vMix 2012 is a software video mixer and switcher that allows you to create live HD video productions over the Internet. Whether you want to stream a small webcast, a large concert, a business conference or a sporting event, vMix 2012 can help you achieve professional results with minimal hardware and budget.
In this article, we will show you how to use vMix 2012 for live video production, including how to set up your inputs, outputs, transitions, overlays, video delay and multi view features.
Setting Up Your Inputs
vMix 2012 supports multiple types of video sources, such as video cameras, webcams, capture cards, DVDs, web browsers, PowerPoint presentations and more. To add a new input, click on the Add Input button at the bottom left corner of the main window. A dialog box will appear where you can choose the type of input you want to add.
For example, if you want to add a video camera input, select Camera from the list and then choose your camera device and resolution from the drop-down menus. You can also adjust the audio settings, color correction and cropping options for your camera input. Click OK to add the input to your preview window.
You can repeat this process for any other inputs you want to add. You can also rename, reorder and delete your inputs by right-clicking on them in the preview window.
Setting Up Your Outputs
vMix 2012 allows you to output your live video production to various destinations, such as your local recording, external display, streaming server or virtual webcam. To set up your output settings, click on the Settings button at the top right corner of the main window. A dialog box will appear where you can configure your output options.
For example, if you want to record your live production to your hard drive, select Recording from the list and then choose your recording format (MPEG-2, MP4 or AVI), quality (low, medium or high) and file name. You can also enable audio recording and choose your audio format (MP3 or AAC). Click OK to save your settings.
You can repeat this process for any other outputs you want to set up. You can also start and stop your outputs by clicking on the REC and EXT buttons on the main window. A red indicator will appear when an output is active.
Setting Up Your Transitions
vMix 2012 allows you to apply smooth transitions between your inputs when switching from one to another. To set up your transitions, click on the Transition button at the bottom right corner of the main window. A dialog box will appear where you can choose your transition type (cut, fade, wipe or zoom), duration (in milliseconds) and direction (left, right, up or down).
You can also customize any of the four transition buttons on the main window by right-clicking on them and selecting Edit Transition. A dialog box will appear where you can change the transition type, duration and direction for that button. Click OK to save your changes.
To apply a transition between two inputs, simply click on one of the transition buttons while one input is in preview and another is in output. The transition will be applied automatically.
Setting Up Your Overlays
vMix 2012 allows you to overlay one input over another using picture-in-picture (PIP) effects. To set up your overlays, click on one of the Overlay buttons (1-4) at the bottom right corner of the main window. A dialog box will appear where you can choose an input to overlay over the current output.
You can also adjust the position, size and opacity of the overlay using the sliders or by dragging it with your mouse. You can also add a border to the overlay with square or rounded corners. You can also set a duration for the overlay to automatically fade out after a certain time.
To apply an overlay over another input, simply click on one of the Overlay buttons while one input is in output and another is in preview. The overlay will be applied automatically.
To remove an overlay from an input, simply click on the same Overlay button again while 061ffe29dd