In the broadcasting world, second and third screen experiences are no longer considered extras; for audiences today, they’re expected. Media networks that create masterful multi-channel and multi-branded content for viewing on TVs or computers, sharing on mobile devices, or both—open up huge opportunities to monetize more streams of programming. Those opportunities were made for TriCaster 8000.
TriCaster 8000 is the first content publishing hub for all media coming into a live program, all creativity and branding that happens on screen, all variations of the branded program output, multi-channel delivery with simultaneous streaming and social media publishing—and all the integration points in between, for broadcasters, brands, content owners and media publishers to flow smoothly with their infrastructure and create, publish and repurpose that media.
TriCaster 8000 is the model that delivers our most extensive integration with broadcast operations, with remote control of a redundant system, router support for large-scale enterprise production, 24-channel switcher, professional audio mixing, and up to 14 output destinations. And, with the world's most powerful integrated effects system now made even more powerful with insanely innovative visual effects (you’ll have to see them to believe you can actually create them yourself), you’ll have your audience hooked on every screen.
- 8-M/E, router-extensible 24-channel video switching with audio mixer, titles, warping transitions, buffers, DSK and DVE effects
- 8 M/E multi-camera production platform with re-entry for vastly scalable, creative live productions
- Mirroring with remote control of redundant system
- Virtually limitless scalability—up or down—in production breadth, crew size, and peripherals
- Awe-inspiring 3D visual effects, holographic virtual sets, graphics and transitions to fit any brand
- Live, multi-platform social media publishing to engage fans and followers instantly
- Extensive automation and breakout control of commands and complex sequences
- Custom, interactive elements and effects sequences triggered by talent
- Built-in live streaming at the touch of a button
- Access to all sources and functions with an included hardware control surface
- Broadcast, stream, publish, project and record—all at the same time
The world’s first content publishing hub for all the media in a live program, with tight integration for broadcast operations of any size.
Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record, simultaneously, TriCaster 8000’s multiple turnkey functions do the work usually requiring racks of equipment, but integrated into a robust rackmount frame instead. Just one system replaces gear for recording, encoding, switching, submixing, playback, audio mixing, DVE, advanced graphics and titling, animation store, scan conversion, multiple channels of virtual sets, live streaming, camera automation, scopes and monitors, and social media publishing.
TriCaster 8000 natively supports a wide variety of media formats and connectivity types, in addition to expanding input capacity exponentially via router control. It easily incorporates legacy hardware, and with API support, offers the potential for external control of almost anything in the switcher. Redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe measures, rear-panel-accessible audio and video patching, monitoring and network connectors, and rackmount configurations round out the physical integration points. External timecode support, and genlock, more-extensive format compatibility for integration with nearly any workflow allow TriCaster 8000 to ease into your infrastructure and seamlessly handle your most challenging needs.
The extraordinary versatility of the 24-channel TriCaster 8000 lets you scale up or down to accommodate every program imaginable. Expand to unprecedented coverage with massive, multi-camera production through external video routers. Add a dedicated audio operator and social media producer. Send 8 independent output feeds to 14 destinations, for broadcast, stream, display—even over the network transmission to another TriCaster. Smaller program? Shrink back down to size—and let one operator handle the show.
TriCaster 8000’s expanded router support incorporating the GVNP protocol greatly increases facility integration, effectively removes limits on the number of video sources producers wish to bring into a program, and provides complete setup and control flexibility that can accommodate or replicate workflows anywhere. Broadcasters can configure their setup to correlate any TriCaster 8000 input to any router output, including multiple routers, and control with macros, keyboard shortcuts, or control surface.
TriCaster 8000 provides connectivity to prepare for any location scenario. Connect multiple cameras (up to 8) with the capability to mix and match connection types, including SDI, component, composite and Y/C; and even camera types with varying SD and HD resolutions and formats. Equally flexible outputs can send a variety of feeds to multiple destinations and displays—even send a signal to another TriCaster over the network with a network output.
8-channel ISO Source Recording
IsoCorder™ multi-track video recording technology captures incoming sources into the system, saving all your live footage and literally racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology enhances your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8 camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record your entire show, select camera footage, and more, at full resolution to meet your most challenging post-production demands.
