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Version 20.3 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.3 is now available for download!

Livestream Procaster 20.3 Release Notes The Livestream Procaster 20.3 release is focused on stability and bug fixes.

Notable Bug Fixes and improvements:

    • Procaster was crashing with the latest BlackMagic Decklink Driver version 9.5. We fixed this to ensure Procaster will no longer crash when using the latest BlackMagic Decklink Driver Version 9.5.
    • Procaster would sometimes stop with "Capture Card Async Detected Errors" We made improvements to ensure this will no longer occur.
    • We added a new feature that gives the ability to select your own input aspect ratio.
    • We added a new feature that enables the Livestream Procaster window to stay "Always on top." After installing Livestream Procaster, this feature is set to off by default. The ‘Always on Top’ feature can be turned on in the Preferences dialog on the Desktop Tab.

Full list of bug fixes and improvements:

    • Audio Improvements:
      • Overall audio performance has been improved.
      • Procaster was sometimes dropping audio during the start and/or finish of a broadcast. This is fixed and will no longer occur.
      • Specific Improvements have been made to improve audio for Windows XP users.
    • Supported Device Improvements:
      • Added Component RGB and Component YUV video input type support for Osprey devices.
      • Procaster was showing multiple definitions from the BlackMagic API in the dropdown source menu. This has been fixed to show the accurate definitions.
      • Procaster now supports capture devices without any audio.
    • Input Fixes:
      • Procaster was sometimes showing a camera busy error when it wasn’t in use. This has been fixed to accurately show camera status.
      • Procaster was saving input selection parameters after clicking the "Cancel" button. This has been fixed to ensure input selection parameters are reverted.
    • Broadcasting Fixes:
      • Previously the hotkeys could start a broadcast while the Preferences dialog was open. Procaster 20.3 will not allow a broadcast to start while Preferences dialog is open.
      • Procaster was sometimes stopping when a device was plugged/unplugged while broadcasting live. This has been fixed to better support plug/unplug while broadcasting
    • Aspect Ratio and Cropping:
      • The aspect ratio detection and cropping have been improved to be more accurate.

Version 20.2.69 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.2.69 is now available for download!

    • Audio improvements:
      • Removed audio ticks and stutters
      • Increased the Audio quality
      • Audio bitrates and sample-rates have been increased in higher qualities
    • Game Mode improvements:
      • DirectX 8.0 support
      • Better Unicode message support
      • Eliminate most game crashes
      • Fixed chat to ensure all formated text -including links - remain visible
    • Better overall synchronization
    • Better support during video streaming when devices are connected and disconnected
    • Better support for users during installation not running in administrator mode
    • Improved Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder Support
    • Added the ability to only record the highest quality, which is the default setting
    • Added experimental support for USB 3.0 BlackMagic devices on IBM GE620 and Lenovo ThinkPad w520
    • Added Experimental AJA Support
    • Fixed Flash Download Link to now update in procaster itself
    • RGB conversion speed improvements
    • Improved 2D/3D mode to remove inaccurate lost signal message
    • Fixed OpenGL mode to reduce earthquake effect on the video
    • Faster YUV 420 conversion
    • Graphical User Interface improvements
    • Easier to crop the video size
    • Added Headphone monitoring support which is not recommended when streaming your desktop audio

Version 20.2 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.2 is now available for download!

