Popular budget monitor maker Feelworld has announced a new LivePro L1 budget video switcher with 4x HDMI inputs and live preview. The unit can support up to to four HDMI sources and it can live stream in resolutions up to 1080p/60.
And what’s even more interesting about this new switcher, is that it is one – very affordable at $329 USD, and two – it has a built-in 2″ TFT display with live preview on all HDMI sources. In addition, the new LivePro L1 comes with a T-bar for smooth transitions with 14 saved effects.
Low-Cost HDMI Switcher with Live Preview
On the HDMI inputs, you can connect your DSLR/mirrorless cameras, or a laptop for PowerPoint presentations, gaming consoles, action cameras, and more. Podcasters in particular will be interested to find out the Feelworld LivePro L1 accepts Audio Line-In, so you can feed your audio from a pre-amp, or sound mixer/field recorder.
Generous I/O for Multi-cam Streaming Setups
Furthermore, the Feelworld Live Pro L1 also features an HDMI Output, USB 3.0 Out, a 3.5mm Audio In and 3.5mm Audio Out for monitoring, a 12V DC locking input, and a LAN port. Having an HDMI output, in addition to a USB 3.0 out, can be very useful as you can set your Program feed (what your audience sees) on a separate monitor.
Unlike the ATEM Mini Pro, the Live Pro L1 does not have a built-in streaming encoder for streaming directly. So you will need a computer to feed your stream into via the USB 3.0, where you can, for example, connect to OBS or many other platforms and stream this way.
And since, the LivePro L1 is seen as a webcam on your computer, your choice of streaming software or platform is virtually limitless.
However, as there is no built-in streaming encoder, this means also that the quality of your stream solely depends on the platform.
Feelworld Live Pro L1 Quick Features
- Built-in 2″ TFT display with 4 x sources
- Supports Live Preview
- T-bar with 14 built-in transitions
- Support for PiP (6 feeds including Program)
- USB 3.0 Output for connecting to computer
- Embedded audio or external audio
- Limited shortcut buttons
- Push-style knobs x 2
- Can stream via OBS or other platforms
- (does not have built-in streaming encoder like ATEM Mini Pro)
- 4 x HDMI inputs/ 1x HDMI Out
- 3.5mm Audio-in (line level)/3.5mm Audio-out
- LAN port
- Control via PC software (XPOSE) or App (coming soon)
- Price: $329 USD
6 x Picture-in-Picture, and Embedded Audio
Connecting the switcher to an external monitor allows gives users access to 6 x PiP previews in real-time: the Program feed, PST and 4-channel HDMI input signals.
In addition to external audio via Line-in, the switcher also supports embedded audio with AFV (audio follows video).
For a lot of users out there torn between the Blackmagic ATEM Mini, Roland V-02HD, or the more feature-rich ATEM Mini Pro, the LivePro L1 can actually be a viable option. It does offer, a basic tiny display showing you connected sources, but it is a display nonetheless – something neither ATEM Mini models offers.
ATEM Mini Pro vs Feelworld Live Pro L1?
However, let’s not forget that the ATEM Mini Pro, although almost double the price does offer a significant amount more shortcuts, a built-in streaming engine (for better quality stream) and has a proven ecosystem.
Despite its shortcomings though, the LivePro L1 from Feelworld, appears to be a really decent (and a lot cheaper) option for those streamers or podcasters on a budget.