NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition - Now with NDI: Upgrade Advantages and FAQs

Get even more out of your TriCaster Pro Line system with NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition 2.0 —without investing in racks of expensive equipment, complex infrastructure and add-on accessories.

Learn the advantages of upgrading to NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition 2.0 software for TriCaster. Yes, there are great additional features and tools, but this update includes the much anticipated NewTek NDI (Network Device Interface) enabling switching and mixing over IP. This guide goes over the details and what you should know as you upgrade. If you already own Advanced Edition you can download the newest version FREE from NewTek. If you are not yet running Advanced Edition on your TriCaster, use this guide to learn about NDI and get yourself on Advanced Edition as quickly as possible. Those of you on older model TriCaster may need to upgrade to the latest hardware in order to run Advanced Edition. Give us a call 800-323-2325 or send us an email and we’ll be happy to get you a great deal on a TriCaster TradeUp bundles with Advanced Edition! IP-workflow-image2 (1)

Advanced IP Workflow

NEW - Video Over IP Send and receive real-time, low-latency, frame-accurate video over IP on a standard network infrastructure via the NDI protocol, NewTek's innovative Network Device Interface technology, with any NDI-enabled device on the same LAN available as a video source or destination. NEW - Audio Over IP Send and receive multi-channel audio over IP on a standard network infrastructure via the NDI protocol, NewTek's innovative Network Device Interface technology, with any NDI-enabled device on the same LAN available as an audio source or destination. NEW - IP Source Selection Access both the inputs and outputs of all NDI-enabled devices on the same network from any external input on the TriCaster switcher—dramatically increasing the amount of available video sources for any production. NEW - IP Outputs Distribute more video from your TriCaster system, sending output signals, sub-mixes or individual sources to NDI-enabled devices with 4 fully configurable, IP video outputs.


NEW - Audio Routers Apply more sophisticated audio routing configurations, mapping any input channel (or combination of input channels) to any output channel (or combination of output channels) with four complete 4x4 routers for every audio input. NEW - Input Level Control Fine-tune sound with independent control for every audio channel—up to 4 per input. NEW - Output Audio Deliver pitch-perfect sound mixes for any setup, supplying audio signals via four quad-channel IP output busses Dante Audio Networking Expand integration and IP workflow possibilities with audio input over the network from devices that use the Dante networking protocol from Audinate. Audio Output Configuration Dedicate output of Master and Aux audio mixes from TriCaster’s built-in audio mixer directly to external audio gear. With this revised configuration, Master and Aux are supplied to the first two analog output groups, respectively. Audio Recording Options Configure the captured audio source for each ISO recording with per-channel audio signal selection. Default Media File Level Reduce time spent individually configuring audio levels for non-native clips and sound files by assigning a preset level to all files added to media players. Noise Gate Manage audio signals with greater precision using new noise gate settings in the audio mixer to exclude low-level sounds. VU Meters Achieve higher-quality sound by determining audio clipping more easily and accurately with an updated VU meter interface.


DataLink Integration Use real-time data from internal and external sources in your live program without adding dedicated data input software. Built-in DataLink maps your selected data source to titles, comments, file names, and other fields in graphics templates, and updates their corresponding content instantly—automatically or on-demand—ensuring you have the most current and accurate information. DataLink File Watcher Save time converting detailed information like sports statistics and sales data into graphics. With DataLink and a CSV, XML or ASCII file, you can transform raw spreadsheet data into production-ready title pages that can be edited and updated in real time.

Macro Automation

Multi-Step Macros When timing is everything but anything can happen, take control by creating automated sequences using macro commands with expert pacing and built-in pauses that wait for your (live) cue to resume. Macro Triggering Gain additional flexibility for activating automated macro sequences with new triggers that include audio level changes, media playback, and specific switcher actions, and the ability to assign multiple triggers for the same macro.

Media Players

Playlist Effects Produce more engaging playlist sequences from your on-board media by adding transitions between playlist media—and even combining real-time, slow-mo, and fast-mo with per-clip playback speed settings. Real-Time Clip Editing Speed up turnaround of raw recordings and video files for DDR playback with easy, built-in clip splitting and trimming tools.


