NewTek - Learning Resources

1 Introduction(1:00)

A short introduction to the training video series.


2 Hardware Setup(13:08)

Connecting the system hardware—power, monitors, keyboard, mouse and external eSATA drives, video inputs, video outputs, audio inputs and audio outputs.


3 Registration and Administration(16:43)

The Administrator mode, Registering the TriCaster, Updating the TriCaster system, Backing up and Restoring the system drive, and setting up the displays for the UI.


4 Understanding Sessions(12:44)

The home page, setting up a new session, the sessions page, importing media and the session backup.


5 The Live Desktop(44:42)

The Dashboard, multi-viewer configuration, monitor options, input and output configuration, proc amps, white balance, cropping, TriCaster menu options, workspace layouts, Program and Preview busses, production clocks, timecode, genlock, session back-up and restore, framegrabbing, and setting up ISOcorder recording.


6 PTZ Cameras(3:56)

Set-up and operation of PTZ cameras.


7 Media Players(15:27)

Loading content into media players, the media browser, loading content external to the session, and media drives.


8 LiveText(16:19)

Interface overview, the text and drawing tools, the main edit window, CG pages, motion controls, bottom tabs, manipulating text and objects, setting text parameters, layers, scrolls and crawls, sending pages to Live.


9 Network Inputs(12:08)

Using iVGA with network inputs to bring in external computer displays, using Apple Airplay with network inputs, using external LiveText with TriCaster 8000, and outputting other NewTek products, such as TriCaster and 3Play.


10 LiveMatte(8:28)

Pulling a good key, setting up LiveMatte to pull a key, crop controls.


11 Mix Effects Bus(29:53)

Using M/Es to set up a basic layered effect, M/E keyers, transitions and delegation, re-entry, adjusting inputs using scale, position, and crop controls, using virtual sets, zooming, presets, multiple camera angles in a virtual set, tracking, and multi-box effects.


12 Automation(25:44)

Recording, organizing, importing, and exporting macros, system macros, setting keyboard shortcuts, playback speed, favorites list, hot spot set up, triggering macros with hot spots, disabling hotspots.


13 Hot Spots(15:57)

Using hotspots to enhance automation control.


14 Audio(9:29)

Configuring the audio mixer, line versus mic inputs, using mute, mono, talk, solo and follow features, equalizer and compressor/limiter funtion, configuring the stream audio, headphone audio uses, auxilliary audio out configuration, and main audio out controls.


15 Streaming(13:58)

Configuring the streaming panel, working with internet bandwidth providers, browser based streaming, encoder based streaming—Flash, Windows Media pull and push, recording the live stream, and using the live stream plug-in.


16 Media Publishing(4:54)

Setting up publish destinations, different upload methods, auto versus manual upload, the Publish queue, trimming clips for publish.


17 Live Operation, part A(21:42)

Interface overview, switcher basics, transitions, video layers, downstream keyers, delegation, media player controls, frame buffers, using M/Es, recording, streaming, and grabbing images, fade to black, and control survace operation.


18 Live Operation, part B(23:57)

Interface overview, switcher basics, transitions, video layers, downstream keyers, delegation, media player controls, frame buffers, using M/Es, recording, streaming, and grabbing images, fade to black, and control survace operation.


Videos

Documents


 

Video Notes

An outline of the instructional videos, important notes from the videos content, a selected list of keyboard shortcuts, and a list of acronyms used in the curriculum.

1.7 MB - PDF

1 Introduction(2:00)

A short introduction to the training video series.


 

Activities

An Activities Summary and the Detailed Activities to be performed by learners under the guidance of the instructor.

1.7 MB - PDF

2 Physical Setup(9:33)

Connecting the system hardware—power, monitors, keyboard, mouse, video inputs, video outputs, audio inputs, and audio outputs.


 

Instructor Guide

The Instructor Notes, the Video Outline, the Activities Summary, and the Answers to the Activities Mastery Questions.

1.2 MB - PDF

3 The Home and Session Page(11:07)

Create a new session, register the 3Play 4800, and import media on the Home Page.


 

4 Interface and Control Surface Tour(3:35)

View the action from every angle with full field rate preview displays. Monitor audio levels with VU meter overlays. Select from additional layouts and send on-screen monitors to a second display with integrated multi-view monitors.


 

5 Live Desktop and Input/Output(14:39)

Connect up to eight live video sources (or up to four with fully redundant capture), audio sources, and the included hardware control surface for multi-channel recording, multi-speed playback, media publishing, and asset management.


 

6 CLIP LIST, PLAY LIST, and Tags(3:28)

How to use the CLIP LIST, the PLAY LIST, and tag clips.


 

7 Modes(1:49)

A description of the different modes available and how to use them during a production.


 

8 Basic Workflow(6:02)

The basics of the 3Play 4800 workflow, including creating instant replays and playing back events from multiple angles.


 

9 Advanced Event Creation(5:33)

Creating and replaying events during a live production.


