I wrote this for a customer who was looking at different One Button Studio options. Since I created the StudioMatic One Button Studio Pro, there is no doubt that I am biased. However, I think this comparison can be helpful for anyone trying to make a choice between StudioMatic’s One Button Studio Pro, and Revolution Lightboard’s One Button Studio Pro.
I’m not clear on why Revolution chose to use the exact same name as our product, as I think it can be confusing for customers. One more reason to do this comparison. Hopefully the following will be useful to you as you consider your options.
Note: If the reader finds anything in this article they know to be incorrect, please notify me at jason@onebuttonstudio.info.
There are four main areas of difference between ours (Studiomatic) and theirs (Revolution).
1. Software
Revolution uses OBS Studio, which is open-source freeware.
Pros:
  • It allows them to charge less for their solution.
Cons:
  • It does not allow the system to run in “kiosk mode”, which mode prevents the end user from accessing the inner workings of the software.
Studiomatic uses mimoLive, which is licensed, professional software.
Pros:
  • It allows us to work directly with professional software engineers to create the best user interface experience, which includes “kiosk mode”. See #2 for more details.
Cons:
  • It costs more.

2. Automation

Revolution has automation in the sense of pushing buttons to make things happen, e.g. changing the presentation position, changing the background, etc.
Pros:
  • Lower cost
Cons:
  • Users require more training, as the system is more difficult to navigate.
  • There is more room for error, as the user has full access to the inner workings of the system.
Studiomatic has step-by-step automation that guides the user through the entire production process with on-screen animations and instructions. System power and studio lights are also completely automated.
Pros:
  • Users with lower levels of digital know-how will still find it easy to use.
  • “Kiosk mode” keeps users from accidentally changing critical software settings.
Cons:
  • Professional software costs more.
3. Chroma Keying
Revolution uses the chroma keyer built-into the OBS Studio software.
Pros:
  • It’s free, and allows them to charge less for their solution.
Cons:
  • The quality is not as good as it could be.
Studiomatic uses professional chroma keying hardware called “Ultimatte”.
Pros:
  • It gives the best possible chroma keying results.
Cons:
  • It adds thousands to the overall cost of the system.
4. Hardware Layout
Revolution uses a desk-based layout.
Pros:
  • Quicker to set up, which means they can charge less for installation.
  • Screens are up close.
Cons:
  • Smaller teleprompter.
  • Smaller Digital Annotation surface.
  • Users must step to the side (unless they are left-handed) to use the Digital Annotation surface.
  • The system has a DIY style build quality.
Studiomatic uses an IT cabinet with a separate control desk.
Pros:
  • This allows room for an integrated control console, which keeps the Digital Lightboard, control panel,  and keyboard within easy reach of the user.
  • Larger 24″ Digital Lightboard.
  • Larger 24″ teleprompter.
  • The system has a professional, finished look.
Cons:
  • Higher cost.
  • The screens are a bit farther away.

Author: Jason Jenkins
Studiomatic One Button Studio Developer