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Videoguys Top Products for Facebook & YouTube Live Fall 2017

A lot has changed in the world of live production and streaming in the past year, so the Videoguys have revisited our list of the Top Products for Facebook Live and YouTube Live! We have compiled this list of the top products recommended for streaming live events on Facebook and YouTube. Of course, many of these products can be used for streaming to other networks as well, but they have all been tested and approved for the hottest social media platforms.

If you want to take advantage of the reach of Facebook and YouTube Live and still have questions please call the Videoguys at 800-323-2325. We can help you find the streaming solution that best meets your needs – and your budget.

———— Rather watch our 15 minute webinar on these Top Products for Facebook Live and YouTube? Click here to watch the webinar.

1. Epiphan Webcaster X2 Facebook Live and YouTube Encoder - $299.95

Videoguys Top 10 Webcaster X2

Simplest way to stream to Facebook Live or YouTube

Webcaster X2 is designed specifically for streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Set up is easy with a simple device code to pair it to your accounts, the rest is done for you – the device comes pre-configured with optimal encoding settings for YouTube and Facebook Live streaming.

Stream any HD camera, mixer or display by connecting it to the Webcaster X2’s HDMI IN port. Connect any wired or wireless mic to your camera and get professional HDMI audio quality. Webcaster X2 encodes your high quality audio along with your video and streams it to your Facebook or YouTube audience. Click here for product details.

2. Epiphan AV.io Video Grabbers with Telestream Wirecast 8 Software Bundles - starting at $1,499.00

Videoguys Top 10 Multicamera Live Production Bundle

Affordable multicamera live production bundles!

Featuring 2 AV.io video grabbers and Wirecast 8 live production software.

If you’re looking for a portable and affordable way to add live streaming capabilities to one or more computers, the Wirecast AV.io bundle is a great option. These bundles quickly, easily, and affordably convert any Windows or Mac notebook or desktop computer with USB

3.0 connectors into a live production station. Three bundle combinations to choose from for live production and multicamera streaming

  • SDI:  2 Epiphan AV.io SDI video grabbers bundled with Telestream Wirecast Studio to create a portable and easy to use live production and streaming solution.
  • 4K:  2 Epiphan AV.io 4K video grabbers bundled with Telestream Wirecast Studio to create a portable and easy to use live production and streaming solution.
  • 4K & SDI: 1 Epiphan AV.io 4k grabber and 1 Epiphan SDI video grabber bundled with Telestream Wirecast Studio to create a portable and easy to use live production and streaming solution.

Upgrade your bundle with the Pro version of the Wirecast 8 software for even more live production features including multi-channel audio mixing, additional Rendezvous callers, Instant replay perfect for live sports production and NDI output for added flexibility to make your laptop or PC a network-enabled I/O device for a larger NDI production system. Click here for bundle details.

3. Telestream Wirecast Gear - All-In-One Ready-to-Use Live Streaming Production System - starting at $4,995.00

Videoguys Top 10 Wirecast Gear Systems

Live streaming production systems with versatile, convenient design, fully configured, and read-to-use with impressive features.

Telestream Wirecast Gear is a portable computer workstation designed to run Wirecast Pro software for live event production and streaming. With four HD-SDI or HDMI professional camera inputs and all the live streaming production features of Wirecast Pro, in a compact, powerful hardware system, Wirecast Gear is a unique blend of performance, ease of use and affordability.

Available in 3 different configurations, Wirecast Gear 110 is optimal for basic live productions, Wirecast Gear 210 is perfect for sports broadcasters,  and the new Wirecast Gear 230 is the only system with 4 assignable SDI and/or HDMI ports for maximum flexibility, making it the ultimate live event production and streaming solution for broadcasters. Click here for product details.

4. TriCaster Mini Bundles with FREE Advanced Edition - starting at $9,995.00

Videoguys Top Products TriCaster Mini Bundles

NewTek TriCaster Mini Bundle features the compact TriCaster Mini, either HD-4i or HD-4 SDI, along with a dedicated control surface, custom travel case, and now, Advanced Edition Software for FREE! This $1,995.00 value special is available now through 11/22/2017

In addition to the 100+ capabilities that TriCaster Advanced Edition software adds, TriCaster Mini becomes NDI-enabled putting the flexibility of an IP workflow right in your hands.

To further optimize your NDI ready production suite, you might also consider adding the NewTek NDI PTZ Camera and one of the Connect Spark converters. Click here for bundle details.

5. NewTek TriCaster TC1 - Complete Multcamera 4K IP Video Production System - starting at $14,995.00

4K IP Production for the Modern Producer, Publisher, and Content Creator

Available ala carte or bundled with a control panel

The most complete production system available today, TriCaster TC1 represents the continued innovation of the iconic product that defined an industry. Designed with the way you work in mind and equipped with hundreds of advanced production capabilities, it has everything you need to do video your way today—and tomorrow.

