Webcaster X2 - Accessories


#1

This thread is for Webcaster X2 Accessories. Share your kit recommendations!

Here’s a YouTube video on the topic

And here’s some kit recommendations, in no particular order:

Recommended battery bank - https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Charger-Anker-PowerCore-20100mAh/dp/B00X5RV14Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1532525748&sr=8-4&keywords=anker
Alternate battery bank - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1277046-REG/belkin_f8m993btgld_mixit_power_rockstar_10000.html12
USB to Barrel connector power Cable - https://www.adafruit.com/product/2697
Bestview S7 4K Monitor https://www.amazon.com/BESTVIEW-camera-monitor-video-19201200/dp/B01MXBPW2712
Logitech c920 webcam https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/hd-pro-webcam-c9206
Rii i8+ Wireless keyboard https://www.amazon.com/Rii-Wireless-Keyboard-Rechargable-Battery-Black/dp/B00Z81U3YY9
Ballhead arm https://www.amazon.com/SmallRig-Ballhead-Multi-function-Adapter-Ronin-M/dp/B00DJ5XH4O6
Clamp https://www.amazon.com/SmallRig-Thread-Cameras-Umbrellas-Shelves/dp/B0062U2M4E9
HDMI Switcher - https://www.amazon.com/Revesun-Multi-Viewer-input-output-Switcher/dp/B01D89JEDI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516072692&sr=8-1&keywords=hdmi+2x1+multiviewer22
Alternate HDMI Switcher - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1162535-REG/shinybow_sb_3691_2x1_hdmi_pip.html15
Seamless switcher (user recommended) - https://www.febon.net/products/4ch-hdmi-simple-video-switcher
HDMI Audio Inserter: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=1334714
USB Audio Device with 3.5mm input - https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519669520&sr=8-1&keywords=AU-MMSA6 (User tested, some reboot required to get it working, only $7)
USB Sound Card with XLR/phantom power - https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T50LY/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519669694&sr=1-2&keywords=Scarlett+2i49 (Tested by user, working)


#2

Thanks for this info, very useful!


#3

JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A HEADS UP!

DO NOT BUY THIS “SEAMLESS” Switcher. Got it for 60dlls on Ebay but the problem is that you get a resolution display white letters on the corner (CH 1 1920 x1080 or CH2 1920 x 1080) EVERYTIME you switch between sources or make a 4 signal composition. You can do a walkaround using the Webcaster Webcam input as a camera 3 to hide does 12 SECONDS between change of signal but in that case you can do the same with any other less than 10 dolar switcher that gives you a black screen for a couple of seconds and NOT 12 seconds with this “SEAMLESS” switcher I got.


#4

Adding my comments on the Revesun, originally posted on the youtube video comments. Ron

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I’ve had a chance to fiddle with the Revesun HDMI switch which Marta was showing. My conclusion is that it has scaling on the output only, and not on each input. So it actually switches pretty seamlessly if you have matched inputs, but if they differ in format (I tried one 1080i input and one 1080p input) you get disturbing glitching on each transition. The X2 never goes dark, though as the output is held at a fixed resolution (I had it set to 1080p).

When I connected two 1080p sources to the switch, the output was seamless, and the transition was really quite fast, monitoring the HDMI output on the Webcaster X2.

Maybe the Shinybow has scalers on each input? Wondering whether you’ve tried any tests with disparate input resolutions on it.

Cheers

Ron

ps. On the youtube comments, Marta indicated she saw similar issues when switching between 1080p/i sources.


#5

One more note - if you only ever used the Revesun as a scaler to get an interlaced input converted to progressive, you’d be ahead of the game at only about USD 75, it’s a bargain as just a single-input scaler!


#6

Any luck finding a smaller battery bank for the Webcaster X2?


#7

I haven’t tested it unfortunately, but I’ve been looking at this one: https://www.anker.com/products/variant/PowerCore-13000/A1215011 as it has 3A output so should work fine and it nicely is smaller than the Webcaster X2 itself.


#8

Thanks. Ordered will post if it works…

I have an OLD 2013 Sony cycle energy battery with 2.1 amp output. (cant remember if its 3000mha or 5000mha and print is faded) I lasted 25minutes.

