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Blackmagic Introduces Next-Level Web Streaming device with the Web Presenter

Simon Skinner - 3 years ago

Want to use a Compact Systems Camera or DSLR a for live streaming on Facebook Live, Periscope or Skype?

If yes, then it’s likely you’ve found out how difficult it can be to get some of these programs to work with anything other than a smartphone cam or a webcam. All hail then, as Blackmagic Design have this week revealed what seems to signify a neat, and possibly the first off-the-shelf, solution; making quality web-streaming a simpler process for anyone.

The Blackmagic Web Presenter is a brand new device that captures video from any camera and then transfers the content back to your computer as if it originated from a webcam. Very neat, and fully functional with Windows, Mac, Linux… even Chromebook computers. Automatically, and without installing any drivers.

The new box from Blackmagic Design raises the production value of any web-content creator’s films by enabling them to produce high-quality, multi-cam videos for their channels.

The Web Presenter can be used to mix two incoming video sources and even with transition effects, making it possible to professionally switch between two cameras during a live stream, for example.

Key points Blackmagic Web Presenter:

  • Turns any camera that has an HDMI-out [pretty well any modern DSLR or CSC] into a 720p USB-webcam source
  • Multi-cam functionality at the touch of a button
  • Input audio source for soundtrack/intro music

Pricing and availability:

The Blackmagic Web Presenter is available now and US pricing comes in at $495, with specialist UK retailers coming in at around [as we look around the web whilst writing this piece] £415-£475

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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