Free Wirecast and Wowza Streaming Engine Training in Atlanta

Posted by Derrick217 on March 26, 2016 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

There will be a Free Wirecast and Wowza Streaming Engine Training in Atlanta, Georgia, at Georgia Tech University. The training will take place on Monday, April 11, 2016, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm in Room 321 in the Georgia Tech Student Center. If you’re in or near Atlanta, Georgia and need to get familiar with Wirecast and Wowza Streaming Engine, make sure you attend this Free training in Atlanta. The training will get you up to speed with Live Streaming using Telestream’s Wirecast and streaming delivery with Wowza Media System’s Wowza Streaming Engine. The training session will be taught by Instructor, and Video Streaming and Compression Consultant, Derrick Freeman.

Software featured in training:

Wowza Streaming Engine 4
Wirecast 6

The training will provide the following:

  • An Overview of Wowza Streaming Engine 4
  • An Overview of Wirecast 6
  • Details on how to use Wowza Streaming Engine Manager
  • Instruction on how to configure Live Streaming with Wowza Streaming Engine
  • Instruction on how to send Live Streams with Wirecast
  • Directions on how to configure on-demand adaptive streaming with Wowza
  • Directions on how to adjust compression settings in Wirecast
  • Instruction on how to configure shots with audio in Wirecast
  • Instruction on how to configure shots with video in Wirecast
  • Details on how to add titles in Wirecast
  • Instruction on how to adjust source settings in Wirecast
  • Details on to import media into Wirecast

Also, attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions during the training session. If you’d like to attend the training, e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com to register for the event in Atlanta.

Training Location:
Georgia Tech University
Room 321 in the Georgia Tech Student Center
350 Ferst Drive Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

Venue map: http://studentcenter.gatech.edu/explore/map/Pages/default.aspx

Paid Parking is available in the lot right next to the Georgia Tech Student Center.

Visitor Parking information

Streaming Church Services with Wirecast

Posted by Derrick on November 18, 2013 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Streaming church services with Wirecast is a great option for delivering Live Streaming to church members, pastors and other individuals. Many times people need to tune in to church services while on vacation, out of town, when they can make it to church or when they just want to view events from home. Media Departments for churches can purchase Wirecast Live Encoding software to make things easier in providing Live Streaming of all their events and church services. What’s great about Wirecast is that the software works similar to a video production switcher in software. You can easily switch between multiple cameras, videos and other sources. There are also several options for using lower thirds or titles in webcasts. An excellent streaming feature about Wirecast is it can work with many different streaming protocols such as RTMP, RTSP or MMS. In addition, it works well if you’re delivering streams with a streaming server that supports mobile devices, Android devices and those that support iOS devices. If you’re looking for a Live Encoder then this is a great tool to have in your media production kit.

If you’d like to learn more about Live Streaming and Wirecast give us a call to sign up to attend one of our Wirecast Live Streaming Trainings On-site, On-line or in Orlando, Florida. You can also call for Live Streaming or Wirecast consulting. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Our classes are also available to students in other countries. Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.

Creating Customized Graphics with Photoshop for Wirecast

Posted by Derrick on May 26, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Creating customized graphics with Photoshop for Wirecast will benefit many that need to produce high quality Webcasts or Live Streaming events.  The benefit of using Wirecast over other Free Live Encoding tools is it’s a full production studio in software and it can perform many tasks that the other tools  can’t do.  Wirecast comes with a host of built in title templates that can be adjusted for you webcasts.  The fact that these templates are available within Wirecast is amazing.

So for this tutorial we’ll show you how to create customized graphics with Photoshop to take into Wirecast.  This will allow you to take your webcasts to the ‘next level’ by having titles/lower thirds that have  your logo, special colors, designs etc.  The other benefit is you can continue to use your normal TV and Video Production graphics creation workflow. OK, Se let’s get to it!

First create a New Image in Photoshop.  The size can be 842 x 132 and make the resolution 72 ppi.  For this graphic, you’ll create a Solid to Transparent gradient for your bottom layer.  Second, create a new layer and select the Gradient Tool from the Tool Palette.  Make sure Foreground to Transparent is selected similar to above.  Notice how royal blue is the Foreground color and the other color is transparent indicated by the checkerboards that can be seen on the Canvas. You can change your Foreground color by clicking and adjusting the Foreground color on the Tools Palette.

