NewTek IP Workflow Certification Exam Study Guide

The NewTek IP Workflow Certified Operator Exam is an 85-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 world. The test items are drawn randomly from a large bank of questions which are divided into ten 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 the NewTek IP Workflow operation in many types of live events. The IP Workflow line of TriCasters refers to the Mini, 410, 460, and 8000 models. Operators preparing for the exam should study the operation of each of these TriCasters with a Control Surface to achieve the highest possible score.

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

Knowledge/Skill AreaNumber of Questions
1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge10
2) Software set-up4
3) Working with sessions11
4) Transferring, loading, and creating media7
5) Networking, streaming, and NDI7
6) Live operation13
7) Media players6
8) M/Es, virtual sets, LiveMatte, and tracking11
9) Working with audio7
10) Automation and hotspots9
1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge (12%, 10 questions)
  • video cabling and signal flow-path
  • proc amp adjustments and white balancing
  • input and output configuration
  • waveform monitor and vectorscope
  • genlocking and latency
  • video sources and signal types
  • video resolution and framerate
  • HDMI and VGA connectors
  • power supplies
  • router and NDI controls
2) Software set-up (5%, 4 questions)
  • software and hardware add-ons
  • interface preferences and configuration
  • registration
  • updating and upgrading
  • restoring
  • system back-up
  • monitor set-up and resolution
  • adding fonts
  • Workspace menu and presets
  • switcher memory
3) Working with sessions (13%, 11 questions)
  • making new, renaming, and deleting
  • back-up and restore
  • record formats and configuration
  • video input and output configuration
  • session directory structure
  • multiviewer configuration
  • time code
  • frame grab settings
  • social media publishing and controls
  • audio output configuration
  • NDI input, output, and configuration
  • Export panel settings
  • Datalink variables
  • autocolor settings
4) Transferring, loading, and creating media (8%, 7 questions)
  • populating playlists with playable formats
  • duplicating and renaming media files
  • importing, exporting, and storage scheme
  • using presets (MEM slots)
  • editing Title Template pages
  • transcoding media
  • frame buffers
  • media drive specifications and limits
  • recording locations
  • video codecs
  • Datalink variables in LiveText pages
5) Networking, streaming, and NDI (8%, 7 questions)
  • streaming settings and formats
  • networking and bitrate
  • NDI Scan Converter set-up and use
  • NDI sending and receiving sources
  • bitrates and frame rate
  • sharing machine output
  • stream recording
  • NewTek Transmit
  • Creative Cloud and Telestrator
6) Live operation (15%, 13 questions)
  • bus switching
  • T-bar delegation and indication
  • the undo function
  • DSK controls and borders
  • Fade To Black
  • stacking order
  • transition controls
  • Control Surface operation
  • look-ahead preview and Previz
  • still and animated frame buffers
  • removing media drives
  • interpreting input monitor indication
7) Media players (7%, 6 questions)
  • media player operation
  • playable file formats
  • single/autoplay/looping functions
  • in/out points and clip splitting
  • progress bar warning colors
  • mixing 16:9 and 4:3 video clips
  • playback speed
  • preset (MEM slot) operation
  • renaming media players
  • DDR transitions
  • the Show on PGM function
8) M/Es, virtual sets, LiveMatte, and tracking (13%, 11 questions)
  • M/E input set-up and operation
  • LiveMatte set-up and controls
  • using LiveSets
  • holographic sets
  • zooming and panning
  • presets (MEM slots)
  • using transitions and keyers
  • positioners
  • live Tracker set-up and use
  • color grouping
  • effects presets and comps
  • the Augmented Reality feature
  • Previz
9) Working with audio (8%, 7 questions)
  • input set-up and configuration
  • output set-up and routing
  • headphone output
  • signal types
  • acceptable audio levels
  • audio follow video
  • compressor/limiter controls
  • mix-minus set-up
  • mic level versus line level
  • solo, gain, mute, and talk
  • the “per clip” and delay functions
  • Dante audio
10) Automation and hotspots (11%, 9 questions)
  • assigning macros to hot spots
  • importing, exporting, recording, and naming macros
  • hot spot set-up and visibility
  • enabling and disabling hot spots and macros
  • macro playback speed, snapshot, and looping
  • setting hotkeys and favorites
  • MIDI control
  • PTZ camera control
  • stopping all playing macros
  • flip horizontal