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Thursday, September 14, 2017

NewTek releases LivePanel

Control your TriCaster TC1 or IP Series from almost any device. Even casual users can drive complex productions with just a few button pushes. LivePanel also expands the number of operator positions available in larger scale environments including on-the-fly scoreboard control for instant scoreboard updates.

Free for the IP Series, $995 for the TC1

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Available in single and dual channel versions.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade Your TriCaster To Advanced Edition

Every TriCaster Mini, 410, 460, 860 and 8000 is eligible for the Advanced Edition Upgrade.

Many TC455s and 855s can be upgraded to 460/860 and then on to Advanced Edition. Call us with your serial number and we can check to see if yours is eligible.

On to the list--

10) Hundreds of small improvements, tweaks and new features, like CS button lock out and blue gun only mode for adjusting monitors. Tons of UI enhancements like new visual indicators, updated shortcuts and hover tool-tips.

9) Add transitions between clips in DDR. The DDRs also get more robust editing features like trimming and clip splitting.

8) Audio improvements - New routing controls simplify setup and reduce chances of errors. Dante audio networking. Noise gates. Updated VU meters.

7) Built-in DataLink - Update CG externally or even automatically from external data sources like, scoreboard controllers, databases , RSS feeds, and web browsers.

6) New streaming encoder - Supports higher resolution, simpler configuration and lower overhead. Legacy modes are still available.

5) Auto color correction - Helps keep all your cameras color matched even when lighting conditions change.

4) More sophisticated macros - Run external macros, create multi-step macros (pause until cued) or even trigger macros automatically when certain switcher functions are used e.g. run a macro whenever a particular source is selected on the program bus.

3) Vastly Improved M/Es & Keyers - On the 460 and 860 you get four keyers in the M/Es and the keyers now include border effects. M/Es also include Augmented reality so you can load a graphic element into a virtual set using the M/E's key and "stick" it in place e.g. create a custom logo graphic and affix it to the front of the virtual desk so it will remain in place even if you zoom or pan the set. The M/E's themselves now support four layer effects so with the keyers you get a total of eight layers in each M/E. But wait there's more, the M/Es are now re-entrant i.e you can use the output of one M/E as an input in a second one. The main switcher also gets a couple of extra downstream keys for a total of four.

The Mini and 410 also get improvements to their M/Es but don't get the re-entrant feature, are limited to two layer effects and only get one extra keyer for a total of two.

The TC8000 gets all the new M/E features that it didn't already have like Border effects and Augmented reality.

2) Instant replay functionality - Add clips (from any record stream) to the DDR with a single click with the ability to change camera angles after-the-fact. The new real-time editing tool in the DDR make it easy to trim and split clips to create highlight reels.

1) Advanced IP workflow (NDI) Is here! - Send and receive real-time low, latency video over IP, expands the number of sources and outputs on the TriCaster. The Advanced Edition TriCasters now have up to eight NDI input channels (twelve on the 860!) and four discrete output streams that can be routed to any of the physical or NDI outputs. Hundreds of manufacturers are on board for industry wide support. NewTek, PTZ Optics and JVC have all announced native NDI cameras.

Some 2 min. Tutorials on Advanced Edition

Advanced Edition is available From Digital Arts 1-800-692-6442

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Adobe says Flash Is Dead...

or will be in 2020. But not mourned.

"...Killing Flash is a good thing. The Web will move to more open standards, allowing everyone to see content without using proprietary technologies. Flash had its day, but it’s time to move on."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some Advantages of TriCaster Advanced Edition for Sports Production

If you haven't already updated your rig to Advanced Edition here's a list of features that may convince you to go ahead and take the plunge.

Advanced Edition and all the other products mentioned here are available directly from Digital Arts. NewTek also has an amazing bundle deal of Advanced Edition and other software for educational buyers that's too good to pass up. Call us at 1-800-692-6442 to order or for more info.
Integrated instant replay

A new feature they added that's not mentioned in that video is that a replay clip in the DDR can be changed to any of the camera angles after the fact. In other words you can click the button to add a camera 1 clip and then change it to a camera 2 clip after it's in the DDR. Tutorial

You can run this all with the mouse and keyboard but it's easier if you create some macros and even better if you assign the macros to an xKeys controller like this:

Digital Arts sells the XKeys pad w/custom key legends and the TriCaster instant replay macros pre-programmed for $250

More NDI Inputs/Outputs
On a TC460/410/Mini you can have a mix of four normal inputs and up to eight NDI inputs for a total of eight inputs. TC860s and 8000s get twelve total inputs.

The NDI inputs can be any NDI source on the network, things like cameras, software CG programs, other TriCasters, 3Play units, TalkShow or any of the other hundreds of NDI compatible devices and applications. The one you might be most interested in is the Connect Spark which allows any camera to be converted to Wireless NDI.

In addition to the NDI inputs you also have four NDI outputs so you can send various versions of your switch to multiple locations. One common use of this is to provide announcers with an output feed wirelessly using a basic laptop running NDI Monitor (free). Or record the output (ISOCorder - free or ISOCorder Pro) on another computer to free up a record channel on the TC itself so you can use it for instant reply.

More video layers and keys
Advanced edition has four downstream keys and the M/Es can have up to four video layers plus four overlays (TC410 and Mini only get 2 layers and two overlays). This gives you 12 layers of video using only one M/E plus the DSKs. If that's not enough you can feed the output of one M/E into a second to add seven more layers etc.

Judicious use of animated buffers along with something like NewBlueFX's Titler Live Broadcast which can send multiple independent animated graphic feeds via NDI to the TriCaster you can make maximum use of all these layers and build more sophisticated scoreboards with motion graphics to get that modern sheen.

Scoreboards are an easy way to monetize by adding animated sponsor logos.
To help manage all these layers there is a new 'comp' system (TC460, 860 and 8000) that lets you easily set up transitions between graphic states so that multiple elements fade or fly on and off with a single click.  Tutorial

Improved Automation
Integrated DataLink lets you update information on CG pages automatically. The prime sports application of this is bring in scoreboard data using ScoreBot directly from the scoreboard controller so no operator is necessary. You can also bring in stats data from web sites so your stats are always up to date.

NewTek has also made many improvements to the macro system giving you more fine grained control of TriCaster functions.

Improved Streaming - A new encoder with lower overhead, higher maximum resolution and better quality is included.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Panasonic Introduces Native NDI Cameras and Switcher

The NDI explosion continues, now Panasonic is getting on board in a big way. They just announced four new PTZ cameras with integrated NDI the AW-HN38, AW-HN40, AW-UN70 and AW-HN130. Panasonic will also be shipping an NDI compatible switcher the AV-HLC100 this fall.

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