Originally Posted by: mtone Originally Posted by: Capybara
At that point, the big system I am
building now may get relegated to staying in studio, although we really like to have two systems on location for large corporate live streams where everything HAS to work
and there is no option for failure/computer problems.
do you use vmix exclusively for those corporate jobs ? have you ever had any major issues with it in that environment ? id be curious to hear how it holds up over time in situations where expectations are always high..
Been away from the forums for a while over the holidays but getting back to you, we mostly use vMix for corporate and broadcast work even and it's been pretty solid. We occasionally use LiveStream Studio
as vMix isn't really optimized for the live TV/event workflow where you get hit with constant last minute changes that can be impossible or difficult to implement into vMix.
LiveStream Studio is much more like a traditional video switcher and it can be more flexible if there are a lot of last minute changes. That said, we generally like vMix much better, it's just that when you build a show with
150 to 250 events in it in vMix and then a producer wants to you insert a spare 55 title cards five minutes before air, vMix isn't the right tool. That's stressful no matter what you are using but moving stuff around at the last
minute isn't vMix's strong suite.
vMix is amazing when we have a show where we have done a live rehearsal and tech rehearsal and the show it SET and we are going to broadcast it. Not as good when producers have a million last
minute changes like on fundraisers, galas and telethons, I am starting to budget for an extra graphics person and workstation to handle last minute changes to L3s, new title cards, inputting
into live scrolls, etc. It's not even vMix, it's that that kind of workflow demands a TV control room model where you have a director, TD, VTR, Sound Mixer and graphics person, each on their own
workstations. Expecting one person on one vMix station to handle all of that at once is physically impossible.
Overall, after using the crap out of vMix in 2020, which was our first year using it, huge thumbs up, it's an AMAZING tool and overall, has been very reliable although we did have it totally
crash in the middle of (thank goodness) a talent tech rehearsal with 8 vMix callers and not the show. Still don't know why it did that but that could also have just been a Windows/PC issue and
not a vMix issue.
I say to any who are on the fence, there is really nothing else like vMix on the market. But you have to put some serious bucks into your build it you are going to use it professionally for paying clients.
Our latest build was about $12k all in and there plenty of users on here who have sunk even more into their builds. if you're using it at a low, undemanding level, you don't need that. But when you are doing eight live cameras, revolving groups
of 8 vMix Callers, tons of graphics and overlays and lots of events, you need a monster system.