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Unveiled: Movi Live Event Camera

         

Live multi-camera shooting, an area usually reserved for television studios and large events with expensive equipment, is being brought within reach of mere mortals by Movi, with its Live Event Camera. Leveraging the experience of the brains behind Livestream, the Live Event Camera combines recording and streaming facilities with live switching. 



 


 

Spec-wise, Movi built the Live Event Camera around a 4K sensor, which sits behind a 150-degree field-of-view lens for a wide recording area. We’ve heard this all featured before in action cameras, but what makes the Live Event Camera special? Well, to say it’s just a camera is somewhat misleading. The Live Event Camera is operated via a free iOS app, and inside this app is where all the magic hidden inside the camera comes to life. With all the functionality packed into the app, this diminutive camera, smaller than half the size of a common beverage can, becomes a micro TV studio powerhouse that leverages the 4K sensor for live-switching up to 9 virtual camera angles at 720p resolution, with each  angle composed of part of the full 4K image. The app allows you to cut between the virtual cameras and provides real-time virtual camera controls, like panning, tilting, and zooming, which can be done in real time with simple touchscreen gestures. The final product is recorded to a micro SD card and can be sent back to your phone for immediate uploading or sharing. If you have a subscription to Livestream’s professional streaming service, you can broadcast your event in real time using a Wi-Fi network or your Phone’s LTE connection.

The camera body itself is purpose-built for live events. The bottom of the camera is tilted for tabletop placement. The tilt angles the lens away from the table so the surface itself doesn’t dominate your shooting area. Using the included mounting accessory, the camera can be placed on a standard microphone stand or a photo or video tripod. The low-profile body design, which will be available in Black or White, is unobtrusive, so this camera might even find its way into a wedding or corporate videographer’s bag.

Movi will also be bringing out the Boost, which is an extension that fits on the bottom of the Live Event Camera. The Boost extends the battery life of the camera to approximately 10 hours, and also makes the camera weather resistant to IPX-4 standards. Professionals will notice the inclusion of a hardware Ethernet port for a more reliable network connection, and a USB port for connecting an LTE modem. The USB port can also be used to power your iDevice while using the app .




 
 



 
 

With its new and innovative design, and live-switching functionality, the Live Event Camera provides consumers with a way to create professional-looking videos in real time. Professionals may even consider it to add live streaming to their videography services. Check it out at the B&H website for more information, as well as availability.

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Everything I've seen shows the Movi fixed to it's stand, or sitting on a counter. My question is. Will the video quality be like any other HD and/or 4K camera with movement?  For example: Can you use the Movi on a slider rig, or camera jib? Or perhaps even hand held? Will the camera, in motion, effect the video captured?

How well does this camera do in low lighting situations? And incase I overlooked it, what is the price point set at?

Thanks

Hi,

While live, does the camera still recording the overall video as 4K or not (both recording and live at the same time or just live)?

If it does both (record and live), what will be recorded between an un-cut movie (like normal recording) or a cutted movie as user adjusted while live?

Thanks

The camera itself records in 4k, and if you choose to broadcast the entire view without doing any close ups it will record/broadcast in 4k resolution.  Once you select a specific angle/perspective, it is then cropping on the 4k sensor to a lower resolution (depending on the size of what you choose to call your broadcasted subject will determine the recorded resolution).  You can record one perspective, and set another to broadcast but it will only record one perspective at a time. 

So how does it capture 9 angles? Do you need to buy 9 Movis?

One camera captures 9 angles from the same perspective.  Below is a link to a video demonstration of the camera on Movi's website which makes it much easier to understand and visualize how it works. See the link below for details.

https://getmovi.com/videos
 

How many iOS devices(viewers) can connect to the Movi camera at a time to see the LiveStream? 

Hi Quan -

It's pretty much unlimited up to the capacity of the bandwith of the social media (Livestream) site that the Live Event MOVI camera is streaming on or loaded to.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

can you pplugg microphones to it? or just ambient audio?

Hi Camilo -

There is no port to connect an external mic.  The only audio input is via the embedded microphone.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

can you answer questions?

Hi JJ -

We sure can. Please pose any questions relating to the article above right here.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Can you use this camera at 1080p or 4K for continuous streaming, or is the max resolution at any given moment only 720p? I understand that the sensor is 4K, but the notes seem to say that the sensor is used to make several angles of 720, but not a single angle at higher resolution. Am I understanding this correctly? Thanks!

Hi  Ben -

 You are correct: The camera  leverages its 4K sensor for live-switching up to 9 virtual camera angles at 720p resolution, with each  angle composed of part of the full 4K image. The app allows you to cut between the virtual cameras and provides real-time virtual camera controls, like panning, tilting, and zooming, which can be done in real time with simple touchscreen gestures.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

How long would the battery last and could you connect a portable power source to it and keep recording?

Hi Akoa -

We have not had this camera in our hands yet so we can only offer you our best estimates at this time.  The included battery may offer about an hour of continuous recording time.  It cannot be powered via an outboard powerpack as far as we know. But it would be smart to keep one handy for a quick recharge.   Movi offers a battery accessory that offers up to 10 hours of continuous recording.:

Movi Boost B&H # MOVIBP

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Will camera appear as webcam to computer via the USB port, i.e., could it be used as part of a weconferencing tool?

Hi Bill -

This camera will connect via the  free iOS app to Livestream and will not show up on your screen for use as a USB webcam on a PC.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com