NewTek, the live streaming and broadcast hardware company, has announced its smallest digital vision mixer to date.
The TriCaster Mini is a fully digital, full HD vision mixer with support for four cameras or other video sources, including video over IP. Like the larger and more expensive TriCaster models, the Mini supports media players, mix/effect (M/E busses – four are available – upstream and downstream keyers, and virtual sets.
The Mini supports automation, both of virtual cameras, and physical pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, and recording configurations for sets and shots using macros. Audio is via 1/4-inch jack inputs for mics or line in.
The TriCaster Mini has two outputs over HDMI, a DVI and HDMI, video only output for connecting to displays or projectors, and a live streaming output over the network.
For streaming, the TriCaster supports h.264, with support for Microsoft Windows Media Push/Pull and support for Ustream and Livestream built in. There is no direct support for YouTube Live, although the device supports RTMP streaming with h.264. The TriCaster has built-in WiFI as well as Bluetooth support for a keyboard and mouse.
The new model supports a range of the most popular broadcasting formats, from 1080p25 to 480i on the international, multi-standard model. A simplified model supports NTSC modes only. The TriCaster can record up to four channels of video on to two, internal 750GB hard drives, with native recording at up to 1080p with timecode. Recording is at up to 4:2:2.
The TriCaster Mini is about the size of a network hard drive, and weighs in at around 5kg, so it is certainly portable – although it does need mains power. To bring the costs down, though, NewTek has dispensed with a number of the features found on its higher end models.
The TriCaster Mini lacks professional-specification XRL inputs for audio, and more importantly, HD-SDI inputs for video. Video feeds are over HDMI or IP only, and there is no support for 4K. The entry-level Mini has no internal monitor, for viewing the programme feed, although a more expensive version ($8000, with larger hard drives) does.
As with other TriCasters, buyers will need to add a monitor, keyboard and mouse to control the interface.
The TriCaster Mini starts at $5995 in the US, or £3995 excluding VAT in the UK.
For more on multi-camera streaming, see our series on live production.