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The innovations in the newest TriCaster release now bring high-powered visuals, faster workflows, and more control for television stations and studios, trucks and facilities, video pros and Internet TV producers to execute shows that are bigger and bolder than ever before.

Complete multi-camera production that eliminates racks of additional equipment for professionals who deliver big, live coverage to large audiences.

Turnkey Solution

Based on the innovative concept of a single system to broadcast, project, stream and record, simultaneously, TriCaster 860’s multiple turnkey functions do the work usually requiring racks of equipment, but integrated into a robust rackmount frame instead. Just one system replaces gear for recording, encoding, switching, submixing, playback, audio mixing, DVE, advanced graphics and titling, animation store, scan conversion, multiple channels of virtual sets, live streaming, camera automation, scopes and monitors, and social media publishing.


Facility-class Installation

With TriCaster 860’s redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe measures, you have industrial-strength performance and the ability to adapt to your facility or truck. All audio and video, monitoring and network connectors are easily accessible from the rear for installation in industry standard 19” rackmount configurations. Professional SDI, as well as analog connectivity, external timecode support, genlock, more-extensive format compatibility for integration with nearly any workflow, and a long list of file types allow TriCaster 860 to ease into your infrastructure and seamlessly handle your most challenging needs.


Mix-and-Match I/O

TriCaster 860 provides connectivity to prepare for any location scenario. Connect multiple cameras (up to 8) with the capability to mix and match connection types, including SDI, component, composite and Y/C; and even camera types with varying SD and HD resolutions and formats. Equally flexible outputs can send a variety of feeds to multiple destinations and displays—even send a signal to another TriCaster over the network with a network output.


8-channel, Multi-Format ISO Source Recording

IsoCorder™ multi-track video recording technology combines the capabilities of literally racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology saves loads of space, enhancing your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8 camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record any combination of your finished show, a clean feed, raw source captures from any camera, or more, at full resolution.


24-channel Multi-Camera Production

With the 24 channel, multi-camera TriCaster 860, you have nearly every possible live and stored source at your fingertips. Up to 8 cameras in any HD and SD configuration. Color correction, keying, cropping, scaling, and frame sync on every input. 2 digital media players for video clips (long or short form). 3 slots for graphics, titles and sounds. And 2 network channels for sharing computer screens and displays from wireless iOS devices. Now add 8 M/E banks to stage live virtual sets, create real-time compositions and presets, and submixes that can act as upstream switchers (or secondary programs out), when you need to give your big show even bigger impact.


Expanded Media Sources: Buffers and Network Inputs

Our 24-channel switching system is just the start. TriCaster 860 gives producers instant access to even more content in real time, without adding equipment or crew. 10 still buffers and 5 animation buffers provide 15 bonus “always on” sources. And enhanced network inputs support cloud video, streaming servers, remote cameras, remotely hosted clips, USB cameras and more, dramatically expanding content and programming possibilities without taking up a hardware input.


Audio Mixing

The TriCaster integrated multi-channel audio mixer is loaded with enhancements that raise the caliber of your shows’ sound to the same professional, network quality as the visuals. Unprecedented routing, customization, control and flexibility—and further opportunities for sound configuration and delivery like simulcast audio, multi-language presentation, and mix-minus applications (such as Skype calls and phoners)—without the investment in scores of external hardware. If live control by an audio operator is what you want, you get full support for mixing from our iPad remote mixer app, the Avid® Artist Mix control surface, and other third-party audio control interfaces.


Visual & Motion Effects

TriCaster 860 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production to customize your brand—even for multiple shows—with a polish that makes an impression on quality-savvy audiences. From full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio, to imaginative elements like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects and motion overlays. Create your own branded, custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application, and real-time, multi-layered compositions with 8 M/E rows and motion effects.


