FIG 204

The user interface of TriCaster’s Export feature conforms in large measure to Stream, which we just discussed.  Click the Configure gear next to the large Export button in the Dashboard at the top of the screen to open the menu (Figure 204). 


At the top (where you would see Web Browser listed in the Stream menu), you will notice a Export Bin item.  This opens the panel which allows you to manage media files you intend to export.  We’ll discuss this panel soon. 

18.2.1 Preset List

Below the Export Bin menu item is a list of presets you have configured as Export targets.  (Before you actually create any presets for yourself, this list shows a single item labeled No Presets Configured.

Notice that each preset listed in the menu can be checked or un-checked.  When you add media files to the Export Bin (by any method), the check-marked presets determine which Export targets are automatically assigned to them (you can also manually modify the presets for each item in the Bin at any time).

Hint: When the mouse pointer is over a preset in the Export menu, two gadgets are shown at right; the familiar gear allows you to modify the preset, and the (x) will remove it from the list.

18.2.2 New Preset

Let’s skip over Auto Queue for a moment, and jump to the New Preset menu item.  Click this to display a sub-menu listing various supported Export targets (such as Twitter, or Facebook).  Select an item here to open a dialog that lets you create a custom preset that will then appear in the list discussed just above.

For most external sites (i.e., social media sites or ftp sites), the dialog requires you to enter account credentials. Typically you will need a user name and password for your social media accounts, as well as FTP servers (credentials are tested when you press OK, and will report an error if a problem exists). 

18.2.3 Social Media Sites

At the time of writing, TriCaster’s Export feature can publish media to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Other connections may be supported as it becomes possible to do so.

Note: See also A.4.3 , (How Do I) Avoid Delays When Session Media is Offline?

18.2.4 Transcode and FTP

The Transcode and FTP target options let you handle various file conversions and publishing to local (or networked) storage volumes.  This is a very useful output alternative, effectively providing live export methods that do not force you to wait until production ends.  This can be invaluable for collaboration, whether local or remote.

Both Transcode and FTP exports provide powerful option to transcode video to different formats before sharing.   You can select such options as AVI or Quicktime, or perhaps select a preset prepared specifically for a target device, such as optical media (DVD) or Mobile Devices.

18.2.5 Watermarking

To avoid unauthorized of use private or copyrighted media, you may want to add a watermark before exporting it to public sites.  The Watermark feature in the footer of the various Export preset configuration panels allows you to select a suitable overlay image. 

The image you select will be composited onto exported video or still image files.  It should normally be a 32bit still image file (supported formats include popular formats such as PNG and Targa) that positions the watermark correctly in the frame taking into account the resolution and aspect of exported files.


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