The YoloBox Mini is a pocket-sized all-in-one live streaming solution with a built-in touchscreen
YoloLiv today announced its new YoloBox Mini. Building on the success of the original YoloBox (reviewed here) and YoloBox Pro, the new YoloBox mini packs many of their features into a smaller package for advanced live streaming anywhere. Of course, you can also live stream from anywhere with your phone, but the YoloBox Mini provides HDMI and USB video capture, as well as dedicated audio inputs and it can even record.
The 5.5″ pocket-sized YoloBox Mini supports streaming up to 1080p 60fps and has a built-in 4G LTE sim socket for direct connection to YouTube, Facebook and other platforms without the need for WiFi. It also has a built-in battery and can work completely independently, streaming anywhere you can get a signal without having to hook it up to a laptop or another computer.
There are obviously some differences between the YoloBox Mini and its bigger siblings. It has a smaller 5.5″ LCD screen, rather than the 7″ or 8″ of the YoloBox and YoloBox Pro respectively. This smaller screen is a bit brighter though, hitting 500 nits. The YoloBox is 350 nits and the YoloBox Pro is 400 nits. It also has fewer HDMI inputs. And by less, I mean it has one. It has a single HDMI input. However, it does have a USB Type A socket that allows you to stream a USB video device like a webcam or second mirrorless camera, DSLR or other HDMI source through a capture device like the Elgato Cam Link 4K.
Additional visual sources, such as images, video clips, and even PDFs, can also be loaded on demand from its built-in SD card slot, and you get a number of advanced features that your phone cannot provide, such as commentary overlays for streaming services such as YouTube, Twitch, etc. as well as built-in green screen features. It has both line and microphone level inputs to provide it with a dedicated audio signal and you can keep that audio signal constant no matter what camera or source you switch to.
In addition to WiFi and 4G LTE SIM card support, there is also a built-in wired Ethernet port on the YoloBox Mini, for you to eliminate potential problems with wireless internet signals. As you can see from the image above, in addition to that, the HDMI input and the USB type A socket also have an HDMI output, allowing you to pass the signal to an external monitor or daisy chain it to another capture device on a computer, line and mic inputs as well as a headphone output and a USB Type-C jack to charge the internal battery – or keep it powered for longer streams where the battery alone will not be enough.
For streamers, you have the option to stream on multiple platforms simultaneously and overlay the comments you receive from all of these platforms during your stream onto the stream itself. A very handy feature to help highlight some of your audience engagement that is difficult to achieve in more traditional computer streaming solutions like OBS. You can also add logos, watermarks, lower thirds, scoreboards (handy for sports streamers), drop-down captions, and countdowns.
The display is, of course, a touchscreen, eliminating the need for any sort of smartphone remote app or confusing set of buttons. This is a fantastic solution on a device like this, giving them complete freedom to implement new features in firmware updates without having to rely on a physical button interface or the keep up to date in tandem with a smartphone app for two different mobile platforms.
And if you don’t want to stream with it, you can also use it as a regular on-camera monitor. Except it’s not just a monitor. He also records. It only accepts SD cards up to 128GB, but you’re limited to 1080p at 60fps – even if your camera is outputting 4K – so you’ll still be able to fit plenty on that card. Since it’s 1080p, you don’t need super-fast and expensive UHS-II cards either. You’ll be able to continue with a regular SanDisk Extreme Pro without any problems. It would be nice to see larger cards supported in the future, though.
Since the YoloBox Mini accepts a normal HDMI source as input, you can also use it to stream from another video switching device like the Blackmagic Atem Mini series or Feelworld L1 (see here) or L2. Or, even if you’re streaming from a device like this to your laptop via OBS, you can use the YoloBox Mini to record the stream separately from your computer to reduce some of the load – handy if your streaming computer is a little undernourished.
All in all, the YoloBox Mini seems to be quite an interesting device. Even though it’s not as capable as its larger, more expensive siblings, it still offers plenty of potential functionality and versatility for streamers, filmmakers, and YouTubers. And even if you’re not streaming with it, being able to hook up multiple cameras to a switching device like the Atem Mini or Feelworld L1, having all your overlays and lower thirds at your fingertips, and recording in one device means you don’t have to. no need to manage the synchronization of several camera streams in post in the montage. That alone may be worth the price of admission for some content creators!
The YoloBox Mini is available for pre-order now for $699 and will ship soon.