Figure 122

The custom Media Browser provides easy navigation and selection of content on your TriCaster (or other NewTek live production system) on the local network. The Media Browser appears anywhere in the Live Desktop that you might wish to select content, transitions or effects for use in your project (such as the Media Players, LiveSet and Transitions sections). Its layout is principally comprised of two panes at left and right that we’ll refer to as the Location List and File Pane.

Location List

The Location List is a column of favorite “locations”, grouped under headings such as LiveSets, Clips, Titles, Stills, and so on.  The Media Browser is context sensitive, so the headings shown are generally appropriate for the purpose for which they were opened.  A list of sub-headings will appear under each main heading in the Location List.  These may correspond to named sessions, or groups of content.  When you select a sub-heading, the right hand pane – the File Pane – is populated.

Session Recordings and Grabs

Figure 123

In addition to locations named for your stored sessions, the Location List includes two special entries worth noting.  The Session Recordings location shows you all files captured in the current session, saving you time hunting through a hierarchy to find them.  Similarly, Session Grabs makes it easy to find those still images you just snapped with TriCaster’s Grab feature.

Hint: Clips that are being actively captured are marked with a red ‘record’ overlay (Figure 124).  These clips continue to ‘grow’, and can be re-trimmed after their addition to DDR playlists or the Publish Queue.

Add Media Location & Browse

Clicking Browse opens a standard system file explorer, rather than the custom Media Browser.

Hint: To jump to the standard system file explorer (rather than the custom Media Browser) from a Media Player, hold keyboard Shift while clicking the Add button.

File Pane

Icons appearing in the File Pane represent content located inside the sub-heading selected at left in the Locations List.  These are grouped under horizontal dividers named for sub-folders, which allows related content to be organized conveniently.

Figure 124

File Filters

The File Pane view is filtered to show only relevant content. For example, when selecting LiveSets, the browser only shows LiveSet files (.vsfx).

Figure 125

An additional filter appears above the File Pane.  This filter quickly locates files matching criteria you enter, doing so even as you type.  For example, if you enter “wav” into the filter field, the File Pane displays all content at the current location with that string as part of its filename.  This would include any file with the extension “.wav” (WAVE audio file format), but also “wavingman.jpg” or “lightwave_render.avi”.

File Context Menu

Right-click on a file icon in the right-hand pane to show a menu providing Rename and Delete options.  Be aware that Delete really does remove content from your hard drive.  This menu is not shown if the item clicked is write-protected.

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