The best streaming software for both novices and pros is OBS, according to most users. It’s free, open-sourced, and has cross-platform compatibility. The Streamlabs version of OBS has some great features that might help monetize your stream.
What Is Wirecast?
Wirecast is a video streaming production tool created by the software company Telestream. The live stream apps for PC, Mac, and iPhone allow users to create high-quality live or on-demand broadcasts that are dynamic, polished, and professional.
Wirecast has two price plans:
- Wirecast Studio – $599/year – Includes unlimited inputs and output destinations and enhanced production features like integrated stock media and advanced audio mixing.
- Wirecast Pro – $799/year – Includes every feature in the studio version, plus advanced unlimited capture, sports production value (scoreboard and instant replay), and multitrack audio recording.
Wirecast Best Features
- Unlimited sources – You can use any kind of camera, microphone, webcam, and IP cam to stream, plus Wirecast’s free wireless camera app for iOS.
- Stock media library – Access over 500,000 unique media assets directly in Wirecast, including videos, music, lower thirds, backgrounds, and more.
- Unlimited destinations – Use the streaming software for YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, Vimeo Live, or any other RTMP destination.
- Desktop, NDI, and web capture – Capture various IP sources from your or other computers. You can automatically detect NDI sources and the built-in browser can display live web pages.
- Social media integration – Equips you with built-in Twitter comment curation, integrated Facebook polling, and live viewer counts to stay engaged with your audience. This makes it perfect for Facebook gaming.
- Multi-viewer – Supports up to a 17 slot output and allows you to send single sources out to each attached monitor.
- Conferencing and remote production – Comes built-in and lets you send a link to guests to join your live broadcast.
What We Disliked
- The software is rather expensive.
- Users are not able to view comments in the program.
Wirecast User Reviews
We read through some user reviews to get a sense of their experience with the broadcast software. Most opinions are positive; the consensus among users is that Wirecast is flexible, intuitive, easy to use, and has rock-solid stability.
The few complaints we came across were minor issues and aren’t a cause for concern.
We Recommend Wirecast For
Wirecast’s advanced features and high-quality streaming make it ideal for professional broadcasting like live event production. It might take a more knowledgeable user to set it up and use it properly, but once it’s up and running, there’s no better way to produce live video.
Wirecast Studio is the perfect all-around streaming tool for online church services, live events, and corporate communication. Wirecast Pro is a little more advanced with enough high-tech tools to stream live sports games and even full production broadcasts like news telecasts.