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Old July 12th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #1
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Livestream Studio - Full Version is now FREE!

Hi Guys

We have been streaming to the Livestream CDN for a year now but not using their software as it's a little pricey at US$799.00

If you have any paid account with LiveStream you can get the Studio Software (full version) for free. All you need to do is update to the new 4.6 version and as soon as you sign into your LS account it unlocks the full version for you!!
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Old July 21st, 2017, 10:44 AM   #2
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how does the software compare to wirecast?
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Old July 21st, 2017, 07:33 PM   #3
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Hi Charlie

Very nice interface and really easy to use. It has very nice built in and innovative lower thirds too and a nice system to be able to crop a camera shot and save it as a take so one can get 4 preset camera angles

It does however need a whopper of a computer to run it so I used to struggle with an i7 2600 3.4gb machine ...Live stream suggest a minimum of a 6 core processor.

I do quite a few outdoor streams so power isn't available and Studio simply will not run on my laptop so I use OBS for those shoots. If you are doing mainly indoor events Studio is a good option but you do need a paid account with them to qualify for the free software.

What does Wirecast offer in terms of price and options??
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 09:32 PM   #4
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Wirecast is $450ish for the studio version
or $995ish for the pro version. I have not used
anything else, but I really like Wirecast a lot
(plus I hate subscriptions with a passion!)
Great program and pretty much has everything
you need. I just did a live game last night from
the Little League West Regionals. 2013 MacBook
Pro, streaming live to Facebook and recording
a copy on my local hard drive. Didn't even reach
20% CPU use most of the time. Multicam switched
feed with lower thirds and scoreboard....with just me
doing everything. Pretty amazing what you can do
these days.
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 11:32 PM   #5
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Hi Gabe

Excuse the ignorance but I assume Wirecast is priced just for the software and not also a CDN?

With Livestream we pay $499 a year which is not for the software (that's free now) but gives you unlimited storage and views and the ability to create a unique event page for each client and they also do a DVR copy for you. We use a Broadcaster Pro encoder (Livestream restricted Teradek) so it makes sense to use their CDN since the encoder goes there. Two of us also share the sub so it's only $250 per year each!

If you are only streaming to places like Facebook or YouTube, you might as well go the whole 9 yards and use OBS which is also free. We like Livestream because it's fairly secure for more discrete events like weddings and funerals. You can also do an one off outright purchase of LS Studio for $799 and then stream to whichever CDN suits your needs
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Old July 23rd, 2017, 06:52 PM   #6
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Yeah, Wirecast is the software, not a CDN. I'm on
a Mac, not a PC so Livestream isn't much help for me.
I've tried OBS and it can't touch Wirecast with a 10 foot pole.
Wirecast is much quicker and easier to do almost anything.
Certain events I do (like sports) are what Wirecast was
made to do. OBS is much harder to figure out how to
livestream to a client's social media accounts.
I'm also do a lot of live streaming of client events, where the event
being on the client's social media accounts is a big draw. They
don't want a 'nice discrete' stream. They want all the views, comments,
and engagement to be pointed at their social media accounts. For this,
it's actually a big plus to be on Facebook or YouTube instead of a private
CDN. But if needed, Wirecast will stream anywhere.

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Old July 23rd, 2017, 10:49 PM   #7
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Hi Gabe

Hmmm I must give it a try ...with OBS I have no issue at all with social media ..select Facebook ..paste in the stream key and hit "start streaming" ..easy as that!

Does Wirecast have a trial version. I also have looked at VidBlaster and like the way you can pull in just the modules you need.

Weddings do require a discrete site to send to just family and friends so LS is great for those but if you need lots of exposure social media is great!
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Old July 24th, 2017, 03:30 PM   #8
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a great feature of Livestream is the ability to simultaneously stream to facebook live. we have both an embed of the livestream on our website and also facebook live. could of course do the same with 2 encoders but this makes everything easy. set it up ahead of time and when you press "stream" both of them start.
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Old July 24th, 2017, 06:12 PM   #9
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Hi Gabe

Hmmm I must give it a try ...with OBS I have no issue at all with social media ..select Facebook ..paste in the stream key and hit "start streaming" ..easy as that!

Does Wirecast have a trial version. I also have looked at VidBlaster and like the way you can pull in just the modules you need.

