Telestream’s live streaming and production software, Wirecast 8, includes Rendezvous, a peer-to-peer remote conferencing and multi-site production feature that supports multiple simultaneous remote streams from any net-connected computer or device.
Telestream also announced a new version of its flagship turnkey hardware system, Wirecast Gear 230, a portable live streaming production system.
Rendezvous functions like a videoconferencing system within Wirecast allowing users to bring in live video feeds or interviews from anyone, on any smart device, from any location, and broadcast them live. It enables Wirecast Pro users to interview multiple people simultaneously and invited guests can join by simply clicking a link provided by the Wirecast operator. A built-in tally light system tells remote participants when they are on camera in the broadcast production. Once guests have joined the Rendezvous session, they can be added individually to any shot or shots in the Wirecast production, or be combined into a single shot. Remote guests can share their video camera, microphones and screens with the host.
“The Rendezvous dashboard makes it easy to conduct panel interviews, talk shows, and video conferencing, and utilize 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.”
Rendezvous pairs perfectly with Wirecast’s free iOS camera and RTMP streaming app, Wirecast Go, enabling remote production and contributions from Apple mobile devices.
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 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.
For live social video, 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 Wirecast 8. Live Titler Express and Present can also be remotely controlled on a separate computer, feeding curated comments or titles into Wirecast by a second operator. Twitter and YouTube comment aggregation and curation is also available by upgrading to Live Titler Social or Complete.
Wirecast Gear 230
Wirecast Gear is Telestream’s turnkey, fully configured, portable live streaming production system. It comes pre-loaded with Wirecast Pro software, NewBlueFX’s Live Titler Complete software, and includes SDI output capability for local, baseband video output.
“Users can simply plug in the power, Internet, and a camera or two, and be streaming in minutes,” the firm claims.
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