This article covers the basics for new or altered features in Wirecast 7 from Wirecast 6. If you are looking for basic Wirecast information not found in this article, refer to the Wirecast 5-6 article.
You can also reference this official guide from Telestream.
- In Wirecast 6, adding a source opened up the four-part menu. In Wirecast 7, there's a new menu, where everything is listed together.
- Capture Devices. This will include the video and audio sources.
- Screen Capture. This adds the entire screen as a video source. In Previous versions was under "Desktop Presenter." If you want to Capture audio, you have to download a separate driver from Telestream.
- Web Stream. This allows you to input an RTMP feed from another encoder as a source.
- Wirecast Cam. This allows you to bring in a feed from a mobile device running the Wirecast app.
- Solid Color and Text. Let's you bring these in as static images.
- Remote Desktop Presenter. Like the Screen Capture, but for capturing the screen of a separate machine.
- Scoreboard. How to add Wirecast's internal scoreboards.
- Web Display. Let's you add a capture of a Web URL as a static image. Great for grabbing logos or branding material.
- Media File. This is where you access custom media files, whether images or pre-recorded videos.
- Titles. A storage of pre-loaded tiles, best used for building presentations or custom graphics.
- New Virtual Set. Add virtual sets, as in green-screen backgrounds.
- New Playlist Shot. Let's you create a playlist, which will play multiple sources in a chain.
Source Settings Menu
- Unlike Wirecast 6, there is no longer a tab at the top to open a Source Settings menu. Now, that functionality is found in a menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Clicking the two arrows opens and dismisses it.
Source Settings Menu Tabs
- Shot Layers- This is where you can manipulate the properties of individual layers. With this, you can add multiple sources to a single layer, which is convenient since Wirecast only provides five layers.
- Shot Layer Properties- In this tab you can manipulate many of the physical attributes of a source or layer. You can change its size, position, opacity and color. You can also crop it.
- Audio- This is where you can make adjustments to the audio output of this specific shot.
- Chroma Key Properties- This tab allows you to manipulate single-color backgrounds for graphics plug-ins, often older ones. If a graphics plug-in brings in a shot with a color, as opposed to just the graphics themselves, you can use this tab to eliminate the background. It is not something we work with often, but it's good to be aware of.
- Build-In/ Build-Out Properties- This tab allows you to control transitions between sources, giving you control over how the sources enter the shot.
- Source Properties- This menu controls some of the most important settings for a source. It also changes depending on the source selected.
- Scoreboard Properties- This is where you adjust team names, the layout of the scoreboard( colors, texts) and the score itself.
- System Device Properties- This will show when an audio or video source is selected. Here, you can adjust video settings, like the FPS or Capture Device Size. For audio, you can adjust the audio and channel settings.