Picking the right TriCaster Mini model for your production
Both the TC Mini Base [HD-4] and TC Mini w/ LCD Panel [HD-4i] deliver you the same great features and performance. The tech's over at Videoguys have put together this blog post to help you better understand the differences between models and select the right one for your needs and budget.
There are only 2 features that are different:
1) Integrated LCD Display: The most obvious difference between the two is the case display built into the chassis of the HD-4i model. This case display can be configured just like any other output and is helpful for local monitoring purposes. The HD-4 Base model does not have an integrated display.
2) InternalStorage: The TC Mini Base [HD-4} includes a single internal 750GB drive. This will provide you with Standalone recording of up to 2 simultaneous channels to internal storage and up to approximately 15 hours of 1080i footage. (Please note that this varies by resolution and format; capacity expandable using additional supported storage). You can use an external USB3 drive to ISO record from all 4 inputs.
The TC Mini w/ LCD Panel [HD-4i] model also includes two internal 750GB hard disk drives (HDD), which provide more than double the recording capacity and allow for full-capacity ISO recording of up to 4 channels simultaneously without the use of external storage. With twice the capacity, totaling 1.5TB, you can store approximately 30 hours of 1080i footage. With ISO recording from 4 cameras that gives you over 7 hours each.
Which model is right for you:
If you are looking for the best, lowest cost solution to produce and stream your show with up to 4 HDMI based video cameras the TC Mini Base TC Mini Base [HD-4] will get the job done for you. Spectacularly! You'll get all the great TriCaster features you've heard about from their professional models including: ISO recording, virtual sets, Macros, Effects & transitions, Downstream Keyers and using networked sources.
If you know that you will be using 3 or more sources and want to record up to 4 ISO streams simultaneously, the TC Mini w/ LCD Panel [HD-4i] is worth the extra investment. You'll also be able to use the integrated LCD display for monitoring your choice of sources , previews or output.
There is a third option as well, the TC Mini bundle which includes the TC Mini w/ LCD Panel [HD-4i] plus the Tri Caster Mini CS (Control Surface) at $2,495 value. The TC Mini CS gives you hands-on control of every show you make with TriCaster Mini. Featuring an attractive, compact design and responsive controls, it’s the ideal way to produce a show with professional results…from the office, an event, or anywhere. Even better you also get a free custom-designed rugged carrying case (a $250 value) that is perfect for taking your TC Mini on the road or for just storing it away safely between shows.
The TriCaster Mini offers an exceptionally affordable entry point for HDMI producers seeking a professional live production system. If you have any additional questions, please give our teach a call 800-323-2325 or use teh new chat feature at the bottom of this webpage.
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•Ideal for creating live and on-demand video
•Hundreds of built-in capabilities for switching, streaming, recording, and publishing
•Space-saving case display for real-time video monitoring
•Full capacity multimedia storage for playback and capture