Rolands has introduced the AeroCaster VRC-01, which together with an iPad becomes a mobile audio/video mixer for up to four wirelessly connected smartphones including external microphones. It can be used to switch between the cameras of the different phones including crossfade effects and stream the result live to Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch or other services via RTMP. It thus enables simple multi-camera setups via cell phones including professional sound, for example for live broadcasts of talk shows or concerts.
Roland Aeorcaster Live App on iPad.
The smartphones or tablets (Android/iOS) serving as the video source can be connected to the iPad via WLAN or LTE - alternatively, the screen content of a PC or laptop can also be wirelessly integrated into the stream via Google&s Chromecast or images from the iPad camera.
Live images from all smartphones are displayed on the iPad in Roland&s Aeorcaster Live app - where you can select which ones are streamed to the network. In addition, predefined graphics, titles or photos or videos stored on the smartphones or iPad can also be included, and green screen or picture-in-picture effects can be controlled.
Using Roland&s Camera App, the cameras on connected smartphones can be remotely controlled (such as zoom, white balance, exposure, focus, or front or rear camera selection, among other things) from the iPad serving as the control center - the smartphones can either serve as stationary cameras via tripod or manually (or via cell phone gimbal) produce moving footage.
If the whole thing sounds familiar: Roland had already introduced the AeroCaster Switcher app for smartphones in last September, an almost identical video mixer app, but it only worked with Roland&s streaming mixers with HDMI input (such as the V-02HD MK II streaming video mixer) with which the iPad was connected. The Roland Camera app was released to match.
Aerocaster VRC-01 Mixer.
While the iPad serves as a video mixer via the Aeorcaster Live app, the Aerocaster VRC-01, as a traditional audio mixer and interface, is mainly responsible for the sound - especially important for live streamed talk shows with presenters and guests, for example. It has two XLR inputs, one RCA stereo input, as well as headphone and monitor outputs through which the final audio can be monitored.
The panel has sliders for the audio channels (2 x mic, line in as well as main) plus various buttons for switching between video sources, activating B-i-B or audio effects as well as knobs for gain and other functions.
The Roland AeroCaster VRC-01 is scheduled for release in March 2022 at a price of .