TriCaster 40 Review

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The TriCaster 40 is the classic magic "black box"; a powerful multi-cam HD switcher that is well-designed, flexible, easy to use and affordable.

NewTek’s TriCaster 40 is designed to give small facilities, schools, churches or independent producers live production capacity without breaking the bank. For $4,995 you get the TriCaster 40, and an LED backlit keyboard and a mouse. This powerhouse can switch between 14 channels that include four live mixed resolution video sources up to HD, two network, two internal graphics, one digital disc recorder, one black and four virtual sources. And it is also among the first budget switchers that can compress a live stream for the Internet.

Simply Powerful

Setup is about as easy as it gets. In fact, unless you're completely new to video, you'll have no problem hooking up cameras, starting the system, creating a new session and beginning live switching without ever glancing at the user guide. From taking the unit out of the box to switching between two cameras took us just less than 10 minutes without a glance. But should you need to, the TriCaster 40's well-written 70+ page manual keeps things brief and clear. It is also one of the first user guides that uses a QR code on the switcher screen for ready access on your tablet or smartphone.

The TriCaster 40 is a compact black box that easily fits on a small desk. The front panel houses all of the A/V inputs and outputs that keeps you from fishing around the back to change configuration. Video inputs use professional locking BNC connectors but if you don't have the right cables, the TriCaster 40 includes BNC to RCA converters. There are a pair of stereo RCA ins and outs and one mono balanced 1/4-inch input for a microphone and one stereo 1/4-inch output for headphones. Four USB connections and the power button complete the front panel. The rear panel offers standard computer system connections plus one HDMI and two eSATA ports for external storage. read more...

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