TriCaster 860


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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.

Product Essentials:

  • 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


860 UI with Guide Numbers
1    User Interface
    Provides complete control over live production, streaming, recording, and media publishing operations.

2    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.

3    Workspaces
    Choose a view that works for you with a variety of selectable layouts for User Interface and Multiview monitor displays.
     
4    Live Streaming
    Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 860 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.

5    Grab
    The unique view from every angle is up for grabs. Snap photos from inputs, buffers and outputs, simultaneously; build a collection of HD still images to post to social media sites, or use during the show.

6    Recording
    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.

Media Publishing



A. Media Publishing
    Publish content instantly to popular social media sites like YoutubeTM, Facebook and TwitterTM, 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.  

7    Live Desktop Monitors
    Select from a variety of layouts for previewing production sources. Full field rate displays also include convenient options for additional customization, including safe areas, VU meters, and alpha channel transparency display.

8    Cameras
    Connect up to 8 live cameras or video sources, of any connection type or resolution, including robotic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras.


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    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 set up shots remotely and change angles on the fly.

9    Network Sources
    Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® Airplay® devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network. TriCaster 860 also accepts video over IP, streaming servers, USB video sources, NewTek 3PlayTM and TriCaster systems, as well as a variety of third-party partner solutions as network inputs.

10    DDRs
    Load and playback video clips, packages and motion graphics. TriCaster 860 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.

11    Graphics
    Display images, apply titles or present static graphics. Choose from and edit templates in a variety of styles and designs, or import your own graphics for a custom-branded live production.

12    Look-Ahead Preview Monitor
    Setup and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.

13    Program Monitor
    View the primary video output being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded.

14    Live Virtual Sets
    Get the look of a network-style studio, complete with real-time reflections and spectacular highlights. TriCaster 860 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 interactive hotspots.

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    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.

15    M/E Buses
    Mix multi-source compositions or create complex video effects, and configure for output, feed upstream to the main switcher or designate as an alternative recording mix. TriCaster 860 features 8 M/E buses, each a complete switcher with independent keying and positioning effects per selected source, Key layer, the powerful Transwarp effects engine, and presets. M/E buses also support 3D video production, macro hotspots, and live virtual sets.

16    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 a fully configurable Key layer with independent keying, positioning effects, transition controls and support for TransWarp effects.

17    Live Production Switcher
    Control productions in all resolutions up to 1080p, integrating multiple cameras, video feeds, network sources, stored media, graphics, transitions and effects without any extra hardware or external devices.

18    Switcher Effects
    Apply titles, graphics, and spectacular events to live video. The switcher supports dynamic TransWarp effects on the primary video layer, and on 2 fully configurable DSKs. Each DSK also includes independent keying, positioning effects and transition controls.

19    TransWarp Effects
    Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 860 electrifies live video, DSKs and overlays 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.

20    Media
    Load video clips, motion graphics, sounds, titles and stills of virtually any fie format for live playback or overlay. Build playlists before or during a show, and save frequently used video and graphics collections as presets.

21    Buffers
    Access up to 15 additional media sources - instantly - during live production, including video clips, animations, images, titles and graphics. TriCaster 860 supports 5 animation buffers and 10 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.

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    D. Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
    Deliver pristine sound with adjustable audio for all internal and external sources, 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.

Visuals

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).

Multimedia

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.

De-Fielded Grabs

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.

Control

Macros

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.

Macro Editor

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.

Snapshots

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.

Hot Spots

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.

MIDI Support

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.

M/E Autoplay

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.

Configuration

Session Templates

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.

Input Grouping

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.

Operation

UI Enhancements

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.

Monitoring Enhancements

Preview any source, including M/Es and Buffers, within Waveform/Vectorscope for color correction and level adjustment.

Multi-View Overlays

Individually customize each multi-view preview monitor, adjusting on the fly for fine-tuned workflow or simply for observation.

Audio

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.

Audio Routing

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

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.

Independent Delay

Compensate for sync issues with incoming video from mixed cameras with the ability to adjust the audio delay for every input.

Source/Output

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.

Integration

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.

Publishing

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.

Clip Publishing

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

Multi-Camera Switching

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.

Outputs

Network Out

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.

