Wirecast Specifications

Below you will find a brief rundown of the specifications that you'll need to run Wirecast on either a MacBook or Windows computer. If at any point you have questions regarding this information, don't hesitate to reach out by phone or email for further clarification!


MacBook Pro:
  • Thunderboldt or USB 3.0 connection
  • OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) supported
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • Core i5 or later recommended for 720p streaming
  • Minimum 2GB RAM, 4GB recommended for 1080p streaming
  • 200 MB on hard drive for install
  • USB 3.0
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit
  • Minimum Dual-core CPU required, 2.3 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit. 2.8GHz or higher recommended for 720p or higher streaming
  • Minimum 2GB RAM, 4GB recommended for 720p or higher streaming
  • 200 MB on hard drive for install

Video Equipment 

  • Models from 2011 to now support Thunderboldt and USB 3.0, which enables both BlackMagic hardware and Magewell USB 3.0 Dongles to be used. For Blackmagic, the Ultrastudio Mini Recorder can use both HDMI and SDI/HD-SDI. The Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle 3.0 or Intensity Shuttle Thunderboldt can use HDMI, component, composite, and s-video connections. 
Windows Based Laptops:
  • For computers with USB 3.0 connections, we recommend the Magewell USB 3.0 HDMI Dongle. This device only supports HDMI. Please contact us before purchasing a USB 3.0 device. 

Network Connectivity

We'd be remiss if we didn't stress how important a solid internet connection is when you're looking to stream. You could have the best streaming equipment in the world, but it wouldn't matter without a stable network connection. The higher the upload speed, the better, but here are the minimum upload speeds that we recommend:

  • High Definition (HD) - 3.0 - 4.0 Mega Bits Per Second (Mbps) 
  • High Quality (HQ) - 1.5 - 2.0 Mbps
  • Standard Definition (SD) - 1.0 - 1.5 Mbps 

To check your network's speed, navigate to  speedtest.net and click on "Begin Test." The key number to look for in that test is your upload speed and NOT your download speed. In most cases, ethernet or Wifi will work to stream, but if you are using a wireless connection, it is helpful to restrict access to the network. In some cases, wireless cards can be used through cell providers, though we certainly wouldn't recommend this as a video streaming network solution. 

When working with your IT departments to get networks setup, feel free to pass along this information:

  • All streams are uploaded to our servers via Port 1935 or Port 80 via TCP
  • We do NOT need to "pull" a stream, so it is not required that you have a static or public IP address. 
  • If your network admins deploy packet shaping, we can provide the IP addresses for our origin servers upon request.

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