Event producers have unique needs when it involves video broadcasting software. Since producers are consistently cranking out events, they need something that’s streamlined and easy to use. To that end, they have video broadcasting software that’s powerful and feature-rich.
Luckily, there are a number of software packages that meet these criteria.
vMix Video Broadcasting Software
One of the general best video broadcasting software applications for professional users is vMix.
Features in vMix include:
- Support for HD and 4K resolution
- NDI and IP source support
- Transitions and green screen (chroma key) support
- Efficient H.264 encoding
- Picture-in-picture and multi-view, plus overlays
- Remote control via a web interface
- For event producers, providing value-added features is a major selling point. One great way to stand out is via social media integration. The COO of vMix wrote a guest blog for us recently about vMix Social, an add-on available for free. Essentially, vMix Social allows you to pull social media feeds into your live streams quickly and easily.
- You will also be able to connect to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and IRC chat. You can easily add a selected comment, photo, or post as an overlay on your live stream as well.
Another great feature of vMix for sports event production is instant replay. vMix Replay allows you to select up to four cameras with which to keep a running buffer of footage. After a great moment occurs (such as a goal during a soccer match), simply click the requisite time span or manually mark the period you’d like to replay. The footage will be added as a new event. This means you can replay it at any time by double-clicking on it.
Pricing and compatibility
There are six versions of vMix. The highest-end, vMix Pro, costs $1200. This version supports 1000 inputs, 4K video, four-camera instant replay, scripting, PTZ control, and more. The Basic version is free, but it only supports SD video and four total inputs. However, the in-between versions offer a good mixture of functionality and affordability. There is also a 60-day free trial available. Learn more on the vMix pricing page.
In terms of compatibility, vMix only operates on Microsoft Windows computers.
- Video company NewTek has been a pioneering force in video and broadcasting since the 1980s when its central applications ran on Commodore Amiga computers. Today, NewTek’s iconic Video Toaster has morphed into the TriCaster line of products.
- TriCasters are portable live event production systems for live streaming, broadcast video, video , and virtual sets. They are highly functional and widely used throughout the broadcast industry. Currently, TriCaster is available in four product lines.
- The TriCaster 8000 is a 24-channel video switcher in a full-size 4U rack-mount frame. It supports eight Mix/Effect rows and professional I/O for eight cameras.
- The TriCaster 400 Series is a smaller 2U rack-mount unit for more mobile use. It features Pro I/O for four cameras and a 16-channel video switcher with four Mix/Effects rows.
- The TriCaster Mini-Series is a hand-held unit for easy transport. It includes a 16-channel video switcher with four Mix/Effects rows, I/O for four cameras (pro or prosumer), and a small built-in screen.
- Finally, the TriCaster 40 is a 14-channel switcher with four virtual inputs and form-factor designed for use on a cart or table. It has SD and HD I/O for four analog cameras.