Wowza ClearCaster
Bringing Broadcast Quality to Facebook Live

Highest Quality

Publish to the premium transcoding tier of Facebook Live—the infrastructure Facebook built for premium content providers.

Built for Professional Productions

Rack-mountable, 6G SDI input, remote manager and frame-accurate starts for a professional production.

Bulletproof Reliability & Redundancy

End-to-end redundancy and real-time stream monitoring with auto-adjustment ensures the most reliable broadcasts.

ClearCaster Workflow

Wowza ClearCaster Simulcast Workflow

Simulcast with ClearCaster

 

ClearCaster allows you to simulcast beyond Facebook Live to Wowza Streaming Cloud, ensuring you can reach audiences wherever they watch.

 

1080p streaming from Facebook Live encoder

Highest Quality on Facebook Live

 
  • The only way to broadcast crystal-clear 1080p to any page on Facebook Live.
  • Easily encodes 360° and VR video to create breathtaking experiences for viewers.
  • Includes x264 for encoding high-quality, Facebook Live HD video and is VP9 and H.265-ready.
  • Access to the premium transcoding tier of Facebook Live for publishing via two additional output renditions (1080p and 144p) and support for up to 60fps video. 
Professional Facebook Live production

Built for Professional Productions

 
  • Remotely manage ClearCaster through Wowza ClearCaster Manager, including the ability to start/stop streams, adjust settings, configure redundancy and many other features.
  • The only way to create frame-accurate starts for your live broadcasts and a VOD asset that starts playing immediately.
  • Rack-mountable Facebook Live Encoder with 6G SDI input for seamless compatibility in your high-end, multiple camera production workflows.
  • Fine-tuned encoding for high-motion video enables you to execute your streaming workflows with encoding that's designed for 60fps content.
ClearCaster Facebook Live encoder redundancy

Bulletproof Reliability & Redundancy

 
  • Ensure end-to-end redundancy—including power, encoding, network and ingest points—with automatic fail-over from multiple ClearCasters.
  • Real-time communication of stream health data and automatic adjustment of encoding settings, thanks to the deepest integration with Facebook’s persistent API.
  • New health monitoring metrics include real-time bitrate performance both coming out of the appliance as well as being ingested into Facebook.
  • Ensure the best quality and highest reliability on Facebook Live without repetitive, manual setup or the need for highly technical resources.
Facebook Video Engagement

Titling and Graphics

 
  • ClearCaster integrates with any browser-based media source to add professional production and branding to your broadcast.
  • Insert custom-designed graphics, polls, comments and more into your streams to reflect your brand identity.
  • Vidpresso is Wowza’s recommended third-party tool for adding graphic overlays to your Wowza ClearCaster broadcasts
  • Receive a free standard graphics package when using Vidpresso with your Wowza ClearCaster.
A/V Inputs
1 x 6G SDI/HD/Ultra HD, or
1 x HDMI 2.0a
Supported Capture Input
Up to 2160p30, 4k (interlaced video supported)
A/V Outputs
2 x HDMI
Encoding
Video: 1080p30 and 1080p60 (VP9 ready)
AAC @ 48KHz
Auto configure redundant encoders
Streaming
Auto configuration with Facebook Live
Second Stream available to simulcast via Wowza Streaming Cloud
Network
1 GB Ethernet
Display
Built-in LCD screen with button controls
Size
1RU, rack-mountable
Power
200W internal power supply
When can I expect my order to ship?

In most countries your ClearCaster will ship in three to five business days after your order date.


We will notify you of an estimated shipping date as we get closer to shipping; once your order has shipped, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking details. You can always find the latest shipping information in the My Orders tab of your Wowza account.

Can I cancel my order if I change my mind?

No. Wowza has a "no returns or cancellations" policy for ClearCaster sales.

What kind of support is included?

ClearCaster hardware maintenance and support includes access to:

• Regular software updates, which include use of new Facebook Live API functionality.
• 24x7 | 365 support via phone, online or chat.
• Hardware device replacement, if determined necessary by support.

What happens if my unit breaks?
Do not try to open or repair the ClearCaster unless instructed by Wowza, as this may void the hardware warranty. Instead please contact Wowza support; they will help troubleshoot your issue. If Wowza determines your issue is hardware-related and covered by the ClearCaster warranty, you will be issued a replacement ClearCaster device.
What can I use as inputs?

ClearCaster will accept any uncompressed HDMI or SDI input.

Why should I keep my ClearCaster software up to date?

You should always keep your ClearCaster software up-to-date. This will ensure the best performance and access to the latest Facebook Live streaming features.

What terms and conditions apply to my purchase of ClearCaster devices?

The ClearCaster Sales Agreement (available at www.wowza.com/legal) exclusively governs the sale of ClearCaster devices. Customer purchase orders and similar documents are disclaimed by Wowza and do not apply to ClearCaster device purchases.

Additional software license agreements will govern use of software included on the ClearCaster device.

A Facebook account is needed to stream content to Facebook Live.

How are ClearCaster devices shipped?

Wowza will ship ClearCaster devices to you by air, FOB Wowza place of shipment (for U.S. destinations) or EXW Wowza place of shipment, Incoterms® 2010 (for international shipments). You are responsible for all insurance, tax, duties, freight, and export and customs clearance as applicable. See the ClearCaster Sales Agreement for more information.

What People Are Saying

Reviews & Awards

Best Encoder of 2017

Review: Live X, Ready Take Live

The most innovative thing to happen in live encoding in 2017, Wowza Clearcaster is the first-ever encoder made in partnership with Facebook for Facebook Live.

Broadcast Quality With Worry-Free Operation

Review: Digital Trends

ClearCaster gives Facebook Live videos the broadcast quality that phones lack.

The Wowza Ultimate Guide to Facebook Live Streaming

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The Facebook Live Streaming Benchmark Report

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Request a Demo

 

Your demonstration includes:

  • Simple initial setup.
  • Starting new streams in seconds.
  • Managing streaming from a Facebook account.
  • Talent View and Countdown to Live functionality.