TriCaster 855/455 Certification Exam Study Guide

The TriCaster 855 Certified Operator Exam is a 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 TriCaster, 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 TriCaster 855 and 455 operation in many types of live events. Being a "NewTek Certified Operator" means being ready to take on challenging productions; therefore, the exam is aimed at the TriCaster 855. While many of the skills tested are applicable to all TriCaster models, the exam is primarily focused on the TriCaster 855 using a Control Surface. Where there are differences between the TriCaster 855 and other TriCaster models, the question specifies which model is referenced. Operators preparing for the exam should study the operation of TriCaster 855 with the 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
Physical set-up and general video knowledge
Software set-up
Working with sessions
Transferring, loading, and creating media
Networking and streaming to the Web
Live operation
Media players
Virtual inputs, virtual sets, LiveMatte
Working with audio

1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge (13%, 10 questions)
  • video cabling and signal flow-path
  • proc amp adjustments and white balancing
  • media drives
  • waveform monitor and vectorscope
  • genlocking and latency
  • video sources and signal types
  • video resolution and framerate
2) Software set-up (7%, 5 questions)
  • software and hardware add-ons
  • interface preferences and configuration
  • registration
  • updating and restoring
  • getting help
  • monitor set-up
3) Working with sessions (11%, 8 questions)
  • making new, renaming, and deleting
  • back-up and restore
  • record formats and setting
  • session directory structure
  • framegrabbing
  • time code
4) Transferring, loading, and creating media (11%, 8 questions)
  • populating playlists with playable formats
  • importing, exporting, and storage scheme
  • using preset bins
  • editing Title template pages
  • transcoding media
5) Networking and streaming to the web (9%, 7 questions)
  • streaming settings and formats
  • networking
  • iVGA set-up and use
  • bitrates and framerate
  • IP addresses
  • Apple Airplay
6) Live operation (16%, 12 questions)
  • bus switching and transition controls
  • Utility and T-bar delegation
  • DSK controls and Fade To Black
  • Control Surface operation
  • frame buffers
  • interpreting input monitors
7) Media players (9%, 7 questions)
  • media player operation
  • playable file formats
  • single/autoplay/looping functions
  • in/out points
  • warning colors
8) Virtual inputs, virtual sets, LiveMatte (13%, 10 questions)
  • input set-up and operation
  • using LiveMatte
  • using LiveSets
  • zooming
  • using the overlay
  • matching a camera to a LiveSet
9) Working with audio (11%, 8 questions)
  • input set-up and configuration
  • signal types
  • output set-up and audio levels
  • grouping and audio follow video
  • compressor/limiter controls
  • solo, mono, mute, and talk