A feature for Zoom and Teams are "Breakout Rooms"
These rooms will allow for a "off air" conversation between operator and one or more remote callers, very similar to our TalkBack feature in a SkypeTX call.
TC2's Live Call Connect provides TalkBack support for other conferencing apps, with the caveat that in these cases (e.g., Teams, Zoom) it’s not possible to isolate sound from a single remote caller. In all such apps, sound from all remote callers is mixed; if you don’t want a caller’s audio heard when the mix is sent to air, that caller must be individually muted in the conferencing app.
(This is not a TriCaster limitation but notes on how these applications work.)
- External meeting host system (e.g., laptop):
- Launch NDI Webcam Input
- Select TriCaster’s Mix 1 as the NDI source.
- Set Webcam Input’s Audio level to +20dB
- Zoom Preparations
- Set Zoom’s camera and microphone to “NewTek NDI Video” and “Line (NewTek NDI Audio).”
- Start your meeting.
- Launch NDI Webcam Input
- Name the local Host connection “Program”, and ‘Spotlight’ it (this is your show).
- Open a breakout rooms and name it “Green Room.”
- Launch Zoom on the App Desktop
- Connect to the meeting.
- Zoom configuration (meeting host system, i.e., laptop):
- Give the TriCaster connection a suitable Zoom name (e.g., “Operator”).
- Make “Operator” a co-host (so he can mute/unmute callers in the “Green Room”)
- Assign program participants and “Operator” to the “Green Room” (using the Breakout Room option that moves them automatically).
Different Rooms for Different Purposes
- Callers in the main meeting see TriCaster’s program (Mix 1) from Webcam Input.
- Callers in the “Green Room” see and hear a) each other and b) Program output.
- As a co-host, the “Operator” can selectively mute/unmute any caller in the “Green Room.”
Note: Zoom has a “pre-approved consent to be unmuted” feature (Meeting Options>Request permission to unmute participants). When enabled, callers are prompted to let the host mute/unmute them. Permission persists for any future meeting with the same ID, and is particularly useful for callers in the “Green Room.”
Displaying a Caller in Your Show
- Either the Host or TriCaster “Operator” can assign program participants to the “Green Room”.
- The “Operator” can selectively mute/unmute callers in the “Green Room”, and use TalkBack to address them without disrupting program audio.
- The “Operator” assigns callers in the “Green Room” to TriCaster ‘s Switcher inputs.
- And can display them in the program, and mix “Green Room” caller sound into the show.
(Note that adding or removing a caller to/from the “Green Room” may require a “Relearn” operation, so changes to “Green Room” assignments should not be performed when a caller is on air.)
TriCaster 2 Elite software from Nov. 9, 2021 or newer is required to use Zoom breakout rooms in LCC