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YoloBox Pro COMPLETE Tour!

Photo Moment - December 09, 2021

The YoloLiv YoloBox Pro is an impressive all-in-one switching and live streaming solution with Green Screen, Graphics, PiP and more. But is it perfect? 

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This outline is loosely pulled from the video…

Hardware and Input Ports Tour

Hardware and Input Ports Tour

  • You’ve got three HDMI inputs, each one with a scaler on it. You can bring in just about any flavour of 720 or 1080 into this and it’ll scale to whatever production size you’re doing
  • You have a type of USB port which actually supports webcams
  • An ethernet port
  • An HDMI out which can output your program or can output the same interface, so think of that like a multi-view out and that’s actually how I’ll be recording the screen for you to see throughout this demo
  • A type-c USB port which isn’t really used that much yet right now you can plug a keyboard into it. You can also bring audio in through that, probably a couple other things, but in the future, they will be adding webcam support, so you’ll be able to plug a usb cable from here into your computer and treat this like a webcam
  • There’s a headphone jack two audio inputs one at mic level and one at line level
  • Another USB-C port specifically for charging
  • On the other side, we’ve got a ¼-20 hole for a tripod or that little mount that we saw in the box
  • An SD card slot which is very handy; this is both for recording your show and for loading graphics onto the device
  • A sim card slot; this device actually has a modem built into it so you can live stream with a SIM card

Creating a Live Stream or Monitor Mode

Creating a Live Stream or Monitor Mode

  • Now let’s go back to the main screen and create a show. To do that you tap on the plus on the bottom right corner, and you have two options: you can create a new live show, or you can create what’s called a monitor mode.
  • Monitor mode is just like a regular live event except that it’s not set up to go live anywhere, so you can use this either for practice just for playing around with things in here, without having to set up a live show.
  • Or, you can also use it if you just wanted to do a live stream on the hdmi output onto a projector or something like that.

Add Video/PDF from SD Card

Add Video/PDF from SD Card

  • If I tap on add video source I can now add additional inputs to this. We’re going to start with something off of the SD card. You’ll see that I can load up to two videos off of sd cards. I’ll start by tapping on an SD card video 1 it’ll scan the card and i have one video clip on here called drone. We’ll go ahead and add that in and now that’s ready to go.
  • I’ll add another video source and for this one, I’m going to choose pdf. It’s kind of a neat feature you can actually load a pdf onto your sd card, and then play that from the yolo box.

Adding Split Screen, Side by Side, Picture in Picture Layout

Adding Split Screen, Side by Side, Picture in Picture Layout

  • This time, I’m going to choose the side by side video. It comes up with selecting a source. So let’s go ahead and put me in hdmi 1 on the a side, tap next and then for the b source.I’ll go ahead and though use hdmi three that’s the computer tap next, and now i’ve got this side by side.
  • The same process can be applied to Split Screen and Picture in Picture layout. 
  • I can reposition myself wherever I want, change the scaling of my picture, and even change the aspect ratio.

Green or Blue Screen Keying (Chroma Keying)

Green or Blue Screen Keying (Chroma Keying)

  • So let’s get a green screen set up here, and now we’ll drop out that green screen. We start with the source in this case hdmi 1, and you’ll see there’s a little icon up there of a person in the corner, we’ll tap on that enable keying switch, and just like that the background is gone. 
  • You have 2 different colour key types, green or blue.
  • I can change the similarities which is basically an expansion or contraction of how much is being keyed of that colour, and then there’s the smoothness, how smooth do you want those edges to be.

Green or Blue Screen Keying (Chroma Keying)

  • The background image is something that I can add in here adding a picture of anything off the sd card.
  • What’s much more interesting of course is to use another video source as a background image.
  • I’ll go to add video source, do a picture in picture video, choose the hdmi 3, which is my computer as the main screen, tap on next, and then tap hdmi 1 as the subscreen, that’s my keyed video and there we go.
  • There’s me in the corner, I can make myself a little bit bigger or smaller wherever I want. Now I have a beautiful keyed video, and we’re ready to go.

Graphics Overlays: Importing PNG Files, Custom Lower Thirds, Scrolling Captions

Graphics Overlays: Importing PNG Files, Custom Lower Thirds, Scrolling Captions

  • let’s go on with overlays.Here at the bottom, tap the plus button to add an overlay. There’s three different types: an image overlay, a lower thirds, and a countdown timer. 
  • We’ll start with image overlays. This is going to allow me to pull any image off of the sd card now.
  • This can be a full screen image, basically a photo that will just overlay everything covering the entire image or it can be a png file, which you can then scale and reposition wherever you like.
  • Let’s go ahead and use something like a fancy lower thirds that I created earlier. There’s my fancy lower third, I can change the scaling of that, I can tap that move it around on the scene and put it somewhere else.
  • if i go back into that lower thirds editor. Again you’ll see there’s a variety of different options in here, including one called a rolling caption. If i go into the rolling caption, i can now enter any amount of text in here, and have it scroll across the screen.  

