TriCaster Mini HD-4 In-Depth
Photoshop Blending Modes
Choose any of the standard Adobe Photoshop blending modes to combine mix/effect layers and enhance production value with more sophisticated layering, compositing, and creative effects.
Advanced Rendering Engine
Optimized processing for image sampling, downscaling and warping producing high-quality video images and cleaner, better-looking video.
Move between shots creatively, with hundreds of industry-standard wipes, dissolves, and more. Apply transitions both to primary sources and all DSK and Key layers for fully customizable visual presentation.
Raise production values beyond any standard system, with custom-created Animation Store Transitions. Reinforce your brand with your logo or signature visuals, embedded into transitions via full-color animated overlays, along with individual sounds for transitioning in and out.
Add another dimension to animated transitions with imaginative effects, like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D warping, and transformations, to create a visual that will leave your audience in awe - and others wondering how you did it.
With fine-tuned controls and a remarkably forgiving keyer algorithm, TriCaster's powerful, real-time keying system, LiveMatte, provides phenomenal green-screen compositing, layered effects, and virtual set possibilities with top-quality results at a fraction of the cost of dedicated chroma keying systems.
Live Virtual Sets
Transform any location and raise the production value (along with the credibility) of your presentation. Each TriCaster provides professional studio sets suitable for any show - news, sports, talk, entertainment, and more - and the ability to add your own live sources to keep it real.
Virtual Camera Moves
Bring your virtual environment to life with animated virtual camera moves. Adjust shot framing on the fly with manual pan, zoom and pedestal movements, or zip from one preset shot, to another without touching the camera.
Create a customized virtual environment from any real-world location. Turn panoramic images taken with your smartphone, DSLR or even point-and-shoot camera into a photorealistic virtual set, using the companion TriCaster VSE 2.5 software (sold separately).
Multiple guests and presenters can share the screen simultaneously, even when they are in different locations. TriCaster includes a variety of box effects that correspond with virtual sets for a cohesive visual presentation.
Automatic Media Retrieval
TriCaster automatically locates and populates session media, even when drive settings have changed - saving valuable time typically spent searching for missing media and rebuilding sessions, and lessening the burden on operators to maintain a large volume and assortment of assets.
Create basic highlight clips for instant playback and publishing with shortcut commands that insert the last 4 seconds of program output into your choice of DDR playlists, the Publish queue, or both.
Go end-to-end with zero signal degradation. TriCaster processes signals at their native resolution, meaning no in-between down conversion or up conversion that can affect image quality.
Observe incoming camera feeds, media sources and output without an expensive, space-eating bank of monitors. You can even customize your workspace to align with your preferred view of the action.
Individually customize each multi-view preview monitor, adjusting on the fly for fine-tuned workflow or simply for observation.
Real-time feedback in the form of color-coded visual indicators provides live cues while a production is in progress. Easily see which cameras are currently on-air, how long before a clip finishes playing, the active M/E, and more.
Built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope displays allow you to calibrate your signals to be broadcast-compliant and perform other valuable tasks, such as matching color characteristics of multiple cameras.
Keep tabs on production time with a primary clock matched to the current time code, as well as a secondary countdown clock matched to the custom-configured Start and End times, and hit every mark your show needs to hit.
Work with a wide range of video sources, while eliminating concerns about signal timing, thanks to TriCaster's internal Frame Sync. If your setup requires ultra-low latency, such as IMAG, you can toggle Frame Sync off (genlock required).
Connect external tally lights or similar devices used for visual cues, and allow talent and crew to see the input currently selected on the Program row of TriCaster.
Choose the thumbnail image that represents a clip in DDRs and the Media Browser, including distinctive, individual thumbnail images for duplicate clips.
Quad Monitor Support
Drive up to four local monitors and video screens — the User Interface and Multi-view displays, plus two video-only display ports for additional monitors or projectors. Each display port features advanced scaling, frame-rate processing, and an independently selectable output signal, increasing flexibility for multi-screen monitoring and output.
Set up and store session settings in reusable templates to jump right to your custom configuration during pre-show activities.
Proc Amp Controls
Make sub-par sources look better—and all of them perfectly consistent. Adjust color characteristics and levels for input sources: brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation, as well as White Balance settings, provide a quick-fix for visuals and boost the look of your brand.
