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Wirecast Documentation [Version 7]

Wirecast 7 has finally been released. It works similarly to the previous version with few adjustments (e.g: zooming in and out the frame). You can find all the updates on Telestream's dedicated webpage. They also released their own tutorial.

There are 2 methods to connect your DaCast stream to your Wirecast encoder.
We recommend you to use the method #1.  

METHOD #1 (recommended): USING THE MANUAL CONFIGURATION

In your DaCast account:

Click on your channel and go to the ENCODER SETUP. 
In Step 2, click on WIRECAST so you can get: 

- Your login and password (a series of numbers; not your email and password to access your DaCast account)

- Your stream URL

- Your stream name

In Wirecast:

Open Wirecast and open the OUTPUT SETTINGS window. To do so you can:

- Click on STREAM, if you have not streamed yet

- Press the keys CONTROL + Y, on PC

- Press the keys COMMAND + Y, on Mac.

When the window opens, you will be asked to “Select an Output Destination”. The destination should be “RTMP Server”. Click on OK.

ADDING THE FIRST STREAM

Enter the stream URL and the stream name as shown below. Make sure, that the stream is correctly set up for HTML5. To do so click on the clockwork icon near the ENCODING dropdown and choose EDIT or NEW PRESET.

 

 

The settings for HTML5 should be the following:

- Output Format: FLASH

- Encoder: H.264

- Width, height, Frames per second, Average bit rate: your choice
Please be aware that the default settings in Wirecast 7 are HD settings. 
If you plan on doing a single stream we recommend a standard definition to ensure that your stream will play for all your viewers. A standard definition is 480p: 854x480, 500 Kbps – 2 Mbps for video, 128kbps (stereo) for audio

 

- Profile: Baseline

- Key frame every:  

1) Check the frames per second number

2)Make sure the keyframe every (keyframe interval) is equal to 2 times or 3 times the Frames per second number.

3)Look the following example (60 = 30 x 2)

 

kfi_screen_wirecast.png

- Channels: Stereo

- Target bit rate: make your choice

- Sample rate: not 48 Khz or 44.1 Khz (may cause audio sync issues), try 24.00 kHz

Click SAVE.

Enter the credentials in SET CREDENTIALS (6-digit login and password).

Back in the OUTPUT SETTINGS window, click on OK.

You are now ready to stream: click on STREAM.

If you need help setting up stream, please follow this article which explains choosing sources and other steps.

 

 METHOD #2: DIRECT DACAST STREAMING SERVICES LOGIN

  • In your DaCast account

Create a live channel and go through the steps up through ENCODER SETUP. Note the name of the live channel that you created.

  • In Wirecast 7

Open Wirecast and open the OUTPUT SETTINGS window. To do so you can:

- Click on STREAM, if you have not streamed yet

- Press the keys CONTROL + Y, on PC or press the keys COMMAND + Y, on Mac.

When the window opens, you will be asked to “Select an Output Destination”. The destination should be “DaCast Streaming Services”. Click on OK.

In the Username field, enter the email address that you use to login to your DaCast account. Now click AUTHENTICATE, which will launch a small window asking for your password. Enter the password you use to login to your DaCast account and click OK. Now the channels below your username will populate. Click the drop down and select the name of the channel you want to stream to.

 

ADJUSTING THE SETTINGS

Make sure, that the stream is correctly set up for HTML5. To do so click on the clockwork icon near the ENCODING dropdown and choose EDIT or NEW PRESET.

The settings for HTML5 should be the following:

- Encoder: Main Concept H.264

- Width, Height, Frames per second, Average bit rate: your choice

- Profile: Baseline

- Key frame every:  

1) Check the frames per second number

2)Make sure the keyframe every (keyframe interval) is equal to 2 times or 3 times the Frames per second number.

3)Look the following example (60 = 30 x 2)

  kfi_screen_wirecast.png

- Channels: Stereo

- Target bit rate: make your choice

- Sample rate: not 48 Khz or 44.1 Khz (may cause audio sync issues), try 24.00 kHz

Click SAVE or SAVE AS.

Back in the OUTPUT SETTINGS window, click on OK.

You are now ready to stream: click on STREAM.

If you need help setting up stream, please follow this article which explains choosing sources and other steps.

 

Comments

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    chriscanizares

    are there any tutorials using wirecast7 with 2 streams and with backup url set?

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    romainpohyer

    We don't think that we have any tutorial on this.
    Do you mean streaming to 2 different URLs plus 2 backup URLs, all from a single Wirecast?

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    chriscanizares

    multiple bitrate with backup

    720p - primary [rtmp://p*]
    720p - backup [rtmp://b*]
    480p - primary [rtmp://p*]
    480p - backup [rtmp://b*]

    i'm trying to add redundancy first isp gets the primary stream second isp gets the backup stream.. i tried this on fmle although i'm not sure if its doing what i'm intending to do.. although it's working never actually tested to disconnect first isp

    if first isp goes down the stream is still live since i'm streaming to backup.. vice versa

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    romainpohyer

    Quite a while ago, we published this small tutorial on multi-bitrate streaming.
    The images are from Wirecast 5 but the idea remains the same: http://help.dacast.com/hc/en-us/articles/200632824-Wirecast-Multi-bitrates-Documentation-Version-5-6-
    For the backup stream, replace "rtmp://p" with "rtmp://b" in the Stream URL.