NewTek Intros TriCaster 2 Elite, Brings New Flexibility, Power to Productions

NewTek today took the wraps off of TriCaster 2 Elite, delivering what the company says is “better than broadcast” functionality and flexibility. “We are using technology to take advantage of flexibility for remote and hybrid remote productions,” says Will Waters, NewTek, head of product management.

The NewTek TriCaster 2 Elite can bring flexibility to integrating Webconference systems like Zoom, Skype, and Teams.

First up is the support of SDI, NDI, SRT, RTMP, RTP, HTTP, SRC, and smartphones for a system that has 60×45 video crosspoints, including 32 external inputs that automatically determine video format and resolutions up to 4Kp60. No tradeoffs are required with eight configurable mix outputs in HD or two in 4Kp60, as well as direct NDI outputs for media players, multiple streaming encoders, continuous NDI conversion of all 8 SDI inputs, and 8 independently selectable recorders for immediate replay.

“Having any source, anywhere, and SRT output on the streaming side is a big enhancement,” says Waters.

One of the key new features is “Live Call Connect” which gives the ability to run Webconference applications like Zoom, Skype, Teams, GoToMeeting, and more within the TriCaster and then pull video, like each separate participant, and then pipe it into its own input crosspoint.

“Those systems are now embedded as a component in productions and they are now standard for studio events and remote production,” he explains. “You can have up to nine callers per application.”

The system also uses AI to be content aware so even if there is an interruption it identifies the person for the input when the connection is reestablished. These features, along with almost unlimited traditional SDI sources, can be accessed and used simultaneously, meaning show producers will be able to connect with in-studio guests and remote video callers without compromise or worrying about connectivity.

Unlike conventional routing switchers, where creative limitations are the norm, each input includes proc amp tools, independent keying and cropping for crisper video, as well as triggers for automation. There is also mix minus and talk back functionality and the system also has eight mix/effects (M/Es) with four layers each.

The flexibility of the platform allows content creators to produce simultaneous mixes, deliver multiple 4K streams to different places at once, feed video walls and accommodate separate branding and language packages, record program and line cuts, and much more.

“Serving the needs well of those who make visual storytelling a key part of their business is made possible by combining IP networking, software-defined solutions and a focus on the customer experience. TriCaster 2 Elite currently has no equal in terms of capability and value and I believe that it is the best product we have ever made,” adds Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for the Vizrt Group. “More than ever, businesses, governments, schools, houses of worship and other organizations tell us they are adopting broadcast techniques to communicate their message to their world more effectively as they seek to stay relevant in a rapidly changing environment.”

When it comes to integration, the TriCaster control API and automation tools deliver creative video production and IP workflow solutions that are highly interoperable with existing equipment, such as control room systems, video walls, multiviewers, media platforms and the like.

“The control API provides the ability to automate and trigger events in a bigger ecosystem,” says Waters. “And with remote KVM people can work on distributed workflows without needing to be next to each other.”

In addition there is enhanced integration with Adobe Creative Cloud tools, simplified teleprompter-based scripting with Microsoft Word document files, and the ability to render virtual and augmented reality scenes in real time from Adobe Photoshop files.

The system also supports non-standard frame rates and aspect ratios like 9:16 to help deliver content to social media apps that deliver vertical video clips. Other features include frame sync on every input, animated GIF support in buffers, social media publishing, audio mixing and routing, including support for DANTE and AES-67, among others.

The TriCaster 2 Elite is now available at $27,995 (international pricing may vary) and NewTek recommends consulting with your NewTek reseller for packages and pricing details.