Telestream Wirecast 4.2 Supports Skype and Google Hangouts
A new virtual camera output feature lets programs or sites use Wirecast as a camera source.
Telestream has upgraded Wirecast, its live streaming production software, to version 4.2, adding a virtual camera output feature for Wirecast for Windows. This lets any device or software that takes a camera source, such as Skype and Google Hangouts, pick up Wirecast.
Wirecast lets users capture and encode live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms. This version supports a greater number of video capture devices, such as the Matrox VS4 multi-channel video capture card, Blackmagic Thunderbolt-based Intensity Extreme and UltraStudio 3D devices, and the AJA Io XT device and AJA Kona LHi capture card.
Video gamers will appreciate the inclusion of custom canvas sizes, as well as the support for the AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD card. This lets them capture game output up to 1080p.
Flash libraries have been tweaked to improve quality and performance, and Telestream has added support for Apple OX Mountain Lion (10.8).
"We are excited to extend Wirecast to a growing number of users with new features that address the needs of video gamers and people who are communicating through Skype and Google Hangouts," says Barbara DeHart, vice president of marketing at Telestream. "Wirecast provides a cost-effective solution for the creation and streaming of professional-quality live video productions to all types of online audiences."
The webcasting production software now comes in standard and Pro versions.
With GPU-accelerated H.264 encoding, Telestream promises high quality, low bit rates, and full control.
Partnering with Amazon Web Services, Telestream has created a hybrid solution combining local storage and cloud encoding.