Webcaster X2 Change Log

What’s new

Release 2.23.60 (March 2020)

  • Meridix integration with Webcaster X2 is available, which supports live streaming sports events of any size.

Release 2.23.17 (August 2019)

  • We introduced a fix to stabilize streaming to YouTube.

Release 2.23 (August 2019)

  • We improved how USB cameras work with Webcaster X2.
  • You can now set the encoding resolution and bitrate for third party apps from the Webcaster X2 Preferences.
  • The live preview snapshot that displays on the encoder’s Status page in AV Studio is optimized.

Release 2.22 (May 2019)

  • BeLive integration with Webcaster X2 is available, which supports dynamic lower thirds, transparent images, and bringing in multiple people for remote interview-style broadcasts to Facebook Live.

Release 2.21 (March 2019)

  • Webcaster X2 now streams to Facebook using RTMPS.
  • Added support for YouTube pairing codes that are 9 characters long.
  • Improved the performance streaming to Twitch.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the app to crash when streaming to YouTube.

Release 2.21 (March 2019) Mandatory for Facebook going forward.

  • RTMPS for Facebook Live as required starting April
  • Improved support for 9-characters YouTube pairing code
  • Improvements for Twitch streaming
  • Improved error handling in YouTube app

Release 2.20 (February 2019)

  • We increased the bitrate so you can stream and upload recordings to AV Studio at 8000 kbps.
  • We added the responsive bitrate (Beta) feature so you can control how Webcaster X2 handles frames when there’s a drop in the available bandwidth.

Release 2.17 (September 2018)

  • We’ve opened the Webcaster X2 API. Now third-party apps can integrate with Webcaster X2.
  • Switchboard Cloud multistreaming platform integration with Webcaster X2 is available.
  • Other third-party integrations Blue Frame and Babyflix aren’t yet available and will become available at the discretion of the owners of those third-party applications.

Release 2.14 (April 2018)

  • You can now use your Twitch login credentials to pair Webcaster X2 to your Twitch channel page. Note that the pairing method of manually pasting the Twitch stream key directly on to Webcaster X2’s pairing web page will be obsoleted in a future release.
  • We’ve added support for captive networks. You can now select a captive WiFi network from Webcaster X2’s Settings and enter the captive network’s login credentials from Webcaster X2’s Preferences. The captive network must have enough constant bandwidth to support live streaming (i.e. 2 Mb/s to 4 Mb/s).

Release 2.12 (February 2018)

  • Support was added for streaming to a Twitch channel page.
  • We’ve added a new keyboard shortcut. Press the space bar to start and stop streaming using a connected USB keyboard when your Webcaster X2 is paired to one of the streaming platform apps. The space bar starts and stops recording when Webcaster X2 is paired with your AV Studioteam.
  • The M key no longer starts and stops streaming when a USB keyboard is connected to Webcaster X2. Press M to turn multisource mode ON and OFF when you have a USB camera (Beta) and an HDMI source connected to the encoder.

Release 2.10 (November 2017)

  • Support was added for AV Studio, a cloud-based video production platform designed for low touch live event recordings.

  • A new option was added under Preferences to choose between using an EDID that includes interlaced signals and one that does not. This is for camera compatibility only.

  • Change the platforms that can be selected using the multi-function power button. By default, the multi-function power button cycles through all three platforms (YouTube, Facebook Live, and AV Studio).

  • Better HDMI compatibility.

Release 2.8 (October 2017)

  • Streaming to Facebook Live at 1080p
  • Better compatibility with PAL cameras at 25 and 50 Hz

Release 2.7 (September 2017)

  • Significant streaming performance improvement (addressing dropped frames)
  • You can now start and stop streaming with the Space bar on connected keyboard
    (starting the multicamera mode for USB cameras moved to the M key)
  • EDID update to improve Canon camera support

Release 2.6 (August 2017)

  • Fixed issue where all Facebook live streams appeared to come from Palo Alto, CA
    (streams no longer have a “location” associated with them)
  • Improved HDMI performance at boot up

Release 2.5 (August 2017)

  • Added support for 48 kHz audio

Release 2.3 (June 2017)

  • Initial firmware, launch of Webcaster X2