NEW - Workspace Configuration Configure the User Interface and Multiview displays to accommodate your monitoring needs, with updated workspace layouts, additional video preview windows, and expanded display port options for Tricaster 8000, 860, and 460. NEW - Live Output Monitoring Work with higher-quality output video previews with enhanced signal processing and full field-rate deinterlacing. Display Outputs Choose from more video signal selections to monitor, display, or project using the supplemental display ports—and customize every screen in your setup to your workflow. Blue Only Option Calibrate video signals with greater flexibility and accuracy with a Blue Only viewport overlay compatible with any monitor. Monitor Proc Amps Compensate for environmental lighting conditions and external display settings with configurable color settings for the User Interface, Multiview, and display ports. Multiview Scopes Calibrate video signals with greater precision using large waveform and vectorscope displays on Multiview.


NEW - Clean M/E Output Optionally elect to output an M/E sub-mix without real-time overlays for flexible downstream use or archive. NEW - Hardware Configuration Streamline hardware setup with local input and output connections, including Genlock and PTZ settings, centralized to a single configuration panel. NEW - LTC Automate external timecode configuration for your TriCaster production - including 24-hour wraparound - simply by plugging in an LTC timecode source. NEW - Overlay Controls Easily identify, monitor, and manage overlay sources in real time, with enhanced DSK and KEY layer controls that include full-time, full-motion video preview windows and configurable on-screen layer priority. System Mirroring Mirror live operation between TriCaster 860 systems connected to the same local network for mission-critical production and synchronized control. Frame Sync Ensure the lowest possible throughput latency for TriCaster 860 and 460 genlocked sources with the option to disable the internal frame synchronizer. SDI Auto-Detect Save time during SDI system setup with automatic detection of resolution and frame rate for most session-format SDI cameras. IP Network Tally Reduce on-air mistakes with visual indication of on-air status supplied over the network to compatible systems sending output to TriCaster network inputs. Metadata Attach comments to sources, clips, and images to simplify and sophisticate your workflow at the same time. DataLink uses comments as internal data sources to feed titles, label published content, enter metadata, and more. UI Enhancements Work more efficiently and keep a closer eye on the show with new visual indicators, updated shortcuts and control tools, hover tooltips, and other on-screen improvements. Button Lock Protect your live program from accidents or mistakes by locking control surface buttons to their current state. Session Recordings Locate and verify active and completed recordings more quickly with a dedicated Session Recordings browser folder.


NEW - Grab Configuration Snap screenshots from your show with new Grab controls, optionally capturing stills right from any external switcher video source or simultaneously capturing a collection of stills from any combination of four outputs. NEW - Publish Targets Share media from your production ith even more online communities, with new publishing destinations that include Imgur, LinkedIn,, and Vimeo. Multi-Account Publishing Maximize productivity and reach more friends, fans, and followers with the ability to publish media to multiple user accounts on the same social network simultaneously. Flex Media Publishing Publish more files to more places in more formats using an upgraded publishing workflow that also supports file import while live, export, and transcoding right from the Publish queue. Alpha Grabs Grab stills from local bins – complete with alpha channel transparency – for publishing or post-production use.


In-Show Replay Controls Turn everyday productions into drama relived, without adding extra hardware or crew. Capture and replay highlights of the live show, with on-screen controls and other replay elements, including intro and outro transitions, clip speed and duration, angle selection and auto-playback action. Change Angle Be ready for near-instant turnaround time between capture and playback of the best view of the action by changing the angle of ISO-recorded clips directly from the DDR.


Automation and Integration Guide Expand your knowledge and your program’s potential with a detailed guide to macros, shortcuts, advanced automation and integrated production with TriCaster. Developer Library Get even more out of TriCaster’s deepest functionality and expand your entire production ecosystem using new tools and examples to develop your own workflow extensions.


Enhanced Live Streams Simplify your webcast workflow with easier setup and new one-click presets (now including settings for Microsoft Azure, and YouTube Live), and upgrade your online presence with higher-quality live streaming video. Multi-Platform Live Streaming Multiply your potential audience without adding a new encoder, reach more viewers and attract different audiences by live streaming to multiple platforms and services simultaneously.