Recording

M/E Record

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.

 

Complete multi-camera production that eliminates racks of additional equipment for professionals who deliver big, live coverage to large audiences.

Turnkey Solution

Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record, simultaneously, TriCaster 860’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.


Facility-class Installation

With TriCaster 860’s redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe measures, you have industrial-strength performance and the ability to adapt to your facility or truck. All audio and video, monitoring and network connectors are easily accessible from the rear for installation in industry standard 19” rackmount configurations. Professional SDI, as well as analog connectivity, external timecode support, genlock, more-extensive format compatibility for integration with nearly any workflow, and a long list of file types allow TriCaster 860 to ease into your infrastructure and seamlessly handle your most challenging needs.


Mix-and-Match I/O

TriCaster 860 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 combines the capabilities of literally racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology saves loads of space, enhancing your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8 camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record any combination of your finished show, a clean feed, raw source captures from any camera, or more, at full resolution.


24-channel Multi-Camera Production

With the 24 channel, multi-camera TriCaster 860, 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 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 860 gives producers instant access to even more content in real time, without adding equipment or crew. 10 still buffers and 5 animation buffers 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.


Audio Mixing

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

TriCaster 860 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production to customize your brand—even for multiple shows—with a polish that makes an impression on quality-savvy audiences. From full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, to imaginative elements like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects and motion overlays. Create your own branded, custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application, and real-time, multi-layered compositions with 8 M/E rows and motion effects.


Automation

Automation functions in TriCaster 860 help you experiment with more complex sequences but leave nothing to chance during a live production. Reduce on-air mistakes with macros—streamline real-time shot sequences that make the show look more sophisticated, but are too complicated to execute live and risk costly errors. Unlimited external control functions with MIDI sequencing enables show control of nearly any command, or offloading tasks to additional crew. With hotspots, talent can trigger automated sequences requiring extraordinary timing with on-camera gestures, effectively controlling a segment without an operator. And add remotely controlled robotic cameras as input sources, without the need to add camera operators.


Virtual Sets

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, without the high cost or heavy construction. With TriCaster 860 system's virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds and live moving backgrounds. Not just high-end studio looks either: take a panoramic of any location with your smart phone, or a 3D model from any universe you create, and make it your scene using our holographic LiveSet capability, bringing augmented reality that much closer to live. Add real-time energy to any virtual set with two live sources—each with overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D DVEs and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.


Social Media Publishing

With a brief setup beforehand and the real-time grab of a shot, generate second-screen content for sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter during the live show, and extend your brand to online and second-screen platforms—or share assets to common storage locations for instant access by others. Hey, set it all up with a macro and just push a button, and you’ve increased your program exposure without adding equipment, personnel, or lag time.


Fail-safes/Redundancy

TriCaster 860 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.


Capacity

TriCaster 860 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 postproduction. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift and grow from show to show—without missing a beat.


Post-production

TriCaster 860 is not just about live. It’s a content creation machine. 8-channel ISO recording enables the capture of all the raw sources coming into the program, for later repurposing or re-use. And with QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, your media floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Our 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 860 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.

Complete multi-camera production that eliminates racks of additional equipment for professionals who deliver big, live coverage to large audiences.
Turnkey Solution

Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record, simultaneously, TriCaster 860’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.
Facility-class Installation

With TriCaster 860’s redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe measures, you have industrial-strength performance and the ability to adapt to your facility or truck. All audio and video, monitoring and network connectors are easily accessible from the rear for installation in industry standard 19” rackmount configurations. Professional SDI, as well as analog connectivity, external timecode support, genlock, more-extensive format compatibility for integration with nearly any workflow, and a long list of file types allow TriCaster 860 to ease into your infrastructure and seamlessly handle your most challenging needs.
Mix-and-Match I/O

TriCaster 860 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 combines the capabilities of literally racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology saves loads of space, enhancing your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8 camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record any combination of your finished show, a clean feed, raw source captures from any camera, or more, at full resolution.
24-channel Multi-Camera Production

With the 24 channel, multi-camera TriCaster 860, 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 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 860 gives producers instant access to even more content in real time, without adding equipment or crew. 10 still buffers and 5 animation buffers 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.
Audio Mixing

