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3rd party VST plugin support in Wirecast

I woud really love to see 3rd party vst plugin support in Wirecast so we can use our favorite EQ, Compressor, limiter and metering plugins within Wirecast. 

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  • Same here! It's not fair to have to upgrade to Wirecast Pro to compress our mic inputs!

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  • Keep in mind that some third party processing may introduce latency but given that please do fill out the form and make the feature request.

    Wirecast Feature Request Form

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  • Is there an update to this being from well over a year ago? 

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  • zak stamps There's only one vote on this in a year and half. If you fill out the form link posted previously you can ask for a status update though.

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  • Benon Koebsch There's a lot in the pipeline but user demand has an impact. This doesn't seem to have received a lot of requests. 

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  • I voted for this.

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  • I voted for this. I'm new to Wirecast and live video. Love the product so far. But everything I read says audio quality is even more important than video quality. So, it seems egregious for a $600 program named "Studio" to not have basic audio effects. VST support would be ideal, but just an integrated compressor, reverb, gate, limiter, and EQ with enough bands to notch problem frequencies, would be fine. Astonishingly, the EQ in Wirecast "Pro" only has 3 bands! That's the reason I didn't upgrade to Pro. That and I didn't feel it was justified to spend an additional $200 for basic audio tools.

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  • Waves.com has hundreds of VST audio plugins. Our friends at PTZ optics use them to enhance their audio and automatically control levels during all their livestreams. The broadcast software that they use allows VST plugins. I do a lot of panel discussions where voice audio levels can jump around from very low to blasting, especially if a mic is passed around. I purchased the waves Vocal Rider a year ago after hearing a demo on PTZ optics hoping VST would be added to WC. The plugin automatically adjusts the levels on the fly. It's much faster than any audio person riding the levels and would free me to concentrate on switching, L3's, cameras, etc. I was told its in the works??? Don't let Waves list price scare you. This plug in lists for $249. They are always on sale. I paid $29. https://www.waves.com/plugins/vocal-rider#achieving-perfect-vocal-levels-with-vocal-rider.

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  • Man how crazy is Telestream to not have done this by now?

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  • Jim Heck and now waves have produced playlist rider!  Every wirecast stream should have it!

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  • I feel like I’ve invested so much in this software but now there are free options that do more, so it leaves me scratching my head?

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  • Craig McPherson Thanks for the tip on the playlist rider plugin. We defiantly need something like this for wirecast - either built in or with VST plugin capability. Demo video- https://www.waves.com/plugins/playlist-rider#quickly-improve-sound-podcasts-streams-videos

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  • Benon Koebsch I have my ups and downs with Wirecast and most of the downs happen during a live broadcast.  But I will have to say, the $700+ for Wirecast has really paid off for me.  I just used the Rendezvous tonight and for the first time, it was amazing.  I would typically use Skype and watch my system resources go through the roof.  With Rendezvous, my system resources never went over 50% with two guests connected and with an After Effects project open.  OBS is okay for some projects but for a professional approach, Wirecast is the way to go. 

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  • Jim Heck said:
    I do a lot of panel discussions where voice audio levels can jump around from very low to blasting, especially if a mic is passed around.

     

    Craig McPherson said:
    now waves have produced playlist rider!

     If you have a specific feature in mind please it might be worth making a separate request for that. On the one hand, supporting VST plugins would help but on the other  hand the developers might consider a more direct implementation as done with some of the Wirecast Pro plugins. Not knowing which path the developers will choose or, which they can get done more quickly, it might be worthwhile to start a separate thread to garner votes for that specific function.

    BTW keep in mind that Wirecast is cross-platform so any architecture used may need to work on both Mac and Windows.

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  • That's a very great idea to have 3rd party VST plugins on Wirecast.  Still, this topic needs more votes!!

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  • Simply a Waste of time to try to fight for something so simple. esp for the price point. I left this idea months ago. tired of getting these stupid emails I'm over Wirecast and won't ever use this crappy service. 

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  • zak stamps yet you have time to continue replying.  Have you found the perfect software on the planet or off?

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  • Will Johnson said:
    yet you have time to continue replying.  Have you found the perfect software on the planet or off?

    I think he is advocating for his software vendor to be responsive and transparent, which is something you would ask of any software vendor. If the answer is "We wont implement this feature", then he could go on his way. But the failure to say yes or no is something that I think is a reasonable expectation. And if its yes, when.

    Greg Kuhnert

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  • Greg Kuhnert 

    I have to say I understand the frustration Zak is expressing, I don't think it helps to be on they attack all the time.  With that said, I've made requests for updates, and I've only had one that I have seen implemented, and that was on FB. I requested that we could reply to a picture with a picture, and sure enough, they added it. Of course, this was when FB started getting large. Maybe when a company gets so large they stop adding request from its users, what say you?

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  • Will Johnson said:
    I don't think it helps to be on they attack all the time

    I don't think anyone wants to attack anyone. I think every person in this forum wishes Telestream success with their product, because their success is required for our success as broadcasters.

    I've had a period of time where I've tried to be "less vocal" to see where things are going and find out if there is real improvement. I think there has been an effort, but the needle has not yet been moved enough in my opinion.

    Will Johnson said:
    Maybe when a company gets so large they stop adding request from its users

    I am not sure that is the root cause of the problem. Telestream is I believe owned by a private equity firm since 2015. I also note with interest a merger with another company last year.

    Having been involved in similar mergers in the past, I'd be willing to bet that someone is now trying to "rationalise" employee numbers across both businesses, which is putting further pressure on strategy and vision to fix long standing issues.

    The simple question that needs to be answered by Telestream executives - Is Wirecast still a strategic product going forward, and are you willing to commit to make it the product we all want it to be? And are you willing to seriously engage with the community of users who are feeling disillusioned to turn that around?

    Greg Kuhnert

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  • I sent a request form asking for what this topic is about, having 3rd party VST's in wirecast, for more audio effects, such as a telephone filter, for mimicking a phone call. 

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  • Evelyn Colling Friedrich said:
    I sent a request form asking for what this topic is about, having 3rd party VST's in wirecast, for more audio effects, such as a telephone filter, for mimicking a phone call. 

    One related thought. Like you, I'd like this to be delivered. But let me ask, how useful it will be in reality.

    Adding existing effects via the on screen mixer requires your audio shot to be already live. And if you use the same audio source in multiple places, you'll have to reapply the same effect potentially dozens of times.

    There is another feature request to deliver an "input layer" - one which could deliver configuration elements there, and those items can be re-used elsewhere... and allow configuration of audio elements BEFORE they go live, and assigning tracks to physical and virtual outputs, to allow sending audio via an external mixer. The whole audio subsystem needs a re-write, with some of the above in mind...

    @greg_kuhnert

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  • That's a great thought. This is exactly what I had in mind.

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  • Greg Kuhnert said:
    allow configuration of audio elements BEFORE they go live,

     Agreed that would be most useful.

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  • CraigS 

    CraigS said:
    Greg Kuhnert said:

    allow configuration of audio elements BEFORE they go live,

    Agreed that would be most useful.

    Yeah. I originally raised this about year or 18 months ago... but I didn't track it. Certainly it is a well known problem.

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