How Do I Stream Using Wirecast?

Video Encoding and Transcoding
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There are two possible methods to connect your Dacast stream to your Wirecast software encoder. At Dacast, we recommend that you use manual configuration, but we include instructions for both methods below. To ensure your system is compatible, check out our post on the minimum Wirecast system requirements. Before we dive into the two methods for encoding your live stream with Wirecast, let’s take a look at what exactly an encoder is and the purpose it serves for live streaming.

What is an Encoder?

Encoding is a process used to convert the RAW video files captured by a camera into digital files suitable for live streaming over the internet. Wirecast is an example of a software encoder that uses RTMP-enabled encoding for live streaming. This means that the encoder feeds digital video files to the streaming platform using RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) server technology to ingest streams in real-time.

Required Encoder Settings

The following settings are required for live streaming with Dacast, regardless of your selected resolution and bitrate:

VIDEO CODEC H.264 (x264 may work)
FRAME RATE 25 or 30
KEYFRAME INTERVAL 2 secs (or 2x frame rate)
SCANNING Progressive
AUDIO SAMPLE RATE 48 kHz (48,000 Hz)

Wirecast by MANUAL CONFIGURATION (Custom Streaming Option)

This is the best option for the manual configuration of Wirecast within Dacast.

1. Steps Within Dacast

Log in to your Dacast account and select your channel by clicking the pencil icon under “Edit.”  Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast Once you’re inside the live channel, click on “Encoder Setup.” Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - Encoder Setup Now, you will see the following: 

  • Your login and password (a series of numbers; not your email and password to access your Dacast account)
  • Your stream URL
  • Your stream name

Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - Video Encoder Setup Clicking on the page icon on the right side of the corresponding credentials will automatically copy it. All you need to do is paste it to Wirecast (CTRL + V). Keep this information handy, because you’ll need to paste it in Wirecast.

2. Steps With Wirecast

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

  • Press the keys CONTROL + Y on PC
  • Press the keys COMMAND + Y on Mac.

Once the window opens, you next need to “Select an Output Destination.” The destination should be identified as “RTMP Server.” 

Adding the First Stream and Credentials

In order to add your first stream, enter the stream URL and the stream name as shown below.  Please make sure that the stream is correctly set up for HTML5. To do this, click on the clockwork icon near the ENCODING dropdown and choose “EDIT” or “NEW PRESET:” This window will then appear for the PRESETS: Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - Encoder Presets You can save your desired presets. Always please use our Encoder settings guide for the correct settings you will put on your preset. We firmly believe that by using these suggested settings, you will have no issues when it comes to functionality and playback with your live stream. Here is the official link for Dacast’s Live Encoder Settings and configuration is below. Please click on the link and make the needed changes based on the recommendations. Next, click on Save As… or Save. Afterward, you will be redirected back to the Output settings, where you will now put the encoder credentials found under the encoder setup page of your Dacast live channel. Enter both of the 1) Server and 2) Stream Key info under the address and stream tabs on Wirecast respectively. You may refer to the image below: Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - RTMP Server setup   Enter the credentials (6-digit login and password) by pressing set credentials. Dacast- How to live stream with Wirecast - RTMP Server Credentials Setup   Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - RTMP Server Enter Credentials Click “OK,” and when you are ready to stream, click “STREAM”: Dacast - How to live stream with Wirecast - Stream Setup   Any questions or need help/access to this feature? Please contact us. Not yet a Dacast user, and interested in trying Dacast risk-free for 30 days? Sign up today to get started.


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