TriCaster Professional Line Certification Exam Study Guide

The TriCaster Professional Line 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 US. 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 TriCaster Professional Line operation in many types of live events. The “Professional Line” of TriCasters refers to the 410, 460, 860, 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 Area
Percent of Questions
1) Physical set-up and general video knowledge
2) Software set-up
3) Working with sessions
4) Transferring, loading, and creating media
5) Networking and streaming to the Web
6) Live operation
7) Media players
8) M/Es, virtual sets, LiveMatte, and tracking
9) Working with audio
10) Automation and hotspots

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
2) Software set-up (6%, 5 questions)
  • software and hardware add-ons
  • interface preferences and configuration
  • registration
  • updating and restoring
  • system back-up
  • monitor set-up
  • adding fonts
  • TriCaster model comparison
3) Working with sessions (12%, 10 questions)
  • making new, renaming, and deleting
  • back-up and restore
  • record and grab formats and setting
  • input and output configuration
  • session directory structure
  • multiviewer configuration
  • time code
  • frame grab settings
  • social media publishing
4) Transferring, loading, and creating media (8%, 7 questions)
  • populating playlists with playable formats
  • importing, exporting, and storage scheme
  • using preset bins
  • editing Title Template pages
  • transcoding media
  • frame buffers
  • media drive specifications and limits
  • MEM slots (presets)
  • fitting methods for Title pages
5) Networking and streaming to the web (8%, 7 questions)
  • streaming settings and formats
  • networking
  • iVGA Pro set-up and use
  • bitrates and frame rate
  • CDN plug-ins
  • Apple Airplay
  • sharing machine output
  • stream recording
6) Live operation (14%, 12 questions)
  • bus switching
  • T-bar delegation
  • DSK controls and Fade To Black
  • stacking order
  • transition controls
  • Control Surface operation
  • look-ahead preview
  • animated frame buffers
  • removing media drives
  • interpreting input monitors
7) Media players (8%, 7 questions)
  • media player operation
  • playable file formats
  • single/autoplay/looping functions
  • in/out points
  • warning colors
  • mixing 16:9 and 4:3 video clips
  • playback speed
  • MEM slots (presets)
8) M/Es, virtual sets, LiveMatte, and tracking (12%, 10 questions)
  • M/E input set-up and operation
  • using LiveMatte
  • using LiveSets
  • holographic sets
  • zooming and panning
  • MEM slots (presets)
  • using the keyers
  • positioners
  • tracking set-up
  • color grouping
  • effects presets
9) Working with audio (9%, 8 questions)
  • input set-up and configuration
  • signal types
  • output set-up and routing
  • acceptable audio levels
  • audio follow video
  • compressor/limiter controls
  • mix-minus set-up
  • mic level versus line level
  • solo, mono, mute, and talk
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 and looping
  • setting hotkeys
  • MIDI control
  • PTZ camera control