Live-Stream and Switch Between Six Cameras With the Yolobox Pro

I was sent this live production system that requires nothing else to let you stream six live camera action streams to your social video platforms, all at the same time. It’s an encoder, mixer, recorder and monitor all in one. You can even insert a SIM card to stream over your mobile network if your destination doesn’t have a stable internet connection.

All-in-one

The YoloBox Pro is a streamer, mixer, recorder and monitor. What differentiates it from the Atem Mini or OBS on your computer is that it is a complete remote solution. You connect to a Wi-Fi network, or insert a mobile SIM card to get started, and you can stream to multiple platforms at once.

What is that?

It’s the YoloBox Pro. It looks like a big monitor with a lot more inputs. It has a responsive touchscreen and a few hours of battery life, but you can use it plugged in if you need to. It has a SIM card and SD card slot, three HDMI inputs, a USB-A input and a USB-C input, an audio monitoring input for headphones, two audio inputs and a an Ethernet connection port.

Once you have activated it, you can log into your YouTube channel, Facebook profile, Twitch account, and RTMP platforms if you want to broadcast to a select group of people. Once you have created your profile and logged in to each of your accounts, you can connect cameras and configure it to be live.

You switch between camera feeds by clicking on your choice at that time. It’s so simple. There are overlays for sporting events so you can show each team’s scores, and you can load a countdown screen to let people know when they can expect the stream to start. It’s really easy to do. And if you need a monitor, it can also be without having to broadcast.

Who is it for ?

It is ideal for event videographers filming weddings, sporting events and workshops. If you need to share everything you shoot while you shoot it, this single device makes it possible. You can have six cameras configured with only one person needing to control which camera to switch to. If the cameras are close together and locked on tripods, a wired connection to each will do, and if it’s a crew with multiple members moving cameras, you can connect with a wireless video transmitter.

I connected my social networks to test the ease of use. I installed Facebook and YouTube. But you can also have Twitch and a linked single RTMP connection. This means you can set up a private and secure stream for your team.

Here is a comparison of the YoloBox I reviewed before.

what it could be

It’s a way to add services to your offer. If I was filming events, I would charge a fee to each person watching, or I would charge the host to have the ability to stream the event live.

I actually think they have everything they need to compete with Frame.io and BlackMagic Design in new cloud camera developments in professional video production workflows, but I also admire their dedication to delivery live remotely.

What you will need

If you’re connecting via HDMI, you’ll need the cables that match your camera.

Your camera should be able to show a live view of what you’re capturing. I used my Black Magic Design pocket camera, which did the job, but it showed the red areas because I had the focus assist. I wanted to pair it with my GoPro 7 Black, but the camera thought I was trying to display the captured videos on another monitor, so it wasn’t usable. However, I know newer GoPro cameras have options to upgrade to a webcam, which should use the same protocols and work fine. I need to update my GoPro.

I also used the Canon 5D Mark III, which is an old camera, but it connected fine. The only problem was that I was streaming while showing everyone that I was doing it without a card, because that’s what was displayed on my camera screen. It is obviously possible to get rid of all this if you configure it correctly. I would also recommend using a camera with great autofocus, especially if you’re going to be streaming on your own.

As far as sound goes, I had some issues with my first stream. I used a Rode Video Micro Mic, which didn’t seem to connect at all. I then switched to my Deity Wireless Pocket kit, which also didn’t work. So, I tried a direct lavalier mic (which was in the Deity kit), and it picked up, and I was good to go.

What I liked

  • If you need an external monitor or recorder for your video work, this might be it.
  • It is well designed with a metal body. Its touchscreen is responsive and its interface is easy to learn and understand.
  • You can add overlays with your branding and add a timer to let people know when the stream starts.
  • You can split the view between multiple cameras without any external equipment.
  • If you want, you can use it as a monitor for your camera. It’s a great monitor, and could be great for clients to see what you’re filming, and if the director isn’t there, it could be a solution to get the shots straight to them wherever they are in the world. It’s basically a step up from the new camera-to-cloud workflow you get with Frame.io or Black Magic Design in my opinion.

What I did not like

They have limited platforms you can stream on. I would like to add Behance, because I think this community is great for doing live tutorials and workshops. I don’t think it will be long before Instagram and TikTok streaming is also possible.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a user-friendly way to get started with streaming, or if you’ve seen the demand for it in your industry, it would be a good idea to add the Yolobox Pro to your list of options. It is an all-in-one solution for live streaming, switching and remote recording.

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