24-channel Multi-Camera Production
With the 24 channel, multi-camera TriCaster 8000, you have nearly every possible live and stored source at your fingertips. Up to 8 cameras in any HD and SD configuration. Color correction, keying, cropping, scaling, and frame sync on every input. 2 digital media players for video clips (long or short form). 3 slots for graphics, titles and sounds. And 2 network channels for sharing computer screens and displays from wireless iOS devices. Now add 8 re-entrant M/E banks to stage live virtual sets, create real-time compositions and presets, and submixes that can act as upstream switchers (or secondary programs out), when you need to give your big show even bigger impact.
Expanded Media Sources: Buffers and Network Inputs
Our 24-channel switching system is just the start. TriCaster 8000 gives producers instant access to even more content in real time, without adding equipment or crew. Buffers for looping motion effects and stills provide 15 bonus “always on” sources. And enhanced network inputs support cloud video, streaming servers, remote cameras, remotely hosted clips, USB cameras and more, dramatically expanding content and programming possibilities without taking up a hardware input.
The TriCaster integrated multi-channel audio mixer is loaded with enhancements that raise the caliber of your shows’ sound to the same professional, network quality as the visuals. Unprecedented routing, customization, control and flexibility—and further opportunities for sound configuration and delivery like simulcast audio, multi-language presentation, and mix-minus applications (such as Skype calls and phoners)—without the investment in scores of external hardware. If live control by an audio operator is what you want, you get full support for mixing from our iPad remote mixer app, the Avid® Artist Mix control surface, and other third-party audio control interfaces.
Visual & Motion Effects
Being recognizable, instantly—across all media requires a style that makes an impression on your audience. TriCaster 8000 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production. Customize full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, and punctuate with imaginative, branded elements designed into real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects, and motion tracking. Create your own custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application, and live, composited, multi-layer video with 8 re-entrant M/E rows.
With TriCaster 8000, elaborate live production sequences are no longer nail-biters. You know how they'll turn out, because you automate them yourself. Seamlessly string together complex effects and creative elements with macros, triggered by keyboard shortcuts and control surface actions. Add remotely controlled robotic cameras as input sources, without the need to add camera operators. Unlimited external control functions with MIDI sequencing enables show control of nearly any command, or offloading tasks to additional crew. Or, for a presentation that is even more visually remarkable, configure talent-driven, on-camera hotspots. With the wave of a hand or a walk across the stage, the scene switches—and your show takes on a whole new dimension with interactive elements in step with your talent's presentation.
Even if your "set" is really a multi-purpose room or the corner of a studio, your viewers will not only see your professional brand shine through—they’ll see any world you want to create. With the TriCaster 8000 system's virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds and moving backgrounds. Don't want a studio look? That’s okay: take a panoramic of any location with your smart phone, or a 3D model from any universe you create, and incorporate it using our holographic LiveSet capability, bringing augmented reality that much closer to live. Add real-time energy to any virtual set with four live sources—each with four layers of overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D positioning and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.
Social Media Publishing
In the age of second and third screens, your social media image is critical to developing a following—not to mention, grabbing the attention of sponsors, advertisers and partnership opportunities. The one-of-a-kind social media publishing application of TriCaster 8000 instantly links you with all of your social networks—like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—so you can share, distribute and engage instantly, even while the action's live.
A single TriCaster 8000 provides multi-tiered redundant fail-safe mechanisms in both hardware and software. Redundant, removable power supplies and hot-swappable hard drives protect from physical interruptions. Fail-safe software monitors live performance, and video pass-through, streaming output and recording continue through unexpected error conditions.
Mirroring of a second TriCaster 8000 system fulfills broadcasters’ and others’ requirement for redundancy. This function provides the option to sync with—and fail over to—an identically setup TriCaster 8000 system in order to continue to ride through a program seamlessly, during an unpredictable interruption of primary live operation—for instance, accidental disconnect from power or network.
TriCaster 8000 offers huge capacity for recorded media. Use it for storing files for use in your live productions—5 integrated digital media players are on-hand to augment your production, on top of your 10 live and 8 virtual sources—and for ISO recording your individual camera sources for later post-production. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity, and extend with external (eSATA) drive support, too. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift and grow from show, to show—without missing a beat.