The NewTek TriCaster TC1 comes with 4 SDI inputs, but it supports a total of up to 16. How is this possible? The magic of NDI!  Your 16 inputs can be any combination of SDI or NDI inputs. Need more SDI inputs, get one of the new expansion modules. The NC1 IN adds 4 additional SDI inputs, the NC1 IO adds a total of 8 SDI ports, that can be configured in any combination of inputs or outputs. Keep in mind that with NDI, you can use another TriCaster as inputs into the TC1, a computer with an NDI compatible capture card, an NDI encoder with your exiting SDI/HDMI HD camcorders or one of the new cameras that support native NDI. Click here for product details.

6. NewTek TriCaster TC1 Trade-Up Offer - Your Old TriCaster is Worth $5,000!

videoguys top products tricaster trade-up

This is your last chance to trade-in even the oldest TriCaster system for the new TC1. Trade-up for 4K production, NDI support, integrated Skype TX, Instant replay and more!

Get $5,000 off the TriCaster TC1 Base with Small Control Panel Bundle when you trade-in your old TriCaster. Or get $2,500 off a the TriCaster TC1 base unit ala carte when you trade-in!!! Click here for trade-up details.

7. Epiphan Pearl & Pearl 2 4K - All-In-One Turn-key Live Production Devices - starting at $6,375.00

Videoguys Top products Pearl Live Production system

Create stunning live video programs by combining, encoding, switching and recording with Epiphan's Pearl or Pearl 2 All-in-One Live Production devices. Pearl features dual HDMI, SDI and VGA inputs, Pearl 2 features 12G SDI or 4K HDMI camera input; local video output; audio and video confidence monitoring; and touch screen control for simple configuration, live switching, recording and streaming. Click here for product details.

8. LiveU Solo & Solo HDMI Video Encoder - Easily Stream Over Multiple Wireless Bonded Connections - starting at $1,499.00

Videoguys Top products LiveU Solo encoders

Easy. Simple. Intuitive.

LiveU Solo offers the best-in-class ‘plug and play’ live streaming bonding solution, bringing LiveU’s broadcasting expertise to the online media market. Available ala carte or as a Premium Bundle with 1 year LRT Virtual Cloud Server.

Designed to fit seamlessly with web streaming workflows, LiveU Solo connects automatically to Facebook, Wowza Streaming Cloud, as well as other popular CDNs, OVPs and YouTube Live. Solo can be managed and controlled remotely via a web interface or smartphone.

On the transmission side, and as part of the overall streaming solution, this small, easy-to-use encoder includes full bonding capabilities. Click here for product details.

9. Matrox Monarch Streaming & Recording Appliances - starting at $995.00

Matrox Monarch HD, HDX and LCS are small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record the master quality version for post-event editing. By separating the task of recording from streaming in a single integrated unit, Matrox Monarch devices ensure that the Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are focused on delivering quality video to your audience while you control the quality of the archive. Click here for product details.

10. Teradek VidiU & VidiU Pro - Wireless Streaming & Recording Units - starting at $699.00

Videoguys Top Products VidiU streaming

For under $1,000.00 the Teradek VidiU family of on camera encoder and streaming appliances are tremendous products. They let you take your video out of your camera via HDMI and stream it directly to your network or any CDN. Setting it up for YouTube Live is a breeze. The VidiU Pro allows you to bond multiple smartphones together to deliver HD quality streams from almost any location. Click here for product details.

11. Roland V-1HD & V-1SDI Switchers Affordable Live Production Bundles - starting at $1,875.00

Roland V-1 Switchers are compact and portable professional video switching you can take anywhere for webcasting, videography, and live events.

Combine the affordable Roland V-1HD HDMI mixer or the new V-1SDI SDI and HDMI mixer with a Matrox Monarch HD or HDX, LiveU Solo or a Teradek VidiU to create a complete Live Production and video streaming system. Click here for bundle details.

12. PTZOptics Producer Kits - Complete Turn-key Live Streaming Systems - starting at $4,130.00

PTZ Producer Kits from PTZOptics are complete turn-key live streaming systems built around the groundbreaking Intel NUC Skull Canyon Micro-PC. These systems available with 12X and 20X optical zoom 3G-SDI cameras, finally make television quality video production affordable. With hundreds of potential video angles made possible with PTZ cameras and the included 3D PTZ Joystick this system will make any venue your next live streaming destination. Click here for product details.

13. Wowza ClearCaster - High-Quality Reliable Streaming for Facebook Live - $6,495.00

ClearCaster Delivers Reliable, Broadcast-Quality Streams

Wowza ClearCaster™ appliance is purpose-built for reliable, broadcast-quality streaming to Facebook Live. In this single, rack-mountable device, the benefits of industry-leading Wowza streaming software meet seamless integration with the Facebook Live APIs.

Plugging in ClearCaster allows broadcasters to deliver in crisp, 1080p30 content: the highest possible resolution supported by Facebook. It includes x264 for encoding high-quality video, H.264 video streams and is H.265-ready. ClearCaster even encodes and delivers in 4K and Ultra High-Definition (UHD) when supported, so you can syndicate to Facebook Live while meeting high-definition broadcast standards. Click here for product details.

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By Jim, October 10, 2017