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Video businesses and facilities that want to grow, reach new audiences, and increase their revenue are moving beyond just “switching video.” They’re creating entirely new strategies for video, communication, and social media that make continued use of their most valuable assets: their video content.
These leaders are embracing the multi-camera production platform that was designed with their content creation goals in mind—TriCaster 860. Our foundation for facility-class live production, TriCaster 860 is for television stations and studios, video and A/V pros, trucks and facilities, event and staging producers, and Internet TV producers who create or cover large-scale video programs—and see a real-time gold mine for bonus, social and even future programming, in every show.
TriCaster 860 builds on the features of every TriCaster professional model, and adds more channels, more sources, more I/O, more visuals and effects, and higher capacity. That means you can add new shows or take on more clients, create more programming, and discover fresh streams of revenue from the same program content. With a fully loaded, 24-channel switcher with 8 M/Es, whopping eight-source ISO recording, real-time multi-channel media delivery with simultaneous streaming and social media publishing, and the world’s most powerful integrated effects system, your productions will be more than sizzling—they’ll be explosive.
- 8 M/E, 24-channel video switching with audio mixer, titles, warping transitions, buffers, DSK and DVE effects
- Higher-capacity media storage accommodates a high volume of project work
- I/O and source resolution, format and frame rate flexibility to go from show to show, adding new camera angles and submixes along the way for the most sophisticated programs
- Holographic LiveSets that incorporate 3D environments, panoramic vistas, and real camera motion
- Extensive automation and breakout control of commands and complex sequences
- Custom, interactive elements and effects sequences triggered by talent
- Instant social media publishing
- Built-in live streaming at the push of a button
- Stream, broadcast, project and record—live or in post—so you can meet viewers wherever they watch, now or later
With hundreds of new multi-camera production capabilities in the next-generation TriCaster 860, you can produce live video with the look of network television more creatively and efficiently than ever before.
What’s new in TriCaster 860
Virtual Camera Moves
Bring your virtual environment to life with animated virtual camera moves. Adjust shot framing on the fly with manual pan, zoom and pedestal movements, or zip from one preset shot to another without touching the camera.
2X LiveSet Shot Presets
Leagues further than just a "start and finish" zoom position, all professional TriCasters support full pan and scan configuration, with eight custom preset positions for all sets--and with the new live Shot Editor, presets can be modified even while live.
New Live Virtual Sets
The next generation of live virtual sets included in TriCaster 860 take total advantage of our full pan and scan capabilities and position presets, and now include our most updated, more life-like template sets.
Holographic Live Virtual Sets
Create a customized virtual environment from any real-world location. Turn panoramic images taken with your smartphone, DSLR or even point-and-shoot camera into a photorealistic virtual set, using the companion TriCaster VSE 2.5 software (sold separately).
Playback from Cloud, IP, and Stream
Access virtually limitless video sources and content applications as video sources, with the ability to connect to Cloud-based media, IP cameras and streaming servers through network inputs.
Still & Title Buffers (10)
Access up to 15 additional media sources – instantly – during live production. View and manage buffer content directly inside the integrated multiviewer, including animation preview (in some models) and, incredibly live title editing.
Animation Buffers (5)
Dedicate some of your new buffers for up to 5 more full-motion sources for anything animated that you want instantly available, like LiveSet backgrounds, station logos, animated graphics elements--and set them to loop, run once, move around, slow down, position anywhere, scale, and key.
Stills from any input (even buffers) can be captured in a pristine, de-fielded frame for immediate use, whether in the show or published instantly.
Send Recording to Playlist
The Add to Playlist record panel command enables instant turnaround of in-show content, making recorded clips available for immediate playback from any DDR playlist.
Send Grabs to Buffer
Make the scene you've just produced available as a newly captured image source in your show. Grab and send the still image directly to a buffer and have it at your beck and call.
Playlist Editing During Playback
Easily accommodate revisions to the show rundown or new content without missing a beat by making changes and updates to media player playlists during showtime. Every preset bin can be accessed and reorganized on the fly, even playing back content from one playlist while editing on another.
Make commonly used series of commands automatic, or just simplify complex ones. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event, then trigger with a mouse click, keystroke, control surface action or MIDI button--or gesture-based onscreen hotspots.
Save time reproducing your painstaking macros from scratch. Tweak to your exact specifications, editing the action, timing and order as needed, to ensure automated operations run smoothly and accurately.
Configure your setup of a particular scene just the way you need it for any scenario, then fire every macro action, simultaneously, to snap to it automatically, organizing and automating your show down to the finest detail.
Turn on-screen areas into interactive controls and let your talent trigger macros with live motion—even run your one-person show from in front of the camera. A wave of a hand or a walk to a mark, and the next action sequence happens automatically.
Make automation of your show even easier or breakout control tasks to additional crew with TriCaster's extensive MIDI support. Add one or any number of MIDI devices that fit your application and budget, assign macros to controller buttons, and provide dedicated control over video operations—even meshing them with live performance elements like sound, lighting, effects, and more.
Increase the efficiency and accuracy of your production with instant automatic playback. Clips and content play right on cue whenever you press the applicable switcher or M/E button, meaning zero delay when taking a video or image.
Set up and store session settings in reusable templates to jump right to your custom configuration during pre-show activities.
MEM Slot Presets
A timesaver on every level. Configure M/Es, LiveSet shots, transitions, media players and more with your most frequently used setups and content. Presets include multiple slots for instant access to your preferred assets, even while live.
