updated 12:40 am EDT, Fri July 29, 2011
New audio support enables video chat clients
Telestream's webcasting solution Wirecast is now at version 4.1, adding support for a number of new technologies that expand the programs ability to handle remote, multi-channel and wireless broadcasts for Mac or Windows. In addition, the update brings Mac OS X Lion support, expanded audio support that enables adding video-chat programs into the mix, and integration with webcasting equipment makers including LiveU, Teredek, Matrox, Axis and Viewcast.
The program comes in two versions, the regular Wirecast and Wirecast Pro, the latter of which adds extra features such as virtual 3D sets and sync-delay audio controls. The application lets users create high-quality live video productions, dynamically adding other media such as title cards, sound effects and more. The program includes a built-in streaming engine that can simultaneously output to QuickTime, Windows Media and Flash, and includes links to most of the popular streaming websites such as UStream and JustinTV.
The included Wirecast Desktop Presenter now offers support for integrating video chatting programs directly into webcasts, enabling users to see and hear multiple speakers on a single screen -- making video training, product demonstrations, news and talk shows possible. The app now also features integration with LiveU, a 3G/4G video transmission backpack intended for remote news gathering, sports, and other outdoor uses. Users can either transmit live video back to a Windows computer for later editing, or feed a show from a Mac or Windows machine to the LiveU backpack.
New support for the Matrox Multi-Ingest capture card can enable up to four simultaneous HD-SDi inputs into Wirecast for Mac, making multi-camera coverage of events possible. In addition, v4.1 for Windows now has integrated support for Viewcast Osprey 240e, 450e and 700e video capture cards, while the pro version also supports Axi P1344 and M1104 network cameras.
Wirecast v4.1 is a free upgrade for existing customers, and costs $449 for the regular edition and $995 for Wirecast Pro. Users can upgrade from Wirecast to Wirecast Pro for the difference in cost. Free trials of either version are available from Telestream.