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NewTek TriCaster 40

NewTek TriCaster 40

The path to high-quality video can be challenging when you’re diving into live production or figuring out how to stream live shows on a budget. Meet the all-in-one, multi-camera video production solution that’s simple and affordable enough for anyone with limited funds.

TriCaster 40 lets professionals and novices alike create streaming television, or air broadcast-quality video on the Web and mobile devices?quickly and easily. For television stations, schools, offices, and production startups that don't have access to an SDI infrastructure, TriCaster 40 is a simple solution for creating real-time productions of events and shows and streaming truly professional video programs to the Web. Just plug in cameras and audio, and start creating.


  • Professional component connectivity and essential formats that are ideal for full HD web streaming, basic broadcast and beyond
  • Go live, right out of the box, with off-the-shelf HD cameras
  • Broadcast, stream, project and record—within minutes
  • Television-style virtual sets, moving backgrounds, effects and graphics
  • A/V cart-and-carry portability
  • Option to add hardware control surface for professional operation and intuitive on-air production

Fast Setup. Easy to Use.

Just plug in, power on, and you’re up and running with your very own show in no time.


TriCaster 40 Features

All-in-one Live Production.

Mix cameras, video, graphics, audio, titles, network sources and now, even custom animated effects. No other hardware required.


TriCaster 40 Features

On-budget HD.

The same formats used in broadcast television, with video connections that let you use HD cameras in your price range.


TriCaster 40 Features

Travel-size.

Whether across campus or across town, the portable TriCaster fits anywhere you have a tabletop or A/V cart.


TriCaster 40 Features

Web-ready.

Choppy, grainy online video is a thing of the past. Go HD directly to the Web with one-button live streaming.


TriCaster 40 Features

Television-style Sets and Backgrounds.

Turn even the tiniest production space into a lifelike virtual studio with real-time moving backgrounds.


TriCaster 40 Features

Creative Tools.

Transitions. Animated effects. Full-screen graphics. Titles. Picture-in-picture. Customize your show with network-quality design.


TriCaster 40 Features
NewTek TriCaster 40 Interface

  • Live Desktop Monitors
    Preview internal and external video sources in real time, with built-in audio meters.

  • Network Sources
    Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network as TriCaster.

  • DDR (Digital Disk Recorder)
    Load and playback your own stored video clips, video packages and pre-produced motion graphics in a wide range of media file formats.

  • Graphics
    Add titles, images and graphics to your show, importing your own original artwork, choosing from a variety of included templates, or building new designs using the included LiveText application.

  • Preview Monitor
    View the source selected on the Preview row, which becomes the video output upon pressing Take for a cut, or pressing Auto for a transition.

  • Program Monitor
    View the source selected on the Program row, which is also the video output signal for broadcast, live stream, projector and/or record.

  • Recording
    Capture your live production as a full resolution video file to show later or save for your archive.

  • Live Streaming
    Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web at the touch of a button. TriCaster 40 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p.

  • Live Production Switcher
    Switch between 14 video channels, including external video and network sources, internal media sources, and virtual inputs.

  • Transitions
    Use dynamic effects to change shots and apply graphics. Independent settings for each video layer let you mix and match transitions for the base video and both downstream keys.

  • TransWarp Effects
    Enhance your show using animated transitions and effects with full-color overlays, embedded audio, and 3D warping of video. Animation Store Creator is also included to build custom transitions and effects.

  • Virtual Inputs
    Setup virtual sets, layer live elements, create picture-in-picture effects, and more, from any available live and stored video sources, and assign the composite effect to a single switcher button.

  • Live Virtual Sets
    Get the look of a network-style studio with built-in virtual sets in a variety of styles and settings. Sets include multiple angles, virtual camera shot presets and animated zoom control for realistic presentation.

  • Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
    Enjoy clear, crisp audio with adjustable audio controls for internal and external sources, plus stream and master outputs.

Switcher Channels

14 – 6 external, 4 internal, 4 virtual inputs

Video Input

4 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of HD Component, SD Component, Y/C or Composite and supported resolutions


  • Each input includes integrated frame synchronizer
  • Independent keying, cropping, Proc Amp and white balance controls per input
  • BNC connectivity

Network Sources

2 simultaneous live sources via Gigabit connection, selectable from any networked computer or Apple® AirPlay® device


  • Independent keying, cropping, Proc Amp and white balance controls per input

Media

3 integrated digital media sources for video and graphics: DDR and GFX x 2


  • LiveText character generator for custom titles and graphics
  • Independent keying, cropping, Proc Amp and white balance controls per source

Virtual Inputs

4 independent, mix/effect-style channels supporting multi-source compositions, virtual sets, double-box effects and more


