vMix 24 is a powerful software that allows you to create professional live video productions on your PC. Whether you want to stream live events, record podcasts, create webinars, or produce video tutorials, vMix 24 has everything you need to make it happen.
In this article, we will show you how to use vMix 24 for live video production, including how to download and install the software, how to add and manage inputs, how to apply effects and transitions, how to stream and record your output, and how to use some of the new features in vMix 24.
How to Download and Install vMix 24
To download vMix 24, you need to visit the official website of vMix and click on the Download button. You will see a page with different versions of vMix, such as Basic, HD, 4K, Pro, and Max. You can choose the one that suits your needs and budget. You can also download a free 60-day trial of vMix PRO to test all the features before buying.
Once you download the setup file, you need to run it and follow the instructions to install vMix 24 on your PC. The installation process is simple and straightforward. You will need to accept the license agreement, choose the destination folder, and select the components you want to install. You can also choose whether you want to create a desktop shortcut and start vMix automatically when Windows starts.
After the installation is complete, you can launch vMix 24 from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see the main interface of vMix 24, which consists of four main sections: Preview, Output, Inputs, and Controls.
How to Add and Manage Inputs
Inputs are the sources of video, audio, images, graphics, or other content that you want to use in your live production. vMix 24 supports a wide range of inputs, such as cameras, microphones, capture cards, webcams, NDI sources, web browsers, videos files, audio files, images files, PowerPoint presentations, titles, virtual sets, colour bars, etc.
To add an input in vMix 24, you need to click on the Add Input button at the bottom left corner of the interface. You will see a window with different categories of inputs. You can choose the one that matches your source and then configure its settings. For example, if you want to add a camera input, you need to select Camera from the list and then choose your camera device from the drop-down menu. You can also adjust the resolution, frame rate, audio device, audio delay, colour correction, cropping and zooming options for your camera input.
After you add an input in vMix 24, it will appear as a thumbnail in the Inputs section at the bottom of the interface. You can rename it by right-clicking on it and choosing Rename Input. You can also copy it by right-clicking on it and choosing Copy Input. To delete an input in vMix 24
you need to right-click on it and choose Remove Input. You can also drag and drop inputs to reorder them in the Inputs section.
How to Apply Effects and Transitions
Effects and transitions are the ways to enhance and change the appearance of your inputs in vMix 24. Effects are applied to individual inputs, while transitions are applied to switch between inputs in the Preview and Output sections.
To apply an effect to an input in vMix 24, you need to select the input in the Inputs section and then click on the Effects button at the top right corner of the interface. You will see a window with different types of effects, such as Colour Correction, Chroma Key, Picture in Picture, Virtual Set, Multi View, etc. You can choose the one that suits your needs and then adjust its settings. For example, if you want to apply a colour correction effect to an input, you need to select Colour Correction from the list and then use the sliders to change the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, gamma, etc. of your input.
To apply a transition to switch between inputs in vMix 24, you need to select the input you want to switch to in the Inputs section and then click on one of the transition buttons at the bottom right corner of the interface. You will see four transition buttons: Cut, Fade, Zoom and Wipe. Cut is a simple and instant switch between inputs. Fade is a smooth and gradual switch between inputs. Zoom is a zoom-in and zoom-out switch between inputs. Wipe is a slide-in and slide-out switch between inputs. You can also use keyboard shortcuts or MIDI controllers to trigger transitions in vMix 24.
How to Stream and Record Your Output
Output is the final result of your live production that you want to stream or record in vMix 24. Output shows what your viewers will see when they watch your live video. You can stream your output to various platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, etc. You can also record your output to your local drive or network drive.
To stream your output in vMix 24, you need to click on the Stream button at the top left corner of the interface. You will see a window with different streaming options, such as Destination, Quality, Bitrate, Audio Channels, etc. You can choose your destination from the drop-down menu or add a custom destination by clicking on Add New Destination. You can also choose your quality from the drop-down menu or add a custom quality by clicking on Add New Quality. You can also adjust your bitrate and audio channels according to your needs. After you configure your streaming settings, you need to click on Start Streaming button to start streaming your output.