Sling enters production market with new live streaming solution

Sling Media is entering the portable multi-camera production market with its SlingStudio offering.

SlingStudio, which was announced at the 2017 NAB Show, can output live video to streaming services such as Facebook Live and YouTube, and simultaneously record to a USB hard drive, USB SSD or SD card for post production.

Priced at $999, the product is aimed at making it more accessible for content producers to create live or live-to-tape streaming multi-camera productions.

“Existing multi-camera video platforms run upwards of $5,000 at a market entry point. Where Facebook and YouTube have democratized live streaming, SlingStudio is democratizing the gear that directors need to make those streams great,” said Vivek Khemka chief technology officer of Dish, which owns Sling, in a statement. “With its accessible price and easy-to-use apps, SlingStudio changes how content creators can think about producing video.”

The system can support up to 10 video feeds both wirelessly or via traditional wiring methods. 

Using the accompanying iPad app, directors can monitor and create live-to-tape video from up to four (out of the overall maximum of 10) input sources simultaneously and drag and drop video into a composition window for either live stream or live-to-tape style productions.

The system also stores the raw footage of all original feeds and makes it accessible in a single, easy to use file pack.

SlingStudio also integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro with an optional extension. Users can import all recordings into a project timeline with all clips and editing decisions preserved and aligned.

SlingStudio will be available starting in May.

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