Use the UI to link switcher and M/E source rows together in color-coded groups to streamline your simultaneous actions on multiple sources and multiple outputs. Make instant, accurate adjustments and fewer mistakes.
Next-generation user interface standardizes workflows and conventions across all pro-level models, providing more intuitive control placement and enhanced visuals for better performance, and more efficient operation in typical control environments.
Preview any source, including M/Es and Buffers, within Waveform/Vectorscope for color correction and level adjustment.
Individually customize each multi-view preview monitor, adjusting on the fly for fine-tuned workflow or simply for observation.
Audio Control Surface (Avid Artist Mix)
Add an audio operator to your crew to focus solely on sound. Every TriCaster supports the Avid® Artist Mix audio control surface (sold separately) to provide hands-on control over audio levels and configuration options.
Audio Follow Video (AFV)
Simplify even the most complex A/V setup by selecting any video source to automatically trigger the appropriate audio selection.
Stereo Output Mixes
Expand audio without adding more hardware. Pair stereo output mixes for quad audio, or split them up for multi-language production, a secondary mix, and much more. Dual auxiliary outputs, too.
Every conceivable audio distribution combination with independent routing of any channel from any input, to any and all of the four audio output mixes.
Pan control on every channel creates a rich, layered sound experience.
Rename Audio Inputs
TriCaster makes it easy for you to keep sources straight, use your own naming conventions, and simplify adjustments.
Compensate for sync issues with incoming video from mixed cameras with the ability to adjust the audio delay for every input.
Listen and adjust more accurately, with the ability to toggle Solo setting on or off. Audition any single source or output channel, with both exclusive and latch operation options.
PTZ Camera Control
Control robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras directly from the User Interface, including camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris. Position presets with thumbnail preview make it easy to set up shots remotely and change angles on the fly.
Social Media Share Panel
Take over second and third screens with built-in social media sharing. Real-time publishing instantly links you with all of your social networks – like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – so you can share, distribute, and engage instantly, even when you don't have a dedicated social media producer on site.
FTP & File Copy
Duplicate and transfer saved files and recordings for internal and external distribution, getting content to the people that need it, more quickly and efficiently.
Prepare recorded files for publishing, creating in and out points on the frames of preference, and then uploading to the desired destination for internal use or external viewing.
Still Grab & Publish
Grab stills from all inputs (including Buffers) and main outputs simultaneously, with enhanced de-fielding for better image quality, and publish immediately to social sites or post-production workflows
Mix/Effects Banks (8)
Expand creative possibilities for your production. In Mix mode, M/Es can use program/preview transitions and overlay to create full-featured sub-mixes. In Effect mode, create multiple video layers for real-time compositing, or transform your green screen setup into an elaborate virtual set.
Adding more flexibility to TriCaster's outputs, a configurable over-the-network destination—just like any hardware I/O connection—can be assigned a video source and independent audio channel.
M/E Submix Out
Double your output and audience opportunities by switching two shows, simultaneously, or producing a secondary feed for post-show repurposing, with the ability to output an M/E sub-mix.
Record specialized sub-mixes of your live production that you can repurpose at will. Set your record source to any M/E, and capture an alternate cut of your live show, an uninterrupted feed of a select composition, or even an identical program with different branding.
|Switcher Channels||24 - 10 external, 6 internal, 8 M/E buses|
|Video Input||8 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates (including PsF selections)
|Network Sources||2 live inputs via Gigabit connection, selectable from any available network sources with support for video, audio and alpha channel
|Robotic Camera Support||Access up to 8 live Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) robotic cameras via standard serial and network protocols, with preset system and user interface control over camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris|
|Media||5 integrated digital media sources for video, graphics and sounds (2 DDRs, 2 GFX and Sound) + 15 buffers|
|Buffers||15 content buffers to store and playback video, animations, still images and graphics
|Mix/Effect Buses (M/E)||8 freely configurable M/E channels for video mixing, compositing, effects and virtual sets, each with independent Key layer and support for TransWarp effects
|Macros||Record configurations and operation sequences, then attach to keyboard shortcuts, control surface actions, MIDI controllers, or on-screen hotspots for recall and automation
|DSKs||2 primary DSK channels, plus 1 additional Key layer per M/E bus, each with independent transition controls, 3D DVE, 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
|Virtual Sets||30+ HD live virtual sets, with presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and specular highlights
|Holographic Live Virtual Sets||Support for custom virtual environments generated from panoramic smartphone, camera or DSLR images
|Hotspots||Up to 8 freely configurable, interactive hotspots per input for macro control|
|Video Output||Configurable for up to 12 output connections, with support for key output and per-connection signal settings
|Recording||Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology
|Grab||Grab full resolution, de-fielded still images from inputs and outputs, and freely choose to add grabs to Publish queue, Media Player presets and Buffer destinations|
|Media Publishing||Supports direct content upload to YouTube™, Facebook, Twitter™, FTP, local or external volumes, and network servers|
|Live Streaming||HD live streaming with simultaneous archive
|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, with 4 fully independent stereo output mixes: 2 Master, 2 AUX
|Supported Session Formats||
|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)|
|Export Media Formats||Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices: Apple ProRes, AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more|
|Monitoring||DVI and HDMI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview displays
|Signal Monitoring||Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709|
|Session Management||Setup and store session settings in reusable template sessions|
||Ultra-low, between 1 and 2 frames|
|Processing||Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 4 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point
|A/V Standards||HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
|Control Surface||Optional TriCaster 860 hardware control surface
|MIDI Control||Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros|
|System Physical||4U Rack Mount, with 550W power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
Subject to change without notice.