Sling Media SlingStudio
92 STREAMING MEDIA July/August 2017
the Facebook feed for problems and viewer
comments. My 10-year-old son was thrilled to
be handed an iPhone 6S Plus with Manfrotto
PIXI tripod and told to run around and get
unique angles and audience shots for me to
I kept a path clear between my two tripods
so I could easily access either camera for adjustments. With my headphones plugged into
the iPad, I tried to monitor the audio. Unfortunately, the live sound grossly overpowered
what I could hear on the iPad, so it didn’t end
up being much help (hence why the viewers
had to point out to me that the vocals weren’t
coming through on
After the stream
began, I took my time
getting used to the interface and controls.
Basic switching was
a breeze. I could drag
a source to a larger
preview viewer if I
needed to give extra
scrutiny to a shot before switching, or I
could simply drag a source straight to the program for instant switching.
It didn’t take long before I felt confident in
operating the broadcast. This allowed me to insert more creativity into the shoot. I was able to
quickly create some basic on-screen titles and
lower-thirds within the Console app to include
at the beginning and end (Figure 6). Plus, I could
set the iPad down temporarily while I moved
the two Canon cameras to different angles and
framing. Going back to the Console app, I experimented with the multiview options available.
There are multiple split-screen and picture-in-picture options that can be easily set up and
saved either before or during a broadcast.
After almost 90 minutes, my camera batter-
ies were giving out, and the concert was near-
ly over. After calling it quits on the stream, I
was able to immediately show some of the re-
corded video to the performers and audience
members within the Console app. That eve-
ning, I pulled all of the video from the SD card
into PluralEyes to sync up and re-edit in Pre-
miere Pro from the ISO feeds.
The SlingStudio will be a bit under-featured
for high-end productions since it currently lacks
advanced features such as the ability to import
custom graphics (coming soon) or prerecorded video clips. But for basic and semi-complex
multi-camera productions, the SlingStudio has
already proven to be one of the most intuitive
and creative options available.
Paul Schmutzler ( firstname.lastname@example.org) has been involved
in various aspects of photography, film, and video production,
post-production, and motion graphics for more than 10 years.
He reviews tools of the trade as a freelance tech journalist.
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of the Canon
CameraLink for our
allowed me to add
on-the-fly, as well
as a split-screen
effect, as shown
in the Facebook