Newtek Tricaster: Adding Text with LiveText

The Newtek Tricaster is the latest installation from the manufacturer that allows small production houses and players to be on a level playing field with the big boys. It is a small and compact HD production studio turnkey system that fits right in your backpack. The NewTek Tricaster offers you everything that you need including a multi-input switcher, green screen keyer, virtual set generator, real-time streaming system and other options to give you a full production studio.

The following looks at how to add text to your project with the LiveText feature of the Tricaster in the following discussion.

Step 1: Launch a LiveText Project

You will launch a LiveText project by navigating to the Session Page on the Tricaster Startup Screen. On this page, you will proceed to create a new LiveText session. You may also choose to open an existing LiveText session. Next, you will click on the “Graphics” icon provided on the rotating function selector ring. Following which, you should be able to see options and links on the right side.

The LiveText feature always employs the current session settings to generate an output to Tricaster and any new projects that are created from within the LiveText File menu. This holds true for new projects that are created from the Session Page and bitmap file exports as well. LiveText continuously generates and sends output to Tricaster outputs. Thus, the Live Display pane and other allied tools will never appear in TriCaster’s LiveText interface. Rather, they will appear in the upper-right side in LiveText.

Also, please note that whenever LiveText is running, the video output rows of Tricaster will always conform to the LiveText session format. Understanding the above will help you in configuring Sessions, Projects and Display.

Step 2: Add Text and Titles

You can prepare text and titles in LiveText that can correspond to either static or dynamic pages. A static page, being sent as live, will convert to a “Title Page” file. This file is characterized by the extension: “.cgxml”. Dynamic pages that are made live are automatically stored as bitmap animation files (with an .avi file extension) and may be used for playback.

Step 3: Create and Edit Pages

You will create and edit pages using the page edit window and can also generate LiveText by importing PSDs from Photoshop. But, be aware that all PSD layers flatten on import by LiveText.

You can use the loop and scroll options to create marquees and crawls. It is also advisable to look into the huge collection of 99 completely editable and customizable templates included with LiveText. This will save you a lot of hard work and keep you from always starting from scratch. The collection includes almost every imaginable preset ranging from full screen promos to lower third elements. You can also employ them as pre-made pages and turn them into static and dynamic components that can directly be made live after a few minor tweaks.