Automation

Automation functions in TriCaster 860 help you experiment with more complex sequences but leave nothing to chance during a live production. Reduce on-air mistakes with macros—streamline real-time shot sequences that make the show look more sophisticated, but are too complicated to execute live and risk costly errors. Unlimited external control functions with MIDI sequencing enables show control of nearly any command, or offloading tasks to additional crew. With hotspots, talent can trigger automated sequences requiring extraordinary timing with on-camera gestures, effectively controlling a segment without an operator. And add remotely controlled robotic cameras as input sources, without the need to add camera operators.


Virtual Sets

Even if your "set" is really a multi-purpose room or the corner of a studio, your viewers will not only see your professional brand shine through—they’ll see any world you want to create, without the high cost or heavy construction. With TriCaster 860 system's virtual sets, you can elevate your look with realistic foregrounds and live moving backgrounds. Not just high-end studio looks either: take a panoramic of any location with your smart phone, or a 3D model from any universe you create, and make it your scene using our holographic LiveSet capability, bringing augmented reality that much closer to live. Add real-time energy to any virtual set with two live sources—each with overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D DVEs and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.


Social Media Publishing

With a brief setup beforehand and the real-time grab of a shot, generate second-screen content for sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter during the live show, and extend your brand to online and second-screen platforms—or share assets to common storage locations for instant access by others. Hey, set it all up with a macro and just push a button, and you’ve increased your program exposure without adding equipment, personnel, or lag time.


Fail-safes/Redundancy

TriCaster 860 provides multi-tiered redundant fail-safe mechanisms in both hardware and software. Redundant, removable power supplies and hot-swappable hard drives protect from physical interruptions. Fail-safe software monitors live performance, and video pass-through, streaming output and recording continue through unexpected error conditions.


Capacity

TriCaster 860 offers huge capacity for recorded media. Use it for storing files for use in your live productions—5 integrated digital media players are on-hand to augment your production, on top of your 10 live and 8 virtual sources—and for ISO recording your individual camera sources for later postproduction. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift and grow from show to show—without missing a beat.


Post-production

TriCaster 860 is not just about live. It’s a content creation machine. 8-channel ISO recording enables the capture of all the raw sources coming into the program, for later repurposing or re-use. And with QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, your media floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Our codecs for Mac and PC let you equip your entire facility to encode media assets for optimized, real-time playback.


External and Third-Party Applications

Through our third-party developer network, TriCaster 860 supports an extended set of products that work directly with the system to provide innovative solutions and workflows in several different areas of your live production, including streaming, graphics, content and controllers. Our SDK enables developers and customers to tap into the power of TriCaster functionality, add applications that enhance the production workflow, and further extend integration with standard and custom installations. And our own suite of peripheral applications and hardware control surfaces rounds out the total solution.

 

Visit TriCaster In-Depth to see the complete list of features integrated into each professional TriCaster model.


