In this video, learn how to set up your Wirecast production software for live production and streaming.
- If you want to stream your character animator animation live over the web or composite your character over live video, you need to use a system like Wirecast. (funky music) So setting up character animator and Wirecast to work together doesn't take long, but it can seem a bit confusing at first glance. So the first thing that you want to do is download the new tech MDI plugin and have that downloaded and installed. And we went over that in our last video, so make sure you take a look.
Next, you want to download the demo or buy a version of Wirecast. Just go to telestream.net/wirecast and you have all the information is there and you can download the free trial or you can buy it, there's two different versions of it. The demo is a full software, it has all the functionality, but it does give you a video and an audio watermark. And I'll be using the demo version here, so you'll hear the audio, this is a demo of Wirecast going over and over.
So once you get Wirecast installed, you'll want to reboot your computer just to be safe, just like any time you install a new software, it's always best to reboot before you start working with it. So when you get into character animator to set up for working in Wirecast, we need to do a couple things. So we're going to go under edit, preferences, and we've been under audio hardware before when we're setting up looking for a microphone source, but now we're going to go to live output. We want to make sure that enable mercury transmit is selected. The default first time you use it, it will not be selected.
And then make sure you have new tech MDI output selected. This plugin allows it to speak to other programs like Wirecast and transmit data really efficiently over your local network. So let's go ahead and click OK, we are set up here. And now, we need to open up Wirecast. If you are using the demo mode of Wirecast, the first screen you'll get, it'll ask you to buy it or continue. We're going to do the demo mode. I'm just going to go ahead and continue working in an empty document.
So the setup is actually quite clean, but you need to understand what it is that you're looking at for all of this to make sense. So you have a bunch of layers over on the bottom left and we're going to add in a couple of things here. So let's just go down a little bit to one of the lower layers, and I'm going to add a new capture device, and I'm going to look for Adobe character animator. Edit is the computer that I'm on, so I'm adding that. The MDI plugin allows us to see this. Okay, there is my character and you'll see that as I'm working character animator, the character in Wirecast is also moving in real time.
Let's just slide this off to the side so I can access it later. Okay, so we're going, but notice we have no audio in either our live window or our preview window. So I'm going to go to a lower layer, I'm going to add another capture device. I'm using the USB pre-amp two, currently, there we go, and now you can see the audio here that's in my preview. We're not broadcasting live yet, I'll show you that in a moment. We can also add an overlay, and I can move my character however I want.
So once my character's selected, I could just grab and move him anywhere in this screen or scale my character wherever I want. Let's keep him for now just right here and let's add a background. There we go. Right, so I've got my character in there, I've got the audio going, and let's add an overlay.
I want that a little lower, so I'll move my overlay down. And as you're going live, you simply just need to click on, on the same layer I have options of clear or bringing in the character. Just like I can get rid of my overlay animated character, and just bring him back. So it's really simple to use. And so once you have all of this set up, this arrow over here is the go arrow. We're going to go live. So now I can hear an echo, I'm going to mute this, that way I don't have to hear the echo.
So you're now broadcasting a signal live over your local network. And any other connected computer or equipment can see it and can use it. And this is great for live events with the character over a live video source and you can also set up a virtual camera for using Skype or output directly to Facebook live or Youtube live, all of which I'm going to cover in other videos. (funky music)
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery