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

56 thoughts on “BoinxTV: A wonderful live production studio for the Mac

  1. Hi Kevin, i don’t need an invite 🙂 but just wanted to say i found this post useful. I see possibilities for public library use, e.g. Library invests in computer equipment and hardware; connects to web-apps for free or small fee; conducts media literacy classes for members.

  2. I haven’t been able to try it yet. (Will require me to upgrade to 10.5 and thinking of just buying a new mac this weekend… still on an eMac!)

    Anyhow, I was wondering if you are able to record a video and then go back afterwords and add the titles and stuff? Otherwise it really requires two people to make the show, one to be on camera and one to throw up the titles and whatnot… Just thinking that a lot of podcasts are solo operations, including what I am hoping to make…

  3. Chris: I’ve used Wirecast solo before for a live production podcast as seen here: https://theory.isthereason.com/?p=2309. Beside live video sources (e.g. cameras), most of these video mixers do allow you to throw in video clips as well, so you could use it in a post production way. Most as precise as editing it traditionally, but might still be good enough for quick work.

  4. @Isaak + @Alan: I’ve sent the download link and seed code to all of you.

    @Marc: I gave my last seed code to Alan. I’ve requested for more.

    @All: It’s definitely potent compared to Wirecast, thought we’ve no idea what their final pricing will be. I just joined the BoinxTV Google Group to ask questions and learn more. You might want to do the same.

  5. Ehi, I just sent an invite to your email address. Apparently we can keep generating seed codes from the BoinxTV application itself, no limits! 🙂

  6. This looks like it has some serious potential. I do a lot of wedding and event video production, but adding a live element to the mix could be the icing on the cake.

    Would you be able to send a code my way (dirkmonson@pixelmovement.com)? I really want to see what this thing can do.

  7. I am working in collaboration with Apple Canada and set up the first Podcast Producer server in and educational setting. I am demonstrating this technology to several potential partners other than the group currently using it. They do have a seed account with you. I would like to set up an additional seed account, if possible, as I plan to set up two additional Podcast Producer environments.

    Owen Pearce
    George Brown College

  8. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

    1. 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?

  9. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  10. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  11. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  12. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  13. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  14. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  15. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  16. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  17. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  18. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  19. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  20. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  21. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  22. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  23. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  24. I'm very excited about this software – it's about time we had a good quartz file player for mac – quartz composer visualiser lacks intereactivity somwhat.

    For any btv users out there, I've made a whole load of free extra layers for boinxTV at http://btvgear.co.cc/ if anyone is interested

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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?

  28. 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?

  29. 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?

  30. 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?

  31. 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?

  32. 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?

  33. 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?

  34. 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?

  35. 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?

  36. 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?

  37. 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?

  38. 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?

  39. 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?

  40. 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?

  41. 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?

  42. 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?

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