A timesaver on every level. Configure M/Es, LiveSet shots, transitions, media players and more with your most frequently used setups and content. Presets include multiple slots for instant access to your preferred assets, even while live.
Fine-tuning at your fingertips. Adjust every camera input, stored source, virtual set, clip and transition to your specifications. From positioning and speed controls, to sound levels and color correction, TriCaster's configuration options are extensive, easy-to-use, and customizable to your particular needs.
Session Format Support
Configure once, then produce that program to those exact specifications every time. TriCaster supports live production in all industry-standard interlaced and progressive scan formats up to 1080p, with a variety of frame rates to choose from.
Key & Fill
Layering, external CG, images, graphics—even off-board chroma keying systems—any source that has an alpha channel can pair with another source (whether internal or external) to add depth, remove color backgrounds, and create layered effects.
Use the UI to link switcher and M/E source rows together in color-coded groups to streamline your simultaneous actions on multiple sources and multiple outputs. Make instant, accurate adjustments, and fewer mistakes.
Configure TriCaster's secondary output as the alpha matte for key/fill purposes with downstream devices.
Queue Active Recordings
Add local or shared ISO recordings to DDR playlists and the Publish queue while recording is in progress. Trim, playback or export even as recording and live production continues for instantaneous access to the content being captured - locally or remotely - for playback, publishing or post production.
Export Active Recordings
Export active ISO recordings to local storage or FTP while recording is in progress - and let post production staff begin working with recorded content as soon as the program begins to reduce turnaround time.
Multi-Format ISO Recording
Record multiple channels of video direct to disk with independently selectable file format on all channels, and effectively eliminate racks of recording and transcoding equipment. Capture multiple versions of program output simultaneously or retain multi-camera source footage for archive or post-production use.
Send Recording to Playlist
The Add to Playlist record panel command enables instant turnaround of in-show content, making recorded clips available for immediate playback from DDR playlists.
Recording specialized sub-mixes of your live production that you can repurpose at will. Set your record source to any M/E, and capture an alternate cut of your live show, an uninterrupted feed of a select composition, or even an identical program with different branding.
Streaming Profile Manager
The hub for all of your streaming activity, the Streaming Profile Manager gives you direct access to configuration settings, presets, and an in-system Web browser to get your live stream up, running, and out to the world.
Connect, test, preview and monitor your live stream using the built-in Web Browser. See the stream as your audience sees it without leaving the system, or having to rely on a secondary workstation.
Stream File Archive
TriCaster automatically writes every live stream to a Web-ready video file, making it easy to post online for on-demand viewing, or archive immediately following the live event.
Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with a simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.
Simultaneous HD/SD Output
Produce and record content in HD and SD simultaneously, with configurable output resolutions.
Produce a multi-camera show and send the primary feed from the main switcher for live output and audience consumption.
M/E Submix Out
Double your output and audience opportunities by switching two shows simultaneously, or producing a secondary feed for post-show repurposing, with the ability to output an M/E sub-mix.
Social Media Share Panel
Take over second and third screens with built-in social media sharing. Real-time publishing instantly links you with all of your social networks - like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube� - so you can share, distribute, and engage instantly, even when you don't have a dedicated social media producer on site.
FTP & File Copy
Duplicate and transfer saved files and recordings for internal and external distribution, getting content to the people that need it, more quickly and efficiently.
Prepare recorded files for publishing, creating in and out points on the frames of preference, and then uploading to the desired destination for internal use or external viewing.
Pre- & Postproduction
Virtual Set Editor (Optional)
Create the bigger, professional-looking studio you've always wanted, without construction costs or even floor space. Virtual Set Editor 2.5 software lets you customize live virtual sets and load them into TriCaster to enhance every program, captivate your viewers, and dramatically raise your production value-no matter how small your studio space is, or what it looks like.
Convert any file into a TriCaster-friendly format with the included SpeedHQ codec pack. With this free download, you can outfit every workstation in your facility with the ability to deliver files that are a better fit for live playback.
Live Text CG
Brand your show the way every major network does by building custom title templates and graphics to unmistakably identify your program. Use the built-in LiveText CG application, and you can use TriCaster to keep them updated live.