Requirements and Cost
NOTE: The costs listed here were correct as of February 2016. They are posted here only as an approximation of expected cost and are subject to change.
Mac or Windows CPU$1,200 to $2,400
The Wirecast software is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. The current hardware requirements can be viewed on the Telestream Company's website. Note that the minimum CPU depends on the resolution with which you want to be able to broadcast your signal.Wirecast Studio Software$450 (education price)
Wirecast Studio allows any number of cameras and inputs, titling overlays, chroma keys, multiple layers, shot editing, and the ability to preview shots prior to broadcast.It gives you not only a way to cut from one video source to the other, but it also allows you to mix the video in dissolves and other eye-catching transitions.
NOTE: The Wirecast Pro version is available but at twice the cost. It is geared more toward schools that are streaming live sporting events. It will allow scoreboard overlays and instant replay. But, the regular version of Wirecast is more than adequate.UltraStudio Mini Recorder$140 to $150The UltraStudio Mini Recorder converts the camera's HDMI video signal to a Thunderbolt signal so the Mac can understand and import the video. You will need one for each camera.Most new Macs have two Thunderbolt ports, thus only two cameras can be connected. (If you need more than two you can use the BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle listed below.)NOTE: Since this device uses Thunderbolt, it for Macs only.Thunderbolt 2.0 Cable$45 to $60
The Thunderbolt cable connects the Mini Recorder to the Mac computer's Thunderbolt port.BlackMagic Design Intensity Shuttle$190 to $200The BlackMagic Design Intensity Shuttle can take video input from a variety of formats, HDMI, Component, S-Video, and Composite. It outputs the digital video signal over a USB 3 connection. Thus it can be used on a Mac or a Windows computer with USB 3 ports.NOTE: Because this device can capture the old analog signal from older cameras, it may allow you to use the older cameras into which you may already invested.USB 3.0 Cable(A Male/B Male)$9 to $20 The USB 3 cable is used to connect the BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle to the USB 3 port on the computer.DeckLink Mini Recorder$170 to $250 If you are using a Windows computer that has open PCI slots, you could install the BlackMagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder. It will allow the computer to capture the HDMI output of your camera.Thunderbolt 2 Dock$220 to $260If all your Mac's Thunderbolt ports are in use, you can add more by connecting the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.NOTE: This device is only required if you need additional ports for additional camera connections.If you have not invested in any of the upgrades listed below, you'll need to add their cost to those listed above. Camera package (Option A-1) $300 to $500 You'll need to add this cost if you have had only one camera. Camera package (Option A-2) $600 to $1,000 You'll need to add this cost if you don't already have cameras. Sound package (Option B) $250 to $425 You'll need to add this cost if you do not have an audio mixer. Message Board (Option D)$675 to $1,250 Plusfor each display location$570 to $900 You'll need to add this cost if you want to have a message board running throughout the school day.
The Total Cost
OPTION C-1Add a Mac computer with 2 Thunderbolt ports, Wirecast software, 2 Mini Recorders, and 2 Thunderbolt cables.This cost estimate assumes you have already invested in two or more video cameras with HDMI output. Plus an audio mixer (Option B).
$2,020 to $3,320*OPTION C-2Add a Mac computer with one Thunderbolt port, Wirecast software, Mini Recorder, Thunderbolt cable, Intensity Shuttle, and a USB 3 cable.This cost estimate assumes you have already invested in two or more video cameras with HDMI output. Plus an audio mixer (Option B). $2,050 to $3,330*OPTION C-3Add a Windows computer with PCI expansion slots, Wirecast software, 2 DeckLink Mini Recorder cards.This cost estimate assumes you have already invested in two or more video cameras with HDMI output. Plus an audio mixer (Option B). $1,990 to $3,350*OPTION C-4Add a Windows computer without PCI expansion slots but with 2 USB 3 ports, Wirecast software, 2 Intensity Shuttles, and 2 USB 3 cables. $1,800 to $2,840** NOTE: The costs listed here were correct as of February 2016. They are posted here only as an approximation of expected cost and are subject to change.Add to the cost above, any of the Options A-1, A-2, B in which you have not already invested. Add Option D if you want to run a message board throughout the school day.