Does your library provide a maker space with video cameras? Or maybe you’re having a great event that you want to steam online. If so, the Mevo camera may be just what you’re looking for!
The King County Library System (KCLS) has used Google Hangouts on Air (see our previous ALSC article on the subject), which requires a laptop, camera, and microphones. While doable, the process can seem daunting for the occasional user. Mevo is a newer one-stop product that is so easy to use you can put your kids in charge of filming.
How does it a work?
All you need is a Mevo, stand, and iOS device. The Mevo is a camera and microphone that fits in the palm of your hand. After downloading the Mevo app to your iOS device you can set the Mevo to automatically follow any action happening or you can zoom in on the action by tapping.
Interested in streaming?
Start your Facebook Live, Livestream, or Periscope stream right from the app. KCLS first used the Mevo for a festival style event so we needed to have a dedicated wifi hotspot with us. Since we’re interested in more live streaming we also invested in the Mevo Boost which will allow us to hook up directly to an ethernet port.
Interested in sharing later?
No problem, skip the steaming and save your video directly to the Mevo. At KCLS we upgraded the included 16GB microSD card to a 128GB microSD card so we can transfer the files to a desktop machine for more advanced editing. We also purchased an external charger to make sure we didn’t run out of power in the middle of an event.
What’s in the app?
Camera Assistant: find faces, live follow, auto-pilot (slow to fast)
Audio Mixer: simple slider to adjust your audio levels
Adjustments: normal, black and white, vivid, and sepia filters
Library: at a glance gallery of video saved
Help: opens up the 18 help videos created by Mevo
Settings: set your network, live streaming, general, and advanced settings
KCLS is looking to stream author events this summer and use the Mevo to film a behind the scenes tour at our barcode vendor. With it’s small footprint and easy to use app this is a tool that kids could pick up quickly with minimal instruction. What could you film?
– Angela Nolet, Online Library Services
King County Library System