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Wirecast 14.1 Released January 25, 2021

Link to PDF Release Notes

 

Wirecast 14.1

Wirecast 14.1 incorporates new features that will enable new workflows and improve your existing ones. Here's a quick rundown of some of the new features and important improvements and fixes in version 14.1.

  • New! Rendezvous back-channel chat: Enables behind-the-scenes messaging between hosts/guests.

  • New! Shot ISO (Pro-only): You can now independently record any shot in your document, including Rendezvous shots, audio-only shots or any user-generated shots. Great for NLE workflows.

  • New! SRT output: Support for Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) output via Caller method. Supports x264 and Apple H.264 encoding methods. SRT is an open-source video transport protocol that enables the delivery of high-quality and secure, low-latency video across the public Internet. http://www.srtalliance.org

  • Improved! Mac Audio capture plugin: Restored the ability to bring into Wirecast any audio any running apps are producing on your Mac

  • New! ProRes encoding on Windows: Great for NLE workflows, now available for Windows, for both ISO recording and record to disk.

  • New! Canvas preference page: Time-saving default for document canvas size, video frame rate, and snapping settings.

  • Improved! Media playback improvements: Performance and efficiency improvements for playback of PNG animations.

  • Improved! Rendezvous connection improvements: Better reconnection if your Rendezvous guests somehow get disconnected.

  • Updated! Blackmagic SDK: Adds new resolution options and also fixes some issues when capturing certain resolutions.

  • Fixed! Audio distortion with Blackmagic output: Fixed an issue where some audio could become distorted on output with Blackmagic devices.

  • Plus, lots of other bug fixes and improvements!


    Full Release Notes

• New & Improved:

  • WIRE-18344: Added US-centric date formats to Clock Widget.

  • WIRE-18168: Remove Facebook Live with User Code Destination. Facebook have deprecated this functionality.

  • WIRE-18064: Added a new dynamic destination for Castr.

  • WIRE-18021: New and improved System Audio Capture on Mac - works on T2

    chip Macs and on macOS Big Sur. Better performance, more reliable, delicious on toast.

  • WIRE-18004: Treat yourself, once again, to cropping by percentage. (And for
    those of you who liked cropping by pixels, we got you covered).

  • WIRE-18000: You can now happily hide your cursor when screen capturing on
    Windows.

  • WIRE-17998: ISO recording doesn’t have to be hard, but we tried to make it
    easier by adding better error messaging for common ISO recording problems.

  • WIRE-17966: Major improvement to ISO recording. Now you can ISO Record SHOTS! (Think Rendezvous shots, Wirecast Go shots, audio only shots...). To nerd out on this, read our little companion novel here.

  • WIRE-17952/WIRE-17898: In some cases, devices don’t provide accurate time stamps. This can cause A/V sync issues. We now expose an option in System Device Properties to use timestamps “Provided by source” or “Generated by Wirecast”. More info here.

  • WIRE-17901: Updated the look of the Rendezvous Session window to make it match the Rendezvous Dashboard.

  • WIRE-17875/ WIRE-17220: Made improvements to auto-reconnect Rendezvous. Previously, if the connection to Rendezvous was cut-off for any reason (e.g. unplugging ethernet cable, switching WiFi connections, network failure, etc.), the video displays for your Rendezvous guests would freeze and not restore themselves even after whatever caused the network failure was fixed. Now we will try to reconnect 8 times. When the reconnection process begins, a progress wheel widget is displayed in the bottom right next to the 'Disconnect' button. If reconnection fails, you are automatically disconnected from the session and given an error message.

  • WIRE-17810/WIRE-17404/WIRE-13505: New! Added the ability to output via Secure Reliable Transport (SRT). Read more about SRT: http://www.srtalliance.org.

  • WIRE-17636: We jazzed up and improved our Clock Widget, because 2020 seems like a really good time for some self-improvement and decluttering.

  • WIRE-17745/ WIRE-14963: If you check out Preferences, you may just notice a new option called “Canvas”. Yep, now you can set a whole bunch of default settings for your broadcast canvas.

  • WIRE-17660: Ooh, shiny new update for our Blackmagic SDK to version 11.6.0, adding support for capture and output of more video formats. Note, this will require an update to the Blackmagic drivers- but don’t worry, we’ll display a warning in the user log if you need to update your drivers.

