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TriCaster TC1: Choose the Right Setup for Your Productions

May 16, 2017 by Chuck Baker

If you’re looking at TriCaster TC1 and are thinking about its capabilities, what configuration of equipment do you need for your productions? This guide is a resource for configuring a system for your number and type of cameras. Scan through the bold headings below to quickly find just the information you need. If you read through it all, you’ll have a thorough education in basic video configurations for TriCaster TC1. (If there’s a demand for it, we may institute a quiz and offer certificates!) tc1-2ru-3ru-backplates_comp003

A Brief Introduction to TriCaster TC1 and NewTek NC1 Modules

The secret to TriCaster TC1: it is a fully IP-based integrated production system. However, SDI connectivity is integrated into the production system and is expandable with an ecosystem of interface modules that can provide the scope of features and needs specific to your productions.

In essence, TriCaster TC1 is not just a single production system, it’s a whole line of potential production suites distilled into a set of component parts. Pricing and capability range from the classic professional entry level 3-camera SD/HD setup to network-broadcast level 16-camera 4Kp60 live production suites, suitable for covering major global sporting events. All configurations have the same multi-camera integrated live production switcher system at the core. From there, you can build up to exactly suit any set of production needs along that range with the available add-on modules.

nc1-in-io-backplate-comp001Despite the power and the complexity that can be achieved in assembling a customized workflow, there are just three components to consider. These are the TriCasterTC1 itself, the most complete integrated production system on the planet, and two NewTek Connect modules, the NC1 Studio Input Module, and the NC1 Studio I/O Module.

Physical video connections are as follows:

  • TriCaster TC1:

    • 4 BNC inputs, configurable as 4 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs
    • 4 BNC outputs, configurable as 4 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs or one 3G-SDI quad-link output for UHD 2160p 60 frames per second (fps)
  • NC1 Studio Input Module: 4 BNC connectors configured as 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs
  • NC1 Studio I/O Module: 9 mini-BNC connectors

    • 1 configured as 3G/HD/SD-SDI Genlock, not yet activated
    • 8 independently configurable for 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs or outputs, or configurable in blocks of 4 as UHD 3G-SDI quad-link inputs or outputs.

Important to know is that the NC1 modules use the network to interface with the TriCaster TC1. As such, they don’t need to be physically located near the TriCaster, they just have to be on the same local network. They can be wherever the cameras are that you want to interface to the TriCaster.

Up to now, UHD production systems have been both substantially more expensive than HD systems, and at the lower end of these expensive offerings they have been limited to 30fps. NewTek’s TriCaster TC1 uncompromised 2160p 60fps production system line comes to market at a range of prices that closely parallel the pricing of our HD line of TriCasters. This means that UHD production is within reach of people who never thought they could afford it. Their versatility means producers can buy them now to do HD production and scale up to UHD later. Or you can do UHD now.

Putting the Parts Together

First, we will give you the recipes that let you figure out what components to put together for a given level of capability. For those who would like to look at more specific configurations, we’re also going to list a variety of the possible setups, and take the opportunity to comment on the workflow and add some tips for your consideration.

Please note, we’ve described simple setups where all cameras are of the same type. In the field, teams often mix cameras of different resolutions and connection types. As long as you can get the signal to it, TriCaster will scale all inputs to the output resolution and format on the fly, with arguably the best scaling technologies in the industry.

TriCaster TC1 Configuration Recipes

3G/HD Baseband Studios/Trucks

  • Connection will be 3G/HD-SDI cabling
  • Up to 4 Cameras: Just the TC1
  • Beyond 4 Cameras, there are two choices:

    • 1 NewTek NC1 Input Module for each bank of up to 4 additional cameras
    • 1 NewTek NC1 I/O Module for each bank of up to 8 additional cameras, allows move up to UHD in future

UHD Baseband Studios/Trucks

  • Connection: 3G-SDI quad-link cabling
  • For every bank of up to 2 cameras, 1 NC1 Studio I/O Module When working with UHD baseband setups, you would have just one mix output that will be your Program Out. That mix is available using 3G-SDI quad-link output from the TriCaster TC1. For more physical outputs, you can add NC1 Studio I/O Modules. Each one is capable of providing up to two 3G-SDI quad-link outputs, from the same mix as the TriCaster TC1 output.

HD or UHD IP Studios/Trucks

  • Connection: standard 1Gb Ethernet cabling and infrastructure
  • Up to 16 NDI-enabled cameras: Just the TC1
  • Cameras using other IP standards: for every bank of up to 4 cameras, 1 system running NewTek Connect Pro, or 1 NewTek NC1 Studio Input Module; or for every bank of up to 8 cameras, 1 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Module TriCaster TC1 does not need any supporting modules to handle 16 NDI sources. For sources using other IP standards such as RTMP, RTSP, HTTP, SMPTE 2022, or SMPTE 2110 when it becomes available, the NewTek Connect Pro line of conversion products can be used to convert other IP streams to NDI streams.

