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If you’re a video professional, broadcaster, blogger or organization looking to expand your live production, stream programs online, or enhance your web presence, you're not alone. You need to stand out—and look outstanding too.

TriCaster 450 live production systems are the affordable way to produce your professional four-camera, 14-channel HD live show, anywhere. Designed for mobility or an enclosed booth, each is an integrated solution that provides complete live production capabilities.

  • 3D graphics, still images, transitions, and virtual sets—all in a single compact box
  • Built-in live streaming at the push of a button.
  • No massive cabling or complex components that require configuration.
  • Deliver from a van, small studio, broadcast control room, backstage, blogger’s workspace.

Intuitive interface.


  1. LIVE DESKTOP MONITORS with integrated multi-view monitoring, let you arrange and select shots with confidence. View all switcher sources at full field rate with advanced alpha channel preview in the TriCaster 450 EXTREME model―and audio level overlays.
  2. NETWORK INPUTS let you go wireless with breakthrough Apple® AirPlay® support. Deliver video and audio from iOS devices, such as iPad®, iPod®, or iPhone®, into your live production. Or bring in displays from your PC or Mac®, using NewTek iVGA™ technology.
  3. LOOK-AHEAD PREVIEW MONITOR displays your upcoming video output. Prepare multi-layered effects, preview the output as it will appear live, and then switch with confidence.
  4. PROGRAM MONITOR shows the current video output of your live production, and lets you see what your audience sees. Access controls for record and stream functions, configure your video output, and more.
  5. ONE-BUTTON RECORDING captures content from your live production at full resolution (up to 1080p). TriCaster 450 EXTREME records up to four individual sources, simultaneously, in formats of your choosing, including QuickTime®, H.264, AVI and MPEG-2, using NewTek IsoCorder™ multi-track, multi-format video recording technology.
  6. ONE-BUTTON INTERNET STREAMING allows you to use Adobe® Flash® or Microsoft® Windows Media® to deliver a full, HD live stream directly to the Web, with simultaneous archive for later viewing, and support for multi-bitrate streaming profiles. The Streaming Profile Manager includes an integrated browser to make configuration, import and previewing of your Web streams quicker and easier than you thought possible. Save and manage all of your settings for instant access at a later date.
  7. LIVE PRODUCTION SWITCHER gives you control over all 14 channels, including four external video sources, four virtual mix/effect-style channels, two DDRs, two external network inputs, graphics channel, frame buffer and black. Custom names can be added to switcher sources.
  8. UTILITY ROW makes it easy to assign sources to the Effects (FX) bus, downstream key (DSK) channels, and auxiliary (AUX) output. Utility Delegate controls let you use the Utility Row to apply selections to individual or multiple delegates, simultaneously.
  9. UTILITY DELEGATE lets you set the Utility Row to send video and graphics to the FX bus, DSKs and/or AUX output. Delegates currently affected by Utility Row selections are highlighted, while sources currently assigned are displayed for easy reference.
  10. VIRTUAL INPUTS are powerful virtual mix/effect-style channels that let you assign complex switcher effects to one button. Each TriCaster 450 series system includes four, fully customizable Virtual Inputs, each with multiple presets.
  11. TRANSITION CONTROLS let you transition individual or multiple video layers on and off screen. Select the Transition Delegate button of the desired video layer(s), then use manual or auto controls to perform single-source transitions, or switch from one multi-source composition to another.
  12. TRANSITIONS allow you to use more than 200 broadcast-quality effects to add interest and impact to your live production. TriCaster 450 EXTREME also supports full-color, animation store transitions with embedded audio. Create your own custom animation store transitions from up to 32-bit image sequences, using the integrated Animation Store Creator 2.0.
  13. HD LIVE VIRTUAL SETS let you achieve the look of a network-style studio in a limited space, using innovative NewTek LiveSet™ technology. Instantly select close-up, medium, medium-wide and wide angle shots, or perform smooth, animated zooms - without moving the camera. Sets include double-box effects and options for seated or standing presentations.
  14. VIRTUAL INPUT CONTROLS let you select two primary switcher sources, create a mix/effect-style composition, and use an additional source as an overlay. Configure virtual sets, layer live elements, set upstream picture-in-picture effects, and more.
  15. DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS include two DDRs for video playback, a graphics store, and a sound player, making it easy to add video clips, music, images, and more, including clips captured during a live event, for immediate playback. HD and SD resolutions are supported in a variety of popular file formats, with adjustable audio level settings for every clip.
  16. LIVE TITLES give your production a network-style finish. Bring in graphics, titles, and animated overlays to layer on your live video, lock a title or bug to a camera or Virtual Input, and set the in and out motion for each. Title pages can be edited, even when displayed live.
  17. MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO MIXER gives you control over microphones, line inputs and clip playback levels, with audio-follows-video support and auxiliary routing to integrate an external audio setup. TriCaster 450 EXTREME includes the ability to group audio sources to follow video and route sub-mixes. Every audio input and output also includes a seven-band equalizer and compressor/limiter to deliver the best possible sound, with enhanced audio crossfade.
Switcher Channels 14
Video Input 4 simultaneous inputs
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite
HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M and SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
