Newtek Tricaster: The Easiest Way to Make Live TV

NewTek TriCaster was made with the small live production team in mind. The system is extremely portable and can be set up virtually anywhere, allowing small production crews to film in areas where they cannot bring in a production truck. TriCaster is so efficient that a small team or even a single person will be able to efficiently use this product.

Live Camera

One of the features of Tricaster is the Live Camera, which allows users to upload live content almost immediately by hooking up the camera to TriCaster’s front panel. This allows users to create component, SD-SDI (serial digital interface), Y/C (or S-Video, Super Video) or composite video, which can then be broadcasted to the web or a project. Or, users can send their clips to video.

Live Virtual Sets

If a user is filming on the fly, it is sometimes hard to set up a sophisticated set. Plus, oftentimes, users are located in extremely small spaces that will not allow for such things to be added anyway.

With TriCaster, users can create virtual sets that look just as real, and in some cases better than, set. This is done via well-positioned lights and a green or blue matting. If a matting cannot be quickly put up, users should just find a solid blue or green background against which a person can be filmed. Set up the camera so that it is filming just the person, and try to not get any extraneous objects.

Once the set is established, users can then change out the background into one of the LiveSet virtual sets, and these virtual sets are created with true 3D technology. Or, users can add their own artwork or photographs, which can be substituted for the green or blue background. Further, users can change the angle of their camera without ever touching camera. Within LiveSet, options are available that allow users to zoom into the subject, switch camera angles or even change focal length, including changing it to wide, telephoto and medium.

Adding Titles

Users can add titles to their work just like professional studios, except that this can be done remotely. TriCaster comes with preinstalled templates within the Overlay feature that can be customized based on the user’s need, which is done via a click-and-replace text option.

Further, users can add preinstalled graphics or create their own, which can be placed nearly anywhere within the live broadcast. For example, if a particular live broadcast is part of a series, users can add the logo for that broadcast and put the series number to indicate where it belongs in the set.

Another feature of the TriCaster Overly is the ability to create graphics and templates in other programs and then import them into TriCaster. These can then be further edited and text can be added in the Edit Text feature. For example, if a user had created a logo in Photoshop, he does not need to recreate it in TriCaster; he just needs to import it.