Telestream has announced that Version 7 of its live streaming and production software Wirecast will be available later this month. Wirecast 7 adds new production capabilities, GPU-accelerated encoding and a streamlined user interface that allows users to create and stream high-quality live broadcasts from their computers to popular destinations such as Facebook Live and YouTube, as well as to custom streaming servers, with just a few clicks.
Wirecast 7 allows event producers to create high quality live-streamed productions, with multi-camera switching, graphics, titles and live encoding. The software's new user interface is said to enable quicker and more flexible access to shot editing features and enhances on-the-fly editing. With the Shot Editor panel, users have more control over every aspect of a broadcast, including the time-saving in-shot source toggles that enable users to turn video and audio layers on and off within each shot for dynamic editing of complex composite shots.
Wirecast 7 also adds more options for how text can be displayed on screen. Text can be entered live, via a file or from an RSS feed enabling a different user to prepare text that will be automatically picked up in the broadcast. A new audio mixer controls every source from one central location, and an enhanced 'mix minus' feature selectively mutes any source, such as the user’s own voice, while otherwise monitoring the full stream audio output.
“Much more than a facelift and some great new features, Wirecast 7 also takes advantage of a new performance architecture that improves CPU utilisation across the board, accelerates stream encoding by making use of GPU hardware, while also letting users closely monitor the health of their streams with a new graphical diagnostics view,” said Tom Prehn, senior product manager at Telestream. “With the release of Version 7, our goal is to empower users to do more live than ever before, to allow them to set a new bar in creating/directing a live streamed event, and we feel we’ve done precisely that.”