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Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

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How do we set up our output settings in Wirecast as seen at https://jerrybanfield.com/wirecast/ to be able to live stream to multiple websites at once?

How do we put in our stream keys?

How do we get the encoders just right?

Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

I will hope to provide some help with that in this lecture because this has been one of the most challenging topics out of the questions I’ve asked of people actually using Wirecast, and it is easy once you get it set up.

It may look intimidating at first and I hope this helps with it.

Now, the first basic thing to do, which is under the “Output” tab, is to get the “Canvas Size” set at something you want to use across all different mediums.

It’s nice to just have one output. The same output to everything preferably, and then to use that output everywhere.

I’ve got monitors that are 1920 by 1080, which means the easy thing for me to do is to have the canvas be 1920 by 1080.

Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

That means the entire screen is the same size as my monitor.

What I like to do then is just live stream in 1920 by 1080 also because that gives the viewer the highest quality option. If you have got bandwidth issues, if you have CPU limitations, which we all do, it’s just how much those conflict with what you are trying to do.

Setting it at 720p uses a lot less computing resources. I can probably do seven or eight websites and record if I live stream to 720p because there are not as many pixels to process. The 720p option is much easier on the computer CPU.

Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

If you are using 1080p and you are running into limitations with bandwidth or CPU, the easy solution is to drop down to 720p and try using that.

I’m good using 1920 by 1080 most of the time. I run into some limitations if I’m live streaming on five or six websites at the same time.

I may drop to 720p for doing my live music stream in the future because doing 1080 even on my Mac Pro with all of its power still brings it down doing five or six websites at 1080p at once plus that’s a lot more bandwidth.

Therefore, the canvas size is a very important selection. When you pick the canvas size, it changes everything because every input you have got is relative to the canvas size.

If I pick 720p my entire setup will need to be modified. All of my camera shots, everything will need to be fixed into 720p.

In fact, you might even want to create a separate document if you are going to change the resolution.

The very important place to start is with the canvas size at 1080p.

Next, from there you have got the “Output Settings.”

Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

The output settings are where we then basically take our canvas and everything we have produced and put that out to something.

Now, whenever you are recording you get this warning from Wirecast that says, “Output quality may be reduced.”

Wirecast output settings for recording, encoding, and live streaming!

For example, if I was in 720p and I tried to put something while I was live streaming in 1080p, it might do that. You want to do this ideally while you are not doing anything.

Continue reading at https://jerrybanfield.com/wirecast/

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Jerry Banfield

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