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Live video production has evolved dramatically into a new generation of programming. The days of programs being delivered to a single channel for one-time viewing are over. Now, audiences can view on multiple screens, on-demand, online, and social media platforms—whenever they want. With this radical shift, producers understand they must engage viewers when and where they are ready; with the compelling, supplementary content they demand.
TriCaster 8000, with its included hardware control surface, is a complete live production and media publishing solution. It's built to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape of video production, so you can unleash the potential of your media strategy with unprecedented versatility.
It starts with a 24-channel switcher, amplified by 8 fully re-entrant M/E rows. It extends to external router support for large-scale, multi-camera production in native full-resolution HD, 8 channels of ISO recording in up to 1080p, and live output to up to 14 different display destinations. It boosts your content strategy with integrated social media sharing to publish to your host of social networks—live—keeping your brand consistent, and your audience engaged. And, with the world's most powerful integrated effects system, it creates a mind-blowing, custom-branded visual masterpiece. TriCaster 8000 lets you blaze your own path through productions of any scale.
Say 'yes,' even before you find out the camera count. The extraordinary versatility of the 24-channel TriCaster 8000 lets you scale up or down to accommodate every program imaginable. Expand to unprecedented coverage with massive, multi-camera production through external video routers. Add a dedicated audio operator and social media producer. Send 8 independent output feeds to 14 destinations, for broadcast, stream, display—even over the network transmission to another TriCaster. Smaller program? Shrink back down to size—and let one operator handle the show.
In the age of second and third screens, your social media image is critical to developing a following—not to mention, grabbing the attention of sponsors, advertisers and partnership opportunities. The one-of-a-kind social media publishing application of TriCaster 8000 instantly connects you to all of your social networks—like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—so you can share, distribute, and engage instantly, even while the action's live.
Every production has its own concept—and all producers, their own vision. TriCaster 8000 stands apart from the most subdued production designs, to the most fanciful—with ease, thanks to an intuitive, endlessly configurable architecture that puts every idea into the realm of possibility. Start with the broad, creative canvas of 8 M/E buses—and loop them into each other for real-time layered compositions. Explore new possibilities for sensational visual sequences, with recordable macros and one-touch automation. You can even personalize your control room, by creating custom workspace, and monitoring solutions from up to four displays—with presets to suit operator preference.
IsoCorder™ multi-track video recording technology captures incoming sources into the system, saving all your live footage—without the need for racks and racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology enhances your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8-camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record your entire show, select camera footage and more, at full resolution to meet your most challenging post-production demands.
Being recognizable, instantly—across all media requires a style that makes an impression on your audience. TriCaster 8000 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production. Customize full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, and punctuate with imaginative, branded elements designed into real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects, and motion tracking of visuals keyed to a moving, on-camera element. Plus, you can create your own custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application.
With TriCaster 8000, elaborate live production sequences are no longer nail-biters. You know how they'll turn out, because you automate them yourself. String together complex effects and creative elements with macros, seamlessly. All triggered by keyboard shortcuts and control surface actions. Or, for a presentation that is even more visually remarkable, configure talent-driven, on-camera hotspots. With the wave of a hand or a walk across the stage, the scene switches—and your show takes on a whole new dimension with interactive elements in step with your talent's presentation.
Even if your 'set' is really a multi-purpose room or the corner of a studio, your viewers will only see your professional brand shine through. With the TriCaster 8000 system's virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds, and moving backgrounds. Add realism to any virtual set with four live sources—each with four layers of overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D positioning and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.
Push the boundaries of visual technology with real-time, live 3D—be ready when everyone else catches up. With the anaglyph filter affect, 3D video streams can be switched just like any other source—without requiring either complex configuration steps, or cumbersome operator manipulations. Audiences will never forget your productions—and they'll keep coming back to you for more.
You live for 'live' and on-demand, as do your viewers. Gear up right for the modern way to watch—anytime, anywhere—with both Web streaming and program recording built right into your production operation. Maximize online views with support for multi-bitrate streaming profiles, and even access online CDN accounts to view streams in real time, with an integrated Web browser. Without missing a beat, record the entire program in the background for uploading, later viewing, archiving, or saving to disk.
