The vMix master class is a complete video production course based around the revolutionary live streaming and recording software. This course will review the basics of professional video production and live streaming which include: titles, overlays, capturing content, live streaming, recording, controllers, shortcuts, working with images, audio, graphics, building cameras shots and much much more!
This course will include a coupon for $20 OFF vMix (or price paid for course) (if you have not already purchased vMix... please call our office 610-518-2200)! So once you are done with your 60 day free trial don't forget to use our coupon. This course also includes free coupon codes for five (5) additional UDEMY courses below:
Before we start, let's check out how vMix fits into the market.
Setting up your vMix installation on your Windows machine properly will be key to success in this course.
Let's take a closer look at the vMix interface in this lecture.
After you have selected a computer for your live streaming machine it's time to enable your graphics card. We review the best ways to use your graphics card, enable it in windows and use it for live streaming and video production.
vMix has just announced a new feature called "vMix Call" which allows users to add a input for video conferencing. As you will see in this video vMix now supports the ability to add an input specifically for video calling with guests on your live show. This is perhaps one of the most exciting features in vMix.
We review how to use the vMix Video Calling feature and set up a simple two person talk show in less than 5 minutes! Finally, this is a great way to simplify your video production and avoid using virtual audio cables and other secondary monitors. Amazing programming work done by Martin Sinclair! Congratulations to the entire vMix team. This will now save their users money who are currently paying for video conferencing services only to bring in remote participants.
How vMix Call works:
As you can see the regular vMix add input interface now includes a "Video Call" button. Once inside this input you can either host a call or connect to a call. vMix generates a password which is used to connect your vMix interface to a calling via a WebRTC web browser. In our testing the Google Chrome browser performs the best for this function and after that the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Finally, you will also have the option to select a "Return Feed" for both video and audio. By default, vMix allows you to select a video source, video bandwidth and an audio source.
After brain storming with our engineers we realized that vMix Call has opened up some new doors for extending the functionality of the NewTek NDI. Now users can connect NewTek NDI sources (vMix already supports the NewTek NDI) to other vMix sources around the world, even if they aren't on the same network. Now for true 1080p, low latency, quality of the NewTek NDI which is only available on the LAN (Local Area Network) the same NDI rules still apply. But, now that vMix supports the connection of multiple vMix systems together over the public internet a whole new slew of possibilities have been opened up!
vMix Fun Time Show February:
Watch the vMix Fun Time Show of February 2017 to see the system demonstrated by the creator himself Martin Sinclair! This live show features a vMix Call demonstration from Australia to Europe using the WebRTC connection via vMix Call and Google Chrome. Other notable features with vMix 19 include safe zones. Keep in mind vMix 19 is still in BETA as of February 2017. The vMix 19 release is scheduled for the NAB Show in April 2017.
Titles and overlays are some of the most important features of live stream. Titles can be lower thirds or banners on overlaid on your video to inform your audience of important information. Overlays can be almost any input and allow you to layer your video layouts like the professionals.
Learn how to add inputs to your vMix video production. Each input has additional options for placement, controls and multi-views. In this video we will add pictures, videos, titles, audio and more to our vMix production.
It's always a good idea to record your live video production work on a local hard drive (even if it is being recorded in the cloud).
Learn how to stream your video production to a CDN (content delivery network) such as Youtube, Facebook or UStream.
We will now test your knowledge of live streaming with a couple questions.
Learn how to work with images in your video production.
Stingers and transitions allow you to effectively transition from one shot to the next. In this lecture we will review how to use transitions and even make your own.
The vMix web controller allows you to remotely control your live video production machine from anywhere on your local area network. This effectively allows you to use an iPad or other computer on your network to trigger effects, switch cameras and much more.
vMix shortcuts allow you to set up buttons on a keyboard or MIDI controllers which can trigger almost any event. For example you can set up the space bar on a keyboard to overlay your first title or trigger a standard transition.
Video Lists allow you to create a collection of video files and use them as a single input.
This lecture reviews working with cameras in vMix. You can use a chroma key, control PTZ movements of robotic cameras and much more.
