Right-clicking an individual monitor viewport also opens a context menu.  The first option group governs the monitor’s source.

In addition to the external video inputs (including Network sources), you can assign the output of Media Players; M/Es; main Program output (including DSK channels and effects); Program (Clean) without; the main Switcher’s look ahead Preview; another Preview showing M/E source B output (Mix mode only); or Output 1 or 2.

Several special displays are also available. Selecting the Clock item replaces the video display with Event Clocks showing current time or LTC timecode along with countdown style Start and End clocks (see Section 8.3.3). The Custom Image feature lets you display a network logo.

A further display you may find useful is the Timecode Only option that appears at the bottom of the Media Players sub-menu. 

This displays a time counter showing the current position of the playhead in the Media Player (respecting the specified Player’s Warning Colors option, too).

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Below the basic source selection options in the menu, you’ll find another group that provides access to optional Overlays for the monitor port.

Available overlays include Checkerboard (shows a checked pattern wherever transparency exists in the source); Title Safe (note this is a 4:3 format safe margin); 4:3 Safe (a true 4:3 frame edge boundary), Center Cross to help with alignment, and Show Illegal and Show Alpha.

In addition, you may choose to display VU Meters with the source, Tracking Markers (see 8.1.6) and Hot Spot Markers (see Section 8.1.5).

Long-standing practice when using color bars to calibrate video signal color attributes requires special video monitors with ‘blue only’ (or ‘blue-gun’) displays.  TriCaster Advanced Edition’s Blue Only viewport option means you can now use any color monitor for this purpose.

The final Overlay option flips the images horizontally, useful for a variety of studio requirements such as talent orientation in greenscreen applications (including Hotspot operations).

Note: Certain Overlay menu options are not suitable for all monitor sources, hence are not listed when inappropriate.

Two final items complete the monitor viewport options:

  • Rename – allows you to supply a custom name to be shown for the monitor viewport (as well as the associated Switcher row button) for sources.
  •  Configure –opens the Input Configuration panel for the corresponding source.

Hint: Double-click a monitor to open the Input Configuration panel, without having to hunt for the gear or open the menu.


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