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What is the SlingStudio Capture app, and how do I use it?

The SlingStudio Capture app is a terrific free app for iOS and Android that turns a smartphone into a SlingStudio wireless camera.

Need another camera to work with SlingStudio? Have you got an iPhone, an iPod touch, or an Android smartphone?

You can use it as a camera with SlingStudio by downloading the SlingStudio Capture app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. It's free and easy to do.

To install the SlingStudio Capture app on your smartphone:

  • Download and install it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, then follow the onscreen instructions.
  • You'll find more information on how to download the SlingStudio Capture app, as well as compatible devices, at the bottom of this article.
What does the SlingStudio Capture app do?

The Capture app offers many useful features:

  • Seamless wireless connection to SlingStudio
  • Auto exposure
  • Manual focus and exposure
  • Auto-exposure and auto-focus lock
  • Zoom
  • Audio meter
  • Active camera program tally indicator
  • Seamless integration with SlingStudio Console app to switch to different video production modes and bit rates
Launching the SlingStudio Capture app

Using the SlingStudio Capture app is straightforward. Prior to launching it, make sure that your SlingStudio unit is powered up and broadcasting its Wi-Fi hotspot (the best way to confirm this is by connecting the Console app to it). Then connect your smartphone to the SlingStudio hotspot this way:

  • iOS: Tap the Settings app, and then tap Wi-Fi. Connect to the SlingStudio hotspot, then launch the Capture app.
  • Android: Launch the Capture app, and then follow the onscreen instructions to connect to your SlingStudio hotspot.
Using the SlingStudio Capture app

Note: These images depict the iOS version of SlingStudio Capture. The Android version looks and works the same way.

Once the Capture app launches, here's what you see:

Screen shot of SlingStudio Capture app, with annotations

  • The Tally indicator at the top of the window tells you:
    • SlingStudio Capture app 'On Monitor' indicator The Capture app is connected to the SlingStudio hotspot, and is being monitored, but is not the live source.
    • SlingStudio Capture app 'Program' indicator The Capture app is the currently-active live program source.
    • No Tally light indication: The Capture app is connected to the SlingStudio hotspot. But the SlingStudio Console has it on the Standby list (under the + section). The Capture app is serving as a video source and is available for switching, but currently it is not being actively monitored or recorded.
  • The Audio level tells you the current status of the audio that the Capture app is picking up.
  • The Battery charge area indicates the current charge of the smartphone's battery.
  • The Signal strength icons are an important indicator of how good the signal is to the SlingStudio hotspot.

Tapping the Additional options icon (three horizontal white lines in the upper left corner) reveals more features:

Screen shot of SlingStudio Capture app, with annotations

Need to focus on a particular part of the image, or adjust brightness? Tap the area you'd like to focus on, then slide the brightness control up/down as needed:

Screen shot of SlingStudio Capture app, with annotations

Want to undo your brightness setting? Reset the brightness control by tapping elsewhere on the image.

To undo the focus control:

  • Briefly pan away from your shot, then back. You see AUTO to indicate that the Capture app is once again controlling focus and exposure automatically.
Locking auto-exposure and auto-focus

You can lock auto-exposure and auto-focus this way:

  1. Set brightness and focus manually.
  2. Tap and hold the screen for couple of seconds.
  3. Brightness and focus are locked when you see AE/AF LOCK toward the top of the screen.

To zoom in or out:

  • Use two fingers to make a pinching motion. This displays the zoom control on the right side of the image.
  • Adjust the image as you like.

Tap the i icon in the upper-right corner of the Capture app screen, and you see additional technical details:

Screen shot of SlingStudio Capture app, with annotations