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

TriCaster 860 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production to customize your brand—even for multiple shows—with a polish that makes an impression on quality-savvy audiences. From full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, to imaginative elements like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects and motion overlays. Create your own branded, custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application, and real-time, multi-layered compositions with 8 M/E rows and motion effects.
Automation

Automation functions in TriCaster 860 help you experiment with more complex sequences but leave nothing to chance during a live production. Reduce on-air mistakes with macros—streamline real-time shot sequences that make the show look more sophisticated, but are too complicated to execute live and risk costly errors. Unlimited external control functions with MIDI sequencing enables show control of nearly any command, or offloading tasks to additional crew. With hotspots, talent can trigger automated sequences requiring extraordinary timing with on-camera gestures, effectively controlling a segment without an operator. And add remotely controlled robotic cameras as input sources, without the need to add camera operators.
Virtual Sets

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, without the high cost or heavy construction. With TriCaster 860 system's virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds and live moving backgrounds. Not just high-end studio looks either: take a panoramic of any location with your smart phone, or a 3D model from any universe you create, and make it your scene using our holographic LiveSet capability, bringing augmented reality that much closer to live. Add real-time energy to any virtual set with two live sources—each with overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D DVEs and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.
Social Media Publishing

With a brief setup beforehand and the real-time grab of a shot, generate second-screen content for sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter during the live show, and extend your brand to online and second-screen platforms—or share assets to common storage locations for instant access by others. Hey, set it all up with a macro and just push a button, and you’ve increased your program exposure without adding equipment, personnel, or lag time.
Fail-safes/Redundancy

TriCaster 860 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.
Capacity

TriCaster 860 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 postproduction. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift and grow from show to show—without missing a beat.
Post-production

TriCaster 860 is not just about live. It’s a content creation machine. 8-channel ISO recording enables the capture of all the raw sources coming into the program, for later repurposing or re-use. And with QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, your media floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Our 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 860 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.


Switcher Channels 24 – 10 external, 6 internal, 8 M/E buses
Video Input8 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates (including PsF selections): HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C or Composite
Network Sources2 live inputs via Gigabit connection, selectable from any networked computers via included NewTek iVGA client application; wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices; TriCaster; 3Play; USB video sources; video over IP sources; RTMP or RTSP streams; HTTP streaming video sources; and third-party partner solutions
Robotic Camera SupportAccess 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
Media5 integrated digital media players (2 DDRs, 2 GFX and Sound) + 15 network-shareable buffers
Buffers5 animation buffers and 10 still & title buffers to store and playback video, animations, titles 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
MacrosRecord configurations and operation sequences to various control methods for recall and automation, with built-in macro editor
DSKs2 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 TransitionsIntegrated 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
Virtual Sets30+ HD live virtual sets supporting up to 2 switchable live sources, with presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and animated pan, zoom and pedestal moves
Holographic Live Virtual SetsSupport for custom virtual environments generated from panoramic smartphone, camera or DSLR images (VSE 2.5 required)
Video Output Configurable for up to 12 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)

- HDMI output

- Network output for live streaming

- A/V output to network-connected TriCaster over local network

RecordingMulti-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology, including native recording in up to 1080p with timecode and 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)
Media PublishingSupports direct content upload to YouTube™, Facebook, Twitter™, FTP, local or external volumes, and network servers
Live StreamingHD live streaming with simultaneous archive, presets in up to 720p, and support for 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
Audio Inputs 8 SDI Embedded

8 AES3/EBU

8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)

Phantom Power Support

Audio Outputs 3 SDI Embedded

2 AES3/EBU

4 Balanced XLR

4 Balanced XLR (AUX)

1 Stereo 1/4" (phones)

Audio MixingIntegrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones, with 4 fully independent stereo output mixes, companion iPad® audio mixing app and support for 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

 

Playback Media FormatsAVI, 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)
MonitoringDVI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview displays, with selectable layouts and dual-monitor display combinations via Workspaces control panel
Signal MonitoringIntegrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709
MIDI ControlSupport for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros
System Physical4U Rack Mount, with 550W redundant, removable power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe;optional TriCaster 860 hardware control surface
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