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Getting Started with TriCaster® TC1 Chapter 5: Live Production Switcher

March 13, 2019 by Richard Evans and Chuck Baker

So far we’ve looked at a variety of tasks that are needed to get TriCaster® TC1 ready to begin live production. With this tutorial we’ll dip a toe into how you can switch among video sources, from basic cuts and fades to fancy digital effects, and how you can layer video and graphics using the downstream keyers (DSKs). Trainer Richard Evans steps through the variety of ways that the user can switch between the sources set up on the inputs.

The interface is configured as the simple Switcher at the beginning of the tutorial. Most of the real estate is the Multiviewer, with all 16 external inputs, plus four media players (2 DDRs for video clips, 2 GFX for graphic stills and animations), plus the four Mix/Effects buses, plus large monitors for Preview and Program output.

Below the Multiviewer section is a bar of controls that can open up sections of the interface such as the M/E and Pre-viz controls and the toggle between the regular and the Express Switcher controls.

Below that are the Switcher controls. There are Program and Preview button rows, the T-Bar and associated buttons, and the Downstream Keyer (DSK) bank and associated buttons.

At bottom is another control bar that can toggle open the DDR and GFX bins, audio mixer, etc.

Screenshot of DSK Overlays for TriCaster TC1

Ways you can do a transition from one video source to another (not exhaustive!):

  • Standard Switcher in the interface:
    • Mouse-Click on the source button on the Program row to cut to it.
    • Press the control surface Program row button for a source to cut to it
    • Mouse-click on the source button on the Preview row to bring it to the Preview monitor, then:
      • mouse-click on the Take button by the T-Bar to cut to it
      • Mouse-click on the Fade button to fade to it
      • Hold down the mouse button on the T-Bar handle and move it to bring the source to Program out
  • Express Switcher in the interface:
    • Mouse-Click on the Cut button above the T-Bar; from then on, you can click on any source button on the Program row to cut to it
    • Mouse-click on the Cross-Fade button above the T-Bar; from then on, you can click on any source button on the Program row to fade to it
  • Control Surface:
    • Press the control surface Program row button for a source to cut to it
    • Press the source button on the Preview row to bring it to the Preview monitor, then:
      • Press the Take button by the T-Bar to cut to it
      • Press the Fade button to fade to it
      • Grab the T-Bar handle and move it to bring the source to Program out
  • Multiviewer (Touchscreen required):
    • Select the Cut button above the T-Bar; touch any virtual monitor in the Multiviewer section of the interface to cut to it
    • Select the CrossFade button above the T-Bar; touch any virtual monitor in the Multiviewer section of the interface to fade to it

Again, this is not an exhaustive list of even what is seen in the video, let alone the other options for this action in the interface with mouse and keyboard or via touchscreen, and via the control surface. Downstream Keys are similarly versatile to invoke, and you have four of them available to layer video and graphics. And there is a command and macro system available to let you set up a sequence of actions and execute them all at once with a single key or button press. Beyond control via peripherals directly attached to the TriCaster TC1, there is capability for any networked device to be set up to control a TriCaster, via the LivePanel interface.

Taken altogether, the TriCaster TC1 offers not just an extensive professional set of live production capabilities, but wraps those in what is intended to be the most adaptable interface and control capabilities in the industry. Whatever your production needs, the TC1 gives you the flexibility to adapt to them and create the most efficient workflow to accomplish your production goals.

Next: TriCaster TC1 Get Started Training Chapter 6 - Media Players
Previous: TriCaster TC1 Get Started Training Chapter 4 - Live Input Configuration
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You can select and assign digital transitions not only to the T-Bar, but also to individual DSKs. Here, a Slide in Left transition is assigned to DSK 2 and triggered, in TriCaster TC1.
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