NewTek TriCaster 40 - Version 2.0

Professional performance. Entry level price.

The path to high-quality video can be challenging when you’re diving into live production or figuring out how to stream live shows on a budget. Meet the all-in-one, multi-camera video production solution that’s simple and affordable enough for anyone with limited funds.

TriCaster 40 lets professionals and novices alike create streaming television, or air broadcast-quality video on the Web and mobile devices―quickly and easily. For television stations, schools, offices, and production startups that don't have access to an SDI infrastructure, TriCaster 40 is a simple solution for creating real-time productions of events and shows and streaming truly professional video programs to the Web. Just plug in cameras and audio, and start creating.

      • Professional component connectivity and essential formats that are ideal for full HD web streaming, basic broadcast and beyond
      • Go live, right out of the box, with off-the-shelf HD cameras
      • Broadcast, stream, project and record—within minutes
      • Television-style virtual sets, moving backgrounds, effects and graphics
      • A/V cart-and-carry portability
      • Option to add hardware control surface for professional operation and intuitive on-air production

Professional Component Connectivity

40mainpopupToday’s video producers often debate which type of camera connections are the best to use in live video production. TriCaster 40 was designed with SD/HD analog component, Y/C and composite inputs specifically because it delivers great quality, reliability and value to a new entry-level range of customers.

  • Quality. For entry-level live productions, HD component delivers superb quality. Not only can users produce full resolution HD video in 720p (ideal for live web streaming), but also 1080i, the preferred HD format for post-production. And TriCaster 40 owners don’t have to worry about signal degradation over long cables. Degradation arises quickly over even modest distances for HDMI cabling, which is why most HDMI manufacturers warn customers to limit cable lengths, or convert to another format. In addition, there many cameras with HDMI outputs that do not work in live mode (providing only tape-playback) – so although HDMI is a modern format that can be a great digitizing solution, it is not yet a proven solution for live video broadcasts.
  • Reliability. Unlike HDMI connectors, component connectors lock in place, which is critical for live production where cables can easily get knocked around, causing interference – even blackouts – a real danger for a live production with no opportunity for do-overs. Nearly all newer and older camera models continue to have component outputs, making the TriCaster 40 extremely “plug and play” and less vulnerable to accidental disconnects.
  • Value. SDI connectors are very popular on devices used by seasoned video producers; but SDI cameras are typically very expensive – often quadruple the price of more economical component cameras, or even more. TriCaster 40’s analog component connectivity opens the door to a whole new group of schools, bloggers, churches, and small business who want to produce HD-quality events, but keep their total cost of ownership low by not forcing them to purchase new, very costly cameras.