Riverside & Squadcast Both Offer:
Locally Recorded, Uncompressed Audio Recordings
Both record every participant's audio locally, creating separate, uncompressed WAV audio files for each everyone. This means that the quality of the recording is completely unaffected by the quality of the internet connection - each file will sound crisp and clean when it’s downloaded, regardless of any glitches you may experience live. Depending on whether you use in-built laptop mics or external microphones, the recording could even be studio quality. Additionally, the uncompressed, separate tracks make for a much easier, speedier editing process.
Progressive Uploads and Back-Ups
Both software solutions upload everyone’s audio while the podcast is being recorded so that there’s very little wait time to download the files at the end and you can get right to editing and uploading your episodes to your podcast hosts. Plus, they perform automatic backups to the cloud throughout the recording, so you don’t have to worry about losing everything if disaster strikes.
Easy Process For Guests
Riverside and Squadcast both make joining your show an easy, stress-free process for any interview guests. The setup couldn't be easier. All you have to do is send them a link to join, and they will be taken to your session. No downloads or sign-in is necessary. There’s also a “green-room” which allows them to check their appearance and prepare themselves to get started.
View Guest’s Mic and Video
With both, you can view which mic and video input every participant is using. That way, if you notice someone is using their laptop instead of their external mic, you can give them a quick reminder to ensure the audio quality is as crisp as possible.
All Recorded From The Browser
Whether you use Riverside or Squadcast, the process is quick and easy, not only for your guests but for you as the host, too. You don’t have to download anything at all, simply login to your account on your browser and get started.
Riverside’s Unique Features
Locally Recorded, 4k Video
Riverside is an appealing Squadcast alternative largely due to its capacity for video recording. It records separate, locally recorded, uncompressed video files in up to 4k resolution. This means that the quality of the video, like the audio, will be totally unimpacted by the internet connection, and any glitches or pixelation that may appear live will not be present in the recording. This video content can then be repurposed for publishing across social media like IGTV and YouTube. It makes for great marketing content, extends your reach beyond podcast directories, and increases your connection with your audience.
Riverside allows an incredible hands-on experience for monitoring audio and video. You can oversee audio levels, guest equipment, frame rate for the video, maximum video resolution, and you can even remove participants, should anyone get unruly. This cuts down significantly on post-production time, as you can minimize quality issues ahead of time.
Up to 8 Participants
Riverside creates scope for broad conversations with a wide range of guests. With the ability to host up to 7 guests (a total of 8 participants), you won’t have to limit your ideas according to the abilities of your recording software. Go big or go home.
With Riverside, a producer can be “present” (but not recorded/taking up a participant slot) during the show, so that they can perform quality control and you can focus on the meaningful, valuable conversation.
Another impressive feature of Riverside is screen sharing. This could help make your podcast more dynamic and engaging, as you can share infographics, photographs, memes, or whatever tickles your fancy with your guest and audience.
Live Streaming to External Platforms
Not only does riverside allow you to live-stream your podcast, but it also offers the option to stream live audio and video across external social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Twitch! This is a major game-changer, enabling you to reach a wider audience and to create a more loyal, engaged, and excited audience.
Live Listener Call-ins
Building a community is made easy by Riverside, which allows listener call-ins, with video, for Q&As. Your audience can input their name and question, then you can screen them and select who you would like to allow in to join your conversation. This helps to create a much stronger bond and sense of community with your listeners.
Pricing: Starting from $7.5/month for 2 hours of audio and video recording, $15/month for 5 hours of audio and video, $24/month for 20 hours of audio and video. Free Plan? No, 60-minute free trial.