TriCaster XD series- Creating Custom Flash Profiles

This article describes how to create custom flash profiles on the TriCaster XD Series. Warning: Manually upgrading the Flash or Windows Media encoders may cause TriCaster streaming to fail!

  1. Exit the TriCaster software and go to the Windows Desktop.
  2. At the bottom in the toolbar click on Start,
  3. Then select All Programs,
  4. Now go to, Adobe and click on ,Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3(referred to as FMLE from here on).

    Note: The FMLE allows you to customize settings such as bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc. (For more information regarding encoding options, please visit Adobe’s help website.)
  5. For the custom profile to properly use the audio and video from the TriCaster, make sure the Device under the Video and Audio sections are set to NewTek TriCaster Video and NewTek TriCaster Audio respectively.
  6. Under Video, set the Format to H.264, then click the wrench icon to the right. Set the Profile to Baseline, and Level to 3.1. Keyframe frequency can be left at 3 seconds.
  7. Now, set the Input and Output Size to the resolution you wish and proceed to customize the other settings as you please.

    Note: You can set up a secondary video output to utilize Multi-BitRate streaming, however, be sure your CDN supports MBR Streaming. Also, TriCaster supports only 2 streaming bit rates, not the 3 that Flash offers in their set up, so only set up one additional Output.
  8. Under Audio, the Format should be set to ACC, channels set to Stereo and Sample Rate set to 44100. You can customize the other settings as you please.
  9. After you have finished preparing your profile in FMLE go to File | Save Profile and navigate to here:

    C:\TriCaster\ Stream Profiles\FlashProfiles\
  10. Enter either the NTSC or the PAL folder, then the 4x3, 16x9, or HD folder, and save your profile there. Name it whatever you would like to easily distinguish it between the other stock profiles. When finished, close FMLE.
  11. Now you are ready to apply the profile you just made. Launch the TriCaster and go into Live Production.
  12. Click on the Stream Configuration icon.
  13. Click "New" next to the Connection drop down menu in the upper left to setup a new stream.
  14. Select Flash as the type and now on the left under Streaming Profile you can choose your custom profile through the drop down menu.
  15. On the right, input your stream settings and test your connection.

Note: It’s possible to create profiles that are not well suited for typical situations, and which may cause TriCaster’s output to falter or fail. Test, test, test....

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    Joseph Meyer

    Hi there.

    We're using the TC1 to stream to Facebook yet we do not have the dropdown menu through which we can use a custom encoder to adjust our keyframes.

    Please help! :)

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