This version features

    • Major video and audio quality improvements with improved bit rate usage control
    • Perfect Audio/Video Synchronization live and on-demand. Previous versions had various issues with lipsync during long encoding sessions
    • Reduced CPU usage when streaming
    • Stream at higher bitrate over the same Internet connection: Improved the connection usage, so that you can utilize utilize your connection more efficiently.
    • New easy to understand status message in the control bar with suggested solutions :
      • “Perfect Streaming” means that your stream is being sent to the Livestream server perfectly. No lag and no connection or CPU issues.
      • “CPU above 80% try closing other apps or stop lower quality” means that your CPU usage is above 80% and that you should close some other applications. When your CPU reaches 100%, Procaster may stop broadcasting.
      • “Internet too slow for quality avoid shared connections or stop and lower quality” means that Procaster is not getting the full bandwidth it needs to stream and you should lower the quality of streaming in the main window.
      • “Lost internet connection. Attempting to reconnect. Local MP4 still recording.” Means that your internet connection fully dropped and that Procaster is trying to reconnect. The local recording will always keep recording.
      • The CPU usage is also now shown in the control bar now.
    • New behaviours to better handle connection bandwidth fluctuation and drops :
      • Anti lag feature - When enabled (default), it will keep the delay between you and your viewer, up to a maximum of 10 seconds. The local MP4 file recording will always have all the frames, even if anti-lag kicks in
      • Continue to encode and record locally even when the internet connection is dropped - When your internet connection suddenly drops, Procaster will continue recording and will go live again once you have regained connectivity. This can also be used to switch from one internet connection to another when experiencing an issue.
    • HD Multi-bitrate Support on browser and mobile devices:
      • You can now select qualities to stream at two, three or four bitrates at the same time (If you have enough resources - CPU/Memory/Bandwidth etc…).
      • The new Livestream Player now offers the ability for the user to select any of the streams you are publishing from Livestream Procaster.
      • When viewing your live stream on iPad and iPhone devices, the bitrate is automaticallyt selected (adaptive) based on the viewers connection and the number of qualities you are encoding from Procaster.
      • Note: This only currently works with live streams, the recorded stream will be the main default stream (typically a 450-600Kbps stream)
    • Recording of all qualities to your “My Videos” folder by default
    • Improved detection on the removal and adding of audio devices
    • Perfect audio synchronization and the recorded files can be edited in Adobe Premiere and in Final Cut Pro.
    • Color Corrector Feature : Improve colors and brightness within Procaster by enabling the color corrector feature
    • Long recordings can be played back in Windows Media Player
    • Various Graphical User Interface fixes, such as:
      • Language fixes
      • Support for multiple monitors
      • Audio mixer can now be controlled with the arrow keys when you click a volume slider


Improved Support for Certified Devices (capture card, devices and Webcam) :

    Game Mode Improvements (used to stream video games)
  1. New Features
      • -Support for Direct X 11 games
      • -Better support for Open GL games
      • -In games you can now move the HUD by pressing the hot key for it (by default it’s ctrl+5)
      • -You can close Procaster now when a game is running
      • -Text input is improved
  1. Tested single player games on Windows 7 64 bit (all of these games are the STEAM version of the game):
      • -Aliens versus Predator (DX 9 and DX 11)
      • -Amnesia: The Dark Descent
      • -Assassins Creed 2
      • -Audiosurf
      • -Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition
      • -Battlefield: Bad Company 2
      • -BIT.TRIP BEAT
      • -BIT.TRIP RUNNER
      • -Bulletstorm Demo
      • -Call of Duty: Black Ops
      • -Counter-Strike
      • -Counter-Strike: Source
      • -Counter-Strike: Source Beta
      • -Day of Defeat
      • -Dead Space 2
      • -Deathmatch Classic
      • -DogFighter
      • -Dragon Age II Dem
      • -Fallout 3
      • -Fallout: New Vegas
      • -Garry’s Mod
      • -Half-Life
      • -Half-Life 2
      • -Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
      • -Half-Life 2: Episode One
      • -Half-Life 2: Episode Two
      • -Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
      • -Half-Life Deathmatch: Source
      • -Half-Life: Blue Shift
      • -Half-Life: Opposing Force
      • -Half-Life: Source
      • -Just Cause
      • -Just Cause 2
      • -Left 4 Dead
      • -Left 4 Dead 2
      • -Machinarium (Full Screen)
      • -Medal of Honor
      • -Metro 2033 (DirectX 9, 10 and 11)
      • -Mirror’s Edge
      • -Poker Night at the Inventory
      • -Portal
      • -Portal 2
      • -Ricochet
      • -Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure
      • -Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Demo
      • -Super Meat Boy
      • -System Protocol One
      • -Team Fortress 2
      • -Team Fortress 2 Beta
      • -Team Fortress Classic
      • -The Witcher 2
      • -Trine
      • -Twin Sector
      • -Universe Sandbox
      • -World of Goo
      • -Zen Bound 2
  2. Games with known issue (doesn’t work with this version) :
      • -Hacker Evolution
      • -Hammerfight
      • -Syberia
      • -Syberia 2
      • -VVVVVV

Version 20.0.151 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.0.151 is now available for download!

