The NewTek TriCaster Mini Advanced HD-4 is a compact, all-in-one multimedia solution that allows you to simultaneously broadcast, stream, and record live productions from virtually anywhere. The 16-channel switcher makes it easy to switch between four HDMI cameras, mix audio, add graphics and titles, and add advanced effects like virtual sets and animated transitions. Using the same intuitive and fully featured control software as the rest of the TriCaster professional line, the TriCaster Mini is suited for both new users and seasoned pros.
In addition to the four HDMI inputs, you can choose from two live sources from supported devices on the network, including computers, USB webcams, or even wireless Apple AirPlay devices. Two HDMI outputs are provided for sending the Program output with audio to external devices, with video-only HDMI and DVI outputs available for monitoring. In order to view the user interface and multi-view output, HDMI and DVI outputs are provided.
The TriCaster Mini features an internal 750GB storage drive that provides up to 15 hours of HD video recording. You can also attach external USB 3.0 drives to record up to four simultaneous video input or output signals at full resolution. The TriCaster Mini supports HD live streaming with presets up to 720p available for RTMP and browser-based streaming applications. Additionally, you can save a web-ready streaming file for later upload to popular social media or video-on-demand sites.
A cable retention bracket comes included, which doubles as a handle for the TriCaster Mini. Also included are a keyboard and mouse, which provide cordless operation via wireless Bluetooth technology. You can also add the optional TriCaster Mini Control Panel for traditional tactile control with T-bar and illuminated buttons.
All-in-One Multimedia Studio
The TriCaster Mini makes it possible for anyone to start creating multimedia content, without the need for additional software or equipment. With just one system, you can switch between four cameras, mix audio, add graphics and titles, and add advanced effects like virtual sets and animated transitions. You can also network with computers and wireless devices for presentations and screen sharing, stream to the web, publish to social media sites, and record content for later viewing.
Compact, Travel-Ready Size
The compact size of the TriCaster Mini allows you to produce and stream content from virtually anywhere. It’s small enough to fit into a backpack for easy travel, and doesn’t require a studio full of gear to use.
16-Channel, 4-Camera Production
Connect and switch between up to 4 HDMI cameras and produce content in resolutions up to 1080p. Two overlay channels allows for mixing sources and creating multi-layer compositions.
Choose two live sources from any number of supported devices on the same network. Supported sources include: networked computers via included NewTek iVGA client application; wireless Apple AirPlay devices; TriCaster 8000, 860, 460, 410 or Mini; 3Play 4800, 440 or 425; USB video sources; video over IP sources; RTMP or RTSP streams; HTTP streaming video sources; and a variety of third-party partner solutions.
Robotic Camera Support
Access up to 4 live Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) robotic cameras via standard serial and network protocols, with native preset system and user interface control over camera orientation, zoom, focus and iris.
Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
The multi-channel audio mixer within the TriCaster software lets you manage camera audio, including internal and external audio sources, outputs, recorded audio, stream audio, and headphone output. It supports Master and Aux output mixes.
- Pan control, solo auditioning, seven-band equalizer and stereo compressor/limiter per input and output, with per-input audio delay control
- Multi-bus routing of audio source channels to any combination of outputs, with independent level control over channels 1/2 and 3/4 for quad sources
- Audio Follow Video system enabling audio to follow multiple video sources, with support for unlimited audio grouping combinations
- Digital audio inputs equipped with audio time-base synchronizes
- Supports companion iPad audio mixing app and Avid Artist Mix audio control surface
Recorded media can be stored to the 750GB internal drive, accommodating approximately up to 15 hours of HD video recording. Media can also be recorded to external storage drives connected via USB 3.0. With using external drives, you can take advantage of the TriCaster Mini’s integrated ISO recording feature capabilities to record up to four simultaneous video input or output signals at full resolution in QuickTime, MPEG-2, AVI, or H.264 file formats.
Built-in Wi-Fi enables wireless connection to local network for streaming, publishing, and networking.
TriCaster Mini supports HD live streaming with presets up to 720p, supporting the most common streaming profiles and custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles (including RTMP streaming and browser-based streaming applications), and auto-save of Web-ready stream file for video on demand (VOD) upload.
Upload video and images directly to social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, export content to FTP servers, and copy files to attached or networked storage locations.
An external monitor is required for viewing the user interface and for multi-view display. The TriCaster Mini has HDMI and DVI outputs for hooking up an external display.
Five digital media players are provided for video, graphics, and sounds. You can also access up to 15 additional graphic sources instantly during live production with still and title buffers.
The TriCaster Mini features four M/E buses, each with independent switcher and key layer, for advanced video mixing, compositing, effects, and virtual sets.
Mix mode: Enables secondary switcher operation for output, submix or recording, with Program/Preview workflow and transitions
Effects mode: Enables multi-layer compositing, effects generation and virtual set application, with per-source 3D DVE, scaling, cropping and keying
Transistions and Effects
The built-in effects engine lets you apply transitions, animation stores, and real-time 3D video warping. An Animation Store Creator is included for creating custom effects.
