Mobile producers, independent video and Web TV experts, advanced worship producers, and corporate video departments are the inspiration for TriCaster 460’s boldly-go-anywhere attitude. For anyone producing professional real-time video in small or roving bases of operation – getting there is just the start.
The most versatile and extensive of our mobile-scale multi-camera video solutions, TriCaster 460’s any-format, any-resolution, any frame-rate I/O and amped-up production capabilities let you connect any camera, access any available video source, and go live from locations you've only imagined. And, with 3D and holographic sets, you can go live from virtually any world.
Produce a 4-camera show that looks infinitely bigger, with layered video, real-time compositions, and multiple submixes that give the look of adding 4 other switchers into the stream. Deliver multi-channel media with simultaneous streaming and social media publishing. Record every feed for later remixing, sweetening, or just fixing mistakes—but leave the expensive, extraneous decks, encoders, and other superfluous gear for others to set up and take down while you’re on the move. And, TriCaster 460 packs it all into a 2U frame.
When the show’s over in the field, get the source footage to your creative team for tricked-out postproduction, or create whole new programs from the media you already captured. With TriCaster 460, your revenue opportunities are just taking off.
- 4-M/E, 15-channel video switching with audio mixer, titles, warping transitions, buffers, DSK and DVE effects
- Flexible I/O with mix-and-match HD and SD component, composite, and SDI connectivity for any resolution, frame synced for optimal video processing
- Customizable visuals to brand each program with its own high-end look and feel
- Virtual sets with 3D environments and panoramic appearance, including realistic camera movements
- Extensive automation and breakout control of commands and complex sequences
- Custom, interactive elements and effects sequences triggered by talent
- Publish to social networks, stream live, record and project – simultaneously
- Record each camera feed for later production with our groundbreaking IsoCorder multi-track capture technology
- Post-production workflows with extensive file format compatibility and removable storage
- Deliver from a van, small studio, broadcast control room, backstage, blogger's workspace
Your small to mid-size productions will make you look like a television giant with astonishing flexibility and mobility.
Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project stream, and record simultaneously, TriCaster 460’s multiple turnkey functions do the work usually requiring racks of equipment, but integrated into a small, van-friendly footprint 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.
Scaled for Mobility
Professional-grade gear in a compact size. Industry-standard analog and digital connectivity, along with swift setup and teardown for in-and-out coverage, make the most of just 2U of rack space in a production vehicle or other space, and help you gain a freedom of movement that's just not possible with racks of individual components pieced together. Available with or without a compact counter-sunk or countertop control surface that goes anywhere.
TriCaster 460 provides connectivity to prepare for any location scenario. Connect multiple cameras 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.
4-channel ISO Source Recording
NewTek’s seriously forward-thinking IsoCorder™ technology combines the capabilities of racks and racks of video capture equipment, providing multi-track, multi-format recording of up to four simultaneous channels. Record any combination of your finished show, a clean feed, raw source captures from any camera, or more, at full resolution—directly from the user interface.
15-channel Multi-camera Production
Connectivity for 4 camera sources. Color correction, keying, cropping, scaling, and frame sync on every input. Video playback from 2 DDRs—not just short clips with an overly restrictive frame count: we’re talking full-length packages and whatever else you need. Digital media from 2 built-in graphic and sound slots. 2 network sources for sharing computer displays, wireless iOS devices, or any over-the-network source. And 4 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).
Expanded Media Sources: Buffers and Network Inputs
Providing greater built-in source variety than any other 15-channel system is just the start. TriCaster 460 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.
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 460 has the most powerful integrated effects engine available in live production. From full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, to real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping, and transformations with TransWarp effects and motion overlays; all the way to your own custom, branded effects using the included Animation Store Creator application, and real-time, multi-layered compositions with 4 M/E rows and motion effects. TriCaster 460 lets nothing stand in the way of getting the look you want or the professional presentation your organization demands.
Automation functions in TriCaster 460 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.
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 460 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.
TriCaster 460 provides extensive workflow interoperation for postproduction: 4-channel ISO recording enables the capture of all the raw sources coming into the program, for later repurposing or re-use. Expanded media format support (like native QuickTime®-encoded files embedded with timecode and four audio tracks) eliminates conversion for production or editing, speeds up post- production workflows, and enables wider integration of Mac or PC based files. Our codecs for Mac and PC let you encode media assets, optimized for real time.
External and Third-Party Applications
Through our third-party developer network, TriCaster 460 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 460,
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 460 below.
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 460 take total advantage of our full pan and scan capabilities and position presets, and now include our most updated, more life-like template sets.
Holographic Live Virtual Sets
Create a customized virtual environment from any real-world location. Turn panoramic images taken with your smartphone, DSLR or even point-and-shoot camera into a photorealistic virtual set, using the companion TriCaster VSE 2.5 software (sold separately).
