Roland has been making her way into the Pro AV space for a while. AeroCaster VRC-01 is the latest hardware offering in this space with a focus on signage and creators. The mini video conversion console works almost entirely wirelessly and allows for multi-source video preparation using only phones and laptops via WiFi or cell phone.
You’ll need to connect the AeroCaster to an iPad to run the main mixing software, but all other video inputs are wireless via Roland’s AeroCaster Camera mobile app or laptop users can remotely share the screen via Chrome. In short, if you want to create a multi-camera broadcast or a music video, but don’t want the headache of multiple dedicated cameras, AeroCaster will let you do it with phones you might already have.
Roland has some very strong credentials in this area thanks to the V series of Pro AV video converters and mixers. VRC-01 appears to be a more consumer friendly option with a focus on Twitchers and YouTubers (although you can also stream to Facebook Live or any RTMP channel as well). From the console, you can switch cameras and mix audio in real time. There are two combined XLR inputs for professional microphones or TRS/phone input along with some simple audio effects like echo reverb and lip sync delay.
Much of the above functionality was already possible with some high-end Roland tools and the AeroCaster Switcher app, but the VRC-01 and the new companion iPad app seem to be more streamlined and accessible. In many ways, it feels like a decent video sibling to GO: Mixer Pro X as both offer “product consumer” features in a smaller, more affordable package.
The VRC-O1 will be available in March and will cost $295.
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