Roland AeroCaster VC-01 Wireless Video Mixer

Roland has been making his way into the Pro AV space for a while now. The AeroCaster VRC-01 is the latest hardware offering in this space with a focus on streamers and creators. The mini video switching console works almost completely wirelessly and allows a multi-source video installation using only phones and laptops over WiFi or cellular.

You’ll need to connect the AeroCaster to an iPad to use the main mixing software, but all other video inputs are wireless via either Roland’s own AeroCaster Camera mobile app, or laptop users can share the screen remotely via Chrome. Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to create a podcast or music video with multiple cameras, but don’t want the headache of several dedicated cameras, AeroCaster lets you do it with the phones you may already have.

Roland has some pretty strong credentials in this space thanks to the V Series Pro AV video switchers and mixers. The VRC-01 appears to be a more consumer-friendly option with a focus on Twitchers and YouTubers (although you can also stream to Facebook Live or an RTMP channel). From the console, you can switch cameras and mix audio in real time. There are two combo XLR inputs for professional microphones or TRS/phone input, along with some simple audio effects such as reverb and lip sync delay.

Much of the above functionality was already possible through some of Roland’s advanced equipment and the AeroCaster Switcher app, but the VRC-01 and the new companion iPad app seem more streamlined and accessible. In many ways, it feels like the video-friendly sibling of the GO:Mixer Pro X, with both “prosumer” features in a smaller, more affordable package.

The VRC-O1 will be available in March and will cost $295.

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