consisted of 02 ENG type cameras for versatility in exposure control, a Blackmagic Television Studio HD vision mixer along with a Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder device.
As the Television Studio HD is an upgrade of its previous model, now with switching panel at the front, we can simplify the total number of components of the whole setup. Also a 24” TVLogic reference monitor works as multiview.
Having the capability to mix between multiple camera feeds, to deliver dedicated sound capturing and having full control to almost all technical aspects, multi-camera livestream setup gives us the opportunity to further explore the varied perspectives of the live events to brings out the best and memorable moment from the happenings.
Advantages & Disadvantages
With the current capability of the mixer, we can mix between up to 04 camera feeds and other graphical material (laptops, PlayStation, HDMI out cameras, etc).
About the disadvantage: “One of the downsides of multi-camera livestream setup is the usage of space. Unlike smartphone which you never have to do floor plan for cameras & stations, multi-camera setup takes up certain amount of space of the event. Often time our RICE team has to figure on where to place camera so that our station wont appear in the shot will still be able to capture the event happening.”
In conclusion,we believe that live-mixing and livestream technologies are becoming more accessible in the years to come due to ever evolving demand in online content creation.
We think smaller devices such as phones will be even better equipped with livestream function while multi-camera livestream setup will be more compact and easier to use to independent content creation.