Audio is always one of the most important aspects of any live broadcast. In this lecture we review how you can mix your audio with vMix's software based audio switcher.
Here is a powerful feature inside vMix for layering inputs with multiple inputs. In the next video, we will clarify the multi-view output feature as well (don't get them confused :)...
Learn how to build camera shots from the ground up in this lecture. Each camera shot can then be recalled instantly or use with a transition effect.
Bandwidth is crucial for live streaming. In this lecture, we will review how to test your available bandwidth and avoid any hiccups in you next live production.
In this lecture, we review how Virtual Sets work. We have an entire course on virtual sets which you can learn how to build these set in more detail. This is a basic overview of how virtual sets work with a green screen and chroma key background.
Let's test your knowledge of virtual sets
As you may know we are heavy green screen / virtual set users. We use a virtual set for our live shows on Friday on YouTube Live and many of our videos. You may have seen that we just built an in house studio, but we haven’t stopped using a green screen. In fact, we are starting to use a multi-camera, multi-set layout for our live show and I this week was the first time we used a multi-angle virtual set.
Before we start explaining our setup I wanted to give credit to Virtual Set Works who’s virtual sets we are using in this demonstration. We are also using vMix to bring in the virtual sets and do the panning and zooming. We have been using vMix virtual sets from Virtual Set Works from a long time and this particular virtual set is from the Virtual Set Works: Volume 7 package. The process of setting up these virtual sets with multiple angles simply involves adding two or more inputs as virtual sets.
As you can see from the picture below our vMix preset has two different virtual sets with different angles to allow us to transition between these virtual sets. So let’s start with what a virtual set is. A virtual set is a background and foreground with your “talent” video which is a camera input that has a “Chroma Key” applied. A chroma key is usually used with a green or blue screen and is applied to a camera input that has your subject in front of the well lit colored background. The biggest problem our users have with virtual sets and virtual background is usually lighting for the set. Chroma Key technology is very accurate as long as your camera image is accurately portraying the content.
This is a great feature for monitoring multiple inputs and outputs in a secondary display with vMix.
Live streaming is all about audience engagement. Watching the chat room and responding to your audience is essential. In this video, we discuss some of the new ways to integrate data from social media outlets, forms, polling and other data driven display methods into your live stream.
As you may have seen, we are doing a lot with vMix data sources and it’s been a fun ride learning about what can be done with live data in our video productions. One of our long-term goals is using live data to power a 24/7 live stream on YouTube that allows users to automatically interact with the live stream. We have also generated a starter kit for anyone interested in learning more about building what the industry calls an “Audience Response System”. You can download our vMix Data Sources jump start kit here – ptzoptics.com/landing/audience-response.html.[=]''''''''''''}
We have found that Google Sheets are one of the easiest ways to bring in data into vMix Data Sources. We like using Google Sheets because it was a great integration with Google Forms allowing us to populate the google sheets with information from our audience and then into vMix Data Sources. But, we are also testing out some of the other ways to use vMix data sources such as RSS, XML, JSON, CVS and Text files.
A couple examples we showed on our last live stream demonstrating vMix Data Sources is displaying a list of the latest YouTube Subscribers and a live count of our total subsribers. We also, asked our audience to submit a custom google form that asked what their favorite bands were from the 80s, 90s and today. This information was then displayed in custom vMix titles that we created to display our vMix Data Sources inputs. As you can see, one question asked live viewers to rate their favorite live streaming platform: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Instagram. We also, used vMix social to bring in pictures from social media outlets.
The best part of this presentation is that you can use this audience response system with your favorite live streaming software… New Integrations from the NewTek NDI, NewBlue TitleFX and vMix Data Sources are making data ingestion for live streaming easy!
In this presentation we will review:
1. Finding usable data
2. Creating custom titles to display that data
3. Social Media Integration
4. Live voting and polling
5. Services you can use & Audience Response Systems
6. Live streaming with your data
As we mentioned before this course includes a wide variety of digital assets to get you up and running with a customized video production. This lecture explains the contents of these digital assets and how you can use them.
Let's put everything together now. See how the PTZOptics Live show is produced with vMix on our YouTube Live channel every Friday.
