Introducing SlingStudio: The New Bar in Professional-Grade Multi-Camera Production and Live Video Broadcasting

  • Industry’s first affordable, wireless, portable multi-camera video
    production system allows users to record, switch, edit and broadcast
    high-definition content in real time
  • Broadcasts live video to streaming platforms like Facebook Live
    and YouTube
  • Post-production streamlined with single recording destination and
    timeline-aligned recordings; importable to Adobe Premiere Pro CC using
    free SlingStudio plug-in
  • Wirelessly connect any HDMI-enabled camera to SlingStudio with
    CameraLink; smartphones connect wirelessly via Capture app for iOS and
    Android
  • Effortlessly switch, edit and manage production with iPad Console
    app, eliminating the need for additional software or costly dedicated
    switchers
  • Available May 2017 at B&H Photo Video and MySlingStudio.com with
    pricing starting at $999

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling Media L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corp., delivered a new
standard in multi-camera and live video production with the introduction
of its groundbreaking SlingStudio™ system. Starting at $999, SlingStudio
is the industry’s first affordable, wireless, portable multi-camera
production solution that lets users of all skill levels record, monitor
and edit four HD video inputs from up to 10 connected cameras and
smartphones. SlingStudio can output live video to streaming services
like Facebook Live and YouTube, and simultaneously record to a USB hard
drive, USB SSD or SD card for post-production.


“Existing multi-camera video platforms run upwards of $5,000 at a market
entry point. Where Facebook and YouTube have democratized live
streaming, SlingStudio is democratizing the gear that directors need to
make those streams great,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH chief technology
officer. “With its accessible price and easy-to-use apps, SlingStudio
changes how content creators can think about producing video.”

The SlingStudio system requires the SlingStudio hub and free Console app
for iPad. Optional accessories include a Battery, USB-C Expander and
CameraLink. The CameraLink wireless adapter plugs into any HDMI-enabled
DSLR or video camera to wirelessly transmit 1080p60 video to SlingStudio.

“We consider SlingStudio a high-production, low-cost concept,” said
Khemka. “It’s powerful and flexible enough to allow directors to knit
together professional-quality video with the equipment they already have
on hand – from high-end cameras to audio gear to smartphones.”

How SlingStudio Works

From setup to the shoot to post-production, SlingStudio simplifies all
aspects of multi-camera video. Learn more about how SlingStudio works:

Setup: Capture video from different angles
by wirelessly connecting up to 10 video sources (DSLR cameras, video
cameras, smartphones, personal computers, etc.) to a single SlingStudio
using its private, video-grade Wi-Fi network; Internet connectivity is
not required. Elimination of cables dramatically reduces setup time, and
allows for cameras to be placed anywhere (within 300 feet of the
SlingStudio hub) and easily moved.

HDMI-enabled DSLR and video cameras connect via SlingStudio’s CameraLink
wireless adapter (sold separately) or to SlingStudio’s HDMI input port.
Smartphones using iOS and Android operating systems directly connect to
SlingStudio wirelessly using the Capture app available for free download
in the Apple App Store and Google Play; no CameraLink needed.

Production: The iPad Console app (available
for free download in the Apple App Store) is required to manage video
production with SlingStudio. It allows directors to monitor and create
live-to-tape video from up to four (out of a maximum of 10 connected)
input sources simultaneously, and drag and drop video into a composition
window. Here directors can create dynamic video compositions like
picture-in-picture, split and quad views; edit in popular transitions
like cut, dissolve and wipe; add text overlays and lower thirds; and mix
audio. All of this can be done in real time as live video is streamed to
platforms like Facebook Live or YouTube, and simultaneously recorded to
a USB hard drive, USB SSD or SD card for post-production. External audio
sources, audio mixers and output monitors can also connect to
SlingStudio for advanced production needs.

Post-production: Individual recordings from
each camera feed, plus the live-switched video and audio line-in, are
saved in a single storage location, eliminating the need to wrangle and
import multiple storage drives from each camera. With just a couple
clicks of the mouse, the entire project file can then be easily imported
into editing applications like Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and others.