I am using this cable https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X9SFSFS


#9

HAPPY TO REPORT
Anker PowerCore 13000 mAh Works perfect.:smile::+1:
Placed it on top with velcro. :clap:
Bye, bye Epiphan´s brand placement :sweat_smile:


#10

Excellent, happy to hear it is working!


#11

Very compact and sleek, nice!


#12

I picked up a Rii i8+ Wireless keyboard after watching the Multi Camera video on YouTube last week. Lightened up my kit by dumping a full size USB keyboard, mouse, and mousepad.

I think a mini wireless keyboard is the most important item shown above. I’d go so far as to say one is required to get the full use of a Webcaster X2.


#13

Did my first livestream for our dance team’s annual dinner get-together. Used X2 to stream directly to a private fb group, and Logitech 920 + Canon R800 camcorder - one following the slide presentation, and the other on the speaker. Got a small wireless keyboard and it works well for a portable rig. Everything apart from the tripod fits in a smallish plastic storage tub that fits under one arm! The stream was flawless (good wired ethernet connection). I can’t recommend enough the use of a keyboard along with the X2 if at all possible.


#14

More on USB audio devices.

For quite a while I thought my X2 was broken in some way, because I got no audio on the HDMI monitor out when trying the USB audio device. This past weekend I finally got around to checking whether it was still being output to the stream, and it was! This was confusing since the HDMI audio was getting through (though at the wrong sample rate) to the HDMI monitor out.

I then tried an old Radio Shack XLR to USB audio device I’d had for some years, and it too works - so I have a cheap way of connecting an XLR input to the webcaster!

BTW, I found this when searching Radio Shack online. It looks a lot like the Sabrent, and currently on sale for USD6: https://www.radioshack.com/products/gigaware-3-5mm-to-usb-adapter .

It really would be great if you could finagle the USB audio drivers to be audible via the HDMI monitor out though.


#15

This cable works great. You can use it to plug in the Webcaster X2 top an Anker battery. To your portable monitor and to the Revesun PIP video switcher (Switches seemless to any source like a pc, mobile phone or tablet with graphics for product placement, scoreboards, etc or/and a second camera if you add a simple switch) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X9SFSFS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


#16

Try this clams. Great for firmly mounting your Webcaster X2, Anker Battery, 7 inch monitor, 922c Logitech webcam… all to a manfrotto tripod neck and be completely mobile (placing your tripod legs stretched all together as a mono pod) with you camera of choice. I use a panasonic gx85 The first clamp with female screws has a bigger gap so you can hold your Anker battery to the manfrotto tripod neck. Having previously screwed the clamp with male screws to one of the corners of the first clamp as shown in picture you can hold firmly your Webcaster X2. This second clamp with male screws can let you mount a webcam with female thread like the logitech 920C or 922C. That way you can have a wide image shot and use your camera for a closeup shot and switch with your portable keyboard. STILL BULKY but with every thing firmly attached with no worries on dropping equipment as you move.


#17

Trying out this more compact setup. Used a led light ball head to place 7 inch portable monitor straight up and close to the tripod neck just to check start/end streaming and video signal (sometimes video signal is not detected and have to restart the webcaster)


#18

We’d like to share another mobile setup using the Webcaster X2. We actually just did a mobile live stream with this exact setup, you can check it out here.

Here are some photos and setup description:

  • We mounted our Canon XF205 camera onto this Morros rig. One end of the rig rests on the camera operator’s shoulder and the other end is held by two hands.
  • We then used a series of clamps to mount the Webcaster X2, an LTE Modem, and an Anker battery (zip ties for the battery).
  • To give the Webcaster X2 a hardwired internet connection (via Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi), we added a USB Router, connecting the modem and the Webcaster.
  • Connected a corded microphone via 3.5mm jack to the camera.
  • Added a video light on a hot shoe mount on top of the camera for good measure.

Here are a few more pictures of our beautiful monster:


#20

Hi, have you had a chance to test it long enough to get some times on how long will that pack hold out?


#21

Hours and hours. So long as 3 hours I have use it but from other experiences I am thinking it will last about 8 to 10 hours, maybe more. Webcaster X2 does not consume much power. It does need at least a 2.1Amp batery or 3amp if you use a USB sound card as I do. I really recommend this anker battery because of it size. Wish it was thinner but you can’t have it all on 2019.