Telestream Wirecast Gear Supports Canal+ Event-Based Live Streaming

Canal+, France’s national cable and satellite broadcaster, has committed its streaming activities to eight new Telestream Wirecast Gear production systems. The equipment will be used to distribute online broadcast productions of multiple high-profile events. The content will be streamed live to Dailymotion, Facebook and other social networks.

The Telestream systems have been deployed since May, when Canal+, a major producer of news, sports and current affairs programs in France, saw a need to extend its live streaming capabilities to make them more flexible and capable of covering specific events at short notice. The broadcaster said it selected Wirecast Gear because of its high-quality output, intuitive operation and simple set up.

“Our intention in acquiring Wirecast Gear is to enable each of our TV production teams to create event-based live streaming channels, particularly on social media platforms such as Dailymotion, Facebook and YouTube,” said Charles Lesoil, Head of Content Engineering at Canal+. “Whether it’s a major news story, a sporting or cultural event, we need to be able to react to production opportunities and start live streaming more or less immediately.”

He added that they also needed more than a simple streamer, because they have to remove ads that are present in a broadcast feed, or insert ads and promos that are designed for Canal+ live social media channels. 

High profile events like the Americas-Cup race have been streamed live and broadcast on social media with WireCast Gear.

High profile events like the Americas-Cup race have been streamed live and broadcast on social media with WireCast Gear.

Wirecast is so simple to use and produces really stunning professional-quality live productions,” said Lesoil. “It enables us to put live streaming capabilities in the hands of non-technical creative staff: all they need is 10 minutes training in order to become a fully proficient Wirecast streamer.”

Canal+ teams have already used Wirecast Gear to stream live action from a range of major cultural and sporting events, including the Festival de Cannes 2017 where all the action was streamed to Dailymotion, and the America’s Cup Sailing Race Series plus soccer’s Champion’s League Final where live action was streamed to Facebook.

Wirecast Gear is pre-installed with Telestream’s Wirecast Pro live streaming production software. It comes with four professional video input ports with options for either HDMI or SDI, housed in a compact, powerful hardware system. At only 9.85 inches deep and taking up 1.3 rack units (RU), the Wirecast Gear workstation can be inserted into a laptop case or fitted with the included rubber feet and placed on a desktop. Solid state drives, as opposed to traditional spinning hard drives, makes Wirecast Gear ideal for transport, less prone to failure and guarantees maximum performance.

Built on a Windows 10 Pro 64bit platform with i7 Intel processors, 16GB of memory and a 250GB system drive, Wirecast Gear includes multiple network connectors, USB-C ports, as well as digital display outputs to create an optimal production environment.

A built-in encoding engine allows users to stream high-quality H.264 video and AAC audio over RTMP, RTP and Windows Media protocols for maximum flexibility. Users can stream directly to 30-built-in destinations including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Microsoft Azure, Akamai, DaCast, Wowza, as well as to record a version for later use.

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