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Roland AeroCaster livestreaming system exchanges cameras for iPhones and iPads

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Roland's new AeroCaster simplifies multi-camera live streaming, with multiple iPhone feeds controlled from a single console and an iPad.

The Roland AeroCaster consists of a video-switching console that can be used to manage video production, but one that could reduce the amount of dedicated hardware you would need to acquire in the first place. Rather than relying on numerous standard cameras as video feeds, the system instead uses iPhone and iPad cameras as its sources.

The console, the VRC-01, is an audio interface and control surface that hosts the buttons and sliders needed for live video production. It connects to an iPad running the AeroCaster Live app to display the live feed and sources, produce scene changes and various video effects, and to include content from the iPad's image library.

As the audio interface, it includes a pair of combined XLR inputs for microphones, a stereo line-in, a headphone jack, and an RCA monitor output. There are a pair of USB Type-C ports, used to provide power to the console as well as to connect to the iPad.

The iPad and app also handles streaming to various online platforms, including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and other RTMP channels, using any available Internet connection.

The other video sources stem from iPhones and Android devices running the AeroCaster Camera app, which streams the live feed from the camera to the host iPad.

The Roland AeroCaster VRC-01 will cost $295 when it ships in March 2022.

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