 

10 Working with the CLIP LIST(2:29)

Manage all marked events and clips for playback. The multi-tab structure, customizable tab names, and per-clip metadata entry provide for efficient asset management and organization.


 

11 Tagging Clips(9:17)

Create and manage your own code system for instant metadata entry. Assign Tags to teams, play types, and players – then build full descriptions from keystrokes or simple control surface commands.


 

12 Adding Media(1:36)

How to add video, still images, and audio.


 

13 Playback Speed Control(1:35)

Exploring different playback options.


 

14 The CLIP LIST Workflow(1:00)

Playing back clips using the CLIP LIST.


 

15 Dual Outputs(7:53)

Using transitions, Autoplay, and speed controls in the Program to Preview workflow.


 

16 Working with the PLAY LIST(6:08)

Create highlight reels with per-clip management of audio and playback. Build and organize multiple clip sequences using the multi-tab structure, then customize with animation store transitions and a background music track.


 

17 Social Media Publishing(5:48)

Set publish destinations, Auto Upload, and add video and stills to the Publish Queue to instantly distribute content in real time for second and third screen social engagement.


 

18 Exporting Media(3:09)

How to export a production for use outside of 3Play 4800.


 

19 Session and Live Desktop(6:25)

A demo of setting up a session and working in the Live Desktop.


 

20 Basic Workflow Demo(7:00)

A demo of a basic real-life workflow.


 

21 Tagging Workflow Demo(4:55)

A demo of tagging clips.


 

22 Advanced Workflow Demo(5:40)

A demo of putting transitions between events, tagging clips, and more advanced techniques.

Videos

Documents


 

Video Notes

An outline of the instructional videos, important notes from the videos content, a selected list of keyboard shortcuts, and a list of acronyms used in the curriculum.

1.0 MB - PDF

1 Physical Setup

Connecting the system hardware—power, monitors, keyboard, mouse, video inputs, video outputs, audio inputs, and audio outputs.


 

Activities

An Activities Summary and the Detailed Activities to be performed by learners under the guidance of the instructor.

1.0 MB - PDF

2 Register, Restore, and Update

Activating Windows, registering the TriCaster, performing a system restore, and doing system updates.


 

Instructor Guide

The Instructor Notes, the Video Outline, the Activities Summary, and the Answers to the Activities Mastery Questions.

1.2 MB - PDF

3 Working with Sessions

The Home screen, creating a session, the Session page, input and output configuration, proc amps, record settings, and session management.


4 Media Management

Importing and exporting media, the Media Browser, and media drives.


5 LiveText

Creating projects, creating titles, and editing titles.


6 Playlists and Media Players

Adding and organizing media, medial player controls, presets, framebuffers, and LiveText title pages.


7 LiveMatte and Virtual Inputs

Setting up LiveMatte, factors to improve keying, cropping, Virtual Input set up, LiveSets, and Virtual Input framebuffers.


8 Audio Set-Up

Source types, balance, mono, mute, pan, trim, solo, talk, audio follow video, color grouping, outputs, Aux out, and audio sweetening.


9 Network Inputs

Network set-up, iVGA set-up, iVGA for Windows and Mac, and setting up a Skype call.


10 Streaming

Setting up streaming profiles, testing the stream, and content delivery networks


11 Live Operation

Switching basics, transitions, layer stacking order, downstream keyers, fade to black, delegation, and the Control Surface.

1 Introduction(2:00)

A short introduction to the training video series.


2 Physical Setup(9:33)

Connecting the system hardware—power, monitors, keyboard, mouse, video inputs, video outputs, audio inputs, and audio outputs.


3 The Home and Session Page(11:07)

Create a new session, register the 3Play 4800, and import media on the Home Page.


4 Interface and Control Surface Tour(3:35)

View the action from every angle with full field rate preview displays. Monitor audio levels with VU meter overlays. Select from additional layouts and send on-screen monitors to a second display with integrated multi-view monitors.


5 Live Desktop and Input/Output(14:39)

Connect up to eight live video sources (or up to four with fully redundant capture), audio sources, and the included hardware control surface for multi-channel recording, multi-speed playback, media publishing, and asset management.


6 CLIP LIST, PLAY LIST, and Tags(3:28)

How to use the CLIP LIST, the PLAY LIST, and tag clips.


7 Modes(1:49)

A description of the different modes available and how to use them during a production.


8 Basic Workflow(6:02)

The basics of the 3Play 4800 workflow, including creating instant replays and playing back events from multiple angles.


9 Advanced Event Creation(5:33)

Creating and replaying events during a live production.


10 Working with the CLIP LIST(2:29)

Manage all marked events and clips for playback. The multi-tab structure, customizable tab names, and per-clip metadata entry provide for efficient asset management and organization.


11 Tagging Clips(9:17)

Create and manage your own code system for instant metadata entry. Assign Tags to teams, play types, and players – then build full descriptions from keystrokes or simple control surface commands.


12 Adding Media(1:36)

How to add video, still images, and audio.


13 Playback Speed Control(1:35)

Exploring different playback options.