The SlingStudio integration for Adobe Premiere Pro further simplifies
and speeds up post-production. Adobe Premiere Pro users who download the
SlingStudio extension can import all recordings into a project timeline
with all clips and editing decisions preserved and aligned. This
includes the video from each source camera, as well as the live-switched
program and quad-view feeds.

“Connected workflows allow editors and filmmakers to work more
efficiently and focus on the creative,” said Sue Skidmore, head of
partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “The SlingStudio
integration with Adobe Premiere Pro offers an exciting new option for
connecting production and post-production into one seamless experience.”

Accessories

CameraLink for $349: CameraLink plugs into
the HDMI port available on most DSLR and video cameras to create a
wireless connection up to 300 feet from the SlingStudio hub. Its
internal battery provides up to two hours of power.

Battery for $149: The SlingStudio Battery
provides up to three hours of power for portability.

USB-C Expander for $49: The USB-C Expander
supports wired Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for live broadcasting, and
connects to USB 3.0 hard drives or SSDs for recording content. Seagate
is SlingStudio’s preferred storage supplier.

Availability

SlingStudio starts at $999 and will be available in May at B&H
Photo Video
, the leading retail source for videographers, or
directly from Sling
Media
. The SlingStudio system enters the market at a significantly
lower price point than existing multi-camera video platforms that cost
thousands of dollars and often require additional expenses related to
compatible equipment and product training.

Tech Specs

  • Portable and compact: 1.43 lbs, (H) 7.87”
    x (W) 5.59” x (D) 3.54”, tripod mountable.
  • Wireless: 5 Ghz 802.11ac, 4×4 MIMO,
    specially tuned video-grade Hotspot to connect to different video
    sources; dual-band 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz 802.11ac client mode to connect
    to Internet for live streaming.
  • 1080p HD multi-camera recorder: Up to six
    simultaneous recordings. Includes four video inputs, live-switched
    program and quad-view of input, plus a separate audio line-in input
    recording.
  • Multi-camera live monitor and switcher:
    Monitor up to four video sources and switch between 10 different video
    sources using the Console app for iPad.
  • Professional grade video: High-definition
    resolutions up to 1080p60 at 30Mbps (using H.264 encoding) with the
    ability to effortlessly synchronize audio and video.
  • Live broadcasting: Simultaneous recording
    and live broadcasting of program output. Max bit rate for live
    streaming is 8 Mbps (input source bit rates up to 30 Mbps). Supported
    platforms currently include Facebook Live and YouTube. Support for
    other content-sharing websites is coming soon.
  • Ports: USB-C, HDMI video input, HDMI
    video output, audio line-in.
  • Storage: Storage via SD or USB-C drives.
    Optional USB-C Expander available to connect USB 3.0 drives.
  • Device compatibility: SlingStudio hub
    compatible with iOS and Android smartphones via the Capture app, and
    HDMI-enabled DSLR and video cameras connected to a CameraLink or via
    the direct HDMI input. An Apple iPad is required to operate the
    Console app. For a complete list of compatible devices, visit www.MySlingStudio.com/compatibility.

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About Sling Media

Sling Media empowers video producers and consumers with its video
capture, compression and delivery technologies. A wholly owned
subsidiary of DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), Sling Media L.L.C. is
behind the groundbreaking SlingStudio multi-camera production system
that changes how directors, of all skill levels, can think about
creating and sharing professional-grade video content. Affordable and
portable, SlingStudio makes it simple to wirelessly connect multiple
cameras to record, monitor, edit and broadcast HD video in real time.
Since 2004, Sling Media has been a leading provider of multiscreen smart
TV solutions embraced by both consumers and television service
providers. Visit www.MySlingStudio.com
and www.Slingbox.com.

Contacts

DISH
Danielle Johnson
303-723-2191
danielle.johnson@dish.com