Livestream Enters the Switcher Market with Livestream Studio HD500: A Truly Portable All-In-One Live HD Production Switcher

Max Haot Max Haot, September 05, 2012

Expanding its hardware offering, Livestream solidifies its position as a full-service solution for live video event production with free software version arriving early 2013

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – September 5, 2012 – Livestream, the market leader for live event coverage, today introduces the Livestream Studio HD500, an all-in-one broadcast quality video switcher. The new hardware product features include: 

  • Live video mixing for multi-camera productions
  • Live audio mixing
  • Graphics overlay and titling
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and player 
  • One-click live streaming in HD multi-bitrate to the award winning Livestream Platform 
  • Up to 5 HD/SD SDI inputs
  • 5 video outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, Composite, S-VIDEO)

The Livestream Studio HD500 is available for pre-order today for $8,500 at and will start shipping on October 15, 2012. Livestream will also giveaway five free units in September to selected producers who apply for the early release program at

“A key part of our mission at Livestream is to make it easier and more affordable for producers and event owners to produce high quality HD multi-camera live streams,” said Max Haot, CEO and Co-founder of Livestream. “Earlier this year, we introduced the Livestream Broadcaster hardware which made livestreaming without a PC possible for single camera productions. We are now thrilled to further our mission by bringing to market an all-in-one broadcast quality multi-camera switcher that is truly portable and offered at a disruptive price.”

The Livestream Studio HD500 is designed to perform as a standalone, broadcast quality live video switcher when using live video output (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite), and is ideal for applications such as in-venue screen broadcasting, live-to-tape production and network and local television programming, all with or without live streaming to the web.

The first product in the Livestream Studio family, Livestream Studio HD500, is a portable hardware version featuring up to 5 HD/SD SDI inputs and 5 video outputs (HD/SD SDI, HDMI, Component, Composite, S-VIDEO). The product includes a built-in screen and Tom Bihn © bag that can be taken as carry-on luggage for producers on the go to accommodate live events both nationally and internationally. Comparable all-in-one live switcher products in the market are available for approximately $20,000 and are not fully portable, requiring separate screens and large cases that need to be checked on airlines.

In the first quarter of 2013, Livestream will also release software which will work with certified digital video input cards from BlackMagic Design © and webcams. This software will enable customers to transform their PC or Mac computer into a broadcast quality video switcher and streaming hardware device. 

The soon-to-be-released software will be free to download when used with the Livestream platform. When using the free software version, the live video output- feature will be disabled. A paid version of the software, which will allow users to stream to any streaming service provider or in venue screens via the live video output, will also be made available.

About Livestream

Livestream ( is the market leader for live event coverage. With simple to use technology, our service allows anyone to broadcast live to the web, as well as being the top destination for live content from around the world. Our content partners include Facebook, The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, Associated Press, HBO, AT&T, PepsiCo, Electronic Arts, Adidas, The Academy Awards, Warner Bros. Records, Paramount Pictures. Livestream operates with over 120 full-time staff members in 4 offices – in New York, Los Angeles, Bangalore and the Ukraine. The service is available for free (advertising-supported) or as a feature-rich, monetizable, premium subscription for business. The is an innovative new platform, available in beta, that combines live event coverage with real-time photos, text, and video clip updates posted using web browsers or mobile devices. The technology supports live blogging, live and on-demand HD video powered by Akamai HDNet, and real-time posting tools. 

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