By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
If you are looking to do a live video stream with multiple cameras, the thought of investing in a video switcher can be a daunting one. Even a turnkey option like the NewTek Video Tricaster can be daunting and expensive. But if you have an old Mac lying around, then Ben Software’s CaptureSync may be the affordable option you’ve been looking for.
CaptureSync takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file that contains all streams synchronised together. CaptureSync is perfect for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances, presentations and sporting events, among many other uses. – Press release
Ideal for interviews, talking head video blogs, or even security feeds, CaptureSync 1.1 can take feeds from up to 16 separate audio and video feeds and sync them together into one master Quicktime video clip. Additionally, the software can merge signals from a wide variety of video signals including analog, HDMI and SDI video input, and can capture uncompressed 16-bit and 24-bit audio streams as well. The result is a high resolution, high fidelity audio stream that can be used for multi camera operations in broadcast quality.
“This update represents our ongoing commitment to maintaining top-quality software and responding to our customers’ feedback. Researchers and scientists especially will love the fact they can instantly analyse or archive multi-camera footage of their experiments, and we are very excited to be providing the tools to achieve this.” – Ben Bird, developer of SecuritySpy
Other features include:
- Supports up to 16 video and audio inputs, which are captured simultaneously
- Supports IP cameras and video servers (Axis, Mobotix, Panasonic, Vivotek, Sony, ONVIF etc.)
- Works with Mac-compatible USB, FireWire and Thunderbolt input devices
- Supports Blackmagic hardware for analog, HDMI and SDI video input
- Screen capture from any attached monitor
- Produces standard QuickTime Movie files
- No post-processing: captures are available immediately
- AppleScript support for easy automation
” … one main camera to capture the whole group, as well as close-up views that are useful for editing in Final Cut Pro in order to produce an edited movie that switches between multiple camera angles.”
Additionly, Ben Software has improved version 1.1 of CaptureSync to allow for improved synchronization of networked video sources, and can split multi-track files for import into Final Cut Pro. The price for CaptureSync 1.1 is only about $320 for a single user license, and works on any Mac running OS X Lion though Yosemite. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can download a free, fully featured, 30-day trial here to try before you buy. For more information, visit BenSoftware.com.
Sorry, Windows users, but this is Mac Only.