Published on Thursday, 31 October 2013


Telestream Updates Wirecast 5 & TrafficManager for Broadcast

Telestream Wirecast 5 incorporates a number of major updates and additions for broadcasters. The application now enables x264 live encoding producing very high video quality at lower bit rates, and improved H.264 playback results in smoother playback of pre-recorded H.264 videos in Wirecast.

Wirecast is cross-platform, combined live streaming production software that enables capture, live production, and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously. Wirecast is typically used for streaming or recording live internet shows, broadcasting breaking news and sports, streaming live concerts and games and transmitting church services. New screen capture functions allow broadcast of multiple application windows from the same computer, plus HD screen capture at 60 fps. This is useful for game streaming, and online application demonstrations.


The new output program feed permits output of SDI/HDMI program feeds to Blackmagic Design Intensity and DeckLink capture cards. Users can send live feeds directly into editing, effects and broadcast design systems. A Web stream plug-in allows an IP or web-based live feed to be used as a source, supporting RTMP, RTSP, MMS or HTTP as input sources into Wirecast. This means that a Wirecast live stream may be used as a source in another Wirecast.

Stream delay inserts an optional time buffer between the live feed and final broadcast, helping preventing mistakes from airing live. For example, gamers wanting to hide their strategy from online competitors can delay their live on-screen action.

Cross-platform Teradek plugin integration with Teradek Cube, Bond and Sputnik is now available for both Mac and PC. Access to these products may add flexible, economical live streaming options for easier capture of remote sources and more scalable publishing of local sources.

The Wirecast 5 UI has been redesigned with new keyboard shortcuts and a live preview swap.The application ships with an Output SDK enabling capture card manufacturers and other partners to develop program feed output integration with Wirecast.

Wirecast is also available as part of several different, ready-to-use, 4-channel turnkey systems integrated with the Matrox VS4 quad HD capture card. Matrox Video has already announced support for Wirecast 5 on the VS4 card. Wirecast 5 is available now for download and purchase from the Telestream website.


Telestream TrafficManager for commercial ingest and media management at broadcast and cable television facilities has also become available as a follow up to Telestream’s FlipFactory file-based ad ingest.  Built on the Vantage platform, TrafficManger addresses challenges broadcasters and cable/IPTV service providers now face as more content is received as files instead of tapes. The software automates media ingest from digital delivery services, processes and delivers the media to ad-insertion or on-air servers. With a large number of file formats to process in mixed SD and HD workflows, TrafficManager is designed to automatically make decisions based on media attributes.

TrafficManager also establishes a searchable web-based inventory of commercials giving a unified view of all available spots for all teams. New dub list analysis tools give traffic teams early warning when commercials are not available, allowing them to narrow their search for missing files. A pause-and-resume capability allows fast tracking of high-priority work to ensure that last-minute deliveries make it on air. TrafficManager runs a number of tools for controlling the upload, review and approval, and validation of local and regional commercial files, all of which may represent significant broadcast revenue.

TrafficManager includes integrations with major ad delivery services, integrated analysis for decision making, web-based inventory review, trimming and approval, and complete file-based automation of regulatory requirements, including loudness correction and caption presence. Full transcoding, delivery to ad insertion or broadcast servers, and workflow automation are a part of the package. TrafficManager is available in two models, one for broadcasters and one for cable and IPTV service providers.