Creating a Countdown Timer

Creating a Countdown Timer

  • You have the ability to create a customised countdown timer for any duration that you want directly in the device. 
  • Tap on the countdown timer, we have a couple themes to choose from. You can change whatever the show start text, the font, the colour, and tap on done. Now I have that countdown timer.
  • When I’m ready to start a show, I can bring that up, you can see that it makes the whole scene dark. As soon as it counts down to zero it automatically disappears. 



  • Next let’s go to the scoreboard. If you’re live streaming a little league game, and you want to keep the score on screen for the friends and family watching at home, you can do that. It’s pretty neat.
  • The first thing I can do is position this wherever I’d like, make it a little bit bigger if I want to, so let’s make it nice and big and put it on the bottom of the screen here. 

Comments from Your Live Stream!

Comments from Your Live Stream!

  • The next one here is comments. Yes you can have youtube comments showing up directly on the device here and then even load them to screen.
  • If i want to show the comment up on the screen, tap on the little bookmark icon there and it loads it up on the screen it’s actually generating a graphic in real time and loading that to the screen. 
  • I can change the font, transparency, the positioning, the scale, and so on a lot of control over where those comments will go.

Encoding Settings: Bitrate (CBR, CQ or VBR) and Framerate (FPS)

Encoding Settings: Bitrate (CBR, CQ or VBR) and Framerate (FPS)

  • Next we have encoding settings. You have 3 different encoding settings options, CBR(constant bit rate), CQ(constant quality) and VBR(variable bit rate), and you’ll see there it says this is the default and recommended,so whatever bit rate you choose and you can choose that down at the bottom.

