Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record, simultaneously, TriCaster 8000s 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, displayeven over the network transmission to another TriCaster. Smaller program? Shrink back down to sizeand let one operator handle the show.
TriCaster 8000s 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 displayseven send a signal to another TriCaster over the network with a network output.
8-channel, Multi-Format 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, simultaneouslyright 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 flexibilityand 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, instantlyacross 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 theyll 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 switchesand your show takes on a whole new dimension with interactive elements in step with your talents 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 throughtheyll see any world you want to create. With the TriCaster 8000 systems virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds and moving backgrounds. Dont want a studio look? Thats 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 sourceseach 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 followingnot 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 networkslike Facebook, Twitter, and YouTubeso you can share, distribute and engage instantly, even while the actions 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 withand fail over toan identically setup TriCaster 8000 system in order to continue to ride through a program seamlessly, during an unpredictable interruption of primary live operationfor 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 productions5 integrated digital media players are on-hand to augment your production, on top of your 10 live and 8 virtual sourcesand for ISO recording your individual camera sources for later post-production. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity, and extend with external USB 3.0 drive support, too. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift and grow from show, to showwithout 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.
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
Direct input of cameras and video devices in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C or Composite connections
Compatible with external video routers manufactured by AJA®, Blackmagic Design®, Ensemble Designs, Miranda, Utah Scientific, and brands supporting Grass Valley® Native Protocol
Per-input format configuration, scaler (including 3:2 intelligent pull-down) and frame synchronizer enabling intermixing of formats
Per-input color correction, crop and LiveMatte keyer controls
Support for Key + Fill input pairing
Network Sources 2 live inputs via Gigabit connection, selectable from any available network sources with support for video, audio and alpha channel
Supported sources include networked computers via included NewTek iVGA client application; wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices; TriCaster 8000, 860, 460 or 410; 3Play 4800, 440 or 425; USB video sources; video over IP sources; RTMP or RTSP streams; HTTP streaming video sources; and a variety of third-party partner solutions
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
10 animation buffers and 5 still & title buffers, with multiviewer, animation preview, title editing and presets
Shareable across a network for watch folder application, with real-time edit and update of content
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 supporting 4 independent Key layers, TransWarp effects, and Adobe® Photoshop® blending modes between layers
Mix mode: Enables secondary switcher operation for output, submix or recording, with Program/Preview workflow and transitions
Effects mode: Enables multi-layer compositing, effects generation and virtual set application, with per-source 3D DVE, scaling, cropping, edge feathering and keying
Macros Record configurations and operation sequences, then attach to keyboard shortcuts, control surface actions, MIDI controllers, or on-screen hotspots for recall and automation
Macro editor for modifying user-defined macro configurations and sequences
Augment and extend TriCaster operation using macro plug-ins to control external devices and applications
Enable cross-platform commands and automation between TriCaster and 3Play
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
Animation Store Creator for custom animations
Supports per-pixel alpha blending between sources and real-time 3D warping of video or graphics
Virtual Sets 30+ HD live virtual sets, with presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and specular highlights
Live pan and zoom of virtual camera and customizable virtual camera presets with animated pan, zoom and pedestal moves
Support for up to 4 switchable live sources and multi-box effects, with per-source 3D DVE, edge feathering, scaling, cropping and keying
Supports custom-created virtual sets generated using NewTek Virtual Set Editor or third-party partner solutions
Holographic Live Virtual Sets Support for custom virtual environments generated from panoramic smartphone, camera or DSLR images
Select sets included; custom sets require Virtual Set Editor 2.5
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
3 x SDI
3 x Analog (configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite)
2 x Display Ports for additional displays or projectors
Network output for live streaming
A/V output to network-connected TriCaster over local network
Recording Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder technology
Native recording in up to 1080p with timecode
Encoding format selectable per source: QuickTime® (XDCAM HD compatible, 4:2:2 encoding, 24-bit audio), MPEG-2 (high or normal profile), AVI (SpeedHQ), and H.264 (high or Web quality)
Freely choose to add recordings to Publish queue and DDR destinations
Includes 3TB internal drive and 3 removable 2TB media drives accommodating a total of ~220 hours 1080i (varies by resolution and format; capacity expandable using additional supported storage)
4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
Simultaneous recording of up to 8 channels (2 channels per drive) to included storage or other supported storage configurations
Supports recording to external storage via USB 3.0
Supports shared storage integration via third-party partner solutions
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
Presets in up to 720p, supporting most common streaming profiles and custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles, including RTMP streaming using H.264 (ex. Adobe Flash® Media Server), Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull, and browser-based streaming applications, with Ustream® and Livestream® native integrated support
Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser
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
Pan control, solo auditioning, seven-band equalizer and stereo compressor/limiter per input and output, with per-input audio delay control
Multi-bus routing of audio source channels to any combination of outputs, with independent level control over channels 1/2 and 3/4 for quad sources
AFV system enabling audio to follow multiple video sources, with support for unlimited audio grouping combinations
Digital audio inputs equipped with audio time-base synchronizers
Supports companion iPad® audio mixing app and Avid® Artist Mix audio control surface
Supported Session Formats
NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
Multi-Standard model: NTSC 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; NTSC-J 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/24p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 720/24p, 576/25i
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
NewTek SpeedEDIT 2 non-linear editor available via download for Add-On installation
NewTek SpeedHQ codecs for Mac and PC included for extended file compatibility
Monitoring DVI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview preview displays
Preview all sources or select sources in a variety of layouts and dual-monitor display combinations via Workspaces control panel
Viewports freely configurable for any combination of input sources, Program, Preview, M/E buses, clocks or images
A/V indicator and guide overlays configurable per viewport
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
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
Surface ~ 34.1 x 1.0 x 13.8 in (86.6 x 2.6 x 35.1 cm)
Base ~ 34.1 x 2.2 x 12.8 in (86.6 x 5.6 x 32.5 cm)
MIDI Control Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros
Supports 2 x 24 GPI signals via JLCooper eBOX GPI system
System Physical 4U Rack Mount, with 550W redundant, removable power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
19.0 x 7.0 x 20.5 in (48.3 x 17.8 x 52.0 cm)
44 lbs (20 kg)