OK, once you’ve selected the Foreground to Transparent gradient  select your New Layer and an on the Canvas hold down your Mouse and click and drag starting from the left and drag to the right (Let go of you Mouse about 3/4 of the way).   This will make the gradient appear the way you designed it.  In this case our layer displays a Royal Blue to Transparent Gradient.  Keep in mind you can reverse the Gradient and have it appear Foreground to Transparent from the right to left. Remember, this layer should be on a layer all by itself.

Now you can add additional layers with text and other elements similar to above by clicking the Horizontal Type Tool and/or using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.  Both are located on the Tool Palette.  Make sure you prioritize all layers above the Foreground to Transparent gradient layer.

Once your graphic is ready Save a copy as a Photoshop file and then Save a copy as a PNG file.  You’ll use the PNG file to take into Wirecast.  Saving the Photoshop file maintains all of your layers in case you want to edit the graphic later.  Now, let’s move on to the fun part with Wirecast.

Place your PNG graphic somewhere on your computer.  Next Open up Wirecast.  Make sure the Title Layer is selected and Choose File Import Media from the Wirecast Pull-down menu.  To view the Title Layer you’ll have to choose Layer Panel from the Layout Pull-down Menu.

Locate the PNG image that you want to bring into Wirecast and choose Open.

Notice that the new graphic is displayed on the Title Layer, which is above all the other layers.  The Layer ordering in Wirecast works similar to Photoshop and Non-linear Editing tools.   Whatever is displayed at the top of the layer list has the priority. You can see that the image we brought in has the graphic displayed in the middle but you’ll want your title/lower third displayed on the bottom.  This way it will appear below the speaker, presenter or person talking.  Let’s adust this now.  Select the Customized Title you created in Photoshop.  Now Control-click (for Mac)/Right-click (for PC) to view the Contextual Menu and select Edit Shot.

Once the Editor opens, you should see the image you created centered in the middle of the Canvas.  Click and drag it down toward the bottom of the Canvas similar to above.  Now close you Edit Window.

Lastly, it’s time to display your image on top of your video.  This is an important step and it will give you a better understanding of how Wirecast works.  Bring up a video or camera source on the Normal Layer and click the Go button.  Once your source is live in your Program Window navigate to the Title Layer and click on the graphic you created earlier so that it’s in Preview.  Make sure the Smooth transition is selected and click the Go button.  Now your title should appear over top of your video similar to what’s above.

Notice that the you can see the Foreground to Transparent effect that we created with the gradient tool.  What’ nice about Wirecast is that it automatically recognizes items that should be transparent without you having to add any special Alpha Channels.  Keep in mind you can create 10 – 15 customized graphics in Photoshop and then have then displayed periodically during your Webcast or Live Streaming event.

If you would like to get the .PSD file used in this tutorial as a starting point for creating your own graphics for Wirecast, send us an E-mail at info@freemancompression.com.

1-Day Wirecast Live Streaming Training

Posted by Derrick on April 5, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Class Summary:
wordmark-wirecastOur Wirecast Live Streaming training will get you familiar with Live Streaming Wirecast and many of the features available in the program.  This class will have you up and running with Wirecast 7 quickly.  This training is great for non-technical professionals as well as video editors, webcast producers, web developers, producers and other media professionals. Whether you’re using a Wowza Streaming Engine, YouTube, Ustream or your on Flash Streaming Server, this class will benefit you.  Our class will also get you familiar with the Wirecast Cam and Web Stream streaming features. In addition to learning about the many features of Wirecast, our class will provide you with many great ideas for delivering your live streaming events.