  • WIRE-17573: Now, you can schedule your LinkedIn Live video on your Page or profile in advance.

  • WIRE-17442: We now show ISO recording errors in the app Notifications window instead of rudely interrupting your workflow with a modal dialog box.

  • WIRE-17082: Improved the performance of 4K webcams.

  • WIRE-16861/WIRE-16704: We now enable ProRes recording on Windows (for regular recording and ISO recording).

  • WIRE-14425: Added a field to specify how frequently you want to update your RSS feed in the Text Widget. Minimum value is 5 seconds.

  • WIRE-14052: A default Replay speed can now be set at 0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, or 2x.

  • WIRE-13977: With our updated Shot ISO recording feature, you can now map a

    single audio source to multiple video tracks (shots).

  • WIRE-13636: Increased the maximum video delay value to 10 seconds.

  • WIRE-13575: New Rendezvous Chat feature. Now you can message instantly with your Rendezvous guests, right within the app. Confirm they’re ready, tell all the guests you’re going off script, or let someone know they have spinach in their teeth.

• Fixes:

  • WIRE-18364: In a continued effort to banish 2020 from our memories, we updated our About box to display 2005-2021.

  • WIRE-18343: Fixed an issue where the Clock Widget’s time display could go out of sync with real time when the computer went to sleep.

  • WIRE-18342: Our Live Icon thumbnails were not updating when showing a Clock. They do now.

  • WIRE-18330: Fixed an issue where StreamDeck Multi Shot by Name wasn’t working on Windows. This update will be distributed via the Stream Deck Plugin.

  • WIRE-18311: Added a note to in-app Cloud Settings page that the service will end March 15th, 2021. On that note, please be aware: Wirecast Restream and Wirecast Live Captioning features are being phased out. The last date to renew a subscription will be March 15, 2021. Learn more

  • WIRE-18302: Now it’s no longer possible to input 0 for size in the Shot Layer Properties size box when Locked Aspect Ratio is enabled.

  • WIRE-18296: We wrangled the Cross Dissolve transition to once again fade audio instead of cutting it.

  • WIRE-18291: Squashed a crash that could occur when attempting to stream to SRT after deleting another configured output.

  • WIRE-18283: Fixed Shot Layer Drop Shadows on the Clock Widget.

  • WIRE-18272: Multiviewer was only displaying on the primary monitor when running Wirecast through the Rosetta emulator on macOS M1 machines. It now happily will display on other monitors.

  • WIRE-18262: Fixed a doozy where Blackmagic Output could stop sending audio if seeking or switching shots on certain media files (especially if they are long GOP format. Note: don’t use those when you can avoid it!).

  • WIRE-18208: Removed “Record Additional Audio channels” checkbox from Shot ISO recording UI.

  • WIRE-18207/WIRE-17960: Wirecast now will not obstinately ignore your mouse clicks on Windows, which you could have experienced if you removed a layer via the Shot Layers right-click context menu.

  • WIRE-18153: Fixed an issue where the Main Shot Display on Windows briefly stretched or squished when you zoomed layer height.

  • WIRE-18149/WIRE-18048: Increased size of the Vimeo authentication window on Windows, which is helpful when you actually want to see it.

  • WIRE-18146: Users will now see a warning message if they open Wirecast when GPU Tweak II is active in the On-Screen Display (OSD). Best to not use that with Wirecast. Trust us.

  • WIRE-18133: Audio increases in volume momentarily when using certain transitions.

  • WIRE-18115: Removed an erroneous warning message when you opened a Wirecast document from Windows Explorer if you already had another document open.

  • WIRE-18104: Crash on exit with certain Thunderbolt 3 PCI-e adapters with certain Blackmagic capture cards on macOS.

  • WIRE-18093: Order of operations change for streaming to LinkedIn Live: we’ll check if live video is available, then create a post (instead of creating a post and then checking for the live video).

  • WIRE-18077: Reverted a previous performance improvement with H.264 files on Windows due to the change causing playback problems with other certain media files.

  • WIRE-18075: Did you know there was something wrong with opacity setting for Solid color on macOS? No? Oh. Then there wasn’t. See, everything is fine.

  • WIRE-18070: Fixed a crash that could occur on macOS when changing shot templates.

  • WIRE-18065: Fixed an issue where opening context menus would cause the Multiviewer to drop frames on Windows.

