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How to live stream with Wirecast 9

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Telestream just release the new version of his encoder software, Wirecast 9. Please note that an internet connection is recommended for Wirecast 9 license activation. A Wirecast 9 license will automatically update at no cost after download for Wirecast 8 users if standard maintenance and support is current.

Difference between Wirecast 8 and 9

Wirecast 9 comes with a number of notable new features, updates and improvements, including improved rendering and UI performance, a redesigned user interface with a new “dark” theme, a new way of managing your sources, a faster more convenient way to stream to Facebook pages, and it launches with a brand new custom controller from X-keys, available at most major resellers.

To see the list of improvements and fixed click here

To see the written tutorial about how to live stream with Wirecast 8 click here

Minimum Required Upload Speed

It is recommended that an upload speed rate of at least double the selected video bitrate be available, especially for a total target bit-rate of 10 Mbps (Megabits per second) or less, or when there are multiple outgoing streams.

Upload speed can be tested at a website such as

Additional tasks that can consume upload bandwidth on the network should also be considered when determining how much of the available upload bandwidth can be allocated towards streaming

How to stream on DaCast using Wirecast

First, it’s important to know that there are 2 possible methods to connect your DaCast stream to your Wirecast encoder. At DaCast, we recommend that you use method #1, but we include instructions for both methods below.

Note that it is possible to do multi destinations streaming with Wirecast which means that you can stream on several destinations at the same time.

Now let’s dive into Wirecast configuration with DaCast live channels.

METHOD #1: Wirecast 9 BY MANUAL CONFIGURATION

In your DaCast account:

Click on your channel and go to the ENCODER SETUP.

In Step 2, click on WIRECAST, so that you can access:

– 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:

To begin, 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.

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

Adding the first stream
First, 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 drop down 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 9 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. Please note that a standard definition is 480p: 854×480, 500 Kbps – 2 Mbps for video, 128 kbps (stereo) for audio Profile: Baseline

– Keyframe every:

Check the frames per second number.

Make sure the keyframe every (keyframe interval) is equal to 2 times the Frames per second number. Finally, take a look at the following example (60 = 30 x 2).

Do not go lower than 24 frames per second.
– Channels: Stereo

– Target bit rate: make your choice

Sample rate:  48 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 your stream, please follow this article which explains choosing sources and other steps.

METHOD #2: Wirecast 9 BY DIRECT DACAST STREAMING SERVICES LOGIN

In Wirecast 9

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 drop down 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 9 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. Please note that a standard definition is 480p: 854×480, 500 Kbps – 2 Mbps for video, 128 kbps (stereo) for audio.

– Profile: Baseline

– Keyframe every:

1) First, Check the frames per second number

2) Next, make sure the keyframe every (keyframe interval) is equal to 2 times the Frames per second number.

3) Finally, take a look at the following example (60 = 30 x 2).

Do not go lower than 24 frames per second

– Channels: Stereo

– Target bit rate: 128 kbits/sec

– Sample rate: 48 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.

Do you need help setting up stream? If so, please follow this article which explains how to choose sources, as well as other necessary setup steps.

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