  • 3 configurable sources per channel, each with independent positioning, scaling and cropping, including upstream keyer with DVE and transition controls

Downstream Key

2 downstream keyers, each with independent DVE, transition controls, positioning and scaling

Video Layers

Up to 5 layers on-screen simultaneously

Effects and Transitions

Integrated TransWarp effects engine on all effects channels supports standard transitions, customizable animation store transitions with audio, and overlay effects


  • Animation Store Creator for custom animations
  • Supports per-pixel alpha blending between sources and real-time 3D warping of video or graphics

Virtual Sets

24 HD live virtual sets, with multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, specular highlights, animated zoom and presets

Video Output

A/V output signal through up to 5 output connections


  • 2 x Analog BNC configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite (Program and SD-only AUX)
  • Network output for live streaming

Recording

Native recording in resolutions up to 1080p


  • Record source selectable from among Program, Aux, or any individual camera input
  • Encoding format selectable from among QuickTime®, MPEG-2 (high or normal profile), AVI (Speed HQ), and H.264 (high or Web-quality)

Recording Capacity

Accommodates ~ 20 hours 1080i or ~ 120 hours 480i via internal drive in QuickTime format


  • Capacity expandable using external media drives

Live Streaming

HD live streaming via Adobe® Flash® or Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull

Audio Inputs

1/4” Mono (Mic) RCA x 2 Stereo L/R (Line)

Audio Outputs

RCA x 2 Stereo L/R 1/4” Stereo (phones)

Audio Mixing

Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, effects, output, stream and headphones

Supported Formats

NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480i (16:9), 480i (4:3)
Multi-Standard model: NTSC-J; PAL 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576i (16:9), 576i (4:3) selections

Playback Media Formats

AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1, 2, all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM, PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF, AIFF, MP3, WAV, and more, with Import Media application for batch import with optional transcoding of files (including Apple ProRes)

Export Media Formats

Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more


  • Presets for Non-Linear Editors: Adobe Premiere®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, and more
  • Presets for mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more

Monitoring

DVI, VGA and HDMI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview preview, with selectable layouts

Signal Monitoring

Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709

Processing

Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 2 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point

System Physical

10.4 x 8.5 x 17.5 in (26.4 x 21.6 x 44.5 cm)
19 lbs (8.6 kg)

TriCaster 40 System Diagram

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TriCaster Compare Chart Download

Feature
TriCaster 8000
TriCaster 460
TriCaster 410
TriCaster Mini HD-4sdi
TriCaster Mini HD-4i
TriCaster Mini HD-4
TriCaster 40
Video Format
HD/SD
HD/SD
HD/SD
HD/SD
HD/SD
HD/SD
HD/SD
Digital I/O (SDI)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Digital I/O (HDMI)
-
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
Analog I/O (Component,
Composite, Y/C)
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Camera Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
External Video Router Support
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Switcher Channels
24
16
16
16
16
16
14
External Switcher Video Sources
10
6
6
6
6
6
6
Internal Switcher Video Sources
5 + Black
5 + Black
5 + Black
5 + Black
5 + Black
5 + Black
3 + Black
Re-Entrant M/E Buses
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
Standard M/E Buses
-
4
4
4
4
4
-
M/E-Style Virtual Inputs
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
Output Connections (max)
14
11
7
6 + Case Display
6 + Case Display
6
5
Recording Channels (max)
8
4
4
4
4
4
1
Base Recording Capacity (HD)
~70 hrs
~70 hrs
~70 hrs
~30 hrs
~30 hrs
~15 hrs
~20 hrs
Animation Buffers
10
5
-
-
-
-
-
Still & Title Buffers
5
10
15
15
15
15
-
Live Virtual Sets
30+
30+
30+
30+
30+
30+
24
Media Publishing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
IsoCorder™ Recording Technology
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
TransWarp Effects
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Animation Store Transitions
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Holographic Live Virtual Set Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Macros
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Hot Spots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Real-Time Motion Tracking
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
MIDI Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Avid® Artist Mix Audio Control Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Apple® AirPlay® Device Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-View Monitoring
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Individually Configurable Multi-View Monitor Viewports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Frame Sync Toggle
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Genlock
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
Tally Connector
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-

Network Output

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-

Supplemental HDMI Output

Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-

Supplemental Display Ports

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-

Built-In WiFi

-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
-

Built-In Bluetooth

-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
-

Case Display

-
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Included Storage (internal)
3TB
3TB
3TB
2 x 750GB
2 x 750GB
750GB
1TB
Removable Drive Bays
4
1
-
-
-
-
-
Redundant PSU
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Hardware Fail-Safe
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
Software Fail-Safe
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
System Mirroring
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Form Factor
4U Rack Mount
2U Rack Mount
2U Rack Mount
Mini
Mini
Mini
Desktop