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OMG, that was a great video! Thank you! Never has anyone taken the time to explain something technical in such a clear, concise way, and in less than an hour. Exceptional work. This is the first video of yours I've ever watched, but you are my new favorite. Thank you!
Well THANK you! That’s up there with the best comments ever 😊
Thanks so much for the video. I’m a teacher and I’ve been using the atem pro with my online classes but I saw so many things I can do with this device so I bought one. Truthfully I’m so intimidated by the software on the atem. Have you used the Yolobox with Google meet or zoom? I’ve been kind of waiting for your comparison video, but I guess I’ll just ask you. I’m really hoping to be able to save the settings too. Also, will I be able to use the usbc out to my M1 Mac like I did on the atem. What about monitor mode? Really thanks again for your straightforward video.
I want one
This is EASILY the best video that I have seen on this product!
Thanks so much Joseph for putting this together! It must have taken you ages!
(The remote/ pause thing was hilarious!)
@YoloBox Pro Team -- My YBP program out doesnt work with Decimator LX cross converter. can you please make that work. i need that to work to connect to a projector long run.
Thanks Joseph. Great overview. I would love to see an option to flip/mirror input videos. Other video switchers have this option and would cool to see it hear too. But otherwise it seems to be a very flexible tool!
Send that request to Yolo! Seriously, they are very responsive.
LOL! These videos are sick good! I literally sit here like a zombie staring at this video just soaking in the info. (No, not your eyes…but those are eyes are damn! My wife agrees!) Would like to ask what audio setup do you have. I’m going to be starting a channel on Crypto - I’ll be using a Rode Podmic but was wondering if I needed to go with rodecast pro with a cloudlifter and then send it to the YOLO —-or— cloudlifter and a SOLO then send it to YOLO? Any feedback would be great. Great channel, brother!
Haha thank you… me and my eyes appreciate it 😊 My audio is a Sennheiser AVX mic, run through a Mix Pre 3 with the Noise Assist plugin, but that’s only because there’s a rack nearby that I have to cancel out. Minimal EQ in post. Good luck with the channel! And if you want to talk about audio with more people, consider joining the channel as a member where you will have access to a private Discord server which could be a good place to ask questions, and of course you’ll be helping support the channel! Details at
can we turn off comments on youtube?
Not from the YoloBox, but once the even has been created, you can go to it in youtube and disable comments there.
@PhotoJoseph thank you
how can i do that green background screen , as it is not showing any option in my yolobox------ Is it for yolobox pro only?
Pro only
I was going to get an ATEM Mini Pro ISO but the YoloBox Pro is coming up as a strong alternative. Anyway I have subscribed!
If you’re not in a rush, wait for my comparison video!
@PhotoJoseph yes I'm in no rush so I can wait for the next video to come out, thank you!
I wonder if a simple USB-C dock would work to expand the number of USB inputs?
I believe so however it likely would not work for adding more USB cameras. It might, if there’s not much else going on. The USB webcams take quite a bit of power.
Hello can you do a video running multiple Yolo boxs same account creating multiple cameras that can be switched to even being miles apart
Using one Yolo as a remote feed into another… I could.
I now have yololiv pro
Could you use the hdmi output of a Atomos ninja v as a video source input to the Yolo?
If so, you could use the ninja cast to (effectively) add more switchable inputs.
Yes you could!
Can I have a Free YoloLiv Pro please.
No but if you sub you might have a chance to win one
Great video! I was an early adopter of YoloBox, then bought the YoloBox Pro immediately the time it was launched. It's very portable and perfect for just about any multi-camera live productions. Definitely a game-changer.
Great video. Very informative. I've had my YoloBox for about a month (LOVE IT!) and your video filled in a few blanks/questions I've had since then. Thanks Joseph!
@PhotoJospeph: Nice video! Some answers to your questions/problems: 3,5GB limitation seems to be a FAT32 file system limitation on the SD Card, with ExFat this should not be necessary. And the Blackmagic and Atomos recorders HDMI not working with it, seems likely to be caused by the fact that those devices dont just use the normal HDMI specs, but use their proprietary data encoding (they could not support RAW video formats from camera to video monitor/recorder; Also the reason Sony/Panasonic/Etc. and Atomos/Blackmagic need to manually support each new device for them to work together). A TV/PC monitor just uses the normal HDMI specs and data stream encoding.
That makes a whole lot of sense!!
@PhotoJoseph I would need to add that i am not 100% sure, as i dont have the devices in question to confirm this myself, so dont quote me on that alone ;) But as far as i can tell without testing it myself, both theories seem very likely. Glad i could help and give at least something back for all the amazing content you do! Great holidays to you and your family!
Great walk-through! I have used YoloBox Pro for multiple occasions and the ease of use always amaze me. I use it with 3 Canon 90 D's and the quality is fantastic. For sure a great streaming system for big and small events.
Nice to hear you love it! Did I miss anything in this tour?
@PhotoJoseph Everything covered! Very comprehensive! Thanks man!
36:36 Devices running upto Android 10 automatically split the video at 4 GB, but version 11 did away with this. Perhaps the Yolo team were leaning on the side of safety and opted for 3.5 Gb.
Oh how interesting! they have acknowledged that it’s an “android issue”. Very curious.
Brilliant review - so clear and in-depth! Looking forward to the comparing video before I finally buy one!
Thanks! And I’m working on that one ;-)
Thank you Joseph for this truly EPIC tutorial video!! Appreciate all the length and details that you have gone!! Great presentation and demonstration plus all the nice feature suggestsions and small bugs/improvement report!! Audio mixing should come very soon (Today/Saturday, our engineering team are in the office working on that!!) and re-using project setting is now a very high priority!!And many more to come!! Thanks again!!
Thanks YoloLiv! That’s great to hear!
Can the device now be powered from the USB-C and not just charged? I am thinking of using this for long-form events where even a 4 hour battery might not be enough. Also does the SIM card support North American networks?
3.5 Gb file size is a limit of FAT32.
it actually supports FAT32, exFAT and NTFS, all formats. Currently it's a bit Android restriction that we are working on a fix.
