Wirecast Pro 4 for Mac from Telestream is a software solution for switching, producing, and streaming live events at a professional level of production. The software allows you to capture live video from multiple cameras and switch the output to a real-time encoder for Internet streaming, while adding 3D graphics, chroma-keyed video, and even virtual 3D sets. You can also webcast the live video & audio of your computer desktop. For corporate communication teams, government entities, educational institutions, and houses of worship, Wirecast Pro 4 represents a powerful alternative to traditional broadcast.
The software is the bridge between the camera inputs into your laptop or desktop Mac and a streaming server. You can use FireWire to input the live output of many DV/HDV cameras or use a USB webcam – or a capture card from Blackmagic Design (Intensity Pro and Decklink SDI, Studio, Duo & HD Extreme 3D) or Matrox (Multi-Ingest). This way you can input live or recorded video from HDMI, SDI, and analog camera outputs.
Version 4 of the software supports Teradek's Cube devices, which encode and decode video output from many HDMI- and SDI-enabled cameras for wireless transmission directly to your computer. You also get support for selected wireless IP cameras (Sony SNC-RZ50N, Cisco WVC80N, and Axis P1344, M1104 & 211W) and LiveU video-over-cellular transmission.
Wirecast Pro 4 lets you import graphical elements, switch between multiple cameras, employ picture-in-picture and scoreboards, and even add 3D virtual sets. The real-time encoder outputs to QuickTime, On2 (VP6), and Main Concept H.264 formats so you're ready to feed your streaming server with standard-definition or even HD video. (A basic streaming server is integrated into the software, and it makes it easy to set up your broadcast for the streaming service of your choice.) Start with just a camera, a computer, an Internet connection and Wirecast Pro 4. Your professionally produced webcasts will then be accessible to anyone online.
To be eligible for this upgrade, you must own the standard version of Wirecast 4.
Full-scale video production studio for your desktop or laptop computer
Capture live video from multiple cameras and control switching between cameras – the software puts no limit on the number of inputs
Import pre-recorded video, audio, graphics, and slides
Picture-in-picture enables viewers to see multiple sources, including the presenter/host
Chroma key (GPU acceleration for real-time green screen production), 3D graphics, and transitions enable the creation of professional-quality webcasts. Generate amazing transitions and effects in real time, including cross-fade, 3D cube, swinging doors, etc.
User-definable multiple layers – up to 35 layers of live compositing
More than 30 built-in professional broadcast-quality title themes (lower thirds). Pick your favorite, enter your text and you're done
Stream live and/or record to disk for on-demand viewing
Encode to popular streaming formats (Flash, Windows Media, and QuickTime)
Simultaneous encoding to multiple bit rates for a variety of quality choices
Webcast your computer's live desktop, including interviews via chat – the integrated Wirecast Desktop Presenter features audio support
Integration with Teradek Cube, which makes any camera wireless
Integration with Matrox Multi-Ingest capture card, which enables four simultaneous HD-SDI inputs
Create a virtual TV studio environment with professional-looking 3D virtual sets
Enhanced audio controls with sync delay
Scoreboard templates for live sports webcasts
Source support for selected wireless IP cameras and Telestream Pipeline video capture devices
Input support for HDV cameras from Sony & Canon
Support for RTMP and RTSP streaming protocol
Mac OS X Lion compatibility
Mac OS X System Mac OS X 10.5 or later (including Lion) Intel Based Mac or Apple Power PC G5 Minimum 512 MB RAM QuickTime 7 or higher 200 MB hard drive space (for install) Additional hard drive space for recording to disk Quartz Extreme-capable graphics card Intel Core Duo or dual G5 is required for HDV decoding QTSS/DSS 4.1.3 or later is needed for automatic "announce" unicasting A supported GPU is required for Core Image and GPU video compression acceleration Flash streaming on Mac requires Intel-based processor Sufficient upload speed (300 kb/s for low quality, 700 kb/s for good, 1.3 Mb/s and up for HD)
Video Input Devices Live USB cameras Live FireWire cameras (DV or HDV) Analog to FireWire converters (DV or HDV)
CDN/Streaming Media Host Requirements RTMP: Live streaming of H.264 Flash (VP6 or Spark codec not available); Flash Media Server (3.5) or Wowza Server (5 or later); FME authentication (this may no longer be a problem with 3.5.3); sufficient upload speed (300 kb/s for low quality, 700 kb/s for good, 1.3 Mb/s and up for HD) RTSP: Live streaming for RTMP (H.264 or MPEG-4 recommended); sufficient upload speed (300 kb/s for low quality, 700 kb/s for good, 1.3 Mb/s and up for HD)