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How to Use Key Frames with Wirecast

August 20, 2014 in Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

shutterstock_15942445Finding the perfect recipe for quality in your live stream can be tricky.  There are many ways to manipulate your settings in Wirecast to help boost or lower quality in order to take full advantage of your upload speeds, but even these can prove to be tricky as well.  One variable in particular can take you one step closer to finding that perfect balance of quality and data usage: Key Framing

What are Key Frames?

Key frames at their most basic level are single frames within video that provide a reference point, similar to mile markers on a freeway.  These special frames serve many purposes in video animation, non-linear editing, and in our case, video compression.  In animation, key frames mark points at the beginning and end of a single animation, whereas in editing, they are used as markers for certain editing actions like volume changes.  Key frames in video compression, though, are arguably more complicated. Read the rest of this entry →

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Text to Speech Clips/Robot Voices!

August 15, 2014 in Product, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

Text to Speech ClipMy Friend the Robot

Need a goofy sidekick? What about a recorded warning message? Or, maybe you just aren’t comfortable with using your own voice in videos…

Well maybe Alex can help! Or Victoria, Vicky, Bruce, Fred and Kathy! Who are these helpful people? They are our friends built into ScreenFlow! Read the rest of this entry →

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Setting Up Your Layers in Wirecast

August 8, 2014 in Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

LayersArranging Your Layers

When streaming with Wirecast, the layers that make up your main shot list are extremely important.  I like to think of them as individual televisions stacked on top of each other.  If they are all playing at once, I can hear the audio from all of them, but I can only see what is on the top.  While this set up can be a bit confusing at first, it allows for some great customization.  You can have your live shot playing and check to make sure your preview shot is working well, all while monitoring additional pictures, media and camera feeds on lower layers.

We have a nice system here at Telestream that incorporates everything we need into a well organized and easily manageable setup. Let’s see how we do it. Read the rest of this entry →

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Live at Utah’s Place with Wirecast!

August 5, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

Utah's PlaceIn case you didn’t already know, Telestream’s headquarters is tucked away in the beautiful Sierra foothills town of Nevada City, California.  This week our local homeless shelter, Hospitality House, is putting on a benefit concert at Utah’s Place, named for the late local musician Utah Phillips.

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Chuck Ragan will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Brendan Phillips (son of Utah Phillips) to present an exclusive online benefit concert for Hospitality House directly from Utah’s Place on Thursday, August 7, at 6:55 pm (Pacific Time). The show is the first in the series, “Live at Utah’s Place,” performed via Stageit.com, an online venue where artists perform live shows that are never recorded or archived. Viewers can interact directly with performers during the show by asking questions, making comments, and requesting songs. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wirecast Rockstar: Imry Halevi of Harvard University

July 31, 2014 in Interviews, Wirecast Rockstars by Lucas Bischofberger

Imry Halevi

Imry in action!

Social media is a very powerful tool for us here at Telestream.  We can instantaneously communicate with our customers and community to provide support, news and product tips and tricks.  It also allows us to find, and follow, some pretty amazing people.  Thanks to Twitter, we have been following Imry Halevi for quite a while.  Halevi’s knowledge of streaming with Wirecast and his passion for his work are both apparent though his tweets.  We spent some time speaking with him about his role as Director of Multimedia & Production at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Imry!  Let’s begin with the basics. How long have you been livestreaming and how did you get into the industry?

I’ve been in the video production industry for 10 years. I got into it when I was a student at Boston University. The university had just opened a new hockey arena, and they were looking for someone to help create content for their new video board, and operate some of the technical equipment during games and events. From the first moment I stepped into that brand new control room, I knew I had found my passion. Read the rest of this entry →

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Switch is Here!

July 24, 2014 in Company, News, Product by Lucas Bischofberger

Switch

Switch is Here!

Finally, one professional tool that does it all: Multiformat media playback, deep file inspection, and powerful conversion.

The Switch player is free and provides playback and inspection. Move up to Pro ($295) to add expanded format support and the ability to make new files. Pro also includes an export option that lets you create an asset-only iTunes store package. **We are also giving away a few copies of Switch Pro! See below for more details!**

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Telestream Webinar Series: Worship Edition Pt. 2

July 23, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Product, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

VolunteersTraining Your Volunteers to Stream Your Services Live

Telestream and Wirecast are teaming up with churches across the nation, and the world, to help promote the live broadcast of religious services.  Join us as we present a series of webinars designed to take you from step one, all the way to a successful, consistent live broadcast of all your church events.

Now that you are ready to start streaming, join us next week, July, 30th, to learn the ins and outs of teaching your volunteers the art of livestreaming! Read the rest of this entry →

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Flowtility’s Pro Transition Pak for ScreenFlow!

July 21, 2014 in News, Product, Product, ScreenFlow, Tips and Tricks by Lucas Bischofberger

FlowtilityIntroducing Flowtility’s Pro Transition Pak for ScreenFlow!

Hey ScreenFlow Producers!  We love providing you with more tools for your toolkit.  Our friends at Flowtility have launched a new Pro Transition Pak that we know you’ll love.  The Pak includes 30+ transitions to make your projects sizzle and pop.  What’s really cool is all the transitions install directly into ScreenFlow’s Transition Inspector, so they’re there when you need them.  Always.

For details, take a look at the videos below or, to purchase click “I need this!” to get 30+ transitions for just $30. Read the rest of this entry →

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What Camera do You Use to Stream?

July 17, 2014 in Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

CameraWhen setting up a live stream there are innumerable variables that need to be considered.  Am I exceeding my bandwidth?  Is my lighting setup dialed in?  Does my audience even know who I am?!  All valid questions, of course, but when it comes to a successful stream there is one aspect more important than all others. (Well, audio is important too, but we will save that for another time…)

The camera.  It is the Holy Grail of live streaming.

Exceeding your bandwidth suddenly seems less important if your face is grainy, and who cares if your lighting setup is of professional quality if the camera’s light meter can’t tell the difference between the surface of the sun and a night under the stars?  Once you have chosen the ultimate camera for your setup, everything else should be much easier.  To help you through this process, we have put together a guide to simplifying the selection headache.  Whether you are just starting out with a small budget, or your funds are limitless and your computing power monstrous, the search for perfect camera starts here. Read the rest of this entry →

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Telestream Webinar Series: Worship Edition

June 20, 2014 in Company, News, Product, Product, Production, Tips and Tricks, Wirecast, Wirecast by Lucas Bischofberger

WebinarWorship Webinars

Telestream and Wirecast are teaming up with churches across the nation, and the world, to help promote the live broadcast of religious services.  Join us as we present a series of webinars designed to take you from step one, all the way to a successful, consistent live broadcast of all your church events.

To kick things off we have invited one of our Wirecast experts, and all around tech guru, Stephen Heywood to cover the basic information you need to get started with live streaming your church services using Wirecast. We’ll start with the basic terminology, then overview streaming workflows. We’ll also cover video production best practices and how to use Wirecast to get your streams out. Read the rest of this entry →

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