Why We Chose Wirecast
Boinx.tv didn’t have an option to stream out to the web – we had to hack it with a screencasting tool. Vidblaster was only for the PC and the interface was confusing – tech support was poor.
Camtwist was free but it didn’t offer output quality settings and the interface was bulky and time consuming to learn. Procaster slowed our computers down to a crawl. Ustream Producer was promising but the output quality was limited and the interface too simple- Flash Live Media Encoder pumped out great quality- at times- but that was only on a PC.
DV Switcher and RayCaster were free but annoyingly unstable.
It took over 4 months of testing plus trial and error to find out Wirecast from Telestream was the clear winner.
Why we like Wirecast:
- It’s for the Mac or PC
- Every computer in the office is hooked up as an input into Wirecast so we can show anyone’s desktop as a camera with a click
- Simple and very easy to use – we thought there would be a learning curve and initially set aside 4 hours to get into the nuts and bolts of the software. We got everything up and running in less than 2.
- HD capability
- We can view what our frames per second are, CPU usage, our datarate and the exact time of the webcast – this is a huge plus so quality can be monitored.
- High quality recording to desktop for .mov or .flv output and archiving to the web later
- Lower 3rd graphics, titles, video, separate audio inputs
- Multiple cameras
- The list goes on…
Starting this Sunday night (5/2/10) at 8 p.m. EST, we’re going to throw Wirecast straight into the cold water and go live on the web with it for the first time.
Feel free to Join us to see it in action as we record our live podcast and interact with listeners on the subject of digital video production.