Written by on

Telestream has announced version 8 of its Wirecast live streaming and production software, along with a new version of its flagship turnkey hardware system, Wirecast Gear 230.

Wirecast provides content creators with production capabilities, GPU-accelerated encoding and a streamlined user interface that enables users to create and stream high-quality live broadcasts from their computers to dozens of popular destinations such as Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Periscope, Twitter and others. Wirecast 8 adds Wirecast Rendezvous, a peer-to-peer remote conferencing and multi-site production feature that supports multiple simultaneous remote streams from any internet-connected computer or smart device.

“The Rendezvous dashboard makes it easy to conduct panel interviews, talk shows, and video conferencing, and utilise remote screen sharing, with just a few clicks,” said Tom Prehn, senior product manager at Telestream. “What used to be a challenging, complex process involving 3rd party video conferencing platforms, complex audio and video routing, screen or baseband capture, can be accomplished natively within Wirecast in moments.”

New audio features in Wirecast 8 Pro include the ability to mix up to eight independent audio tracks per broadcast and output them to independent destinations, making multi-language productions easy. Multi-channel audio capture allows Wirecast to ingest up to 16 channels of audio per source. Users can also set up specific shots to contain any combination of input channels, and take advantage of Wirecast 8’s greatly expanded stereo down-mixing capabilities, removing the need to pre-mix audio input sources.

Also, to engage in real-time conversations and feedback with an online audience, Telestream said that Wirecast 8 can display live Facebook comments on screen using NewblueFX’s Live Titler Express (Wirecast 8 Studio) or Present (Wirecast Pro), which are bundled free with every copy of Wirecast 8. Live Titler Express and Present can also be remotely controlled on a separate computer system, feeding curated comments or titles into Wirecast by a second operator for a truly professional collaborative workflow. Twitter and YouTube comment aggregation and curation is also available by upgrading to Live Titler Social or Complete.

Gear 230 meanwhile is a fully-configured, portable live streaming production system that can create a professional production with only minutes of setup time.