BoinxTV: A wonderful live production studio for the Mac

BoinxTV: Live Video Production for Mac

I’ve been practicing the art of video production for the web for a while now, and one of the areas I’ve been interested in is the growing space of live video production.

While we have online streaming solutions such as Ustream.tv, Qik.com, and the magnificent Mogulus.com, I’ve also been on the look out for prosumer level Mac-based desktop apps that allow me to do on-site live video production for streaming or videocasting online.

In producing professional looking video podcasts, post-production is the most time-consuming part of our workflow. Having tools that allow us perform live production would decrease our overall delivery time dramatically.

In terms of Mac-based video production studios, I’ve heard that daily videocasters like GeekBrief.tv use WireCast, while I’ve been playing with the freely available CamTwist on my end. Today, I managed to try the pre-release version of BoinxTV… and boy was I blown away!

BoinxTV: Live Video Production for Mac


At the “New Document” screen, notice the video output formats.

Here’s the feature summary

  • BoinxTV is an audiovisual mixing tool
  • For recording video podcasts or displaying live
  • Overlay logos, a news ticker, or create graphical effects
  • Apply transformations and filters to the incoming video image
  • Runs on your Mac and supports up to three cameras

BoinxTV: Live Video Production for Mac


Interface may offer a lot at first glance, but it get pretty intuitive as its consistent throughout my user experience.

From my personal experience with BoinxTV

  • Decently short learning curve in terms of user interface (i.e. video mixer)
  • As a pre-release, it runs well on my 17″ HD MBP, with multiple cameras and layers active
  • Unsure if BoinxTV is capable of acting as a video source for live video streaming (e.g. Quicktime broadcaster, Flash-based video streaming)
  • No idea on the price of BoinxTV yet

Here’s the page where you can register to be invited to try BoinxTV. HOWEVER, I have a Seeding Code for first four who reply with a comment so you can immediately download and play.

For the rest of us, there’s a BoinxTV screencast tutorial yo can subscribe to as a podcast at itpc://www.boinx.com/boinxtv/seed/screencasts.xml

  • David

    I have been searching for some app that let me do the following.
    1.- Record myself playing my doublebass through my MiniDv Firewire cam directly to my MacBook.
    2.- Record the audio from the bass through my Mackie audio interface
    3.- Record audio from GarageBand.

    After many search I found WireCast but after trying the video and audio were out of sync.
    Will this be posible with BoinxTV?
    Have any of you tried or found a solution to this?

  • David

    I have been searching for some app that let me do the following.
    1.- Record myself playing my doublebass through my MiniDv Firewire cam directly to my MacBook.
    2.- Record the audio from the bass through my Mackie audio interface
    3.- Record audio from GarageBand.

    After many search I found WireCast but after trying the video and audio were out of sync.
    Will this be posible with BoinxTV?
    Have any of you tried or found a solution to this?

  • David

    I have been searching for some app that let me do the following.
    1.- Record myself playing my doublebass through my MiniDv Firewire cam directly to my MacBook.
    2.- Record the audio from the bass through my Mackie audio interface
    3.- Record audio from GarageBand.

    After many search I found WireCast but after trying the video and audio were out of sync.
    Will this be posible with BoinxTV?
    Have any of you tried or found a solution to this?

  • David

    I have been searching for some app that let me do the following.
    1.- Record myself playing my doublebass through my MiniDv Firewire cam directly to my MacBook.
    2.- Record the audio from the bass through my Mackie audio interface
    3.- Record audio from GarageBand.

    After many search I found WireCast but after trying the video and audio were out of sync.
    Will this be posible with BoinxTV?
    Have any of you tried or found a solution to this?