Choosing a laptop is a very big purchase and one that we can directly help. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Striv Support with any questions or for recommendations based on your schools exact goals and needs.
For almost all schools we recommend an Apple MacBook Pro. In our testing the entry level MacBook Pro, while adequate, does struggle to handle all but the most basic Wirecast setups so we recommend at least the mid range 13" MacBook Pro.
For more ambitious schools we recommend the 15" MacBook Pro due to the addition of dedicated graphics, better cooling, and additional RAM.
Some schools may choose to use a Windows based machine. For those schools we recommend looking for specific hardware specifications and we have a few recommended brands.
Hardware Specifications to look for
|CPU||Intel i5 2.3-3.8GHz||Intel i5 2.3-4.0GHz||Intel i7 2.2-4.1GHz|
|Memory||4/8 GB||8/16 GB||16 GB|
|Storage||128 GB SSD||128+ GB SSD||256+ GB SSD|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics||Nvidia/Radion||Nvidia GTX (1050+)|
The minimum specifications will be able to handle a minimal setup in Wirecast but may have problems handling anything beyond a simple camera feed with the scoreboard. We recommend looking at Dell or Lenovo for a minimum laptop.
The recommended will be able to handle most complex Wirecast setups such as playing media files, transitions, overlaying images, and video over a camera feed. However the recommended computer will fall short of being able to comfortably handle multiple camera feeds. We recommend looking at Dell or Lenovo for a recommended laptop.
The ambitious camera, after some configuration, will be able to handle multiple camera feeds. The biggest concern is keeping the laptop cool but a laptop with the ambitious specifications will make quick work of almost everything Wirecast can throw at it. We recommend looking at either Lenovo or Razer for an ambitious laptop.
We only recommend desktop computers for the most devoted schools. Laptops are much quicker to set up and easier to transport. However there are some reasons schools may consider using a desktop computer.
- Multiple Camera setups are easier to achieve
- If setup/teardown is not a factor
- More screen real-estate is available to create elaborate streams
For schools wanting to use a desktop computer we ask that you contact Striv Support to discuss the options available and the individual goals and needs of your school.