Broadcast slick shows live from this Mac-based TV studio With mimoLive you can record the live feed from your Mac and press a key to trigger a clip or overlay
Boinx mimoLive is like a TV studio that enables you to create and broadcast shows directly from
your Mac. It helps you gather a collection of assets, such as photographs, graphics and video clips, and then trigger them as and when they need to appear in your broadcast.
For example, you might want to create a short video sequence that showcases the highlights of your recent holiday. The app enables you to record the live feed from your Mac’s FaceTime HD camera and host your show as a presenter, and press a keyboard shortcut – or just click on an asset – to play a pre‑recorded video clip or share a scenic shot during your broadcast.
The app’s key panels are arranged in a logical fashion. You can drag video clips and stills to the Sources panel on the far left, as well as including live video inputs from attached cameras. These sources can then be manually added to the Layer Stack panel. The ability to organise content in layers is valuable as you can place assets above the live video feed layer and overlay captions, logos and graphics on your programme’s presenter. The Layer Stack also provides useful graphic templates that you can modify, such as lower third captions, weather icons and picture-inpicture inserts. All these layers can be triggered by clicking their adjacent ‘Live’ button at any time during your broadcast.
After selecting an asset from the Layer Stack you can fine-tune the way it looks and behaves in the Placer column. Here you can create custom keyboard shortcuts that will make a particular asset go live during your broadcast or recording. You can choose to have the asset appear instantly or dissolve in and out. You can also manually zoom in on an asset, which enables you to lose the edges of the wide-angle frame produced by your Mac’s built-in camera, for example.
A costly proposition
You can rehearse talking to camera and triggering your assets until you’re ready to broadcast. When assets from the Layer Stack are live you’ll see them in the Program Output panel. You can choose to record your show as a QuickTime movie (which you can then tidy up in iMovie). Or it can be streamed live from your Mac to YouTube Live or Facebook Live, providing you’ve set those services up.
Given the cost of mimoLive, it may suit organisations more than individuals. For example, an event’s video technician could use the app it to trigger projected video clips, titles and more at precise times during a live show. If the show programme changes then the correct assets can be easily found in the Layer Stack and projected in a click. Not an event manager? The price may put you off.
After rehearsing your show, you can stream it live or record it as a movie for export elsewhere.