Roland has been making inroads into the Pro AV space for quite some time. The AeroCaster VRC-01 is its latest hardware offering in this space with a focus on streamers and creators. The Mini Video Switch Console operates almost completely wirelessly and allows for multi-source video setup using only phones and laptops over WiFi or cellular.
You’ll need to connect the AeroCaster to an iPad to run the main mix software, but all other video inputs are wireless via Roland’s AeroCaster Camera mobile app or laptop users can remote screen share via Chromium. In short, if you’ve ever wanted to create a multi-camera podcast or music video, but don’t want the headache of multiple dedicated cameras, AeroCaster will let you do it with the phones you may already own. .
Roland has some pretty solid credentials in this space thanks to its V-series of Pro AV video mixers and mixers. The VRC-01 seems like a friendlier option with a focus on Twitchers and YouTubers (though you can also stream to Facebook Live or any RTMP channel). From the console, you can switch cameras and mix audio in real time. There are two XLR combo inputs for professional-grade microphones or TRS/phone input plus some simple audio effects such as reverb and lip-sync delay.
Much of the functionality above was already possible via some of Roland’s high-end gear and its AeroCaster Switcher app, but the VRC-01 and associated new iPad app feel more streamlined and accessible. In many ways, it resembles the video-capable sibling of the GO:Mixer Pro X, with both offering “prosumer” features in a smaller, more affordable package.
The VRC-O1 will be available in March and will cost $295.
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