Playback from Cloud, IP, and Stream
Access virtually limitless video sources and content applications as video sources, with the ability to connect to Cloud-based media, IP cameras and streaming servers through network inputs.
Still & Title Buffers (10)
Access up to 15 additional media sources – instantly – during live production. View and manage buffer content directly inside the integrated multiviewer, including animation preview (in some models) and, incredibly live title editing.
Animation Buffers (5)
Dedicate some of your new buffers for up to 5 more full-motion sources for anything animated that you want instantly available, like LiveSet backgrounds, station logos, animated graphics elements—and set them to loop, run once, move around, slow down, positon anywhere, scale, and key.
Stills from any input (even buffers) can be captured in a pristine, de-fielded frame for immediate use, whether in the show or published instantly.
Send Recording to Playlist
The Add to Playlist record panel command enables instant turnaround of in-show content, making recorded clips available for immediate playback from any DDR playlist.
Send Grabs to Buffer
Make the scene you've just produced available as a newly captured image source in your show. Grab and send the still image directly to a buffer and have it at your beck and call.
Playlist Editing During Playback
Easily accommodate revisions to the show rundown or new content without missing a beat by making changes and updates to media player playlists during showtime. Every preset bin can be accessed and reorganized on the fly, even playing back content from one playlist while editing on another.
Make commonly used series of commands automatic, or just simplify complex ones. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event, then trigger with a mouse click, keystroke, control surface action or MIDI button—or gesture-based onscreen hotspots.
Save time reproducing your painstaking macros from scratch. Tweak to your exact specifications, editing the action, timing and order as needed, to ensure automated operations run smoothly and accurately.
Configure your setup of a particular scene just the way you need it for any scenario, then fire every macro action simultaneously to snap to it automatically, organizing and automating your show down to the finest detail.
Turn on-screen areas into interactive controls and let your talent trigger macros with live motion - even run your one-person show from in front of the camera. A wave of a hand or a walk to a mark, and the next action sequence happens automatically.
Make automation of your show even easier or breakout control tasks to additional crew with TriCaster's extensive MIDI support. Add one or any number of MIDI devices that fit your application and budget, assign macros to controller buttons, and provide dedicated control over video operations - even meshing them with live performance elements like sound, lighting, effects, and more.
Increase the efficiency and accuracy of your production with instant automatic playback. Clips and content play right on cue whenever you press the applicable switcher or M/E button, meaning zero delay when taking a video or images.
Set up and store session settings in reusable templates to jump right to your custom configuration during pre-show activities.
MEM Slot Presets
A timesaver on every level. Configure M/Es, LiveSet shots, transitions, media players, and more with your most frequently used setups and content. Presets include multiple slots for instant access to your preferred assets, even while live.
Use the UI to link switcher and M/E source rows together in color-coded groups to streamline your simultaneous actions on multiple sources and multiple outputs. Make instant, accurate adjustments and fewer mistakes.
Next-generation user interface standardizes workflows and conventions across all pro-level models, providing more intuitive control placement and enhanced visuals for better performance and more efficient operation in typical control environments.
Preview any source, including M/Es and Buffers, within Waveform/Vectorscope for color correction and level adjustment.
Individually customize each multi-view preview monitor, adjusting on the fly for fine-tuned workflow or simply for observation.
Audio Control Surface (Avid Artist Mix)
Add an audio operator to your crew to focus solely on sound. Every TriCaster supports the Avid Artist Mix audio control surface (sold separately) to provide hands-on control over audio levels and configuration options.
Audio Follow Video (AFV)
Simplify even the most complex A/V setup by selecting any video source to automatically trigger the appropriate audio selection.
Stereo Output Mixes
Expand audio without adding more hardware. Pair stereo output mixes for quad audio, or split them up for multi-language production, a secondary mix, and much more. Dual auxilliary outputs too.
Every conceivable audio distribution combination with independent routing of any channel from any input to any and all of the four audio output mixes.
Pan control on every channel creates a rich, layered sound experience.
Rename Audio Inputs
TriCaster makes it easy for you to keep sources straight, use your own naming conventions, and simplify adjustments.
Compensate for sync issues with incoming video from mixed cameras with the ability to adjust the audio delay for every input.
Listen and adjust more accurately, with the ability to toggle Solo setting on or off. Audition any single source or output channel, with both exclusive and latch operation options.
PTZ Camera Control
Control robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras directly from the User Interface, including camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris. Position presets with thumbnail preview make it easy to set up shots remotely and change angles on the fly.
Social Media Share Panel
Take over second and third screens with built-in social media sharing. Real-time publishing instantly links you with all of your social networks – like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube™ – so you can share, distribute, and engage instantly, even when you don't have a dedicated social media producer on site.
FTP & File Copy
Duplicate and transfer saved files and recordings for internal and external distribution, getting content to the people that need it more quickly and efficiently.