TriCaster 860 System Diagram 2014
Switcher Channels 24 - 10 external, 6 internal, 8 M/E buses
Video Input 8 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates (including PsF selections)
  • Direct input of cameras and video devices in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C or Composite connections
  • Per-input format configuration, scaler (including 3:2 intelligent pull-down) and frame synchronizer enabling intermixing of formats
  • Per-input color correction, crop and LiveMatte keyer controls
  • Support for Key + Fill input pairing
Network Sources 2 live inputs via Gigabit connection, selectable from any available network sources with support for video, audio and alpha channel
  • Supported sources include networked computers via included NewTek iVGA client application; wireless Apple® AirPlay® devices; TriCaster 8000, 860, 460 or 410; 3Play 4800, 440 or 425; USB video sources; video over IP sources; RTMP or RTSP streams; HTTP streaming video sources; and a variety of third-party partner solutions
Robotic Camera Support Access up to 8 live Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) robotic cameras via standard serial and network protocols, with preset system and user interface control over camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris
Media 5 integrated digital media sources for video, graphics and sounds (2 DDRs, 2 GFX and Sound) + 15 buffers
Buffers 15 content buffers to store and playback video, animations, still images and graphics
  • 5 animation buffers and 10 still & title buffers, with multiviewer, animation preview, title editing and presets
  • Shareable across a network for watch folder application, with real-time edit and update of content
Mix/Effect Buses (M/E) 8 freely configurable M/E channels for video mixing, compositing, effects and virtual sets, each supporting independent Key layer, TransWarp effects, and Adobe® Photoshop® blending modes between layers
  • Mix mode: Enables secondary switcher operation for output, submix or recording, with Program/Preview workflow and transitions
  • Effects mode: Enables multi-layer compositing, effects generation and virtual set application, with per-source 3D DVE, scaling, cropping and keying
Macros Record configurations and operation sequences, then attach to keyboard shortcuts, control surface actions, MIDI controllers, or on-screen hotspots for recall and automation
  • Macro editor for modifying user-defined macro configurations and sequences
  • Augment and extend TriCaster operation using macro plug-ins to control external devices and applications
  • Enable cross-platform commands and automation between TriCaster and 3Play
DSKs 2 primary DSK channels, plus 1 additional Key layer per M/E bus, each with independent transition controls, 3D DVE, scaling, cropping and integrated TransWarp effects
Effects and Transitions Integrated TransWarp effects engine on all effects channels supports standard transitions, customizable animation store transitions with audio, and overlay effects
  • Animation Store Creator for custom animations
  • Supports per-pixel alpha blending between sources and real-time 3D warping of video or graphics
Virtual Sets 30+ HD live virtual sets, with presets, multiple camera angles, real-time reflections, and specular highlights
  • Live pan and zoom of virtual camera and customizable virtual camera presets with animated pan, zoom and pedestal moves
  • Support for up to 2 switchable live sources, with per-source 3D DVE, scaling, cropping and keying
  • Supports custom-created virtual sets generated using NewTek Virtual Set Editor or third-party partner solutions
Holographic Live Virtual Sets Support for custom virtual environments generated from panoramic smartphone, camera or DSLR images
  • Select sets included; custom sets require Virtual Set Editor 2.5
Hotspots Up to 8 freely configurable, interactive hotspots per input for macro control
Video Output Configurable for up to 14 output connections, with support for key output and per-connection signal settings
  • 3 x SDI
  • 3 x Analog (configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite)
  • HDMI output
  • 2 x Display Ports for additional displays or projectors
  • Network output for live streaming
  • A/V output to network-connected TriCaster over local network
Recording Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology
  • Native recording in up to 1080p with timecode
  • Encoding format selectable from: QuickTime® (XDCAM HD compatible, 4:2:2 encoding, 24-bit audio), MPEG-2 (high or normal profile), AVI (SpeedHQ), and H.264 (high or Web quality)
  • Freely choose to add recordings to Publish queue and DDR destinations
Recording Capacity
Includes 3TB internal drive accommodating ~70 hours 1080i (varies by resolution and format; capacity expandable using additional supported storage)
  • 4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
  • Simultaneous recording of up to 2 channels to internal drive; support for up to 8 channels with removable drives, external or shared storage connected
  • Supports recording to external storage via USB 3.0
  • Supports shared storage integration via third-party partner solutions
Grab Grab full resolution, de-fielded still images from inputs and outputs, and freely choose to add grabs to Publish queue, Media Player presets and Buffer destinations
Media Publishing Supports direct content upload to YouTube™, Facebook, Twitter™, FTP, local or external volumes, and network servers
Live Streaming HD live streaming with simultaneous archive
  • Presets in up to 720p, supporting most common streaming profiles and custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles, including RTMP streaming using H.264 (ex. Adobe Flash® Media Server), Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull, and browser-based streaming applications, with Ustream® and Livestream® native integrated support
  • Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser 
Audio Inputs 8 SDI Embedded
8 AES3/EBU
8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
Phantom Power Support
Audio Outputs 3 SDI Embedded
2 AES3/EBU
4 Balanced XLR
4 Balanced XLR (AUX)
1 Stereo 1/4" (phones)
Audio Mixing Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones, with 4 fully independent stereo output mixes: 2 Master, 2 AUX
  • Pan control, solo auditioning, seven-band equalizer and stereo compressor/limiter per input and output, with per-input audio delay control
  • Multi-bus routing of audio source channels to any combination of outputs, with independent level control over channels 1/2 and 3/4 for quad sources
  • AFV system enabling audio to follow multiple video sources, with support for unlimited audio grouping combinations
  • Digital audio inputs equipped with audio time-base synchronizers
  • Supports companion iPad® audio mixing app and Avid® Artist Mix audio control surface
Supported Session Formats
  •  NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
  • Multi-Standard model: NTSC 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; NTSC-J 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/24p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 720/24p, 576/25i
Playback Media Formats AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1, 2, all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM, PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF, AIFF, MP3, WAV, and more, with Import Media application for batch import with optional transcoding of files (including Apple ProRes)
Export Media Formats Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices: Apple ProRes, AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more
Post Production
  • NewTek SpeedEDIT 2 non-linear editor available via download for Add-On installation
  • NewTek SpeedHQ codecs for Mac and PC included for extended file compatibility
Monitoring DVI monitor outputs for user interface and multiview preview displays
  • Preview all sources or select sources in a variety of layouts and dual-monitor display combinations via Workspaces control panel
  • Viewports freely configurable for any combination of input sources, Program, Preview, M/E buses, clocks or images
  • A/V indicator and guide overlays configurable per viewport
Signal Monitoring Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709
Session Management Setup and store session settings in reusable template sessions
Latency
Ultra-low, between 1 and 2 frames
Processing Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 4 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point
A/V Standards HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
Control Surface Optional TriCaster 860 hardware control surface
  • Surface ~ 28.5 x 0.5 x 11.6 in (72.4 x 1.3 x 29.5 cm)
  • Base ~ 27.5 x 2.0 x 10.8 in (69.9 x 5.1 x 27.4 cm)
  • 18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)
MIDI Control Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros
GPI Support
Supports 2 x 24 GPI signals via JLCooper eBOX GPI system
System Physical 4U Rack Mount, with 550W power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
  • 19.0 x 7 x 20.5 in (48.3 x 17.8 x 52 cm)
  • 44 lbs (20 kg)
Subject to change without notice.
860 UI with Guide Numbers


