Wirecast, vMix and OBS - Top 10 hardware add-ons to enhance your video productions
Wirecast, vMix and OBS software packages are perfect for live streams, webinars, webcasts, sports, church services, and education or training videos. You need nothing more than a computer and a basic web camera to start your 1st production, but if you want to add broadcast quality cameras or increase the power of your system for motion graphics, what are the best accessories you can add?
Wirecast Gear ... Ok strictly speaking not an add-on, but Wirecast Gear would be the perfect choice for creators who want a completely configured and optimised Wirecast Pro hardware solution. With either 4 HDMI or up to 5 SDI inputs (Model depending), “New blue Titler Live Complete” Software, and a custom designed chassis and with server grade hardware to maximise performance, Wirecast Gear is the perfect turnkey solution for live event streaming and recording.
Creators who prioritise reliability and want the peace of mind of a fully configured system that works out of the box, with maximum end user support available if needed.
The Lumens VC-B10U-B ePTZ USB Camera is probably the easiest “plug and play” way to enhance a simple video presentation setup in Wirecast. Web cameras supplied with computers are usually low quality with inferior optics and image quality. The VC-B10U is equipped with a 120° wide viewing angle and can even enlarge to 3x magnification with ePTZ (electronic pan tilt zoom) this means with the touch of a button you can capture the whole board room or zoom in on individual speakers.
Distance learning and videoconferencing with smaller meeting rooms, or adding an inexpensive wide shot to multi camera productions.
The Panasonic AW-UE4K is a Compact 4K Digital PTZ Camera with high quality video output up to 4K 30p. Equipped with an ultra-wide-angle lens with a 111° field of view, you can output video with three interfaces, HDMI, LAN and USB. Video control and power can also be supplied with a single USB connection, or over long distances via PoE with the cameras LAN port.
Flexible connectivity and capturing Hi Quality images in both large and small spaces thanks to the super wide lens and 4k image quality.
The Lumens VC-A50PN is a robust and responsive High Definition IP PTZ Video Camera with 20x Zoom and excellent image quality. What sets it further apart from the competition is the NDI integration with Wirecast. This means the camera will instantly be detected by Wirecast as soon as it’s plugged in, and because the camera also supports POE+ it just needs one network cable to simultaneously power, control and transmit video and audio. You can control cameras directly through Wirecast manually or save and recall your favourite pre-set camera positions with thumbnail graphics of each shot.
Lecture capture in large rooms or zooming in on the action in a sports hall. Also adding multiple cameras is a breeze as you can simply plug more into the network.
The Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder enables you to capture very high quality video direct onto a Thunderbolt-based computer system. It supports both SDI and HDMI Capture and takes its power directly from the computer.
Value and portability, allowing you to inexpensively add the highest quality broadcast cameras to your streaming setup for increased production value.
Variations - See the full range of UltraStudio Products
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is a miniaturized HD and Ultra HD live studio camera with and interchangeable lens mount and high-end broadcast quality pictures.
Highest quality pictures in an inobtrusive package.
Variations – See the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Blackmagic Decklink Duo 2 This is a PCIe capture and playback card with 4 independent channels for SD and HD up to 1080p60. You’ll need a spare PCIe slot in your desktop mac or PC and be comfortable installing it, (alternatively see Echo Express SE I below) but this will enable you to connect and mix up to 4 HD SDI cameras or video playback devices for high end productions. The connections can also be individually configured to playout to monitors or external recorders.
Connecting multiple high end low latency HD SDI Cameras or other video feeds.
Variations - See the full range of Decklink cards
Sonnet Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Card Expansion System. Plug the above Decklink Duo or similar PCIe capture card into this external box and you can connect via thunderbolt 3 to your computer enabling you to have the same high quality multiple SDI ins and outs on a laptop.
Portability and to connect pro video sources to laptops for high end productions.
Variations - See the full range of Sonnet Thunderbolt Expansion Systems
The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box - 550W Until recently laptop users had to be content with low level performance on creative production software or games. The arrival of thunderbolt 3 with its incredible bandwidth has changed this. The eGFX Breakaway series allows you to plug in the world’s most powerful PCIe graphics cards into an external box and connect to a laptop, giving it a very significant graphics processing boost for software like Wirecast or Davinci Resolve.
Turbo charging Wirecast or vMix for processing graphics and media effects on a laptop.
The Panasonic AW-HN130K is a Broadcast Quality HD Remote Camera with Built-in (NDI I HX) Support. What sets it apart from other PTZ’s is its outstanding low light performance and colour reproduction along with other un-compromising features such as optical image stabilisation. It is also compatible with Panasonics AW-SF100 I 200 Auto Motion Tracking software making ideally suited for an automated lecture capture environment.
Productions where a PTZ camera makes the best practical choice, but you don’t want to comprise on image quality.