Adding vMix Inputs
Written by Paul Richards on October 26, 2020
Adding Inputs & Input Settings
Inputs are the foundation of your vMix production. An input is any element that you want to add as part of your video production. They can include cameras, videos, images, PowerPoint presentations, audio and other sources. vMix makes it easy to add inputs and then adjust a wide range of settings to get your input ready for your production.
Start by adding a camera. Most video productions use cameras as the central element connecting viewers to the event and activity. Most cameras can be connected to your computer via capture devices, either with internal PCIe capture cards or external SDI or HDMI capture cards via USB. Cameras can also be connected over an ethernet network using NDI.
To get started, make sure your camera is connected and click on the “Add Input” menu at the bottom left of the screen. When the dialog box opens, you will see down the left side every type of input you can add. You will learn in more detail how all these different sources function. For now, click Camera.
From the dropdown menu, click on your camera or capture device. If you are using a Magewell, Blackmagic, or AJA capture device, vMix should be able to automatically detect your settings from the capture device and camera. You can double check those settings in the dialog box. You will want to be sure the camera’s frame rate matches the master frame rate of your production. You can double check that in the corner of your interface screen. If you would like to use the audio from this source, click on the Audio Enabled checkbox and choose the source from the dropdown menu. When you are done, click OK.
Once you have added a source, you will have access to many other settings. Just locate the input and click on the gear icon. This will open the settings menu for that source. You will likely want to change the name of the source here so it will be easy to reference as you add more sources. You can also add the source to one of the color categories. Color categories can be used to organize your inputs into tabs. As your production grows, you should consider naming every input and organizing inputs into these tabs for quick reference. You can create names for these tabs by right clicking the tabs and entering titles.
Under general settings you can determine what will happen when you click the source. You can have it move to the preview window, cut directly to the output, or choose from transition and overlay options.
You can also choose to to check the Automatically mix audio setting. If your individual cameras are connected to their own microphones and you want that camera’s microphone to become active when you switch to the camera, check this box. If you have a master audio source from a soundboard of independent mics, you will want to be sure this box is not checked.
Down the left side of this dialog box you can explore the various other setting options you will have for this input. You can adjust the color, apply color correction, set position, set up chroma and luma keys. You can also set multi-view options, set up action triggers, control tally lights, and even remotely operate PTZ cameras.
Once you have added a camera, you can go ahead and add additional sources following the same steps.
Start Learning vMix
- What is vMix. Learn here
- Getting Started with the vMix interface here
- Learn how to work with vMix inputs here
- Mixing Inputs Together with vMix Multiview here
- Learn about vMix titles here
- Learn how to mix Audio in vMix
- Learn how to use VST3 audio plugins with vMix here
- Learn all about vMix settings here
- Learn about how to use vMix Full Screen and Multiview here
- Learn how to record video with vMix here
- Learn how to live stream with vMix here
- Learn how to use vMix video overlay channels here
- Learn how to make Stinger Transitions in vMix here
- Learn how to use social media comments in your live stream with vMix Social here
- Learn how to use vMix shortcuts here
- Learn how to use GT Title Editor to make custom vMix titles here
- How to use vMix Call to bring guests in your live stream here
- How to control vMix remotely with the web controller here
- How to use vMix color correction tools here
- How to use virtual sets with vMix here
- How to use NDI with vMix here
- How to control PTZ cameras in vMix here
- Learn how to connect vMix with Zoom using the virtual webcam output here
- Learn how to use automated playlists with vMix here
- Learn how to use data sources with vMix here
- Learn how to use vMix triggers here