Telestream Wirecast is a full-featured and well-respected desktop video mixer with one traditional Achilles’ heel: CPU utilization is generally higher than competitive
products on similarly configured computers.
Although Telestream has narrowed the gap in
recent Wirecast releases, successfully using all
Wirecast features requires a powerful, finely
tuned computer. To help Wirecast users acquire
such a system, Telestream recently released its
own bundled systems under the brand name
Wirecast Gear (Figure 1). In this review, we put
a test system through its paces.
By way of background, there are three Gear
versions: 110 ($4,995), 210 ($5,995), and 220 ($7,995),
which vary by capture card and software offering. I tested the 210 version, which included a
four-port Magewell HD-SDI Pro Capture board,
250GB system drive, a 500GB SSD drive, and the
software listed in Figure 2 on page 94.
All three come in a 1.3RU chassis which can
fit into a 19" rackmount or sit atop a desk or table on rubber pads. My test system came with an
Intel i7-6700 CPU running at 3. 4 GHz, with 16GB
of RAM running Windows 10. The motherboard
Telestream Wirecast Gear By Jan Ozer
CPU, keyboard, and