ClearCaster Named 2017 Best Encoder by Ready Take Live

December 21, 2017 – Golden, Colo. – Wowza is proud to announce that the Wowza ClearCasterTM appliance was named 2017 Best Encoder by “Ready Take Live” (RTL). ClearCaster was selected for this honor for its enhanced quality, stability and interactivity of streaming to Facebook Live, as compared to other encoders debuted this year.

“The best part about it is that you can start your Facebook Live show as soon as you are live,” notes Rob Baynard, host of RTL. “I've never seen a live video on Facebook that starts right when the talent does. ClearCaster makes this possible; that's a game changer. … Eliminating the minutes of slate from the top of the video should make the video gain more reach and engagement.”

“We’re honored to be recognized by the producers and editors of Ready Take Live,” says Anthony Lazaro, senior director of product at Wowza Media Systems. “Our teams have labored hard to create a product that delivers more than just stable streams to Facebook Live, but also provides added functionality for both talent and producers to make their jobs easier and have a real connection with audiences worldwide.”

Designed in collaboration with Facebook, the ClearCaster appliance is built from the ground up to ensure successful broadcasts on Facebook Live, from any workflow. The appliance offers many innovative and differentiated ways to engage with new and existing audiences on Facebook, including:

  • The ability to see comments and Live Reactions from followers, so you can react to them in real time and tailor your content on the fly.
  • Talent View functionality, allowing on-camera personalities to see exactly what their followers see.
  • An integrated countdown clock that cues the exact moment your stream goes live, eliminating awkward pauses for you and your viewers.

As a single, rack-mountable appliance, ClearCaster makes it easy to connect an editing system or live feed to the internet, and immediately authenticate to publish on Facebook Live. ClearCaster includes inputs for SDI and HDMI connections to easily deliver directly from HD cameras and other professional equipment.

To find out all of the features of the award-winning Wowza Clearcaster, visit

About Ready Take Live
Together, with the team at Live X, Ready Take Live is produced at the Hudson Yards 4K Studio. Its premise is pure love and celebration of broadcast technology. During each episode, Host Rob Baynard offers educational insight into live streaming's past, present and future, as well as expert advice on choosing the right gear for beautiful 4k streaming across multiple platforms. Watch the latest episode and tune in every Friday by subscribing to the Live X YouTube page.