Thoughts and Impressions on the Yololiv Instream
Having received the Yololiv Instream from our friends over at Yololiv, here’s a running summary of my thoughts on the device.
- Good size balance between easy to handle and transport, and screen being big enough to view.
- Touch screen interface is a little tricky to navigate between the apps and the Instream console. Swiping up to reveal the Android navigation controls to switch apps or go full screen is easy to miscalculate – not something you’d want to get wrong mid livestream.
- Managing and responding to comments in stream is challenging.
- Device seems powerful and responsive.
- Need to do more testing on the rendering quality of the “Crop” mode – initial impressions is that the 9:16 crop-in was not as sharp as anticipated – from what I see in the recording playback. This might be less noticeable on mobile, but doesn’t appear to be full 1080 lines.
- Would like to be able to boot up the Instream to optionally run the Yolobox horizontal platform. Not sure what the tech limitations are here, but I can see that being valuable for customers to be able to use the hardware in a horizontal mode.
- “Snapshots” feature: Once you have compiled a look (ie selected a PIP of two or more inputs, graphic background, lower third, countdown), have a “snapshot” button that will save the current layout (with the correct graphic layering) so that the scene can be switched back to with a single click during a show.
- Screen Capture & Auto Thumbnail update – I want to pull screen grabs from program feed and save to SD card as a PNG/ JPEG. I use this all the time on the ATEMs when scheduling a future YouTube livestream – I’ll grab a still, and upload the image to be the program thumbnail. It would be amazing if Yolobox could automate this – with the option to update the scheduled livestream Thumbnail on YouTube, and to save the image to SD card. Additional option to automatically email the image to the user’s email address and a guest email address would help to work with the file immediately without having to eject the SD card.
- Graphics: user-selectable option to place graphics in the background. Currently they are only foreground, but would help to have a full screen graphics in background by default to layer video inputs over the top.
- FTP access of the SD card… i.e. use a laptop to load videos or graphics onto or off the SD card via the network, or copy off a program recording without having to eject the SD card.
- Something I am still workshopping is how to optimize for a simultaneous Youtube and Instagram livestream – not the hardware, but the horizontal vs vertical design layout. Current easiest method is to scale down the 16:9 Youtube program to fit within a 9:16 letterbox crop for mobile. The problem is this makes for a very small viewing experience on a phone screen.
- This is where integration with Companion could help – we could use Triggers to follow ATEM program commands and switch secondary outputs on the Yololiv Instream’s two HDMI inputs and graphics that is optimized for vertical.
- For example, a mid shot of a presenter on CAM1 would go out horizontal to the ATEM. The Instream would be receiving the ATEM’s mix-effect 2 bus into HDMI1. Companion would know when CAM1 is in ME2 program, and would tell Instream to switch to the cropped-in version of HDMI1, so that the mid-shot is full screen.
- The Instream’s HDMI2 could use a vertical chroma graphics source to overlay vertically optimized graphics. H2R Graphics output 1 would send horizontal to ATEM, and Output 2 would be aligned vertically and sent to Instream’s HDMI2, with a permanently-on chroma key applied.
- Then if we cut to a two-shot (ie two people talking in the same frame) on CAM2 on the ATEM, Companion would tell the Instream to switch to a 16:9-within-9:16 layout so that full coverage is visible.
What has been your experience of the Yololiv Instream? What questions do you have about how it operates or is capable of?