Students will learn the following in this training:

  • How to set up Live Streaming to Wowza Streaming Engine
  • How to configure Live Streaming to Facebook
  • How to set up Live streaming to Content Delivery Networks
  • How to use the ISO  Recording feature in Wirecast for Live Streaming
  • How to set-up Program Replays with Live Streams
  • How to  implement Live Streaming using Video Playlists
  • How to enable Twitter Feeds into Live Streaming events
  • How to record Live Streams to disk
  • How to utilize Wirecast Cam and Web Stream in Live Streaming events
  • How to use lower thirds during your Webcasts
  • How to Live Stream using capture devices

Cost: $790
Class is available for Mac and PC platforms

Students are provided with the following:

  • Training certificate
  • 3 hours of post training technical support
  • Video recording of the entire training session

Software Featured in the class:

wirecastwirecast go

 

VIEW UPCOMING TRAINING SCHEDULE

Class Overview

1. Live Streaming to Wowza Streaming Engine

This section of the training will cover the procedure for setting up Live streaming using Wowza Streaming Engine. Students will learn all of the necessary Wirecast configurations to stream live to the streaming server.  This portion of the class will show students the items that need to be set-up on Wowza Streaming Engine for Live Streaming to work properly.  You’ll also learn how to configure your streaming for playback on Android and iOS devices.

2. Live Streaming with Facebook Live

This section of the training will cover the procedure for setting up streaming to Facebook Live using Wirecast.  Students will learn all of the necessary Wirecast configurations  to stream live to the social media platform.  You’ll learn how to delivery Live Streams to Posts, Groups, and Events.  You’ll also learn how to configure your Privacy setting and Stream Type.

3. Live streaming to Content Delivery Networks (Ustream, YouTube, & Twitch)

Learn how to perform live encoding to your Content Delivery Network.  You’ll see first hand the available options and settings for use with the Top CDNs and what information needs to be included in your Wirecast destination.  This training module will include showing students how to send Live Streams to Ustream, YouTube, & Twitch.

4. Using the ISO Recordings in Wirecast Live Streaming Events 

With Wirecast, you can use ISO recordings which is a tremendous benefit.  The portion of the training will assist you in set-up your ISO source and configuring your settings.  You’ll also learn about the various options with the the ISO  Recording  feature.  You’ll also learn how to configure Hotkeys for your ISO  recording.

5. Using Program Replays  with Live Streams

This training class also teaches students how to set up Program Replays.  Students will learn how to use create replays, start replays, and update replays.  You’ll also learn how to use the Mark In for Replays.

6. Live Streaming Using Video Playlists 

This training module will show users how to implement Video Playlists for Live Streaming events. You’ll  learn how to include name playlists, add videos to playlists, and configure playlist settings.

7.  Enabling Twitter Feeds into Live Streaming Events 

What’s great about Wirecast is that you can enable the ability  to view Twitter Feeds within your Live Streams. Attendees will learn how to configure Twitter Feeds into Live Streaming events in this portion of the training.  You’ll learn how to authenticate your Twitter  account within Wirecast, display your Message Feed, and configure your rotation of messages.  You’ll also learn how to choose to display your User Timeline, Home Timeline, or Favorites.  Most importantly, attendees will learn how to select which messages will be displayed Live.

8. Recording Files to Disk and Streaming to Multiple Destinations

This portion of the class teaches students how to record Webcasts to disk for archiving or On-demand. This feature is great when you need an desktop recording of you Live Streaming event or activity.  You instructor will teach you how to configure your compression settings for recording to MOV, MP4, and WMV containers.  You’ll learn what  The instructor will also show students how to stream Live video to Multiple Destinations. In addition, attendees will learn how to configure customized encoding settings for Live Streaming.

9. Capture Device Set-up 

This portion of the class teaches students how to configure a Capture Device in Wirecast.  There are many external devices that work with Wirecast, and this training module will show you how they can be configured.  You’ll also learn how to configure Audio Properties and the System Device Properties for your device.

10. Wirecast Cam and Web Stream Set-up 

In this part of the training student will learn how to set up Wirecast Cams and Web Streams in Wirecast.  As your instructor teaches about the Wirecast Cam feature, you’ll learn how to use your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) as a remote camera.  In addition, you’ll learn how to stream content from your iPhone and iPad using Wirecast Go.  You’ll also learn about Web Streams in this portion of the training. This gives users the ability to take IP Cameras or other network cameras into Wirecast using such protocols as RTMP, RTSP, MMS, or HTTP.

11. Utilizing other Wirecast features (Screen capture, Picture-N-Picture, Titles and Audio)

Students will learn how to configure and utilize the following in this portion of the training: Screen capture, Picture-N-Picture, Titles and Audio.

Give us a call about signing up to attend one of our Wirecast Live Streaming Trainings On-line, On-site, or Columbus, Ohio.  Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.  Individuals from any country can attend our On-line training classes.