British developer Vara Software has released Wirecast 2.0, the latest version of its Webcasting solution. This upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger," which enables users to create transitions with the operating systemis Core Image technology and lets them search their Webcast files with Spotlight. Tiger also includes a graphical composition tool called Quartz Composer, which Wirecast users can employ to drop OpenGL-based effects into their Webcasts.
Wirecast 2.0 also leverages the improvements in QuickTime 7, which is included with Tiger and which features scalable H.264 compression technology. Other changes in this upgrade include support for multiple output streams at different bit-rates, a real-time chroma key solution for using blue or green screens in broadcasts and more.
Upgrades are US$149.99 while the full version of Wirecast 2.0 is $449.99. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.5 or higher (v10.4 recommended), QuickTime or Darwin Streaming Server 4.1.3 or later, a video card that supports Quartz Extreme and a G3 processor (G4 or G5 recommended) running 500MHz or faster.