The revamped NewTek TriCaster Mini makes live television and the advantages of IP video easier for producers to embrace and create.
NewTek’s next generation TriCaster Mini simplifies operation, setup and learning, and is intended to expand the number of people who use one.
NewTek announced on 7 Nov 2019 significant updates to the hardware, software and support of its popular TriCaster Mini. The plug-and-play setup of the new TriCaster Mini allows new video producers to get started quickly, and easily work their way up to creating more sophisticated programs in resolutions up to 4K.
Development of the new TriCaster Mini began in early 2019. Many of the differences between the new TriCaster Mini and the current Mini are the results of new capabilities unique to NDI 4 such as Live Story Creator scripting that uses embedded commands in Microsoft Word to control the TriCaster Mini. Another unique capability is NDI KVM, which allows a user to take the entire TriCaster Mini user interface to remote locations.
The new TriCaster Mini has 8 external video inputs that support any combination of compatible sources in resolutions up to 4K UHD.
TriCaster Mini’s four plug-and-play NDI connections with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) makes video, audio, tally, power and control as easy as plugging in an Ethernet cable. Two included input modules with PoE directly connect existing HDMI devices to the TriCaster Mini, instantly upgrading them to NDI-compatible sources.
It supports all international frame rates, input and output resolutions up to 4K UHD, and it uses a 1TB solid state drive (SSD) to speed up operations. It has four configurable output ports, up to three of which can be multiviewers.
It includes two streaming encoders as does the previous TriCaster Mini. It also supports NDI 4, which offers native NDI recording. Adobe Premier includes a NDI tool that allows editing native NDI files in Premier.
There is no ‘Advanced Edition’ option for the new TriCaster Mini. Instead, it comes with a coupon for Premium Access, which NewTek spokespeople say is “the next step beyond Advanced Edition.” When the coupon expires, Premium Access becomes an annual subscription option.
Also exclusive to the new TriCaster Mini is the NDI-HX Camera Application for Mobile Devices available as a download from the Apple store. The app allows video, up to 4K UHD from an iOS device, to transmit over Wi-Fi as an NDI source and connect with TriCaster Mini systems on the network, so a producer can seamlessly integrate live video from iPhones and iPads.
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