mimoLive State of the Union

First of all, a big thank you to all past, current and future users! Your support means the world to us and seeing what you do with mimoLive keeps us going.

Originally, we were planning to post about every update for mimoLive, but engineering keeps them coming so fast, we can’t keep up.

Past

The past 12 months have seen more than 40 releases of mimoLive, including all the betas. The complete list of new features, enhancements and fixes is about mile long, but here are the highlights:

  • New Output Destinations: This allows you to save different file formats, stream to multiple streaming platforms, add auxiliary audio monitors for moderators, operators, studio audience and more.
  • Audience Social Media Interaction: To engage your audience in a conversation, add social comments and reactions from Facebook, YouTube or Twitter to your live show. mimoLive™ can even give your audience access to your PTZ camera controls by sending command-comments over Twitter.
  • Multiviews: Keep an eye on your sources and control the Switcher layers and NDI® PTZ cameras.
  • Instant Replay with Remote Control Surface support.
  • Source groups and adjustable main window layout.
  • Audio Mixes: Each destination can now have individual audio mixes, for example for multi-language workflows.
  • Source Performance Monitor: Find out if your sources perform as desired.
  • mimoCall: Added support for H.264 and advanced monitoring to improve connection quality.
  • Web Browser Capture source: surf the web comfortably.
  • Social Media Source: Get comments, likes, reactions and more from any post your account has access to.
  • Levels filter: Quickly adjust the white balance to make camera sources match each other.
  • Matte Choker filter: Adjust the alpha channel of video sources.
  • New Streaming providers: BoxCast, Periscope, screen9.
  • Sport Graphics pack: A set of sources and layers for sports and games with scoring & timing, tournament, team roster, athlete information and more.

Present

Currently, we’re beta testing mimoLive 4.7 which will add:

  • Kiosk mode that turns on full screen playout when you open a document
  • Pause, play, rewind and fast forward for movie sources in the Placer layer
  • Also coming in the next beta is support for RTMPS

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Future

We've got big plans for this year. If you look closely, you can find a small teaser for a major new feature coming soon in the screenshot at the top of this post. We'll keep you posted.

NDI® Show Case

Every now and then, we get out of the programming cave and join the real world for some live video production fun. We want to see first hand what the mimoLive user experience is like. This gives us lot of ideas for new features and, sometimes, an incentive to fix things that aren’t that great. Our latest adventure was recording the presentations at Codebeam Lite conference in Munich with a 100% digital NDI® based setup. Get a complete equipment list and learn more about the setup…

Ceiling Projection with mimoLive

If you want to project something onto a wall or a ceiling (for example for your next LAN party) but can’t put the projector directly in front of it, you need to fix the distortion. Achim shows you in this video how you can use mimoLive, the Syphon Sender and Receiver and the Source with Distortion Layer to map your projection to the desired surface.

Recording presentations with mimoLive: Code BEAM Lite Conference

Here is an example of a professional speaker recording setup that we recently used at the Code BEAM Lite conference in Munich. Recording and live editing the presentations with mimoLive™ helped significantly reduce the post production costs and the time between recording and delivery to the client to a few hours. Setup was quick and easy because using NDI technology means a drastic reduction in cabling and equipment.

The Task

The Code BEAM Lite conference brings together engineers for a day of sharing and learning. At the front of the room, which held about 70 people, there was a lectern for the presenter and a projection screen to show the contents of the screen. There were to be 9 presentations in a single track, recorded for later upload to YouTube. mimoLive would have provided the option to live stream but the event organizers opted against renting the expensive internet line from the hosting hotel.

The Setup

Setup was quick and easy because we only had to run one cable to the cameras and the HDMI capture device each. NDI is great because video (and audio) and power can be delivered over a single ethernet cable. The devices connected to a Unifi PoE+ network switch which linked them to the MacBook Pro running mimoLive via the Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock. In contrast to some USB-C docks we tried, the Echo 11 provides a real PCIe Gigabit ethernet interface with the full bandwidth.

One great feature of NDI is that you can use the video sources in multiple switchers, so a secondary MacBook Pro was used to record a backup of the main camera and the slides. Except for the connection to the switch, this did not require additional cabling.

For capturing sound, we used a Zoom H5 USB recorder. This device provides XLR inputs where we normally take the sound from the event sound engineers who usually provide us with a down mix from their sound console. Because of the size of the room, the event organizers passed on having a room PA and we used a label microphone and a Sennheiser wireless microphone system to get the sound directly off the speaker.

The Magewell Pro Convert HDMI 4K we used to capture the slides can be looped into the video from the presenter's computer to the projector, providing the slides in real time. This feature alone saves hours of work in post production, trying to get the slides to align with the presentation.

Learnings

You can see at the end of the first video that we ran into a thermal throttling issue with the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) model we were using from the start. This had happened to us before, and we used to solve it by putting the MacBook Pro on a cooler stand. However, this being the first time using a full NDI setup, it turned out that decoding the video signals is making that model of MacBook Pro especially hot. We fixed this issue first by reducing the recording resolution and turning off one of the cameras and later exchanging the MacBook Pro for a newer model who coped much better with the decoding and allowed us to return to full resolution and two cameras. In the equipment section below I've listed the newest MacBook Pro which should not have this issue, but it is best to take special care of making sure that the MacBook Pro is properly cooled.

The Equipment List

Wedding Zone @ photokina 2018

At photokina 2018, Marc Ludwig and his team from fototv.de were charged with running a presentation stage with a live stream for the Wedding Zone, an area on the world’s largest photography trade show dedicated to wedding photography. “We’ve produced and streamed over 20 shows live in the past two days - no hiccups,” says Marc about his experience using mimoLive on their Macs. “It has been working flawlessly. We couldn’t do it without mimoLive.” The setup uses a front camera and an additional side view as well as an HDMI video input that allows guests to bring presentations on their own laptops or mobile phones. All is tied together with mimoLive and spiced up with lower thirds and other graphics as well as b-roll video. “A technology that’s just amazing,” Marc concludes, “it does an outstanding job for us here at the Wedding Zone.”