TriCaster 850 Series - Tech Specs

Switcher Channels


Video Input

8 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

8 independent mix/effect-style channels, each with presets, dedicated upstream 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

5 integrated digital media players with presets, alpha channel and adjustable audio levels per clip: 2 DDRs, Stills, Titles and Sounds

Video Output

3 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)


  • 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 850 EXTREME:

  • ISO recording of any live input or output with IsoCorder™
  • Multi-track, multi-format video recording capability
  • Native HD up to 8 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

  • 8 SDI Embedded
  • 8 AES3/EBU
  • 8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
  • Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
  • Phantom Power Support

TriCaster 850 EXTREME:

  • Seven-band equalizer and full stero compressor/limiter per input
  • Sources can be grouped and routed to multiple buses
  • Digital and audio time-base synchronizers

Audio Output

  • 3 SDI Embedded
  • 2 AES3/EBU
  • 4 Balanced XLR
  • 4 Balanced XLR (AUX)
  • 1 Stereo 1/4" (phones)

TriCaster 850 EXTREME:

  • Seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/limiter per output

Video Processing

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

~ 50 Hours 1080i (~200 hours EXTREME)
~ 300 Hours 480i (~1200 hours EXTREME)

4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays 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 850 EXTREME:

  • Adobe Flash through browser based plug-ins

Network Connection

1 Gigabit connection for network inputs and streaming output

Transition Effects
(EXTREME exclusive)

Animated transitions with full-color, embedded overlay, audio and alpha channel on all 11 effects channels
Animation Store Creator 2.0 application 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 850 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


Dual downstream keys (DSK) with matting, transitions, and independent effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation

TriCaster 850 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, Switcher Monitors and Scopes
  • Embedded audio VU meter overlays that show/hide automatically with sound
  • Adjustable source and switcher group monitor panes

TriCaster 850 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


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 files: 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 Pro Res) onto TriCaster

Export Media Formats

Export media applications 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 all mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more

Video Ingest


Signal Monitoring

Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope
Full field rate displays with color preview
Support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709 standards

(EXTREME exclusive)

External LTC timecode input


DB 15 connector for 8 PGM row tally lights

Power Supply

550W, redundant and removable


Multi-tiered software fail-safe (audio and video)

TriCaster 850 EXTREME:
Multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe (audio and video)

Form Factor

4U Rack Mount


19 x 7.25 x 21.5 (in)
48.3 x 18.4 x 54.6 (cm)


42 lbs (19 kg)

Accessory Options

TriCaster 850 CS
TriCaster 850 TW
TriCaster Virtual Set Editor (VSE)
Also compatible with TriCaster 450 CS, TriCaster LC-11 and TriCaster TimeWarp™

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