TriCaster provides complete video input monitoring right on the Live Desktop. This allows you to operate it without even connecting downstream video monitors or devices.  (You might do just that in the case of productions intended primarily for live streaming.)
Often, though, you will want to connect external monitors or other downstream devices to the VIDEO OUT connectors on TriCaster’s backplate (see Section 3.6).  
High definition video monitors should be connected to either SDI or Component connections.
For standard definition monitoring, several different connection types continue in service, including Composite, Y/C (also known as ‘S-Video’) and – at the upper end of the analog quality range – Component. (SDI provides a digital output option, and is the only alternative offered by TriCaster 410.)  
To connect an analog standard definition monitor (not supported by TriCaster 410), you must specify its connection type in the Output Configuration panel.
Note that analog connections for LiveText™ output are pre-defined (see Chapter 20 for details).
Let’s take a closer look at configuration options.  Move your mouse pointer over the large Program Output monitor on the Live Desktop.

*Let’s consider an example: An HD 1080i session offers the largest list of optional output formats. The controls allow you to select any of a number of HD or SD formats.  Selecting an HD format sends the source to TriCaster’s SDI and Component output connectors simultaneously.
Selecting an SD format adds a “Composite + Y/C” option to the menu.  Choosing this option sends composite video output to the second BNC connector in a given connector row (Y), and Y/C to the third and fourth BNC connectors (labeled Pb and Pr).
As well, 16:9 or 4:3 screen aspect alternatives are provided for SD output selections.

    Click the Configure button (gear) that appears beside the source label below the monitor pane to open the Hardware Configuration panel.
This panel provides several tabbed panes, including one labeled Output.  This is where the video signals sent to each of TriCaster’s video outputs, including the Stream output and *Display ports are configured.
There are various decisions to make for each output:  
    What video source will you assign to that output?
    What audio source will accompany it on connections that carry both signals?
    In some cases, which video format will be sent to the connectors?
    For hardware video outputs, which connection type will be used – SDI, Component, Y/C or Composite?
And so on …

* Resolution and color adjustments for devices connected to the two Display ports are located in the Display Settings panel, accessible from the Workspaces menu found in the main Dashboard.


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