A large-scale production environment can easily take on a life of its own. TriCaster 8000 intelligently adapts to the nuances of your creative process, natively supporting a massive array of media formats. And, with capture to QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, you have the comfort of a high-quality, universal file format that floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Plus, you can equip your entire facility to encode media assets for optimized, real-time playback, with included codecs for Mac and PC.
The integrated multi-channel audio mixer supports a companion Apple® iPad® application that delivers fingertip control over sound, plus Avid® Artist Series hardware control surfaces, if you prefer a more hands-on approach. Undock the mixer and share the workload. Check levels and adjust the mix from any location in the production venue. Total flexibility for top-quality sound.
1. User Interface
Elegant and intuitive, the TriCaster 8000 User Interface provides complete control over live production, streaming, recording, and social media publishing operations.
Create a view that works for you. Customize the User Interface and Multiview monitors, populating a variety of layouts with your preferred combination of inputs, outputs, scopes, clocks or images.
3. Recordable Macros
Make your favorite series of commands automatic. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event and trigger it with a mouse click, keystroke or control surface action. Talent can also trigger macros by making contact with configurable on-screen hotspots.
4. Social Media Share
Publish content instantly to popular social media sites like YouTube™, Facebook and Twitter™, upload to FTP sites, or transfer to network locations. Share clips and stills during live production or upload your full-length show within moments after production wraps.
5. Live Streaming
Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 8000 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.
The unique view from every angle is up for grabs. Snap photos from one or all cameras, simultaneously; build a collection of HD still images to post to social media sites, or use during the show.
Capture video from up to eight individual sources, simultaneously, with integrated IsoCorder™ multi-track, multi-format recording technology. Files are recorded at native resolution, and compatible with every major non-linear editing application, computer operating system, and media sharing website.
8. Live Desktop Monitors
Create a custom workspace layout with your choice of virtual monitors. Full field rate displays also include convenient options for additional customization, including safe areas, VU meters, and alpha channel transparency display.
Connect up to eight live cameras or video sources, of any connection type or resolution. TriCaster 8000 also supports direct connection and input control of upstream external video routers; making countless, additional cameras and video sources available from the switcher.
10. Network Sources
Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network. TriCaster 8000 also accepts network output signals from NewTek 3Play™ systems and other TriCaster 8000 systems.
11. Look-Ahead Preview Monitor
Set up and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.
12. Program Montor
View the primary video output signal being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded.
Load and playback video clips, packages and motion graphics. TriCaster 8000 offers native support for an extensive range of file formats, allowing you to work with essentially any media asset you're given.
Display images, apply titles or present static graphics. Choose and edit templates in a variety of styles and designs, or import your own graphics for a custom-branded live production.
15. Frame Buffer
Store any image, title or graphic as a selectable source, or dedicate the frame buffer channel to a shareable watch folder for updating assets remotely, using any preferred graphic design application.
16. M/E Buses
Mix multi-source compositions or create complex video effects, and configure for output to the main switcher, any overlay channel, input into another M/E bus, or as an alternative recording mix. TriCaster 8000 features eight M/E buses, each a complete switcher with independent keying and positioning effects per selected source, four layers of overlay, the powerful TransWarp effects engine, and presets. M/E buses also support 3D video production, real-time motion tracking, macro hotspots, and live virtual sets.
17. M/E Re-Entry
Create sophisticated, layered effects for virtually any application. Every switcher channel is available as a source for an M/E bus, including other M/Es, allowing for incredibly deep and complex effects operations.
18. Live Virtual Sets
Up the production value of any presentation with a multi-source virtual set, complete with real-time reflections and specular highlights. TriCaster 8000 includes 24 HD virtual sets in a variety of styles and settings, each with multiple angles, customizable pan, zoom and pedestal animations, and support for motion tracking and hotspots.
19. M/E Effects
Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects to M/E compositions. Each M/E bus is equipped with four, fully configurable overlays, each with independent keying, positioning effects, transition controls and support for TransWarp effects.
20. Live Production Switcher
Control productions of any scale, in all resolutions up to 1080p. Integrate multiple cameras, video feeds, media sources, graphics, transitions and effects without any extra hardware or external devices.
