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Thursday, November 7, 2019

NDI.TV Goes Live

NewTek launched anew NDI web site a few days ago. This looks to be a central location for all things NDI.



Get general NDI info, access NDI Tools downloads and even get the various NDI Developer Kits all in one place.

NewTek Announces New 4K TriCaster Mini

Today NewTek announced the latest version of the TriCaster Mini:

New TriCaster Mini 4k NDI
TriCaster Mini 4KUHD Basic Specs:
  • Supports up to 4k UHD!
  • NDI I/O for audio and video
  • Analog audio like current Mini
  • Up to Eight NDI inputs
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Four Additional POE+ Ethernet Ports for cameras or input modules
  • Two input modules included 
More on NewTek's site

TriCaster Mini 4k & 2 NDI Input Modules $8,995

Travel Bundle $11,995
TriCaster Mini 4k
Mini CS Controller
2 NDI Input Modules
Travel Case

Complete Production Bundle $19,995
TriCaster Mini 4k
TriCaster TC1SP Controller
2 Input Modules
2 PTZ1 Cameras


AVAILABLE NOW from Digital Arts 1-800-692-6442


Saturday, September 14, 2019

TriCaster Mini Refresh

I didn't post this when it was news but NewTek has done a refresh on the TriCaster Mini.

They now ship with Advanced Edition 3.0 and Windows 10. The HD-4i (HDMI inpurts two hard drives and the 7" internal preview monitor has been discontinued. The HD-4 (HDMI, single drive) and the HD-SDI (SDI, dual drive, internal monitor) models continue. There was no change in list prices and the bundles are still available.

Contact Digital Arts (www.digitalarts.tv, sales(a)digarts.com or 1-800-692-6442) for more info.

NDI 4.0 Released

Lots of cool new capabilities including better support for cross-subnet connections, unlimited recording, better quality, lower bandwidth and more.

Press release - Get the official line.

General info and news at NDI.tv

Downloads - NDI Tools for both Mac and PC along with the new NDI Analysis Tool.

Software Developer Kit - Make your own stuff!

Friday, May 24, 2019

New Wireless Mics Might Be A Mistake in 2019

"Only use a wireless microphone when there is no other choice". I've said this for years and no one ever listens to me. But the problem is getting worse. The FCC in 2017 sold off a big chunk of frequencies that were popular with wireless mic users (the 600MHz band) to T-Mobile. As soon as T-Mobile starts using the band in your area it becomes illegal to use your expensive wireless mics. 

This is not the first time this sort of has happened.
A big part of the problem is that many wireless systems are not 'frequency agile' that is they work on one fixed frequency and cannot be changed this is especially true of VHF band mics. Even systems that can be set to multiple channels only work in a narrow range of frequencies so if the band you're using get sold off or over run you can't tune it to a different band.

There are several bands where unlicensed wireless mics can be used but these bands are becoming more and more crowded as other users of various wireless devices (not just microphones) get condensed into a smaller and smaller piece of the airwaves. Most unlicensed wireless mics are in either the TV band or in the same bands that are used for WiFi.

Anything in the 2.4GHZ or 5GHz bands are subject to interference by WiFi signals. Keep in mind that most cell phones can be setup as a WiFi hotspot. Pop up a list of available WiFi networks in any crowded area and you will see dozens of them, every single one of which could clobber your wireless mic signal.

It gets worse. The TV band looks safe because TV stations don't move around from one frequency to another; they are at fixed, well known spots in the band. Choose a wireless mic system that avoids those frequencies and you'd think you were good to go. But wait, the FCC has mandated a 'repack' of the TV bands. 

The transition to digital TV caused a big shuffle of channel assignments to make room for both analog and digital versions of TV stations. Now that the analog channels have been shut down they are going to re-shuffle the existing digital stations to final locations in the band. Most of the repack takes place this year. So your carefully chosen wireless mic frequencies may or may not work after the repack.

So to bottom line it either take your best shot and buy a good, frequency agile wireless mic system that you think will work now and hope for the future or buy something cheap and replace it as necessary as the situation changes.


Monday, April 22, 2019

New TriCaster 410 Plus


The newly announced mid-range TriCaster is positioned pretty much exactly as the original TC410 vs TC460 was. It more or less the same hardware as the TC1 with a slightly condensed feature set. The list of reduced features is pretty short and depending on your needs may make it the perfect TriCaster.

Main Differences vs the TC1:

  • No 4K Support
  • Eight external inputs on switcher vs sixteen
  • Single Skype input vs two
  • Two Down Stream Keys vs four
  • M/Es have two keyers vs four
  • Two SDI Outputs vs four
  • Single 3TB Internal Hard Drive
List Price of the TC410 Plus Ala Carte $9,995
TC410 Plus/TC1SP controller bundle $14,995