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WebCasting: Live Stream vs Wirecast

 Which Webcasting Live Streaming software is best for me?

Join me as I talk about some of the different software options for live streaming, and what you want to look for based on your situation. That could be current hardware, budget, skill level, etc.

Bill Milling silver hair, and beard, glasses, blue shirt in AMC Studio, NYC

Bill Milling in AMC Studio, NYC

Compare Livestream Studio to Wirecast

Hi, I’m Bill Milling owner here at AMC.

The collective experience of our WebCasting operators and senior technicians is that ,while they see a lot to like in both, they collectively prefer LiveStream over Wirecast.

When we first began streaming over ten years ago from our green screen stages in NYC, we began with a series of TriCasters and were very happy with that technology.  The company put out a solid product, which, at the time was pretty much the industry standard.

Then clients began asking for Wirecast service …which we were happy to provide.

But then, after many, many webcasts, we finally settled on Livestream.  It’s fully featured, does everything our clients need and we can license the software to fit in one of our custom FlyPacks made by our strategic partner, Saturn Encoders.

The advantage here is control.  The Flypack with the  LiveStream software is totally serviceable by our staff.  We update the software as soon as a new version is released. And then we upgrade the Flypack with new mother board, graphic cards, i/o board, etc, etc.

Feel free to contact us regarding this LiveStream/Saturn Encoder solution.


Bill Milling 917-414-5489




Wirecast Output Settings for Recording, Encoding, and Live Streaming!

Wirecast Live Learning Session – How to Stream to YouTube.

Andrew provides an overview of the two different ways you can stream to YouTube from Wirecast, i.e. RTMP or with the YouTube module present in Wirecast.

Wirecast Version 9:

A Complete Walkthrough and Introduction to Live Broadcasting (Part 1)

Multi-Camera Live Streaming Setup for Wirecast // Show and Tell Ep.5

Jerry Banfield

Published on May 13, 2018

Jerry tells us the proper settings for Wirecast to go live to his FaceBook page so as to and avoid the one stream limit? Will you join me in taking a look at this because I don’t know where you even see or learn this, and it will allow you to get the very best experience out of live streaming on Facebook?
Here are the exact settings I use in my encoder today and I have to show you screenshots of this because when you put the stream key in, that’s a secret key. If I give you my stream key, you can live stream to my Facebook page. I use the persistent live streaming key that Facebook gives me and I put it on Wirecast. I named it “Facebook Page” because I can stream separately to my Facebook page, group and profile, and each has different benefits and downsides.
If you want to just use the “RTMP Server,” then you can live stream to several different destinations at once. Now, according to the Facebook’s Terms & Conditions, developers are not allowed to make applications with built-in live streaming that can do Facebook, YouTube and anything else at the same time.
Therefore, when using Wirecast if you simply add Facebook and try to stream to Facebook you will discover it won’t let you live stream to anything else at the same time. If you want to live stream to Facebook and YouTube at the same time, all you need to do is set it up as an RTMP server and live stream that way, and in which case you can live stream to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, whatever, all at the same time. I do it this way because I want to live stream to different destinations at once and this allows me to do it. Here are the encoder settings. I just use “RTMP Server,” and then this is inside the custom 1080p encoding I use for Facebook. I created this myself and you can probably use slightly different settings and it will work. I will show you the reference page from Facebook where they talk about the standards. I put it in 1920 by 1080, which I believe I can do because I’m a verified page.
I think the documentation says a maximum of 1280 by 720, and up until last week, I was live streaming and I didn’t even realize it was at that lower resolution. I put 30 frames per second. I put 3,500 for the average bit rate to make room for the audio bit rate because Facebook says the maximum bit rate should be 4,000 kilobits per second, and I think you combine the average bit rate of both the audio and the video encoding for the total.
Therefore, you want to include that audio encoding because if the maximum is 4,000 and you put the average bit rate to 4,000 into video, and then you throw another little bit over, it will go over what the maximum recommended is. I use “Main” profile on here. Facebook wants a key frame every two seconds, and I’m doing 30 frames per second, so I do a key frame every 60 frames. I hit “Strict Constant Bitrate.” Facebook asks for mono, but I’m putting the stereo on because I play music sometimes. I want it to be able to go in stereo. It’s been doing that fine so far. I don’t know if it’s actually been stereo, but I’ve sent stereo and it works with it. This is the setting I’m using now to my Facebook page: What I was using before: I was using the 720 encoding. I was just basically doing the same encoding, except I was using 1280 by 720, and then I wasn’t using “Strict Constant Bitrate” and I was using a lower average bit rate, and that still worked just fine. If you google “Facebook live stream,” go to the On the website, click on the “Stream” menu at the top, then go down to “Publishers” and click “Learn more.”
This takes you to this page, and then this has a detailed explanation of all of these specific settings. It shows you exactly where to get the stream key and it shows all of the exact ways inside Facebook to make this happen. It shows you the “Prerequisites,” the different programs you can use. It shows you the “Setup and Preview.” I do it the same way to stream to my Facebook page. I log in, I select “Publishing Tools,” then I hit “Create,” click on “Live Video,” and hit “Connect.” Facebook has a new option for a persistent streaming key.
I use the persistent streaming key because that allows me to literally just go into Wirecast and all I need to do in Wirecast with the persistent key, is click “Output,” select “Start” and I go over to “Facebook Page” and this will start my stream automatically every time

This Might Just Be Our Most Exciting Back To Basics WebCasting Episode Yet!

Streaming Video Basics: We’ve just installed the NDI Firmware Upgrade to our Gen2 SDI PTZOptics Camera’s, and today, we’re testing them LIVE for you. In this live stream, Paul shows off the latest NDI pan, tilt, zoom cameras from PTZOptics. We start with a look at the new NewTek NDI Studio Monitor. This software allows you to monitor and control PTZ cameras on your Local Area Network. NDI (Network Device Interface) has now become a standard for pan, tilt and zoom control. The Studio Monitor has intuitive setup which includes auto-detection for all NDI sources on your network. The monitor will automatically know whether the camera is PTZ enabled and it will show a PTZ control system on the screen. We also, show the settings allowing for low bandwidth IP streaming, broadcast configurations and audio monitoring. Next we demonstrate the NewTek Virtual Input which is a software for Windows that is included with the PTZOptics NDI cameras.

This software will allow us to create a virtual webcam input and select the inputs to source from. Therefore a software such as GoToMeeting, WebEX or Zoom can easily bring in IP video cameras and quickly switch between the cameras. You can see that Wirecast will automatically recognize NDI sources on your network. Currently we have shown the ingestion of NDI video sources inside Wirecast. We discuss the differences between Wirecast and the other live streaming software that we review in this live stream. We are able to add NDI inputs using the simple “Add New Shot” button inside Wirecast. Once the NDI cameras and video inputs are inside Wirecast we can quickly switch and transition between sources.

We use vMix in our live production and shared the look at each NDI camera available in vMix. We also show how to use VISCA over IP to control the PTZ cameras inside vMix. We can create camera presets as inputs inside vMix to allow our NDI cameras to be remotely controlled. We also show off later in the live stream that vMix supports both in and out NDI streaming over the Local Area Network. During the live stream we also demonstrate the hot-swapping NDI camera switching support inside vMix. It’s very nice to see NDI supported by OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). We were able to download the OSB plugin here. The author “Palakis” mentions the following prerequisites “You’ll need CMake, the NewTek NDI SDK V2 and a working development environment for OBS Studio installed on your computer.”

The features are included for both NDI ingestion of video in OBS and video output!

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