In this article, I’ll walk you through my completely mobile, iOS-driven, multi-camera, wireless live-streaming setup. It was designed around the need to push multiple live streams at an outdoor event where I needed to move everything around with me all day long. There was no AC or
ethernet feed. Everything I used was mounted on two tripods.
You could easily adapt this to do a multi-camera production in a car, a boat, or any other place where you need the
flexibility and production value that a switched production
delivers, but still need it to be completely mobile.
For this shoot, I was at the Frisco Arts Walk in Texas, doing a series of Facebook Live streams for the Frisco Association for the Arts. I had three cameras. In the video that
accompanies the online version of this article ( go2sm.com/
ios), I do a visual walk through the gear I had with me and I
used one of the cameras in the live-streaming kit because it
was already set up for recording.
The camera I used in the video to show off the entire setup (see Figure 1 on page 44) is an iPhone 5 with an accessory wide-angle lens. I chose the 5 because I personally like
the form factor of the 5 with the flat sides. Plus, accessories
I purchase for the iPhone 5 will also work with the iPhone
SE, which is nearly identical to the iPhone 5 and is actually
still a current and very affordable Apple product, despite the
years in between (iPhone models 6, 7, 8, X). The iPhone 5s has
also been included with the upgrade to iOS 11. The iPhone 5
has been orphaned with iOS 10.
I have two cases for the iPhone 5. One is a “glove”-type case
that fits tightly, and has a metal mount for external lenses.
It does not have any mounts for accessories or tripods, but