Connecting and Configuring a Video Router

With the appropriate software installed, TriCaster Advanced Edition systems can control and access output from router models supporting the popular Grass Valley® Native Protocol, as well as Black Magic Design® Video Hub routers.

The implementation offers a number of configuration options; a basic setup would be as follows:

  • Connect the router to TriCaster by Ethernet cable, and then connect one (or more) of the router’s video outputs to TriCaster inputs with matching numbers, using suitable video cables.

(For example, by default router output number 3 would be connected to TriCaster’s Input 3 for control communication between the devices to be properly linked.)

  • Click the Shutdown icon on TriCaster’s Home page (Startup), and click the Administrator Mode at right.
  • In the Administrator Mode panel, click Exit to Windows.
  • Navigate to the C:\ProgramData\Newtek\TriCaster\Configuration folder, and open the XML file named router_setup by double-clicking it (it will launch in Notepad). *You may need to enable Hidden Files and Folders to be able to view the

This file is where you add the routers you wish TriCaster to recognize. Each router is identified by an entry you insert between the starting and closing “config” tags, as explained in the file comments.

A typical entry might be as follows:

<grassvalley ip="" port="12345" name="AJA KUMO"/>

  • Save the file after editing, and re-launch TriCaster.

Note: TriCaster communicates with each using individual IP address and port numbers, allowing multiple routers to be connected simultaneously. Several TriCasters can even control either the same router(s) – especially useful when TriCaster control is mirrored. 

File comments explain how you can bypass the default 1:1 mapping of router outputs to TriCaster inputs when required, or prevent accidental changes to inputs that are displayed on Program output, along with other extended configuration options. If you assign names to router inputs or outputs in this file, make sure the names for each are unique.

Some routers allow each router input to be provided with a unique name.  In such a case, TriCaster may be able to access that name and use it for Switcher buttons as appropriate.

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To enable this behavior, checkmark the Use Router Name switch in the Properties panel opened by the Switcher (or M/E) button context menu item of the same name.

Black Magic Design® Auto-Detection

For backwards compatibility reasons, these routers are auto-detected by default.  (Black Magic® routers may use a USB control connection, rather than a network connection. The router’s firmware should be up to date. If detection fails, please contact BMD support for assistance.)

You can, if you wish, disable auto detection by editing the XML configuration file discussed above.  (You might do this to avail yourself of the extended configuration options that are provided by doing so.)  To do this, simply add the line below to the <config> section of the file.

<blackmagic_config discovery="false"/>

Right-click on the Switcher row button for the TriCaster input where the router is connected to select which router input will be transmitted to TriCaster.

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