  • WIRE-18052/ WIRE-18051/ WIRE-18050: Simplified the Output Settings for Facebook, Twitch and Vimeo by removing a Sign-Up link that was so small you could barely see it anyway.

  • WIRE-18044: When a YouTube Event is selected, we now try to select a preset matching the event’s stream frame rate and resolution.

  • WIRE-18022: If you change your canvas size and try to quit, we will now stop you and ask if you want to save that change. Just trying to make things easier for you.

  • WIRE-18015/ WIRE-17776: You may have heard, we updated our Clock widget – and happily, all the typeface settings now work. Unless it’s Chalkboard. No one should be using Chalkboard font.

  • WIRE-18013: Now when you transition a shot with the De-Ess filter enabled, you won’t hear a popping noise – causing you to run to the microwave to check your popcorn before it burns.

  • WIRE-18010: If you try to record an ISO recording to a folder that doesn’t exist, we will now warn you politely, instead of giving you the finger and silently refusing to record.

  • WIRE-17997/WIRE-16967: Fixed an assertion failure when playing specific media files.

  • WIRE-17981: Fixed a bug that caused a deleted document to hang around defiantly in your Welcome Window.

  • WIRE-17968: Creating a new Rendezvous session after trying to reconnect to an expired one now works.

  • WIRE-17962: We now add a helpful, nicely worded error message to the Notification window if you try to do a Screen Capture on macOS if Wirecast hasn’t been given Screen Recording permissions.

  • WIRE-17959: We removed ‘Show Facebook Post’ link from our Facebook Destination Scheduled Events since Facebook has removed this functionality.

  • WIRE-17948/WIRE-17760/WIRE-17620/WIRE-17481: Fixed a crash that could happen when adding a Blackmagic source that is capturing certain resolutions.

  • WIRE-17928: Fixed an issue with certain RSS feeds not displaying correctly.

  • WIRE-17912: If you uncheck Twitter in Output Settings, we will no longer illogically require you to log into your Twitter account before you can stream.

  • WIRE-17906: The zoom on your Main Shot Display layers will now be saved when you close and reopen your document.

  • WIRE-17897: We updated to the latest version of NDI HX2 which fixed a bug in HX2 decoding causing some HX2 video to not appear on older Macs.

  • WIRE-17896: Removed the end date fields from YouTube Event dialog.

  • WIRE-17847/WIRE-18109: Now your settings are maintained when you copy and paste a source from one shot to another

  • WIRE-17813: We thank you for your patience. Wirecast sometimes took a long time to open if you had recent documents with Titler Live sources. Once you open and save your document, you’ll see that’s fixed. (You’ll need to open any recent Wirecast Documents that appear in your Welcome Window, and save them to stop experiencing slow loading.)

  • WIRE-17737: Fixed an annoying issue where audio would become distorted when outputting via in Blackmagic output.

  • WIRE-17682: If your RTMP output fails, we now perform a little check to see if perhaps your firewall or antivirus is blocking your ability to stream, and we’ll quietly let you know.

  • WIRE-17589: Fixed a link in an ISO-related error message that led you into a dark alley and left you there to figure out what happened and to fend for yourself.

  • WIRE-17575: Fixed a rare crash on macOS that could occur at quit, when the Teradek Streamreader plugin was installed.

  • WIRE-17470: We squashed a bug where playing certain media files could cause an indefinite hang on older Macs.

  • WIRE-17259: Improved error messaging when attempting to connect to a source with dimensions greater than 8000 pixels. 8k is our limit.

  • WIRE-17052: Fixed some of our output statistics, which weren’t reflecting accurate statistics. Awkward!

  • WIRE-17008: Improved performance of animated PNG media files, which could cause high CPU usage on playback.

  • WIRE-16226: Fixed issues where YouTube outputs would get confused if you had several users or outputs.

  • WIRE-15370: Fixed playback issues with specific media files with AAC audio. Basically, the software equivalent of when your mechanic puts in a new air filter and you have to take their word for it

  • WIRE-15161: Updated our Dynamic Destination Documentation to include hardware encoders.

• Known Issue:
• NOTE: XKeys Controller does not currently work on macOS Big Sur. If you plan to use XKeys with Wirecast, we advise you to stay on macOS Catalina or Mojave.

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