Figure 24

Source selection settings for video inputs can be accessed in TriCaster’s monitoring section.
The individual monitor viewports on the Live Desktop can be flexibly assigned to different video sources. Complete monitor layouts can be stored and recalled using tools located in the Workspace menu in the Dashboard. We’ll look into that in depth in the Reference Section of this manual, but for now let’s configure the video sources you connected earlier (Section 3.4.1).

  1. Click Workspace in the Dashboard (at the top of TriCaster’s Live Desktop).
  2. Four monitoring layout presets are listed at the top of the menu as Interface A through D.   Select the layout labeled A under Multiview 1 (if it isn’t already check-marked).
  3. The monitoring pane will now show individual monitors for each camera, among others, with Camera 1 at upper left.
  4. To continue, you could select Configure from the monitor’s context menu, but let’s take a different approach.  
  5. Move your mouse back and forth over the Input 1 monitor and notice that a Configure button (gear icon) appears beneath it at right.  Click this Configuration button to open a tabbed settings panel for Camera 1 (Figure 24).
  6. Click the Source menu to see a list of sources you can select.  Each is identified by a thumbnail icon.
    Local hardware inputs (4 or 8 according to your TriCaster model) are listed first, with NDI sources discovered on your network grouped below under headings identifying the source system.

Hint: Alternatively, double-click the monitor to open this panel.
Hint: In some cases, an icon may initially be black – as for example when a hardware source has not previously been connected. Thumbnails are updated periodically. If a source is no longer sending frames but remains connected, the last image seen may be shown.  

For NDI sources, simply making a selection completes the connection.  If you choose a local hardware source, further selections may be required on some models.  These inputs default to Auto-detect SDI (or HDMI) on models with those input connectors only.  In such a case, or if your connected source type matches, you’ll be all set.

Hint: SDI Auto-detect may not be able to select the correct format for sources that don’t match the session SD/HD mode.  In such cases, you can specify a format explicitly in the Output tab.


Figure 25

Otherwise – for example if your source connects using analog component cabling – an additional step is involved.  Figure 25 depicts a configure gadget (gear) that is displayed to the right of the Source field when local hardware sources are selected.  Click this gear to open the Input tab in the Hardware Configuration panel (Figure 26).

Figure 26

Select the correct format, such as 1080i (Component), for the video source you wish to connect to Video Input 1 on TriCaster’s backplate (menu options vary by TriCaster model).
Note: TriCaster Advanced Edition provides an Auto-detect (SDI) connection option.  This will automatically configure HD-SDI sources in an HD session, or SD-SDI sources in an SD session.  However, mismatches between source and session format require manual Connection type selection.

7. Close the Hardware Configuration panel for now (note that you can click the Close button or simply ‘click outside’ the panel to close it).

8. Continue to configure all connected external video sources in the same manner.

We’ll look at the other options and settings later, but at this point you should be able to view the video inputs you have configured on the Live Desktop multiview monitors.


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