TriCaster 40 Certification Exam Study Guide

The TriCaster 40 Certified Operator Exam is a 65-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 40 operation in many types of live events. 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
Registration and the Admin page
Understanding sessions
Media players
LiveMatte, Virtual Inputs, and virtual sets
Working with audio
Live operation

1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge (11%, 7 questions)
  • video cabling and signal flow-path
  • genlocking and latency
  • video sources and signal types
  • video resolution and framerate
  • input and output connections
  • HD versus SD issues
2) Registration and the Admin page (5%, 3 questions)
  • registration
  • updating and restoring
  • getting help
  • monitor set-up
3) Understanding sessions (14%, 9 questions)
  • making new, renaming, and deleting
  • back-up and restore
  • record formats and setting
  • session directory structure
  • framegrabbing
  • input and output configuration
  • auxiliary output
4) Media players (15%, 10 questions)
  • media player operation
  • populating playlists with playable formats
  • importing and the file storage scheme
  • editing Title template pages
  • transcoding media
  • DDR and Graphics player operation
  • single/loop/autoplay functions
  • setting in/out points
  • playable file types
  • warning colors
5) LiveMatte, Virtual Inputs, and virtual sets (14%, 9 questions)
  • input set-up and operation
  • using LiveMatte
  • using LiveSets
  • zooming
  • using the overlay
  • matching a camera to a LiveSet
  • keying techniques
6) Working with audio (11%, 7 questions)
  • input set-up and configuration
  • signal types
  • output set-up and audio levels
  • audio follow video
  • stream audio
  • solo, mono, mute, and talk
  • setting up a mix-minus
  • audio channels accepted
  • clipping
7) Networking (6%, 4 questions)
  • networking issues
  • iVGA set-up and use
  • IP addresses
  • Apple Airplay
8) Streaming (8%, 5 questions)
  • streaming connection set up
  • streaming formats
  • stream recording
  • bitrates and framerate
  • CDNs
9) Live operation (17%, 11 questions)
  • bus switching
  • Fade To Black
  • DSK controls
  • interpreting input monitors
  • transition controls
  • the postitioners
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • the FX bus
  • transfering recorded files
  • adding media while in live mode