Hey Joseph! I know I've said this before, but I'm going to say it again. You are a great presenter. You speak clearly, smoothly and with confidence. I don't own this device yet, but I do enjoy the way you present products. This is a very informative, full featured demo. Just like your GH5 training videos (which have been awesome and helpful), this is very easy to watch and follow along. As always, thank you for the well produced content! This device looks to be a nearly perfect, full feature, mid-range budget (>$5000) streaming device. The File size limit may be due to the way the SD card is formatted. FAT32 has a file size limit of 4GB.
Hey man! Thanks for that, I really appreciate that. Super nice of you to say. And Yolo got back about the file size limit and said it's an Android thing but I think you might be right.
OH. MY. GOD. Joseph, that pause you did with the remote to do the advertising bit made me jump, literally! That was by far the best "interruption" for advertising I've ever seen. Bravo Sir!
hahah thanks man. I had a lot of fun doing it!
Super helpful! Thank you for your work on this and other videos here on the ‘Tube (I shoot Lumix and your guides were 👨‍🍳 💋). May need something like this in the not to distant future, but that audio-mixing capability (or lack thereof) needs to be revised; and it sounds like it is? I’ll be watching this group. Be well Jo.
Yep, they are actively developing for it now. And it'll come via a free firmware update!
We need to be able to get more fonts, scoreboard for different sports,timer count down minutes and seconds control not just minute, a mode to see other video source without the delay on non active videos.
For the scoreboard features, tell them! Like I said in the video — they are responsive. But you have to ask them directly about it. As to the delay; I wouldn't expect that to change without a hardware upgrade. That's processing power and while the Pro is more powerful than the original, once you get a lot of sources in there, some lag does appear.
I love your videos. This was a great tour of the product, with very useful insight in to the pros and cons of using this kit. Couldn't quite believe how much it does. Thank you and I'm glad I watched to the end! Please keep doing what you do.
Thank you Adam, that’s very kind of you to say!
Not sure I understand the issue with power on with/without power plugged in. What I have found out is you have to hold the power-on button down until AFTER the little battery icon goes away then it boots just as you'd expect.
Really? Even when plugged in?
@PhotoJoseph yup
Works for me.
@Dennis Andrews huh. I’ll try it!
Same here
That's exactly all the knowledge I was looking for. Thank you so much, for such a comprehensive tutorial. Your are great!!
Thanks Larry, I’m happy to hear that and thanks for the complement!!
This is an amazingly well developed and thorough video. I just got a Yolobox Pro for work and cannot imagine a question this did not answer. Bookmark this one for sure. Thanks.
Wow that’s awesome Brendon, thanks. All the bookmarks in here should definitely help when you need to figure something out!!
loved the pause call out!
Haha thanks. It came out pretty good! I figure if I’m going to ask people for money I should make it fun 🤩— don’t forget, !! 😁😁
Great info, very well presented!
Thank you, Noel!
Great video! I am using YoloBox for about a year and the Pro for a few months, and i think i could never go back!
Nice! Did I miss anything? Did you learn anything new?
@PhotoJoseph Very comprehensive yet insightful!!
@PhotoJoseph Like the portability/mobility the best!! 4G LTE support and built-in battery are really awesome!
Great "tour"!! Looking forward to a Yolo-ATEM comparison video from PhotoJoseph!!
Coming up next!!
Finally PhotoJoseph!! The narrative and production quality is unprecedented! NOW I have my new favorite Yolo review video!! Thank you!!
Haha thanks man. Glad you like it. Now let’s get it some VIEWS!!
one of the most complete video I've seen of the yolobox pro 😁 thanks
Thanks mate. It was a long time coming.
Very great video 💪, tq sir
Thank you, Abu!
Great video. I have a couple of ATEM switchers that I use. The Yolobox pro looks like it would work really well with the Mini Pro. You could probably feed the Mini Pro into the Yolobox. It looks like the Yolobox makes lower thirds, chroma key, and video clips much easier than the Mini Pro.
You got it Shawn, that's a great way to combine the devices for sure
I've done just that ands it works beautifully! Four ATEM inputs and take them webcam out to the Yolobox USB input and you still have 3 additional HDMI inputs on the Yolobox!
That was a cool effect Future Joseph!
haha thanks!!
That short break in transmission for the disclaimer and personal ad is soooooo cool. Hope you get to teach how it was done 🙂👍🏿
haha thanks Anthony! It was fun to figure out ;-)
likely an effect done with fusion in davinci resolve. It alternatively could be done in the Davinci Resolve color tab with a layer node and the magic mask. Or a PNG cut out from a video still then overlayed on the edit page.
@Jordan Gibby you were right the first time. Basically… freeze frame, simple comp of two layers of video, careful mask around the “frozen” me, layered with an video of static, also masked around the frozen me. The light effect on the remote is the lens flare fx. I tried different ways of doing the static on me that were much more involved and not working as expected, so I backed up and simplified to what you see here.
I’m with Anthony. Thank you in advance for teaching us how to do that. 😉😉
good tutorial, will have to buy one soon, thanks
Glad it was helpful! Let us know if you get one Walter, and how you like it!
The atem mini in it's most basic form is probably a better options then the yolobox.
You'll definitely want to watch the comparison video that I'll do next. It's not as cut and dry as you might think!
I have both the ATEM mini and the YoloPro. Not that the ATEM is difficult to use - it’s not - but the YoloPro is far easier. One of the main benefits of the YoloPro is the fact that all functionality is available from the unit and does not require a computer with control software. The Yolo also natively provides lower thirds which can be created on the fly. Not to mention the YoloPro natively supports a wired network connection, Wifi and Cellular and can stream to multiple platforms at the same time with no additional costs. It is also supports program and preview at the same time. The only real advantage the ATEM has over the Yolo at this time is the audio feature set (eg equalization, compression, limiter etc). However that is slated to be an upcoming feature of the YoloPro via update.
@PhotoJoseph looking forward to that. I currently have the atem mini pro and I'm looking to upgrade it to the atem mini pro extreme so I can use the supersource feature. So I'm looking forward to the comparison 🙂
They both have their plusses and minuses. One beats the other in some cases and the other wins in others. Clear as mud, right?
@Zyxxy Digital Media If i had the money and time i would purchase a yolobox and try it out myself. But I'm getting ready to upgrade to the atem mini extreme and I think that version alone completely closes the door for any comparison.
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