21. TransWarp Effects
Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 8000 electrifies live video, DSKs and overlays with full-color animation store transitions, complete with embedded audio and 3D warping of video. The integrated Animation Store Creator application also allows you to build custom transitions and effects, with eye-catching visuals like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D transformations, and motion overlays.
22. Switcher Effects
Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects to live video. The switcher supports dynamic TransWarp effects on the primary video layer, and on each of the four, fully configurable DSKs. Each DSK also includes independent keying, positioning effects and transition controls.
23. Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
Deliver pristine sound with adjustable audio controls for internal and external sources, plus outputs, including audio-follows-video, sub-mix routing, and a seven-band equalizer and compressor/limiter on every source and output. Touchscreen and tactile remote control are also in the mix, via the companion iPad audio mixing app and native support for Avid® Artist Series audio control surfaces.
Load video clips, motion graphics, sounds, titles and stills of virtually any file format for live playback or overlay. Build playlists before or during a show, and save frequently used video and graphics collections as presets.
|Switcher Channels:||24 – 10 external, 6 internal, 8 M/E buses|
|Video Input:||8 simultaneous live video sources, configurable as SDI, analog or router inputs, in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite connections and resolutions|
|Network Sources:||2 live sources via Gigabit connection, selectable from any networked computer or Apple® AirPlay® device|
|Media:||6 integrated digital media sources for video, graphics and sounds|
|Frame Buffer:||9 channels for static graphics or watch folder|
|Mix/Effect Buses (M/E):||8 re-entrant M/Es with independent 3D positioning, scaling, cropping, keying, transitions and Proc Amp controls|
|Macros:||Record operation sequences and attach to keyboard shortcuts, control surface actions or on-screen hotspots|
|DSKs:||4 primary DSK channels and 4 layers of overlay per M/E bus, each with independent transition controls, 3D positioning, scaling, cropping and integrated TransWarp effects|
|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 presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and specular highlights|
- Live pan and zoom of virtual camera and customizable virtual camera presets with animated, pan, zoom and pedestal moves
|Hotspots:||Up to 8 freely configurable, interactive hotspots per input|
|Video Output:||Up to 14 configurable connections and 8 A/V output signals|
- Mix and match output formats, connections, and resolutions
- HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite
- HDMI and VGA for additional displays or projectors
- Network output for live streaming and/or sending A/V output to network-connected TriCaster
|Recording:||Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology|
- Native recording in up to 1080p with timecode
|Recording Capacity:||Includes 3TB internal drive and 3 removable 2TB media drives accommodating a total of ~220 hours 1080i (varies by resolution and format; capacity expandable using additional supported storage)|
4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
Simultaneous recording of up to 8 channels (2 channels per drive) to included storage or other supported storage configurations
Supports recording to external storage via USB 3.0
Supports shared storage integration via third-party partner solutions
|Social Media Publishing:||Integrated application for content upload to YouTube™, Facebook, Twitter™, Flickr®, FTP or network servers|
|Live Streaming:||HD live streaming via Gigabit connection, with presets in up to 720p, supporting most common streaming profiles and custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles, configured via browser based plug-ins, Adobe® Flash® to Flash media server connections or Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull|
- Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser and integrated Livestream® plug-in
|Audio Inputs:||8 SDI Embedded|
8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
Phantom Power Support
|Audio Outputs:||3 SDI Embedded|
4 Balanced XLR
4 Balanced XLR (AUX)
1 Stereo 1/4” (phones
|Audio Mixing:||Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones|
- Seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/limiter per input and output
- Digital audio inputs equipped with audio time-base synchronizers
- Supports companion iPad® audio mixing app and Avid® Artist Series audio control surfaces
|Supported Formats:||NTSC: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i|
Multi-Standard: NTSC-J; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 576/25i
|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)|
- NewTek SpeedHQ codecs for Mac and PC for extended file compatibility with TriCaster and system applications
|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 NLEs: Adobe Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, and more
- Presets for mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more
|Monitoring:||Freely configurable for any combination of input sources, program, preview, M/E buses, clocks or images|
|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: 4 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point
|Physical:||4U Rack Mount, with 550W redundant, removable power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe|
19 x 7.25 x 21.5 in / 42 lbs (48.3 x 18.4 x 54.6 cm / 19 kg