Weddings do require a discrete site to send to just family and friends so LS is great for those but if you need lots of exposure social media is great!
Charlie,
With Wirecast there is no 'paste in the stream key'. Just choose Facebook,
click 'create' and 'stream' and it shows up on your Facebook page that you
select. This is because Wirecast has worked with Facebook and their API.
Same thing for YouTube, Periscope/Twitter. And yes, with Wirecast you
can simultaneously stream to a bunch of these at once, plus record a version
to a local hard drive. Creating 'shots' is also much easier in Wirecast.
Biggest for me, is that there is a Mac version. PC's have Vmix, Vidblaster,
Livestream, and others but I don't use a PC, so.....

Yes, Wirecast has a fully functioning demo, which overlays an audio and
video 'watermark' every few seconds.
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Old July 31st, 2017, 01:26 PM   #10
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Hi Gabe

Hmmm I must give it a try ...with OBS I have no issue at all with social media ..select Facebook ..paste in the stream key and hit "start streaming" ..easy as that!

Does Wirecast have a trial version. I also have looked at VidBlaster and like the way you can pull in just the modules you need.

Weddings do require a discrete site to send to just family and friends so LS is great for those but if you need lots of exposure social media is great!

Wirecast Overview. You'll see a Download Free Trial in the top graphic
https://www.telestream.net/wirecast/overview.htm
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Old August 11th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #11
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Just did a first test using Livestream Studio - on a 15" Asus Laptop, and it's pretty cool. Has just about everything that Tricaster has, except color correction for cameras. Using Epiphan USB for camera input. Have our logo permanently as a lower right bug, and a changing lower third on the left. Switched between cameras and a prerecorded video, and all worked. Streamed to Livestream and FB Live, while recording the program to an SD card on the computer. Very encouraging.
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Old August 12th, 2017, 05:22 AM   #12
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Glad it's working for you Charlie ...I love the interface but on my Duo core i7 it uses just too much CPU to be practical ..with two cameras it often goes over 90% CPU and then shuts down the stream ... With OBS is rarely goes over 35% CPU on the same machine so I'm using that for now ...OBS also does way better Chromakey for some reason! Each to their own but I still love the pro interface of Studio and especially the fact you can do create professional lower thirds within the software !!
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Old September 13th, 2017, 12:33 PM   #13
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Was playing with my X70 stream settings last night. Firmware 3.0 for it has a Ustream menu setting, but with some final weddings the rest of this year still to come I don't wanna brick the camera, so I'll hold off.

I did manage to get it onto YT Live using VLC & OBS. It was a very convoluted setup, but when I first saw my video stream on Youtube it was like magic happened. It was an achievement, although the lack of graphics & lower thirds sorta re-professionalizes it, plus its a very patchwork scheme. Began looking into some affordable all inclusive setups. It seems Livestream software ($800) and Wirecast ($500-$900/Pro) are the 2 which stand out.

Some Livestream review said the requirements are a bit higher than most laptops specs? Any insights on this. Any experience with remote shoots, easy to setup tapping into their wifi?
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Old September 17th, 2017, 06:27 PM   #14
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Hi David

To be honest I still find that OBS is the easiest when it comes to CPU load ...Livestream Studio has nicer interfaces (especially lower third creation) but is much heavier on your CPU.

I'm using a Dell laptop which is only a DuoCore i7 2.7GB but OBS allows you to use QuickSync which takes a big load off the CPU ... the other "trick" is to use a hardware encoder from the laptop output instead of streaming direct from the laptop. My laptop HDMI out goes into a Vidiu Pro ....

If you are doing paid events like weddings, wifi is a dirty word ...the bands get congested at a wedding pretty fast so any wifi connection is bad news! We connect by ethernet from the encoder direct ti the 4G router and have no issues. If you HAVE to use wifi at least make sure your gear can use the 5GHz wifi band rather than the 2.4Ghz one which every cell phone in the room is trying to connect to!!
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Old September 17th, 2017, 10:15 PM   #15
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If you are using your own WiFi to make a link between devices, you can set the network parameters so that only the device on each and has a valid IP address for the subnet. This is called a /30 subnet (pronounced slash thirty). Therefore no other device and connect, even with the right password.

But as Chris says, wired is the way to go.
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