Selecting Administrator Mode from the Shutdown menu on the Home Page icon ring exits TriCaster’s live production environment, and takes you to a new screen (Figure 41) that offers various functions and settings having to do with TriCaster system maintenance and management.

Administrator Mode options are grouped under several headings, as discussed next.

  • Web – Opens the default system Internet browser.
  • Files on Disk – Opens a system file window.
  • Register TriCaster – TriCaster shows a watermark on output before registration, so we encourage you to register early. Among other reasons, doing so will serve to identify the unit to NewTek as yours in case of theft, and will also allow you to check for software updates that may have been recently released.  (The steps in the registration process were outlined back in Section 3.2, so we won’t repeat them here.)
  • Update TriCaster – NewTek may periodically provide software updates for your TriCaster. Updates can enhance performance, security or even add useful new features.  If TriCaster is connected to the Internet, clicking Update TriCaster takes you to the Updates and Downloads webpage where you can locate the most recent software version.
  • Defragment all Drives - Over the course of lengthy use, data on hard drives devoted to audio and video storage tends to become fragmented, which degrades playback performance.  Defragmenting will correct this condition. 

    You could think of your hard drive as being like a shelf in your library.  As time goes along, the shelf fills with books.  Some are quite large, others smaller – just as TriCaster media files may be larger or smaller.

    As time goes along, you decide to remove books you have finished using from the shelf, in order to make room for new additions. You remove a book here, another there, opening up gaps between the remaining books.

    This makes some shelf space available by creating gaps between the remaining books.  Sadly, another large new book may be too big to fit in any one of the gaps.

    A foolish librarian might tear the new book into smaller sections, just big enough to fit into the open spaces on the shelf.  This would obviously be unwise.  When you wish to refer to the book later, you will waste a lot of time locating and assembling its sections before you can access it.

    How much better it would be to slide the remaining books closer together, combining all the free space first.  Unfortunately, computers are ‘foolish librarians’.  They tend to want to fill in all the gaps in their storage areas, even if this requires literally shredding your ‘book’ (in reality large video files from your TriCaster sessions) into tiny fragments.

    Defragmenting the storage volume has the same effect as sliding the books together, resulting in one or more larger gaps.  The end result is that TriCaster doesn’t have to frantically search in many different places to assemble the video streams from your recorded session.

    We strongly encourage you to protect against any unforeseen occurrence by using the Backup feature soon after registering TriCaster.  Please refer to Section A.5.7  in Appendix Chapter 21 for details.

  • Backup or Restore System – A complete set of Backup and Restore features are available to help in the event of an unforeseen problem.

  • Command Window – Open a system command line window, allowing you (among other things) to use advanced commands to manage your system and network settings.

  • Swap Primary Monitor – reverse the monitor assignments currently in use for TriCaster’s interface and Multiview displays.

  • Regions and Language – Open the system language control panel.
  • Advanced Keyboard – Open the system keyboard controls panel.
  • Date and time – Open the system keyboard controls panel.
  • Configure Network – Open the system network controls panel.
  • Display – Open the system display controls panel (useful for configuring multiple monitors, among other things).
  • Fonts –Open the system font management console, allowing you to add that new font your client wants you to use for their title pages.
  • System Name – It can be very useful to modify the default name your TriCaster is identified on the network. This is especially true when more than one TriCaster might be on the same network. The System Name feature opens the System Properties console’s Computer Name tab.  Click the Change button to modify the current name.
  • Exit to Windows – Leave the Administration Mode screen and display the standard system desktop.
  • Back to TriCaster – Exit Administration Mode, and return to TriCaster’s Startup

Having done so, you can download and run the Auto Updater for the new version, or use the Download Tool option, which allows you to store the related files on another system for later transfer to your NewTek live production system.


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