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Night of Giving at Hospitality House: Live with Wirecast!

December 19, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

Hospitality HouseA Benefit for Hospitality House

Back in August, and a few times since then, we sent a few volunteers from Telestream to our local homeless shelter to help implement a live streaming setup for Hospitality House‘s live benefit shows. With a donated copy of Wirecast Pro and multiple helpful volunteers, the wonderful people at Utah’s place, named after the late, local philanthropist and musician Utah Phillips, have prepared a wonderful night of music and fundraising here in our hometown of Nevada City, California! They will be using Wirecast to stream two different stages, and will even be using the new Wirecast Cam iPhone app!!  Follow the stream here starting at 4:45 PM PST December 20th on Ustream!

For the ninth consecutive year, Mikail Graham will present an evening of top local talent to benefit Hospitality House. A Night of Giving, a holiday party for the entire hometown community, will return to its home venue at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City on Saturday, Dec. 20. The event runs from 4:00 to 10:00 on two stages at the Foundry. Read the rest of this entry →

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Why Compression Matters

December 11, 2014 in Industry, News, Production, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

ompressionAnother great post from VP of Enterprise Product management. Thanks Paul!

What is Compression?

It’s hard to absorb how many ways data compression comes into your life today. For anyone involved in the media industry, the terms “compressed video” and “compressed audio” are thrown around like spaghetti. But what is compression actually? Why is it so pervasive? Let’s start with the basics.

First of all, I should point out that the idea of compression is by no means new – it’s been around since the earliest days of electronic communications. The reasons for it then are as valid as they are now. Today, we talk about digital compression; then it was analog compression. No matter: the needs and basic techniques remain the same. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Mystery of Bit Rates – Paul Turner

November 26, 2014 in Industry, News, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

Bit RateTelestream’s VP of Enterprise Product Management, Paul Turner, is back for a investigation into the most used bit rate encoding methods. They can get a bit tricky!

CBR, VBR and ABR – what do they mean?

Within the media industry, we often hear discussion of the bit rate of a file. There are several ways to encode (and therefore describe) the bit rate of a file, the most common being CBR, VBR and ABR. Their meaning and uses are quite different, though. In this post we’ll cover what each of the acronyms actually means, where that type of encoding is most advantageous, and what the relative disadvantages of each type of encoding are. Read the rest of this entry →

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Recording your iOS Device in ScreenFlow 5

November 11, 2014 in News, Product, Product, ScreenFlow, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

iOS DevicesiOS Devices in ScreenFlow

One of the best new features in ScreenFlow 5 is the ability to record straight from your iOS device! No more complicated workflows and additional programs are needed! Take a look at this quick tutorial and video of how to get started recording your iOS device in ScreenFlow.

Before You Start

In order to record your iOS device in ScreenFlow, there are a few things you need before you start.

1. Screenflow 5, which you can find on our website.

2. Your Mac operating system must be OSX Yosemite v10.10 or later, which you can download from Mac App Store.

3. iOS 8 or later must be installed on you iPhone, iPad or iPod (older versions with the 30 pin connector port will not be supported). Read the rest of this entry →

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ScreenFlow 5 is Here!

November 4, 2014 in Company, News, Product, ScreenFlow by Lucas Bischofberger

ScreenFlow 5 is here! This feature packed release is a paid upgrade from past versions. Learn more here!

More options for recording everything

ScreenFlow 5

iOS recording

Your iPhone and iPad screens can now be recorded right into ScreenFlow, just like your iSight camera. Create stunning App previews—with touch callouts that mimic finger gestures.

Recording Preview

Quickly confirm you’re in shot and you’ve got the right angle. Recording Preview shows you what’s being recorded along with elapsed recording time.

Native support for MPEG Transport Stream/AVCHD file format

Bring your higher-end Sony, Panasonic and other HD camcorder files directly into ScreenFlow with no conversion necessary. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wirecast 6 is Here!

