Coming Soon: Remote Webview Switcher Panel

Coming Soon: Remote Webview Switcher Panel

Last night, I was at a WWDC developer meetup at the San Pedro Square Market in San Jose. I showed off MixEffect to a lot of people who have never heard about my app. As part of the demo, I enabled the Remote Webview feature of MixEffect so I could show them the Multiview from my ATEM Mini Extreme ISO.

In preparation for the demo, I had to do the following:

  • Set up a VPN for my home office.
  • Configure the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO to output the Multiview to Aux 2.
  • Plugged an HDMI cable from the Extreme’s Aux 2 output into Input 1 on an ATEM Mini Pro.
  • ATEM Mini Pro webcam output plugged into a computer.
  • Created a VDO.ninja room with the ATEM Mini Pro’s output.
  • Entered the VDO.ninja URL entered into Remote Webview in MixEffect.

First, the VPN allowed me to connect to my ATEM while I was in San Jose and on mobile internet (LTE). Second, VDO.ninja and Remote Webview let me show exactly what was happening when I changed inputs, managed my HyperDeck clips, or switched between different SuperSource layouts.

WWDC developer meetup at San Pedro Square Market in San Jose

One source of frustration on my part was the number of steps to get the Remote Webview window to appear on my iPhone:

  1. Open MixEffect.
  2. Wait for it to connect to the switcher. Remember, I was on LTE on my iPhone and using a VPN to access my home office.
  3. Go to the Auxiliary section.
  4. Tap Connect.
  5. Tap Back. A floating window appears containing the stream that has autoplay disabled (on iOS).
  6. Tap Switcher.
  7. Tap Play in the Remote Webview floating window. The stream will take up the full screen of the iPhone.
  8. Tap X to exit out of fullscreen mode into floating window.
  9. Demo the app.

That’s about 7 steps too many. So, in the morning, I whipped up a new Remote Webview Switcher Panel. You’ll be able to add this panel to any of your Switcher Pages, allowing you to see the contents of an Auxiliary output straight in the Switcher section. Very convenient if you want to run the show from your iPad or iPhone.

Note: On iPhone, the stream still does not automatically start like it does on iPadOS, you’ll still have to tap Play, followed by X to bring it back to the Switcher section. And, if you leave the Switcher, you’ll have to do that all over again. Still, four steps saved over the old method.

This feature will be available in the next release of MixEffect.