  1. User Interface
    Provides complete control over live production, streaming, recording, and media publishing operations.

  2. Recordable Macros
    Make your favorite series of commands automatic. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event, make adjustments as needed with the built-in Macro Editor, then trigger with a single click, keystroke or button press. Talent can also trigger macros by making contact with configurable on-screen hotspots.

  3. Workspaces
    Choose a view that works for you with a variety of selectable layouts for User Interface and Multiview monitor displays.
     
  4. Live Streaming
    Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 860 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.

  5. Grab
    The unique view from every angle is up for grabs. Snap photos from inputs, buffers and outputs, simultaneously; build a collection of HD still images to post to social media sites, or use during the show.

  6. Recording
    Capture video from up to 8 individual sources simultaneously with integrated IsoCorder™ multi-track, multi-format recording technology. Files are recorded at native resolution and compatible with every major non-linear editing application, computer operating system and media sharing website.

  7. Media Publishing

    A. Media Publishing
    Publish content instantly to popular social media sites like YoutubeTM, Facebook and TwitterTM, upload to FTP sites, or transfer to storage volumes and network locations. Share clips and stills during live production or upload your full-length show within moments after production wraps.  


  8. Live Desktop Monitors
    Select from a variety of layouts for previewing production sources. Full field rate displays also include convenient options for additional customization, including safe areas, VU meters, and alpha channel transparency display.