Over thirty HD live virtual sets are provided with multiple camera angles, shot presets, realistic virtual camera movements, and real-time reflections, plus support for custom holographic virtual sets.
Note: In order to modify the included virtual sets, the separately available Virtual Set Editor v2.5 software license is required.
Use macros to record your favorite go-to-settings, commands, or operation sequences, and then create custom one-step shortcuts to simplify or automate control. Support for standard MIDI protocol enables third party MIDI device control of TriCaster operations via macros.
Grab full resolution, de-fielded still images from Program output, and freely choose to add grabs to Publish queue, Media Player presets, and Buffer destinations.
8 x simultaneous external video inputs, supporting any combination of compatible sources
Network Video Input
8 x IP video inputs via NDI®, resolution-independent, with support for key and fill
Digital Video Input
4 x HDMI video connections supporting video input in any combination of standard formats, resolutions, and frame rates1
- 1080p: 29.97, 25
- 1080i: 59.94, 50
- 720p: 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25
- SD: 59.94, 50, 25
1Available frame rates determined by model and session video standard (NTSC or PAL)
Support for up to 8 simultaneous Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) robotic cameras via serial and network protocols, including RS232, RS422, and IP, with integrated controls and preset system
Native support for up to 2 simultaneous Skype® video call inputs via Skype TX software integration, including tally and Talk Back communication
Configurable for up to 4 independent video mix outputs, with simultaneous digital and IP delivery
Network Video Output
4 x independent IP video mix outputs via NDI®
Digital Video Output
2 x independently configurable HDMI video outputs
1 x streaming video output, independently configurable, with simultaneous stream archive
1 x DVI user interface with multiviewer
1 x HDMI multiviewer
1 x DVI display output
1 x HDMI display output
Mix/Effect Buses (M/E)
4 x M/E buses, each supporting 2 configurable sources and 2 configurable KEY layers
1 x PREVIZ configuration and preview bus
2 x DSK channels
4 x media players
- 2 x DDR
- 1 x GFX
- 1 x Sound
15 x media buffers
- 5 x animation buffers
- 10 x graphic buffers
Integrated LiveMatte™ chroma and luma keying technology on all source channels and M/E buses
Integrated LiveSet™ technology with 30+ live virtual sets and box effects included
Integrated DataLink™ technology enabling real-time, automated data input from internal and external sources, including webpages, spreadsheets, scoreboards, databases, RSS feeds, watch files, XML, CSV, ASCII and more
Record, store, edit and automate commands and user-configured operation sequences
- Attach to control panel buttons, keyboard shortcuts, hotspots, MIDI and X-keys® buttons or GPI triggers
- Attach to internal events and state changes, including audio, media playback, tally and specific switcher actions
- Supports control via web-based interface
5 x configurable video recording channels via IsoCorder™ technology
- 4 x QuickTime® archival video recorders (XDCAM HD compatible, 4:2:2 encoding, 24-bit audio, with timecode)2
- 1 x H.264 distribution video recorders (multiple profiles)
1 x MP3 audio recorder
2QuickTime Player not required for playback in common NLE applications
Integrated waveform and vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 709
1 x 750GB internal drive
- Capacity varies by format, resolution and file specification
- Supports recording to external storage via USB 3.0
- Supports shared storage integration and third-party partner solutions
Grab full-resolution, deinterlaced still images from external video sources and outputs
Export video and image files to social media, FTP, local or external volumes, and network servers, with optional transcoding
Integrated multi-channel audio mixer with configurable DSPs, 4 x 4 x 4 audio input channel routing, and 4 independent output mixes
Local Audio Input
4 x embedded HDMI audio inputs
1 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) balanced mic
2 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) balanced line
Local Audio Output
2 x embedded HDMI audio outputs
2 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) balanced line
1 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphones jack
- Native support for network audio input and output via NDI®
- Embedded audio supported for all NDI® input and output video signals
- Integrated support3 for Dante™ networking protocol from Audinate®
3Requires Dante Virtual Soundcard license from Audinate (sold separately)
Supported Media File Formats
Import, store, and play back multimedia files, with optional transcoding, including:
- Video: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG, MP4, WMV, WebM, and more
- Image: PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, JPEG-XR, JPEG2000, EXR, RAW, TIF, WebP, and more
- Audio: AIFF, MP3, WAV, and more
Video: Floating Point YCbCr +A 4:4:4:4
Audio: Floating Point, 96 kHz
Support for network tally via NDI®
Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party device control
NewTek Mini system chassis, including adjustable handle and cable retention bracket
- 4.6 x 9.2 x 7.9 in (11.7 x 23.4 x 20.1 cm)
- 9 lbs (4.1 kg)