Streaming Media

Streaming Media on Facebook Streaming Media on Twitter Streaming Media on LinkedIn

Pros and Cons of Zoom and Teams for Remote Production

Anthony Burokas of Stream4us discusses the limitations of using business chat apps such as Zoom, Teams, and Skype in pro live production--such as the inability to correct color or edit isolated audio tracks--and recommends ways to circumvent those limitations in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media East Connect 2021.

See more videos like this on

Learn more about remote production at Streaming Media West 2021.

Read the complete transcript of this clip:

Anthony Burokas: There's a big difference between business chat apps and video production apps. Sometimes there's a bit of pushback as to why the remote guest has to connect to your system. "Why can't we just use WebEx or Teams or Zoom or Google Meet because that's what we use to do?" The main reason is that those business chat apps are not designed to enable producers to get isolated audio--we just call it ISO--and video from each person separately. Business chat apps mix everything together in the cloud. Video production apps are designed so that we can adjust audio levels, gain, and equalization for each person individually. We can also color correct, reposition the camera feeds as we need for our show. With dedicated numbers for connections, we can pre-build the shows and multiviews, knowing ahead of time, who will come in on which remote camera connection.

This is simply not possible with the business chat apps. Now, if there's some overarching reason why a person can't or will not connect directly to the video production app, you can use the business chat apps and then use some tricks to try and get that person's individual feed from the business chat app into your production. For instance, you can dedicate a laptop to each person you need an ISO from . That's what a lot of people do with Zoom. You can pin or highlight (whatever each app calls it) that one person on that one device. And then you can use free software like NDI Screen Capture to grab that screen and bring it into your video production software of choice over the local area network. Or you can send that screen out on HDMI and capture that as you would any other camera feed.

Interestingly, Microsoft Teams has integrated the ability to send out individual NDI streams for each caller, as long as there aren't too many callers. You're not going to get 50 ISO feeds over NDI from one computer. And you need to have enough local bandwidth and enough CPU processing power to handle multiple NDI streams at the same time.

It also takes a bit of setting up. They've got a whole page on, on all the different steps you need to do to make this happen properly. Lastly, the audio is still mixed together, but having ISO app output capability built into Teams is a nice feature. If you use Teams, give it a try.

Related Articles
With the release of vMix 27, Windows producers can now get clean Zoom Meeting inputs in vMix. The best part is that there are no additional upfront or monthly subscription costs to vMix 27users with an HD, 4K, Pro, or Max license. All that is required is to download the Zoom Plugin for vMix. Here's how it works.
Anthony Burokas explains how Stream4us builds and sends out production kits to remote guests that enable full control of their desktops and cameras during live shows.
Anthony Burokas of Stream4us discusses cellular bonding and multistreaming solutions and their advantages for remote production pros in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media East Connect 2021.
Anthony Burokas of Stream4us runs through a litany of multicam switching and streaming software and their pros and cons for live producers working with multiple remote guests in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media East Connect 2021.
Stream4us' Anthony Burokas discusses the importance of putting remote guests for pro productions through a detailed tech check before show day, to make sure they look and sound their best and can identify and address any issues well in advance of going live.
At present, Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business are the only two videoconferencing apps that support NDI. We have built our remote streaming solutions around Teams. Here's how it works.