NEW - Auto Labeling Maintain visual confirmation of active live inputs with the option to allow switcher buttons to be automatically labeled for their corresponding NDI sources. NEW - Input Filtering Easily locate and select the desired input from the list of all available hardware and NDI sources with a precision filtering mechanic and thumbnail source previews. NEW - Switcher Inputs Access more live sources with the number of external inputs on the switcher increasing from 6 to 8 for TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini and from 10 to 12 for TriCaster 8000 and 860. NEW - External Input Configuration Freely configure the external inputs on the TriCaster switcher for any combination of connected cameras, hardware video sources, or IP video sources. NEW - PREVIZ System Configure and preview settings for the switcher or M/Es, then apply across multiple busses with copy-and-paste simplicity. NEW - Switcher Banks Access and mix with all sources from the switcher, including every new input and buffer, with two tabbed button banks and 16 MEM slot presets. Router Support Expand camera coverage with any TriCaster Pro Line model (and even TriCaster Mini) by connecting to a compatible upstream video router, then selecting and switching between router sources directly from the user interface. Undo/Redo Avoid the stress of troubleshooting and backtracking by handling unwanted changes or unintended results instantly with undo and redo commands.


NEW - Full-Motion Composition Engine Create and store sophisticated compositions and motion sequences on TriCaster 800, 860, and 460, including layer configuration, positioning, effects, and timing, with 16 DVE presets per M/E that include thumbnail snapshots and custom labels for instant identification and recall. NEW - LiveSet Lens Flares Add an extra touch of realism to live virtual set presentations, with enhanced LiveSet technology providing the option to display animated lens flares that respond to changes in virtual camera positions. NEW - LiveSet Presets Configure and save 8 additional shot presets for any LiveSet effect on TriCaster 410 and Mini, for a total of 16. M/E Re-Entry Produce incredibly creative layered effects with TriCaster 860 and 460—every M/E bus now includes all other M/Es as available sources, allowing for deeper, more complex mix/effects operations. M/E Source Layers Double the maximum number of sources for mix/effects compositions and select virtual sets on TriCaster 860 and 460 with support for up to 4 sources on every M/E. DSK and KEY Overlays Display more titles, graphics, and video layers on TriCaster 860 and 460 with more than triple the overlay effects channels—the switcher now supports 4 DSK overlays and each M/E now includes 4 KEY layers. Second KEY Layer Create more sophisticated visuals with TriCaster 410 and Mini—each M/E now includes a second KEY layer to apply titles, graphics, and video overlays. Auto Color Reduce manual effort in correcting for variable lighting conditions and camera settings (especially at outdoor events that would often require a dedicated shading station) with automatic color matching between video inputs. Border Effects Create and customize on-screen elements and boost your production value with more detailed compositions, sophisticated visuals, and custom multi-box effects by adding borders and shadows to video layers. Buffers Access and playback more stored animations, motion graphics, and looping clips with 5 animation buffers in TriCaster 410 and Mini and 10 animation buffers in TriCaster 860 and 460—upgrading your presentation without sacrificing the DDRs. Real-Time Motion Tracking Map keyed TriCaster 860 and 460 visuals to follow the motion of on-camera elements, with support for tracking scale, aspect ratio, position, and rotation. Augmented Reality KEY Layers Add another dimension to virtual set scenes with locking KEY layers that track with LiveSet zoom and pan movements—making them appear as part of the set instead of just overlays. Creative Extras Accept even more image files without conversion, with support for formats like JPEG-XR, JPEG2000, and WebP; compose shots and sequences using new additive and non-additive fade transitions; configure LiveMatte visuals using a new Lumakey setting; soften TriCaster 860 and 460 visuals with edge feathering; and easily incorporate explanations, descriptions, quotes, and more with title pages that support paragraph text. Image Processing Present even more polished visuals with enhanced processing of still images and graphics, plus higher-quality LiveSet rendering and scaling.


DataLink for TriCaster Use any text or image from the Web as content in your live production without complicated integration. Simply add the extension to your Google Chrome browser on any external computer, and use DataLink to send data, photos, social media posts, and more across the network to instantly populate or update the designated title or graphic in TriCaster. TriCaster Home Page Access IP management tools such as DataLink for TriCaster utilities, updates, downloads, documentation, tutorials, customer service, and more from a system-specific TriCaster Home Page accessible from your phone, tablet, or laptop – any supported device on the same network.

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