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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, August 2, 2017

More Complete NewTek PTZ1 Tech Specs released

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.

More Info:
TV Technology
Production Hub

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Case for The TriCaster TC1

The new TriCaster TC1 really opens up the possibilities for live production systems. Because of it's closely integrated NDI and full UHD 4k60p capability along with all the other TriCaster features it simply outperform everything else.

The entire burgeoning NDI Industrial Complex is going to work in your favor. There were two trends I saw at NAB--4K and IP video. Well NewTek is fully committed to 4k with it being fully integrated into all their new products and absolutely owns the IP video space. NDI was everywhere. I'd be walking down some random row of booths in the back side of one of the exhibit halls and look up to see video being fed (via NDI) from NewTek's booth elsewhere in a different building.

Even if you are using a non-TriCaster production switcher there's a pretty good chance it will, sooner rather than later, support NDI and slot right into the rest of the NDI ecosystem. Ross, Broadcast Pix, LiveStrem Studio, StreamStar, vMix all ether support or have announced support for NDI.

Need lots of inputs? The TC1 is expandable to 16 external inputs.

Need 4K? No problem it's there already and you get all the TriCaster features your used to, the M/Es, the overlays, the DVEs, the Virtual Sets, and the recording channels. Even while using UHD.

Integrated Skype allows you to bring in up to two Skype callers directly. If you need more NewTek has two different TalkShow models to expand the number of simultaneous callers.

Two channels of (up to) 4k streaming. Send two distinct streams simultaneously to multiple CDNs. This allows you to have different data rates, different branding even entirely different program material being sent.

Need to stream to many users on your internal LAN? The NewTek MediaDS four channel media server is a powerful yet easy to use option. Plug it into the network, fill in a simple configuration page connect up to four video sources (SDI or via NDI) and you can stream programs securely on you own intranet using the industry standard Wowsa Server. No complicated IT setup required.

NDI allows you to distribute the production process across your network. It's easy to bring in cameras from a secondary location, send feeds anywhere, and record or playback from remote locations on the network. And with the announcement of the NewTek NDIHX-PTZ1 native NDI PTZ camera and the Connect Spark NDI converter this has become even easier. Since the TriCaster has both NDI and SDI capability you can have it all.

Basic Instant replay functionality is built into the TriCaster but you can also easily integrate NewTek 3Play Instant Replay Units into the system for expanded capabilities. World class replay for a fraction of the cost of an EVS system.

Are graphics your thing? We've got four down stream keyers, four zero latency re-entrant M/Es (each with four sources and four overlay channels), five media servers, ten animated players, five still buffers and a sophisticated preset system that lets you animate just about any of those sources.

Basic CG is built in but for even more sophisticated images add a third party CG like our favorite NewBlue FX Titler Live Broadcast. For the ultimate get a NewTek NVG1 with Vizrt Viz Trio and Viz Engine for state of the art real-time 3D graphics.

The bottom line is NewTek has yet again set the price-performance bar that everyone else is going to be trying to clear. I think NewTek may actually be a couple of years ahead of the rest of the industry.

Call Digital Arts for more info on the entire NewTek product line or to schedule a live online demo. 1-800-692-6442.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NewTek NDI 3.0

Today NewTek also announced the 3rd generation Network Device Interface (NDI). While completely backwards compatible with previous implementations of NDI the new release has several big improvements:

  • General improvements in encoding performance and efficiency gains.
  • High Efficiency mode (NDI|HX). Allows full quality HD video over low bandwidth links like WiFi.
  • Support for Pan Tilt Zoom control data.
  • Multicast support. This Allows a single video data stream to go to multiple destinations reducing network bandwidth requirements.
As NewTek's Andrew Cross says "R.I.P. SDI".

Call us today and we can help you figure out how an NDI IP based production environment can make your life easier.

Other announcements:
Connect Spark

More Info: Digital Arts 1-800-692-6442