  9. Cameras
    Connect up to 8 live cameras or video sources, of any connection type or resolution, including robotic Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras. 

  10. 4RU PTZ Default

    B. Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Camera Control
    Control up to 8 robotic PTZ cameras directly from the User Interface, including camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris. Position presets with thumbnail preview make it easy to set up shots remotely and change angles on the fly.


  11. Network Sources
    Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® Airplay® devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network. TriCaster 860 also accepts video over IP, streaming servers, USB video sources, NewTek 3PlayTM and TriCaster systems, as well as a variety of third-party partner solutions as network inputs.

  12. DDRs
    Load and playback video clips, packages and motion graphics. TriCaster 860 offers native support for almost every file format, with per-clip audio levels, scaling and aspect ratio conversion, allowing you to work with essentially any media asset you're given.

  13. Graphics
    Display images, apply titles or present static graphics. Choose from and edit templates in a variety of styles and designs, or import your own graphics for a custom-branded live production. 

  14. Look-Ahead Preview Monitor
    Setup and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.

  15. Program Monitor 
    View the primary video output being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded. 

  16. Live Virtual Sets
    Get the look of a network-style studio, complete with real-time reflections and spectacular highlights. TriCaster 860 includes more than 30 HD virtual sets in a variety of styles and settings, each with multiple angles, customizable pan, zoom and pedestal animations, shot presets and support for interactive hotspots. 

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    C. Holographic Live Virtual Sets
    Create custom, photorealistic virtual environments from panoramic images snapped with a smartphone, point-and-shoot or DSLR camera, with support for 3D positioning of sources and live virtual camera movements.

  17. M/E Buses
    Mix multi-source compositions or create complex video effects, and configure for output, feed upstream to the main switcher or designate as an alternative recording mix. TriCaster 860 features 8 M/E buses, each a complete switcher with independent keying and positioning effects per selected source, Key layer, the powerful Transwarp effects engine, and presets. M/E buses also support 3D video production, macro hotspots, and live virtual sets. 

  18. M/E Effects
    Apply titles, graphics and spectacular effects to M/E compositions. Each M/E bus accommodates a transition effect between the A and B rows in Mix mode, supports a layering effect or virtual set in Effect mode, and includes a fully configurable Key layer with independent keying, positioning effects, transition controls and support for TransWarp effects. 

  19. Live Production Switcher
    Control productions in all resolutions up to 1080p, integrating multiple cameras, video feeds, network sources, stored media, graphics, transitions and effects without any extra hardware or external devices.

  20. Switcher Effects 
    Apply titles, graphics, and spectacular events to live video. The switcher supports dynamic TransWarp effects on the primary video layer, and on 2 fully configurable DSKs. Each DSK also includes independent keying, positioning effects and transition controls. 

  21. TransWarp Effects
    Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 860 electrifies live video, DSKs and overlays with full-color animation store transitions, complete with embedded audio and 3D warping of video. The integrated Animation Store Creator application also allows you to build custom transitions and effects, with eye-catching visuals like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D transformations and motion overlays. 

  22. Media
    Load video clips, motion graphics, sounds, titles and stills of virtually any fie format for live playback or overlay. Build playlists before or during a show, and save frequently used video and graphics collections as presets. 

  23. Buffers
    Access up to 15 additional media sources - instantly - during live production, including video clips, animations, images, titles and graphics. TriCaster 860 supports 5 animation buffers and 10 still & title buffers, each with independent playback and transition controls, plus presets. View and manage buffer content via the integrated multiviewer, including animation preview and live title editing. 

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    D. Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
    Deliver pristine sound with adjustable audio for all internal and external sources, plus 4 fully independent stereo output mixes. Enjoy precision control, including robust audio follow video and routing configuration, per-input audio delay timing, and a seven-band equalizer and compressor/limiter on every source and output. Touchscreen and tactile remote control are also in the mix, via the companion iPad audio mixing app and native support for Avid®Artist Mix audio control surfaces.