Default media file folders (Clips, Stills, etc.) are maintained for each session.  This approach makes it easy to locate items using the Custom File Browser, and is also convenient for backup and other file management purposes.

The default media locations for the active session can be made accessible across your local network.  Share Media Folders and Buffers in the File menu is on by default, and allows network clients to update media in the active session, even while live.  The following session media locations are dynamically shared:

  • Audio
  • Clips
  • Stills
  • Titles
  • Buffers

Note: Several ‘non-session dependent’ locations in the main TriCaster application folder are also shared.  This allows applications such as NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor, etc., running on external systems to export directly to TriCaster.  These network shares are unaffected by the Share Media Folders and Buffers setting.

When suitable content is added to these shared folders, TriCaster’s Media Browser provides immediate access to it.  Simply select the session name (under Clips, Stills, etc.) in the Location List at left to reveal the updated files in the File Pane at right.

This is wonderfully convenient, but should be approached with a measure of common sense.  Network bandwidth has fixed limits. Be judicious when transferring files while ‘live’.  TriCaster may be using the network for many purposes – including streaming, or video feeds from a 3Play™, iVGA™, LiveText™ or third party software, as well as any unrelated traffic on the network.

Transferring very large files across a network can time consuming, and impacts both disk access and network resources.

When these resources are already heavily taxed, dropped frames on streaming or video outputs, or sluggish response to controls may result.

We strongly urge you to gather media assets before starting your live productions whenever possible.


SECTION 11.2.6

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