Introduction to TriCaster® Rev 7 and Premium Access
November 16, 2018 by Kane Peterson and Chuck Baker
NewTek’s Kane Peterson takes us through the new features in the just released TriCaster® “Rev 7” software. This software applies to the TriCaster TC1 and NewTek VMC1 multi-camera 4Kp60 IP-based live production systems. It is the second version of software for these systems, so in some marketing and support materials you may see it referred to as “v2”.
The new software includes over 20 new features. There is more to the update than that number would make you think, however, as some of these features are complete new workflows. An example is the Express Switcher, which provides a greatly simplified UI, which can be perfect for content creators who frequently produce less complex programs, and those who depend on less experienced operators to work their productions.
In addition, Rev 7 is required in order to take advantage of the new Premium Access subscription program. NewTek has aggressively developed both NDI® and a host of products that engage the technology for more powerful new ways to create and share content. Many of the software applications have been made available free or commercially. Now NewTek has launched a host of innovative and powerful new NDI applications and advanced production features for our live production systems, plus a way for content creators to get them and keep up to date: NewTek Premium Access.
Among the new capabilities in Rev 7:
A single-row Switcher with all your available sources and your DSKs. Select from the available Fade and Take or preload a transition, and changing sources or keying graphics is a one-click operation. Much faster to learn, much faster to use, a major boon for those using volunteer operators.
Now you can minimize the Media Players, Audio Mixer and Buffers, and the Multiview picks up the screen real estate, making the monitors (and the new controls on them) larger and therefore easier to see.
Native Support for Touch Screens
TriCaster Rev 7 is touch screen capable, users can tap an ISO monitor in the UI to switch to that source or activate DSK, two-finger tap a viewport to open panels, and more.
ISO Monitor Updates
- Tap to Switch: When using a touch screen monitor, the user now can turn on an option to do switching by touching the ISO monitors in the Multiviewer section of the UI.
- Local Audio Control: V2 adds a volume level control to this group on rolling the mouse over the VU, allowing you to quickly adjust volume from any source. The Master audio mix can be adjusted when you mouseover the Program monitor).
- Media Player ISO Controls: ISO monitors now sport (touch-friendly) previous, next and start/stop controls in their label area. There is also a progress gauge in the label.
Switcher Control Enhancements
- Delegating Video Layers: The layer label is now a delegate toggle button. Simply click or tap the label to delegate it, and the button lights in bright blue. Click it again to de-activate it, or delegate another layer at the same time by clicking its label too.
- Layer Tally: A red border around the layer thumbnail monitor indicates the layer is currently displayed on Program out.
- Transition Timing: The duration controls for Background and DSK/KEY layer transitions has been moved into the transition 9-bin, which – as before – opens when you clip the effect icon at lower left in a control group.
Context Sensitive Tools
- For example, the config panel for a DDR now includes a playlist and most DDR controls.
- Open the same panel from a DSK, and it will include a complete set of DSK positions tools, etc., along with the DDR.
- For a PTZ camera, the config panel includes PTZ presets and controls, etc., etc.
- Config panels have been cleaned up considerably to make room for this. (Among other benefits, PTZ setup is finally all in one place, rather than scattered in three different panes).
More External Recorders
The number of external recorders has been doubled from 4 to 8.
Popup notifications that appear and disappear are a thing of the past. Top right of the UI is a new Notifications icon. This opens a new Notification panel that alerts you to various events and transactions, and warns you of impending problems.
And more, of course.
After the tour of the new TriCaster software, Kane moves on to Premium Access, and shows you how to:
- Get Premium Access
- Use LiveGraphics™, including how to use PSD files from Photoshop, and how to build animations in After Effects for use with LiveGraphics.
- Use Advanced Audio I/O
- Use LivePanel™, with focus on the recent enhancements
- Use NDI KVM to control a TriCaster from any computer on the same network
- Use Virtual PTZ
Kane wraps with a tour of the Virtual Sets Library.
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