This version features

- New H264 Encoder, which greatly enhances broadcasting quality for the same or lower bitrate.

- Full HD/SD support for the following certified input hardware cards, including custom input selector built-in to Procaster (No need to learn and use the device driver software to configure):

- ** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ** Blackmagic Design DeckLink Card Range (HD-SDI, HDMI, SDI, Component, Composite, S-VIDEO http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/decklink/

- Viewcast Osprey Card Range (SDI, Analog, Composite http://www.viewcast.com/products/osprey-cards)

- Improved audio-synchronization and related bug fixes

- Improved Audio Mixer Meters

- New simplified and optimized quality settings: - Mobile Quality (198 Kbps) - Normal Quality (414 Kbps) - High & Mobile – Stereo (876 Kbps) - High & Mobile – Mono (844 Kbps)

- High & Mobile sends two video streams to the Livestreams servers. The "High" stream is used for the Web player and the Mobile stream is used for Mobile playback (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry) on m.livestream.com/[channel_name] or our iPhone application.

- We will introduce, new settings including a triple stream option called: “HD, High & Mobile” once the Livestream player supports user selection of bitrate (for live and on-demand archive). The HD will 1280x720p resolution at 1.5Mbps.

- VP6 support has been permanently removed (this was a popular feature for games streams broadcasters). Based on user feedback, we now believe that this latest version of our H264 encoder provide better image quality and performance than VP6.

- New Feature to name and save or delete a recording directly from Procaster. This option is shown once you stop a live stream.

- Game streaming : New Interactive HUD with in-game chat input and Twitter

- Game streaming : We are working on supporting DirectX11 and extend the list of certified games in the next release of Procaster. Please let us know the games you would like us to certify in this forum thread : http://www.livestream.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5664

- Various bug fixes and crash fixes.

Version 20.0.95 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.0.95 is now available for download!

This version features

  • Gaming bug fix (for version 93)
  • Better High and HD H.264 qualities
  • Added new Normal+Mobile multi-bitrate setting
  • VP6 encoding
  • Automatic audio selection for certified devices
  • Quicker quality and settings changes
  • Blackmagic wizard now persists settings across qualities
  • Automatic audio sync correction for faulty devices
  • Allow only desktop broadcasting (without a camera)
  • Simpler Auto mixing (no normalization)
  • New gaming HUD technology
  • UK keyboard keys now all work
  • Login fix for users with extra long channel list
  • Miscellaneous bug and crash fixes


What to expect in next versions:

    • Wizard for Osprey card
    • New gaming HUD
    • Automated quality selection


Version 20.0.75 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.0.75 is now available for download!

New Features:

  • New User Interface highlighing certified devices
  • A wizard for easy input selection for Blackmagic cards
  • Customizable aspect ratio and size with screen broadcasting
  • Quality optimization for Webcams


Bug fixes

  • Audio mixer crash
  • Hotkey function for removing green brakets works now
  • Identified several game hooking problems (see FAQ)
  • Misc. bug and crash fixes


Known issues:

  • Some UK keyboard keys do not work
  • Audio mixer dropdowns do not receieve focus at times
  • Flash needs to be installed for chat to work


Version 20.0.65 of Procaster

Procaster version 20.0.65 is now available for download!

Features

  • All streams are H264 with AAC Audio (On2 VP6 no longer supported)
  • Highly optimized multi-core support for encoding. Procaster takes advantage of your Quad-core CPUs
  • One-click broadcast to mobile and web simultaneously. Multi-bitrate and multi-platform support.