14 The CLIP LIST Workflow(1:00)

Playing back clips using the CLIP LIST.


15 Dual Outputs(7:53)

Using transitions, Autoplay, and speed controls in the Program to Preview workflow.


16 Working with the PLAY LIST(6:08)

Create highlight reels with per-clip management of audio and playback. Build and organize multiple clip sequences using the multi-tab structure, then customize with animation store transitions and a background music track.


17 Social Media Publishing(5:48)

Set publish destinations, Auto Upload, and add video and stills to the Publish Queue to instantly distribute content in real time for second and third screen social engagement.


18 Exporting Media(3:09)

How to export a production for use outside of 3Play 4800.


19 Session and Live Desktop(6:25)

A demo of setting up a session and working in the Live Desktop.


20 Basic Workflow Demo(7:00)

A demo of a basic real-life workflow.


21 Tagging Workflow Demo(4:55)

A demo of tagging clips.


22 Advanced Workflow Demo(5:40)

A demo of putting transitions between events, tagging clips, and more advanced techniques.

The 3Play 4800 Certified Operator Exam is an 75-question, multiple choice and multiple response exam. The time limit is 60 minutes and the minimum passing score is 70%. The exam is proctored at numerous testing centers around the US. The test items are drawn randomly from a large bank of questions which are divided into nine skills and knowledge areas. For some questions, a description of the initial conditions for the question, and often an image, appears above the question. Read each question carefully, then pick the best response from those given. None of these are trick questions, but the available responses are not meant to describe the complete behavior of the 3Play, only to test your knowledge of how the machine and a qualified operator work together to produce the best live production. To get the highest possible score, pick the best available answer.

The questions cover a wide range of skills and knowledge of 3Play 4800 operation in many types of live events. Operators preparing for the exam should study the operation of the 3Play 4800 with a Control Surface to achieve the highest possible score.

The nine skills and knowledge areas and the percent of questions from each are given in this table, and a more detailed description follows:

Knowledge/Skill Area
Percent of Questions
1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge
13%
2) Software set-up and registration
5%
3) Session set-up
13%
4) Transferring media and publishing
11%
5) Networking
4%
6) Working in Live mode
12%
7) Working with the CLIP LIST
19%
8) Working with the PLAY LIST
12%
9) Tagging, searching, and bookmarking
11%

1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge (13%, 10 questions)
  • video cabling
  • signal flow-path
  • hard drive specification and limits
  • input and output connections
  • video resolution
  • latency
  • framerate
  • genlock
  • timecode
  • control surface connection
  • audio input and output
  • shipping the 3Play
  • external storage
2) Software set-up and registration(5%, 4 questions)
  • registration
  • updating
  • system back up and restore
  • software installation
  • interface preferences
  • monitor set-up
  • interface customization
  • configuration panels
3) Session set-up (13%, 10 questions)
  • make a new session
  • rename, restore, delete session
  • template sessions
  • video and audio input and output configuration
  • main and auxiliary output row settings
  • HDMI and VGA output configuration
  • record formats and settings
  • session directory structure
  • multiviewer settings
  • frame grab settings
  • manage session options
  • audio output configuration
  • sharing set-up
  • redundant mode
4) Transferring media and publishing (11%, 8 questions)
  • importing and exporting media
  • the file storage scheme
  • still and audio formats
  • transcoding media
  • recorded file location
  • adding files to the publish queue
  • setting destinations
  • social media account configuration
  • watermarking
  • edit decision list (EDL)
5) Networking (4%, 3 questions)
  • configuring networking
  • bitrate and framerate
  • IP addresses
  • sharing machine output via a network
6) Working in Live mode (12%, 9 questions)
  • channel and source delegates
  • two-button marking
  • one-button marking
  • no-button marking
  • jog wheel operation
  • navigating lists
  • trimming in and out points
  • input monitor and title bar indicators
  • channel linking
  • interface indicators
7) Working with the CLIP LIST (19%, 14 questions)
  • program to preview transitions
  • transition selection settings
  • managing clips
  • navigating tabs
  • playing back a clip
  • changing camera angles
  • T-bar operation
  • the event ID number
  • duration
  • adding clips to the PLAY LIST
  • playback speed
  • Autoplay
  • FastJog control
  • channel linking
  • looping
  • changing In and Out points
  • Out Point Padding
8) Working with the PLAY LIST (12%, 9 questions)
  • selecting a clip
  • rendering a PLAY LIST
  • playing a PLAY LIST
  • music track
  • dragging and dropping
  • playback speed
  • navigating and creating tabs
  • tab columns
  • the Clip ID number
  • trimming In and Out points
  • PLAY LIST audio
  • melt transition controls
9) Tagging, searching, and bookmarking (11%, 8 questions)
  • setting up the tags lists
  • applying tags
  • searching for and using tags to go to a clip
  • creating and finding bookmarks
  • memo fields
  • input hinting
  • showing/hiding the Tags area
  • Auto Advance
  • adding and renaming tabs