A large-scale production environment can easily take on a life of its own. TriCaster 8000 intelligently adapts to the nuances of your creative process, natively supporting a massive array of media formats. And with ISO source capture to QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, TriCaster media floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Included codecs for Mac and PC let you equip your entire facility to encode media assets for optimized, real-time playback.
External and Third-Party Applications
Through our third-party developer network, TriCaster 8000 supports an extended set of products that work directly with the system to provide innovative solutions and workflows in several different areas of your live production, including streaming, graphics, content and controllers. Our SDK enables developers and customers to tap into the power of TriCaster functionality, add applications that enhance the production workflow, and further extend integration with standard and custom installations. And our own suite of peripheral applications and hardware control surfaces rounds out the total solution.
Visit TriCaster In-Depth to see the complete list of features integrated into each professional TriCaster model.
With hundreds of new multi-camera production capabilities in the next-generation TriCaster 8000, you can produce live video with the look of network television more creatively and efficiently than ever before.
Check out what’s new in TriCaster 8000 below.
New Live Virtual Sets
The next generation of live virtual sets included in TriCaster 8000 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).
TriCaster 8000's already superior real-time effects engine adds an enhanced image rendering engine that produces on-air visuals comparable to the world's leading image editing applications for exceptionally clean picture quality.
TriCaster 8000's positioner controls add the bonus of edge feathering to provide soft edges and subtle effects in overlay sources, live virtual set inputs, and more.
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 (5)
Access media sources – instantly – during live production. View and manage buffer content directly inside the integrated multiviewer, including animation preview and, incredibly, live title editing.
Animation Buffers (10)
Add up to 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
Re-Entrant M/E Tally
Completely intuitive switcher operation of the M/E rows provides operators with a tally in the Multiview display for any M/E source selected in the Preview row.
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 setup shots remotely and change angles on the fly.
Greatly expand broadcast integration with supported GVNP routers, and greatly increase the number of video sources available to bring into a program.
The ability to control multiple TriCaster 8000 systems with a mirrored system provides system failover without program interruption, and allows the creation of a simultaneous, identically controlled program with multiple branding, language and media options.
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.
|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), with third-party video router support
|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 with re-entry for video mixing, compositing, effects, real-time motion tracking and virtual sets, each with 4 independent Key layers 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||4 primary DSK channels, plus 4 additional Key layer per M/E bus, each with independent transition controls, 3D DVE, edge feathering, 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 14 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 all 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 monitor outputs for user interface and multiview preview displays
|Signal Monitoring||Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709|
|Mirroring||Redundant operation and synchronized control supported between TriCaster 8000 systems connected to the same local network|
|Session Management||Setup and store session settings in reusable template sessions|
|Latency||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||Includes TriCaster 8000 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 redundant, removable power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
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- User Interface
Provides complete control over live production, streaming, recording, and media publishing operations, with support for synchronized, mirrored operation between multiple TriCaster 8000 systems connected to the same local network.
- Recordable Macros
Make your favorite series of commands automatic. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event, make adjustments as needed with the built-in Macro Editor, then trigger with a single click, keystroke or button press. Talent can also trigger macros by making contact with configurable on-screen hotspots.
Create a view that works for you. Customize the User Interface and Multiview monitors, populating a variety of layouts with your preferred combination of inputs, outputs, scopes, clocks or images.
- Live Streaming
Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 8000 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.
The unique view from every angle is up for grabs. Snap photos from inputs, buffers and outputs, simultaneouslyone or all cameras, simultaneously; build a collection of HD still images to post to social media sites, or use during the show.
Capture video from up to 8 individual sources, simultaneously, with integrated IsoCorder™ multi-track, multi-format recording technology. Files are recorded at native resolution, and compatible with every major non-linear editing application, computer operating system, and media sharing website.
A. Media Publishing
Publish content instantly to popular social media sites like YouTube™, Facebook and Twitter™, upload to FTP sites, or transfer to storage volumes and network locations. Share clips and stills during live production or upload your full-length show within moments after production wraps.