Use the "High + Mobile Quality" to send a 700Kbps stream to the web player and a 300 Kbps to the mobile player on mobile.livestream.com/[your channel]. You will need enough bandwidth (1.5 Mbps upload) and CPU (Quad core recommended) to support this feature

  • Full real-time audio mixer with Nordic compliant PPM to monitor volume level
    • Add as many audio sources as you have
    • Auto-mix adjusts volume automatically
  • Auto-convert camera aspect ratio to 16/9 (16/9 is the default for all profiles)
  • One-button log-out and application exit. Application no longer start on computer startup as default
  • Auto-reconnect solves Firewire/DV cameras crashes when the camera is indavertently disconnected
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and more

Where to Download

  • Download the new version here!



Version 10.0.124 of Procaster

Procaster version 10.0.124 is now available for download!


Features

  • 1. Audio master volume
  • 2. Mono mixing mode
  • 3. Cropping
  • 4. 'Some audio problem' bug fix
  • 5. Misc. bug fixes

Where to Download

  • Download the new version here!

Known Issues

  • Windows XP version supports DV Cam/Speakers' mix only.


Version 10.0.114 of Procaster

Procaster version 10.0.114 is now available for download!


Features

  • 1. Improved broadcasting quality
  • 2. Option for separate preview window
  • 3. Misc. bug fixes


Where to Download

  • Download the new version here!

Known Issues

  • Windows XP version supports DV Cam/Speakers' mix only.


Version 10.0.103 of Procaster

Features

  • 1. Better iPhone support (no 'green begin', less blocking. watch on iphone.livestream.com)
  • 2. Blackmagic audio sync fix
  • 3. Misc. bug fixes
  • 4. Stream auto-restart


Known Issues

  • Game broadcast FPS default is 10

Version 10.0.96 of Procaster

Features

  • 1. iPhone support (watch on iphone.livestream.com)
  • 2. Stable XP FPS support
  • 3. Misc. bug fixes


Known Issues

  • Windows XP version supports DV Cam/Speakers' mix only.



Minimum Requirements

Minimum

  • Pentium Core 2 Duo 2Ghz or Higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • 600Kbps upload bandwidth
  • Dedicated video card, 256MB VRAM
  • Windows XP / Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher


Recommended

  • Quad Core CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1500Kbps upload bandwidth
  • Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
  • Windows Vista / Windows 7


Optimal (for HD Multi-Bitrate Streaming)

  • Quad Core i7-2600 series CPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 5000Kbps upload bandwidth
  • Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
  • Windows Vista / Windows 7



Certified Devices

The following is a list of devices tested and approved to be fully compatible and tested with Livestream Procaster:

DV Cams

Capture Cards

Webcams

Certified Capture Devices [MAC & PC]

      • Canopus ADVC110 (Video Input : Composite, S-Video. Audio Input : Analog RCA)
      • Canopus ADV1000 (Video Input : SDI. Audio Input : Embedded SDI Only)



Previous Versions

Could be found at:


Version 10.0.93 of Procaster

Features

  • 1. Dual screen support: allows screen casting from a dual screen setup
  • 2. HUD in Open GL games
  • 3. Rich auto updater
  • 4. better anti-aliasing for 2D and 3D Mix
  • 5. Higher FPS for High and HD modes
  • 6. Persist aspect ratio changes across qualities
  • 7. Misc. bug fixes (auto start, offline, memory leak, reconnect)
  • 8. Added Save logs and debug capabilities buttons



Version 1.0.84 of Procaster

Features

  • 1. Audio Mixer: Allows mixing between several sound sources.
  • 2. Auto-mix: Mixes sound according to broadcasting mode.
  • 3. Game FPS Control: Reduces stutter for high-end machines.
  • 4. Capture Card Support: Osprey, Blackmagic and many others.
  • 5. Audio-Sync: Fix for DV Cameras.
  • 6. Auto-record: Checkbox to disable server recording.
  • 7. Misc. bug fixes.


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