Wirecast

Wirecast

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  • Main Interface
  • Main window
  • Main window
  • Broadcast settings window
  • Inspector Window
  • File Window
  • About Window
  • Main window

Editorial review

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Mario Procione Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 4.1
Wirecast is an efficient tool designed to enable professional-looking live-streaming events. This application supports several sources for capturing events, including many types of computer cameras, the Blackmagic and Osprey & Matrox multi-capture cards, as well as the computer desktop.
Wirecast not only allows you to broadcast live events, but also gives you the possibility to personalize your video streams. Thus, you may add external audio input, video clips, movies, and even text to the contents that you want to stream. In addition to this, the program includes a picture-in-picture option, enabling you to view multiple windows at the same time. Moreover, Wirecast grants you the possibility to add either shots that contain a live source from the Internet, or some that contain media files from your local system.

As far as the design is concerned, this tool includes five different master layouts. To access and personalize them one has to go to the “Layout” menu and select the “Go to layer” option. If you need to quickly set up the layer for a certain live event, you are also able to use the hotkeys, also listed under the above-mentioned option.

To conclude with, Wirecast is an efficient tool that comes with a well organized user interface. By using this program anyone is able to broadcast any kind of live or recorded streams from sports events, personal videos, or even meeting conferences and lectures.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Low system requirements
  • User-friendly interface

Cons

  • None

What's new in version 5.0

Enhanced encoding and playback:
-x264 encoding for stunning quality at low bit rates
You now have the choice to use x264 to live encode your stream. x264 offers high quality encoding with lower bitrates, making it one of the best low-latency video streaming formats in the world.
-Stream Delay
With support for stream delay in Flash, now you can delay your streamed broadcasts to add a buffer between your live stream and broadcast. Gamers: perfect for delaying your stream to hide your strategy from online competitors.
-Improved H.264 playback
Now you get even smoother playback of your pre-recorded H.264 videos in Wirecast.
Efficiently, redesigned user interface:
-Redesigned Shot List
Now you can see all your Master Layers at once in the easy-to-manage Shot - -List area. Easily resize the height of your layers to save space, and even drag-and-drop shots between layers.
-Intuitive Broadcast Settings workflow
Same settings, now even simpler to use. Just choose where you want to stream live, then configure your settings in the newly redesigned broadcast settings dialog box.
-Live Preview Swap
Easily switch back and forth between two shots with a click of the Live Preview Swap button.
More powerful screen capture:
-Capture multiple windows on the same computer
Wirecast 5 lets you broadcast multiple application windows from the same computer efficiently and smoothly.
-Full HD 60 frames per second capture
Let the games begin! Stream your computer desktop screen in HD at 60 FPS with amazing quality. Great for live game streaming.
New input and output integrations:
-Program feed output to Blackmagic Design
Take your Wirecast feed out directly to Blackmagic Design Intensity or DeckLink hardware. Ideal for sending live feeds directly into editing, effects and broadcast design systems. Our Blackmagic Design partnership is the first of many integrations for Wirecast’s new Output SDK, which enables SDI/HDMI progressive program feed out.
-Input web streams as sources
Now bring IP or web-based live feeds directly into Wirecast as sources. Wirecast supports RTMP, RTSP, MMS or HTTP sources. This is great for news, sports, and other live shows where you have remote sources.
-Bring TriCaster output into Wirecast to take advantage of Wirecast's powerful streaming options
Telestream Wirecast 5 now allows you to live stream to multiple platforms or your own streaming servers directly from your TriCaster. With Wirecast's pre-configured destinations, it's easy to stream directly to YouTube Live, Ustream, and many others in just a few clicks.

What's new in version 4.1

Fixes and Enhancements
New! Added a USB Devices dialog to enable users to monitor UBS device errors and USB bus traffic to diagnose connection issues. (Mac OS X & Windows)
New! Added the ability to display actual resolutions as options when configuring System Devices rather than simple high, medium and low. As a result, this offers more resolution choices for devices, including many USB devices. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Desktop Presenter now recognizes secondary monitors properly. (Windows)
Fixed multiple USB connection issues. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed cropping issues with Vixia HDV cam (Mac OS X & Windows)
Microsoft Lifecam Cinema now displays with 16:9 aspect ratio (instead of 4:3.) (Mac OS X)
Addressed various issues with the Logitech C910. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Allows user to override "Open Last Document" feature in Lion (Mac OS X)
QuickCam Vision Pro at 1280x720 now displays with 16:9 aspect ratio (instead of 4:3.) (Mac OS X &
Windows)
Fixed intermittent issues with Master Audio Level slider not holding volume level. (Mac OS X)
Fixed issue with mouse cursor not being captured by Desktop Presenter in Windows 7. (Windows)
Fixed crash when recording/broadcasting H.264 for longer than 8 hours. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed auto filename issue that occurred when using Scandinavian characters. (Mac OS X &
Windows)
Facetime HD cameras now capture at 16:9. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed issue that caused ProRes .MOV files to be distorted. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed issue that caused pulsating audio when using Cisco WVC80N IP Camera. (Mac OS X &
Windows)
Fixed issue that caused lack of audio when working with Sony SNC-RZ50. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed issue that caused ProRes .MOV files to be distorted. (Mac OS X & Windows)
Fixed issue that prohibited simultaneous use of identical USB cameras. (Mac OS X)
Improved video quality/performance with Logitech cameras at higher resolutions. (Mac OS X &
Windows)
Fixed CPU usage display issue on Windows 7 64-bit. (Windows)
Fixed issue that caused jagged edges in PAL sources. (Mac OS X & Windows)
 

Publisher's description

With Wirecast you can stream professional-looking live broadcasts from any location with just a camera, computer and an Internet connection. Wirecast supports an unlimited number of camera inputs ranging from web cameras (via USB, firewire) DV/HDV, SDI cameras (via capture cards), as well as IP and web-based sources and Wireless devices. Simply connect your input sources to your computer and Wirecast will recognize them as live feeds. The number of source inputs you can add to a broadcast is only limited by your hardware and processing power.

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