This past fall, Wirecast released a new version of their software, Wirecast 5. This is a paid upgrade from version 4.x which is what many of you have loaded on your machine. I haven’t promoted it yet because I wanted to test it out and use it for a while before sharing my thoughts.
Now that I’ve have had the chance to test it out for a couple months, we are confident to say it’s been worth it to upgrade. Wirecast 4.x works great but moving to Wirecast 5 has been really nice.
The biggest change is the new UI.
Previously, we didn’t suggest using the layers because it was confusing and hard to use. That now has changed in Wirecast 5. All of the layers are now visible from the main screen in Wirecast. This has made it a much better workflow for keeping different types of media separate.
There are several other upgrades in Wirecast 5 that we’ve listed below that you can check out.
If you are interested in upgrading let us know. You can check out the Wirecast Upgrade page for information as well.
“With Wirecast 5, we’ve solidified our position as the easy to use, all-in-one, live streaming production software,” said Filippa Hasselstrom, director of desktop product marketing at Telestream. “We’ve made it easier to bring live feeds in. We’ve also added exciting options for encoding and delivering live streams out. To top it off, we’ve improved the efficiency of the UI so that from input to production to live broadcast, streaming is easier, more powerful and more flexible.”
New features and improvements in Wirecast 5 include:
x264 encoding enables x264 live encoding with stunning quality at lower bit rates.
High quality screen capture provides the ability to broadcast multiple application windows from the same computer, as well as HD screen capture in 60 FPS with amazing quality. This is great for game streaming, as well as online application demos.
Updated UI has been redesigned to include new keyboard shortcuts, live preview swap, shot bin improvements and more.
Output program feed permit output of SDI/HDMI program feeds to Blackmagic Design Intensity and DeckLink capture cards. This enables users to send live feeds directly into editing, effects and broadcast design systems.
Web stream plugin allows an IP or web-based live feed to be used as a source, supporting RTMP, RTSP, MMS or HTTP as input sources into Wirecast. This enables a Wirecast live stream to be used as a source in another Wirecast.
Improved H.264 playback delivers smoother playback of pre-recorded H.264 videos in Wirecast.
Stream delay adds an optional time buffer between the live feed and final broadcast, preventing mistakes from airing live. This is a key feature for gamers wanting to delay their live on-screen action to hide their strategy from online competitors.
Cross-platform Teradek plugin integration with Teradek Cube, Bond and Sputnik is now available for both Mac and PC. This adds flexible and economical live streaming options for easier capture of remote sources and more scalable publishing of local sources.