NDI Connect Webserver lets you build custom multiviewers for up to 16 IP video sources.

NewTek Connect Pro includes NDI Connect Webserver, which lets you build custom multiviewers for up to 16 IP video sources.

So, those are the recipes. For those ready to work out for themselves the combination that will best suit their production work, that’s what you need, and you can stop here if you like.

For those ready to rumble with down-and-dirty detail, let’s dive in!

TriCaster TC1 Example Configurations

In the configurations below, we assume the following:

  • 1Gb Ethernet network infrastructure or better - NewTek components and control surfaces all use the network to talk to each other, even when not using IP video sources
  • Monitors and a control surface for the TriCaster TC1 to suit your needs and preferences
  • UI and multiview monitors for the NC1 modules - these won’t need to be manned during a live production but they allow you to take advantage of the scopes and proc amps to tune your sources to best quality and match during setup and rehearsals Given those factors, we just list the main components required, including TriCaster TC1.

3G/HD Baseband Studio/Truck

**3-Camera **

  • 3 x 3G/HD-SDI cameras and 3G/HD-SDI cabling
  • TriCaster TC1 Note: OK, go ahead and buy that fourth camera. You know you want it.

**8-Camera **

  • 8 x 3G/HD-SDI cameras with 3G/HD-SDI cabling
  • TriCaster TC1
  • NewTek NC1 Studio Input Module
  • Alternate: NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Module Notes: The NC1 Studio Input Module gets you to exactly 8 SDI cameras. The NC1 Studio I/O module has room to expand the number of cameras, to have more outputs, as well as to be ready to convert to UHD in the future.

**16-Camera **

  • 16 x 3G/HD-SDI cameras with 3G/HD-SDI cabling
  • TriCaster TC1
  • 3 NewTek NC1 Studio Input Modules
  • Alternate: 2 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Modules Notes: With the 2 NC1 I/O module option, you’ll have four connectors available that you can use as extra outputs. You are also ready to convert to UHD at any time.

UHD Baseband Studio/Truck

**3-Camera **

  • 3 UHD cameras with 3G-SDI quad-link cabling
  • TriCaster TC1
  • 2 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Modules Note: This configuration supports up to 4 x 3G-SDI quad-link connected cameras. There is one UHD physical output via the TriCaster TC1  SDI output connectors as 3G-SDI quad-link. If needed, you can add physical outputs with additional NC1 Studio I/O modules. These will be identical to the output of TriCaster TC1.

**8-Camera **

  • 8 UHD cameras with 3G-SDI quad-link cabling
  • TriCaster TC1
  • 4 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Modules Note: If needed, you can add physical outputs with additional NC1 Studio I/O modules.

**16-Camera **

  • 16 UHD cameras with 3G-SDI quad-link cabling
  • TriCaster TC1
  • 8 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Modules Note: If needed, you can add physical outputs with additional NC1 Studio I/O modules.

For the Future - Fully IP Studio Configurations

HD IP Studio/Truck

**3-Camera **

  • 3 NDI-enabled HD cameras
  • TriCaster TC1 **8-Camera **

  • 8 NDI-enabled HD cameras
  • TriCaster TC1 **16-Camera **

  • 16 NDI-enabled HD cameras
  • TriCaster TC1 UHD IP Studio/Truck

**3-Camera **

  • 3 NDI-enabled UHD cameras and network cabling
  • TriCaster TC1 8-Camera UHD IP Studio

  • 8 NDI-enabled UHD cameras
  • TriCaster TC1 16-Camera UHD IP Studio

  • 16 NDI-enabled UHD cameras
  • TriCaster TC1 Notes: Seeing a theme here with the IP studios? Just add NDI-enabled cameras and sources to a TriCaster TC1, and shake.

Cameras that directly output NDI are not yet in the market as of this writing, but a number of companies have announced that they have such cameras in development. What is currently available, is a number of capture cards available that work with SDI and HDMI cameras and that support NDI, from Yuan, Magewell and other vendors. Standalone convertors for SDI and HDMI to NDI, to attach directly to cameras, are also in development and will be in the market shortly, from BirdDog and others. Camera vendor PTZOptics offers a Producer Kit bundle with NewTek Connect Pro, to provide NDI capability with their cameras.

As noted in the recipes section, if you have cameras that use other IP standards, such as RTMP, RTSP, HTTP, SMPTE 2022, or SMPTE 2110 when it becomes available, then you’ll need a NewTek Connect product:

  • For every bank of up to 4 cameras, 1 system running NewTek Connect Pro, or 1 NewTek NC1 Studio Input Module
  • Or for every bank of up to 8 cameras, 1 NewTek NC1 Studio I/O Module. Learn more about TriCaster TC1

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