A p p That leaves the two true, iOS-based, multicam, live-
switch, video broadcast so-
lutions. One is Teradek’s
Live:Air Action (pronounced
as “Live to Air”). Action is
the latest version of this
software, and there’s also a
free version known as Solo.
The other is Switcher Stu-
dio (the product and com-
pany both have the same
name), which is also avail-
able in a free version called
Live:Air Action (Figure 2)
has an interface that’s best
used on a bigger tablet, as there are many
dedicated sections and tiny type. Live:Air
Solo is actually designed for a phone, with a
minimal interface that can be brought in as
overlays from the sides and bottom. It will
run on a tablet and I actually like using it on
a tablet. Live:Air Action won’t even show up
to download for a phone.
Switcher Studio works beautifully on a tablet (Figure 3). However, the app also has an
interface designed specifically for the iPhone
that makes it easier to use, with larger interface elements that you swap between.
Switcher Go has a very minimal interface
that is pretty much the same on the phone
I put together a feature-by-feature comparison chart (see Figures 4 and 5 on page
73) to help you hone in on what you need.
This chart was checked by reps of each of
the three companies included, so it should
be accurate as of May 23,
2018. I included Cinamaker
in the chart based on the
features the company says
will be in the app when it
releases. Each of these companies is continually updating these apps, so the features and capabilities will
soon change from the ones
I note here.
Streaming and Recording
Streaming and record-
ing are the functions both
of these apps were built to do. Live:Air Ac-
tion uses an à la carte pricing system to let
you purchase those features you need. If
you only need one external camera, then
buy that feature once and you own it. If you
need four external cameras, you buy sup-
port for four. Need greenscreen? Buy it. If
you don’t, don’t buy it. In the base version,
you can stream or record. If you want to
do both, you buy that extra recording func-
tionality. Buying the Live:Air Action Bundle
unlocks all the in-app purchases for a single
Switcher Studio is a subscription service.
You pay $29/month or $299/year ($25/month).
With your subscription you get everything
Switcher Studio offers—support for up to 9
cameras, seemingly unlimited video clips,
titles, stills, and other materials in your bin.