M/E-bus-style Virtual Inputs 4 independent mix/effect-style channels, each with presets, dedicated upsteram overlay channel with transition control, and independent source effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation
Network Inputs 2 live sources, any combination of:
- Computer displays mirrored via NewTek iVGA™ technology
- iTunes and wireless iOS devices via Apple® AirPlay® from any supported app, including audio, photos and video
Media Players 4 integrated digital media players with presets, alpha channel and adjustable audio levels per clip: 2 DDRs, Graphics and Sounds
Video Output 2 simultaneous outputs
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC), or Composite
HDMI, DVI and VGA output for monitors and/or projector
Output sources include Program and AUX (configurable for Program, Program clean, Preview, any input, Effects, any frame store, alpha out)
Recording  Full HD recording of Program or AUX output in all resolutions up to 1080p
MPEG-2 (normal and high profile); MP3
Adjustable audio headroom
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
ISO recording of any live input or output with IsoCorder™:
-Multi-track, multi-format video recording capability
-Native HD up to 4 simultaneous channels in all resolutions
-Source per channel: Program output, AUX output or camera inputs
-Format per channel: MPEG-2 (high and normal profiles), QuickTime® , H.264, AVI or MP3
Live Streaming Full HD live streaming in resolutions up to 720p (16:9 aspect ratio), with simultaneous archive
Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser to manage or view streams, and access online CDN accounts
Audio Input  4 SDI Embedded
3 x 2 Balanced 1/4" (Mic/Line)
1 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
Analog Audio Levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
Phantom Power Support
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/limiter per output
Sources can be grouped and routed to multiple buses
Digital audio time-base synchronizers
Audio Output  2 SDI Embedded
1 x 2 Balanced XLR
1 x 2 Balanced 1/4" (AUX)
1 Stereo 1/4” (Phones)
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/limiter per output
Video Processing 4:4:4:4
32-bit Floating Point
Audio Processing 4 channels, 96 kHz
32-bit Floating Point
Supported Formats NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
Multi-Standard model: NTSC-J; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 576/25i
Source Mixing Mix HD/SD resolution and 16:9/4:3 aspect ratios
Recording Capacity ~ 20 Hours 1080i (~40 hours EXTREME)
1 trayless SATA III removable drive bay with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
Supported Stream Types  Adobe® Flash® to Flash media server connections
Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull
Support for most common stream profiles
Support for custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Adobe Flash through browser based plug-ins
Network Connection 1 Gigabit connection for network inputs and streaming output
Transition Effects
(EXTREME exclusive)
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Animated transitions with full-color, embedded overlay, audio and alpha channel on all 7 effects channels
Animation Store Creator 2.0 applicatioons for creating custom animation transitions, with support for image sequences up to 32-bit
Virtual Input Overlay  1 per channel, upstream with keying, transitions, and independent effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Animation store transitions with embedded audio and alpha channel
Live Virtual Sets 20 HD live virtual sets (24 for EXTREME), with multiple camera angles, animated zoom, real-time reflections and specular highlights
Overlay  Dual downstream keys (DSK) with matting, transitions, and independent effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Animation store transitions with embedded audio and alpha channel
Preview Monitors  Full field rate displays
Program, Look-Ahead Preview, and source windows configurable for All Monitors, External Monitors, Internal Monitors, and Preview Scopes
Embedded audio VU meter overlays that show/hide automatically with sound
Adjustable source and switcher group monitor panes
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Alpha channel preview with transparency checkerboard background pattern
Multi-View Monitor Output Configurable for All Monitors, External Monitors, Internal Monitors, Program, Preview, Effects, Preview/Program, and Waveform/Vectorscope
Projector Output 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
Integrated Character Generator LiveText™ 2
Integrated Nonlinear Editor SpeedEDIT™ 2
Playback Media Formats Movie files: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1,2 in all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM, and more
Image formats: PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF, and more
Audio files: AIFF, MP3, WAV and more
Import media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files (including Apple ProRes) onto TriCaster
Export Media Formats Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices
Media types: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more 
Presets for external NLEs: Adobe Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Apple Final Cut Pro®, and more
Presets for mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more
Video Ingest  eSATA
Signal Monitoring Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope
Full field rate displays with color preview
Support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709 standards
(EXTREME exclusive)
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
External LTC timecode input
Tally DB15 connector for 4 PGM row tally lights
Power Supply 430W
Multi-tiered software fail-safe (audio and video)
TriCaster 450 EXTREME
Multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe (audio and video)
Form Factor 2U Rack Mount
Dimensions 19 x 3.5 x 22.5 (in)
48.3 x 8.9 x 57.2 (cm)
Weight 28 lbs (12.7 kg)
Accessory Options TriCaster 450 CS
TriCaster 850 TW
TriCaster Virtual Set Editor (VSE)
Also compatible with TriCaster 850 CS, TriCaster LC-11 and TriCaster TimeWarp™

Specifications subject to change without notice. Some restrictions on formats and bitrates might apply.

TriCaster 450 Series System Diagram