Prepare recorded files for publishing, creating in and out points on the frames of preference, and then uploading to the desired destination for internal use or external viewing.
Still Grab & Publish
Grab stills from all inputs (including Buffers) and main outputs simultaneously, with enhanced de-fielding for better image quality, and publish immediately to social sites or post-production workflows.
Mix/Effects Banks (4)
Expand creative possibilities for your production. In Mix mode, M/Es can use program/preview transitions and overlay to create full-featured sub-mixes. In Effect mode, create multiple video layers for real-time compositing, or transform your green screen setup into an elaborate virtual set.
Adding more flexibility to TriCaster's outputs, a configurable over-the-network destination—just like any hardware I/O connection—can be assigned a video source and independent audio channel.
M/E Submix Out
Double your output and audience opportunities by switching two shows simultaneously or producing a secondary feed for post-show repurposing, with the ability to output an M/E sub-mix.
Recording specialized sub-mixes of your live production that you can repurpose at will. Set your record source to any M/E, and capture an alternate cut of your live show, an uninterrupted feed of a select composition, or even an identical program with different branding.
|Switcher Channels||15 – 6 external, 5 internal, 4 M/E buses|
|Video Input||4 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates (including PsF selections)
|Network Sources||2 live inputs via Gigabit connection, selectable from any available network sources with support for video, audio and alpha channel
|Robotic Camera Support||Access up to 4 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||4 integrated digital media sources for video, graphics and sounds (2 DDRs, GFX and Sound) + 15 buffers|
|Buffers||15 content buffers to store and playback video, animations, still images and graphics
|Mix/Effect Buses (M/E)||4 freely configurable M/E channels for video mixing, compositing, effects and virtual sets, each with independent Key layer and support for TransWarp effects
|Macros||Record configurations and operation sequences, then attach to keyboard shortcuts, control surface actions, MIDI controllers, or on-screen hotspots for recall and automation
|DSKs||2 primary DSK channels, plus 1 additional Key layer per M/E bus, each with independent transition controls, 3D DVE, scaling, cropping and integrated TransWarp effects|
|Effects and Transitions||Integrated TransWarp effects engine on all effects channels supports standard transitions, customizable animation store transitions with audio, and overlay effects
|Virtual Sets||30+ HD live virtual sets, with presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and specular highlights
|Holographic Live Virtual Sets||Support for custom virtual environments generated from panoramic smartphone, camera or DSLR images
|Hotspots||Up to 8 freely configurable, interactive hotspots per input for macro control|
|Video Output||Configurable for up to 9 output connections, with support for key output and per-connection signal settings
|Recording||Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 4 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology
|Grab||Grab full resolution, de-fielded still images from inputs and outputs, and freely choose to add grabs to Publish queue, Media Player presets and Buffer destinations|
|Media Publishing||Supports direct content upload to YouTube™, Facebook, Twitter™, FTP, local or external volumes, and network servers|
|Live Streaming||HD live streaming with simultaneous archive
|Audio Inputs||4 SDI Embedded
3 x 2 Balanced 1/4” (Mic/Line)
1 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
Phantom Power Support
|Audio Outputs||2 SDI Embedded
1 x 2 Balanced XLR
1 x 2 Balanced 1/4” (AUX)
1 Stereo 1/4” (phones)
|Audio Mixing||Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones, with 4 fully independent stereo output mixes: 2 Master, 2 AUX
|Supported Session Formats||
|Playback Media Formats||AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1, 2, all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM, PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF, AIFF, MP3, WAV, and more, with Import Media application for batch import with optional transcoding of files (including Apple ProRes)|
|Export Media Formats||Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices: Apple ProRes, AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more|
|Monitoring||DVI and HDMI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview displays
|Signal Monitoring||Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709|
|Session Management||Setup and store session settings in reusable template sessions|
|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||Optional TriCaster 460 hardware control surface
|MIDI Control||Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros|
|System Physical||2U Rack Mount, with 430W power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
Subject to change without notice.
- User Interface
Provides complete control over live production, streaming, recording, and media publishing operations.
- 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.
Choose a view that works for you with a variety of selectable layouts for User Interface and Multiview monitor displays.
- Live Streaming
Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 460 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, simultaneously; build a collection of HD still images to post to social media sites, or use during the show.
Capture video from up to 4 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
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.
Connect up to 4 live cameras or video sources, of any connection type or resolution, including robotic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras.
B. Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Camera Control
Control up to 4 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 460 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 460 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 from 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
Setup and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.
- Program Monitor
View the primary video output being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded.
- Live Virtual Sets
Get the look of a network-style studio, complete with real-time reflections and specular highlights. TriCaster 460 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.
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 upstream to the main switcher or designate as an alternative recording mix. TriCaster 460 features 4 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Switcher Effects
Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects 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.
- TransWarp Effects
Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 460 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.
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 460 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.
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.