**This article assumes that you already have equipment for announcers. If you do not have any, please click HERE for some recommended equipment. For an abridged version of these steps, click HERE
The Pixellot camera comes with a pair of microphones in it so that your broadcast can have the natural sounds, or "nat audio" of the event automatically incorporated into it. Adding your own external audio, whether it's play-by-play announcers or just a feed from your PA, is a very simple connection. Here are the steps:
1) Locate a usable output on your announcer setup or PA. If you are using a separate setup for play-by-play announcers that isn't being used for anything else (e.g., the PA), then you can use the main output to feed audio into your Pixellot computer. If your announcer setup is being used for something else, the main output will most likely already be in use. You'll need to find another output to use (e.g. headphone out, control room out, tape/cd out) or find a way to split the signal. The options here will depend entirely on your equipment. The same is true if you want to plug the PA announcer into your Pixellot. Some PA's will have plenty of connections to use while others are quite limited. Below are some examples of typical outputs on an audio mixer.
2) Get the appropriate adapter for your equipment. These can generally be found at any online retailer that sells electronics or audio equipment. Below are examples of adapters to match the examples of mixers seen above:
Notice that one side of each adapter cable matches the mixer's output and the other side is always a 1/8" stereo plug - like you might see on headphones. This side will plug into the Pixellot computer, so make sure that the cable you get is long enough to reach from the audio mixer to the back of the Pixellot computer. To connect it, look for the LINE IN symbol on the 1/8" jacks on the computer and plug in the adapter. If your unit is an older model, the jacks may be color coded - look for the BLUE jack for line in. Regardless of color or location, the jack is marked with an arrow pointed inwards.
Once the connection is made, the Pixellot computer will automatically insert the LINE IN audio into the broadcast. Because there is no true real-time monitoring of your stream, you may want to first try this on an unlisted practice stream so that you can dial in the audio levels. The camera's mics will also still be running when you plug in announcers to give you a mix of crowd/game sound and play-by-play commentary.
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