Aside from new features, what are the main differences in the between the latest version of TriCaster Advanced Edition and prior versions?
As TriCaster Advanced Edition software has evolved, a number of significant changes have been made in that impact the user workflow, including revised functionality, controls, tools, and visual indicators. The following list includes the main differences between the latest version and prior versions:
- The upgraded Publish module has been renamed Export to better reflect enhanced capabilities
- IsoCorder now records each of the 4 configurable outputs by default. ISO recording an input will require routing the desired input to one of the 4 available outputs.
- IsoCorder now records exclusively to QuickTime. Alternative file formats require transcoding and export from the Export
- The switcher layout has been revised for better consistency between models.
- The switcher now includes 4 additional external inputs, with external inputs numbering 1-8 for TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini, and numbering 1-12 for TriCaster 8000 and TriCaster 860. The 4 new inputs replace NET inputs 1 and 2, the Buffer input, and Black on Bank 1 of the switcher. Discrete input channels for Buffers 1-15 and Black are now located on Bank 2 of the switcher.
- The configuration panel for each switcher input now provides independent source selection from any local hardware input or accessible NDI source, with thumbnail previews of all sources.
- Input connection type and resolution selections have been relocated to the consolidated Hardware configuration panel, which replaces the Output configuration panel. The Hardware configuration panel also contains Output, Genlock, and PTZ settings.
- Support for Apple AirPlay, external HTTP, RTSP, and RTMP sources and direct camera input over IP is no longer available.
- All systems have 4 configurable, NDI-compatible outputs, plus stream and display port outputs.
- User Interface and Multiview source monitors for external inputs are now labeled “INPUT #” rather than “CAMERA #”.
- The PREVIZ feature replaces the Effect View feature previously supported by Advanced Edition versions of TriCaster 8000 and 860, and is now also supported by TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini.
- DSK and KEY layer toolsets now include a full-time, full-motion video preview of the selected source and a small thumbnail image of the selected transition effect for each overlay. Positioner and speed controls have also been relocated for better navigation and use.
- The Comp Engine is available on the switcher and each M/E for TriCaster 8000, 860 and 460.
- 16 all-purpose presets, primarily to support Comp Engine presets, replace the 8 LiveSet presets (or “shot boxes”) for each M/E in TriCaster 8000, 860 and 460. TriCaster 410 and Mini will also have 16 presets per M/E, but these only support LiveSet effects – Advanced Edition software for TriCaster 410 and Mini does not include the Comp Engine feature.
- The audio mixer has single slider faders for each audio input and output. The audio configuration panel for each input and output has independent faders for each audio channel for sub-mixing.
- Each audio channel provides independent source selection from local inputs or NDI sources.
- The new audio routing system allows unprecedented configuration—particularly for applications using mix-minus, such as TalkShow workflows.