Two way live webcams
If you’ve read our blog before, you’ve probably seen us mention Black Magic’s Ultra Studio Mini Recorder once or twice (or more…).
Here again, it’s the key to filling up those two Thunderbolt ports on your Mac Book Pro.
It’s still the cheapest and easiest way to get the job done, but there are other options that work just as well, and might be even better, depending on your situation.
But any or all of these setup recommendations could be affected by a number of variables; they also have the potential to become outdated at the drop of a hat.
The first is based around a Mac Book Pro, the second incorporates a hardware mixer called ATEM Television Studio, and the third is for PC desktops.
The process outlined in Imry’s original article is still an excellent way to go.
Cameras, tripod, two computers (one should be a Mac Book Pro, the other can be almost anything as long as it has ethernet capabilities, either on the device or via an adapter), ATEM Television Studio, capture device, 1-2 monitors for viewing cameras to switch .
If you aren’t sure what model you currently have, click on the Apple icon in the upper left part of your screen and select “About This Mac” to find out. Most of the video tech on the market today is Thunderbolt 1- or Thunderbolt 2-based (the older model we’re referring to has two Thunderbolt 2 ports).
The latest Mac Book Pro has Thunderbolt 3, sometimes called USB-C.
It’s still the least expensive way to bring the HDMI signal into your computer, Mac or PC, keeping your setup costs low.
Bring in a third camera using a USB-based capture device.
Feel free to chat with us before you shell out the cash on any particular item—we’re more than happy to advise.