- Live Desktop Monitors
Create a custom workspace layout with your choice of virtual monitors. Full field rate displays also include convenient options for additional customization, including safe areas, VU meters, and alpha channel transparency display.
Connect up to 8 live cameras or video sources, of any connection type or resolution. TriCaster 8000 also supports direct connection and control of Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras and upstream external video routers; making countless, additional cameras and video sources available from the switcher.
B. Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Camera Control
Control up to 8 robotic PTZ cameras directly from the User Interface, including camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris. Position presets with thumbnail preview make it easy to setup shots remotely and change angles on the fly.
- Network Sources Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network. TriCaster 8000 also accepts video over IP, streaming servers, USB video sources, NewTek 3Play™ and TriCaster systems, as well as a variety of third-party partner solutions as network inputs.
Load and playback video clips, packages and motion graphics. TriCaster 8000 offers native support for almost every file format, with per-clip audio levels, scaling and aspect ratio conversion, allowing you to work with essentially any media asset you're given.
Display images, apply titles or present static graphics. Choose and edit templates in a variety of styles and designs, or import your own graphics for a custom-branded live production.
- Look-Ahead Preview Monitor
Set up and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.
- Program Monitor
View the primary video output signal being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded.
- Live Virtual Sets
Up the production value of any presentation with a multi-source virtual set, complete with real-time reflections and specular highlights. TriCaster 8000 includes more than 30 HD virtual sets in a variety of styles and settings, each with multiple angles, customizable pan, zoom and pedestal animations, shot presets, and support for motion tracking and macro hotspots.
C. Holographic Live Virtual Sets
Create custom, photorealistic virtual environments from panoramic images snapped with a smartphone, point-and-shoot or DSLR camera, with support for 3D positioning of sources and live virtual camera movements.
- M/E Buses
Mix multi-source compositions or create complex video effects, and configure for output; feed into the main switcher, any DSK or Key layer, or another M/E bus; or designate as an alternative recording mix. TriCaster 8000 features 8 M/E buses, each a complete switcher with independent keying and positioning effects per selected source, 4 Key layers, the powerful TransWarp effects engine, and presets. M/E buses also support 3D video production, real-time motion tracking, macro hotspots, and live virtual sets.
- M/E Re-Entry
Create sophisticated, layered effects for virtually any application. Every switcher channel is available as a source for an M/E bus, including other M/Es, allowing for incredibly deep and complex effects operations.
- M/E Effects
Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects to M/E compositions. Each M/E bus accommodates a transition effect between the A and B rows in Mix mode, supports a layering effect or virtual set in Effect mode, and includes 4 fully configurable Key layers – each with independent keying, positioning effects, transition controls and support for TransWarp effects.
- Live Production Switcher
Control productions of any scale, in all resolutions up to 1080p. Integrate multiple cameras, video feeds, network sources, stored media, graphics, transitions and effects without any extra hardware or external devices.
- Switcher Effects
Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects to live video. The switcher supports dynamic TransWarp effects on the primary video layer, and on each of the 4 fully configurable DSKs. Each DSK also includes independent keying, positioning effects and transition controls.
- TransWarp Effects
Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 8000 electrifies live video, DSKs and Key layers with full-color animation store transitions, complete with embedded audio and 3D warping of video. The integrated Animation Store Creator application also allows you to build custom transitions and effects, with eye-catching visuals like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D transformations and motion overlays.
Load video clips, motion graphics, sounds, titles and stills of virtually any file format for live playback or overlay. Build playlists before or during a show, and save frequently used video and graphics collections as presets.
Access up to 15 additional media sources – instantly – during live production, including video clips, animations, images, titles and graphics. TriCaster 8000 supports 10 animation buffers and 5 still & title buffers, each with independent playback and transition controls, plus presets. View and manage buffer content via the integrated multiviewer, including animation preview and live title editing.
D. Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
Deliver pristine sound with adjustable audio for all internal and external resources, plus 4 fully independent stereo output mixes. Enjoy precision control, including robust audio follow video and routing configuration, per-input audio delay timing, and a seven-band equalizer and compressor/limiter on every source and output. Touchscreen and tactile remote control are also in the mix, via the companion iPad audio mixing app and native support for Avid® Artist Mix audio control surfaces.