Tricaster Buying Guide

Tricasters are high end combination switchers with graphics. Their top models ($25k+) are used by Fox Sports and MTV among others.  They often require additional equipment for full functionality

Pro:

  • Can do moving graphics
  • Can record to DDR
  • Can add additional components for replay
  • Has a built in mixer

Con:

  • Expensive ($5k+)
  • Additional computer/monitors may be needed ($200+)
  • Need to buy scoreboard package ($250)
  • Additional components are expensive ($1k+)
  • Complicated to use and hook up
  • Weighs 19+ pounds

The following models support our customized streaming profile:

  • Recommended: TriCaster 40v2, 455, 855, 460, 860, 8000
  • Supported: TriCaster 300,450,850,850 EXTREME, 40v1
  • Not Supported: TriCaster 100, Duo, Studio, Broadcast, VideoToaster

 

Tricaster 40

Pro:

  • 4 video inputs – HD/SD
  • Desktop style
  • Can record up to 1080p

Con:

  • Analog only – No SDI
  • Low flexibility – Only 2 video and 1 audio outputs

Available on B&H

Price: $4,500

 

Tricaster 400 Series

Pro:

  • 4 video inputs – HD/SD analog or SDI
  • SDI embedded audio + 1 stereo XLR and 3 stereo TRS inputs
  • 4 video outputs – 2 SDI/2 analog
  • Tally

Con:

  • Rack mount style – NOT desktop

 

Price: ~$10,000-~$15,000

 

 

For more information on the integration of tricasters into the streaming process check out the Tricaster Setup Guides for Console and Manager.

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