When we left off, I’d completed the vMix GO product and built a sales channel for vMix. It didn’t take long for the next opportunity. Wirecast was originally developed in 2004. There wasn’t much video streaming then, though RealMedia and Quicktime offered ways to get video onto the Internet. The key issue was broadband adoption, growing rapidly following the dotcom boom/bust. Sometime later, the developers of Wirecast took a buyout and joined Telestream.
To be fair, Wirecast handled streaming very well and did a lot with a unique interface. To be realistic, it was a nightmare to use in anything other then as a backend single input in/out to web engine. Live switching, titling, etc resulted in a lot of unstable workflows. v5 was better and v6 even more. But with v7, the product really took a turn for the better and finally became a robust interface for live production. Everything important was on a single screen, stability was vastly improved and new features were rivaling systems like the Newtek TriCaster.