n s vMix
vMix is a Windows-only program developed and maintained by StudioCoast Pty Ltd.,
and while a free version is
available, you’ll have to spend
$350 to conference in one caller (HD version of the software),
$700 to conference in two callers (4K version), or $1,200 for up
to eight callers (Pro version).
When we installed the program, the setup utility loaded
both a 32-bit and 64-bit version.
Note that only the 64-bit version
supports vMix Call, which can
get a bit confusing if you run
the wrong program. Although
we didn’t test this, you should
be able to access vMix Call from Android devices
using Chrome and iOS 11 devices using Safari.
You build your vMix projects by creating
multiple inputs, such as cameras, audio devices, titles, audio and video files, and the like,
each stored separately in a content bin. Once
you’ve created your inputs, you shuttle each one
in and out of the preview and live window via
simple mouse clicks or keystroke commands.
As you’ll see, you integrate multiple inputs like
remote guests into a single presentation using
a virtual shot.
You start the conference by adding a Video
Call input, which gives you a numerical password to send to your guest, who will log in by entering their name and password into www.vmix
call.com (Figure 1). In this dialog, you choose
the video source and bandwidth to send back
to the guest, plus the audio source. In most
cases, you’ll send the program feed and master audio back to each guest, and
vMix will automatically remove each guest’s audio
from their respective feed
so they won’t hear an echo
over their speakers.
When working with mul-
tiple guests, you’ll repeat
this procedure for each one,
and each gets a unique log-
in. If you’ll be working with
the same guests multiple
times, you can save the in-
puts in a vMix preset and the password won’t
change—a great feature.
As mentioned, each guest logs into www.vmix
call.com, enters a name and password, then enters the screen shown in Figure 2. The big screen
is the program feedback from vMix, while the
window on the upper left is the preview from
that computer (placed in the middle window in
the composed feed). Note the text chat window
on the right, a useful feature for communicating
with your guests.
The easiest way to create the program feed
shown in Figure 2 is to add a Virtual Set and
choose from one of the many multiwindow presets. vMix provides a simple but highly functional editor (see Figure 3 on the next page) you use
to choose the shots for each input box, which automatically crops the sides to make all windows
fit. Add a simple text title and you’re done. The
guest in vMix Call
Here’s what the
guest sees if you
send back the