We decided to create a little tutorial for the new Orby buttons which connect to any Windows or Mac computer via USB. The integration with vMix is seamless and we wanted to show off how you can even include camera control (4K or Pro Versions of vMix Only).
We will be using these buttons to simplify our live streaming set up and perform camera switching or PTZ control depending on the day. We also enjoy using the X-keys XKE-124 T-bar during our live show which we did another tutorial video on
Wanted to make a quick video showing how easy it is to control vmix with a xKeys controller. We will be using the xKeys controller on our live show tomorrow when we interview Martin Sinclair. The xKey's 124 key USB controller with T-Bar is from PI Engineering http://xkeys.com/index.php and they have amazingly affordable USB based video production equipment. Visit their website to learn more!
Quick Tips - Once the XKey's controller is plugged into your Windows computer allow ample time for the drivers to load. The first time you use the xKeys controller do not use a USB extension or USB Hub. USB devices in-line can provide issues with drivers actually installing. On Windows 7 we found that the drivers can take up to 15 minutes to install.
When setting up the xKey's controller with custom stickers we found it quite easy to pull off the keys. Once the key has been pulled off the device there is a top layer you can pull off and insert your sticker. Once the sticker is inside your key you can snap it back on and put the entire key back on the xKey unit.
vMix Integration - As explained in our video it is very easy to set up the vMix shortcuts once the drivers have been loaded. BUT, do not start vMix until the drivers have been completely loaded or else you will have to restart the program. Finally, for set up all you need to do is go to the vMix "Settings" and select "shortcuts" to start mapping your keys. If vMix is not seeing your keys when you click "find" then try restarting the program and making sure the drivers have been completely loaded.
Ever wonder how the major television networks such as QVC and HSN create their infomercials? They have taken ability to sell over video and turned it into an art. Well here at PTZOptics we decided to break down the magic and create a free download kit for our customers to learn exactly how they can use the formula with their own products and services.
Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not just a magic formula… There is a complete culture shift happening today in regards to how the world is consuming media. It’s happened once before in the 1950’s when the world started to leave radio for television. Now in the first part of the 21st century we are seeing consumers leave traditional television media and move to internet-based video consumption.
In the following presentation we are going to show you how to create videos like QVC and provide you with a FREE download of the resources you need to get started. First, we start with a high quality video image of your talent. You can use a green screen, a virtual set, or simply a clean office background. It’s important that this base layer is done properly, because this is where your talent will perform.
On top of your talent layer, we start to build out the QVC style with a side bar and lower third. The sidebar includes all the basic information about your product as your talent goes into more detail during your video. The lower third can include anything you want, but generally it includes contact information and/or a call to action such as your 1-800 number.
Rinse, Wash, Repeat…
The beauty of this system is that once you have built your template you can simply reload your graphics and start all over again. The basic workflow would be as follows:
Get Attention - Introduce yourself with enthusiasm Identify the Problem - Introduction to the product Agitate the Problem - Product Presentation Identify the Solution - Make your Value Add Proposition Outro Video - Call to Action Reviews… Facts… Social Proof (If you have it use it!)
In this video you will learn how to use the vMix "External Webcam" feature which allows you to take the output of vmix into any video conferencing software.
In this video we use the "External Webcam" feature to provide return video to our video conferencing participants on our live show. We show you how to capture the audio and video for hosting your live show just like we do every week!
This is by far the most powerful way to integrate Facebook Live reactions that I have found. The next video will discuss some implementation ideas specific to vMix.
I am a Live Streaming Expert and Chief Streaming Officer for PTZOptics. PTZOptics is an industry leader in affordable live streaming technology. We host a live show on YouTube Live every Friday and we hope to help the world better understand live streaming and technology it takes to produce amazing video content!
I host a live show on YouTube Live called "PTZOptics Live" where we review the latest in the live streaming and video conferencing industry. This is the basis of our live streaming innovation where you can learn quite a lot of about the industry.
I have been working in the audio visual industry for 10+ years employed at: Haverford Systems, Conference Room Systems and PTZOptics. Each of these companies have kept me involved in designing, building and operating live streaming and video conferencing systems. Throughout my career continue to help others in video communication projects.