November 4, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

Wirecast 6 is here! This feature packed release is a paid upgrade from past versions. Learn more here!

Add more powerful production capabilitiesWirecast 6


Queue a list of multiple videos, images, audio or live shots to play successively. This is great for adding commercial breaks, for streaming archived content during off hours, or it can even be used to rotate live camera views. Automate your broadcast workflow between media and live shots. A separate playlist window lets you easily create playlists and see what’s scheduled. Drag-and-drop new content, trim and edit recorded video, and set what happens upon completion of the playlist – return to your last live shot, loop content, hold last shot, or display current preview window. Read the rest of this entry →

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Meet the ScreenFlow-er: Vaida Bogdan

October 22, 2014 in Interviews, Meet the ScreenFlow-er, Product, Production, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

Vaida BogdanMy name is Vaida Bogdan and I’m an experiential trainer. A few years ago I moved my trainings online in an attempt to reach more students and I was confronted with the killer of online trainings: BOREDOM!

In this article I’ll tell you how I’ve used Screenflow to catch the killer and “trim” it out of existence.

You see, in an offline class you can intuitively realize when people start losing focus or getting bored. There, you have options: you can ask questions, play a game to energize them, skip/rephrase the boring part in other words — INTERACT.

This *intervention* doesn’t happen in an online class. If your students lose their focus at a point in the video, they’ll just ALT+TAB to their Facebook account and from there on *you’re the background noise*!

Maintaining the student’s attention and facilitating learning are *the* goals of online educators everywhere. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wirecast at Wayfarers Chapel

October 8, 2014 in Interviews, News, Product, Wirecast, Wirecast Rockstars by Lucas Bischofberger

WayfarersSteve Smith, the Chapel Video Director at Wayfarers Chapel, is using Wirecast to bring a new experience to the lucky couples getting married at the iconic “Glass Church.”

Wayfarers Chapel Background

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Southern California coast, Wayfarers Chapel has been hosting weddings and Sunday services for over 60 years in its intimate 100 seat venue. Sponsored by the Swedenborgian Church and designed by Lloyd Wright, son of the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it is commonly referred to as “The Glass Church”. Hosting many hundreds of weddings a year, Wayfarers historic architecture and picturesque location make it a destination wedding location attracting couples from the world over. To satisfy demand Wayfarers can provide services for up to 6 weddings a day, 300+ days a year. Read the rest of this entry →

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DPP: From Tape to File in the UK with Vantage

October 3, 2014 in Company, Employee Spotlight, Industry, Interviews, News, Product by Lucas Bischofberger


Telestream’s Paul Turner

As of this past Tuesday, “File Delivery Day,” file transfer in the UK has been changed dramatically.  Thanks to the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) in the UK, all television programs are now delivered to broadcasters in a single, regulated package. Paul Turner, Telestream’s Vice President of Enterprise Product Management, takes a moment to reflect on the changes, and how Vantage can facilitate the delivery of a new standard for broadcasters.

Fast and Easy DPP File Creation with Vantage

You may have heard that as of October 1st, the UK public broadcasters have standardized upon DPP files as their interchange formats. Because of this, content owners and producers who supply those companies must deliver them in the DPP format. DPP files must observe the correct timeline structure: they must contain the correct metadata, and they must be encoded to exacting standards with the highest possible quality. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wirecast 6 Feature Preview Roundup!

September 30, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Product, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

FeaturesWirecast 6 is Coming Soon!

Over last month or so, we have been leaking a few features of the upcoming Wirecast 6.  In case you didn’t catch them all, here is a quick round up of what we have shown, and a bit more info! Hope you enjoy!


1. Replay Button

We started off with a quick .gif of a new set of buttons on the home screen of Wirecast.  What were they? Replay controls.  When Wirecast 6 is released, the pro version will come equipped with a replay feature allowing for on the fly slo-mo or realtime replay.  Sports, news, loops….so many possibilities!

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