BoinxTV Home review

Boinx TV comes in two flavours – BoinxTV Full, which effectively turns your Mac into an outside broadcast unit, and BoinxTV Home, which is aimed at the solo podcaster.

BoinxTV can accept multiple video sources, such as the built-in iSight camera on modern MacBooks and iMacs, or camcorder feeds via FireWire or other connections. Another section allows for connecting external or internal Mac audio sources.

This separation means that you could switch between multiple cameras to allow filming from different angles but have one audio source in your production. Project formats range from small web and iPhone video, to the maximum screen resolution of 960 x 540.

BoinxTV supplies templates for common scenarios, so if you want to film a makeup lesson for YouTube or host a teardown session for your tech site, you’re laughing – all you need to do is connect the video and audio sources, choose the template and start filming. You can also use a blank template and add in your own content, with each asset being added in a separate layer with its own editable parameters. Up to 15 layers are supported in BoinxTV Home, though adding layers seems to significantly add to demands on the Mac.

An array of production tools allows one person armed with the minimum of equipment to create a podcast or YouTube show

The UI allows access to controls for creative assets such as lower thirds, scrolling text and titles and tickers. Others allow you to mix your footage with titles or layers of animated or still graphics. You can choose Filter Source to create a chromakeyed composite with your camera feed while filming. Once recording is finished, there’s a direct export/upload path to Podcast Producer or YouTube

OUR VERDICT

The full version of BoinxTV with support for unlimited layers and higher screen resolutions costs £299. BoinxTV Home is a fraction of the price, so despite its more limited layers and resolution, it ably provides non-professional users with a quick and affordable way of preparing videos for online distribution.

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