users may be more comfortable with Photoshop, Illustrator or Fireworks for graphics production. However, this is the perfect environment to prep a graphics package to use back on the "Live Production" tab.

Pros:

Complete, feature-rich product for a low price.

It does everything it claims to -- superbly.

It's simple to set up and provides (at least on the Broadcast model) all the connectors and input/output options needed in a professional production system.

It allows you to capture, create, edit, record, postproduce and stream your results onto the Internet in a single, self-contained system.

Cons:

The documentation only provides a glimpse into all the features and capabilities.

The "Edit Media" and "Edit Text" functions use numerous conventions that are unique to NewTek and TriCaster rather than standard conventions established by core applications, such as Photoshop, Final Cut, Illustrator, etc.

No high-definition model is available. However, NewTek is promising one soon and offers an upgrade program so customers who get the standard-definition model now can upgrade to high definition without penalty.

Product rating: 5 out of 5

Price: Starting at $3,995

 

TriCaster Specifications

  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Recording Capacity: 10 hours MPEG-2
  • Video Input: three Y/C, three composite (RCA)
  • Video Output: one Y/C, one composite (RCA)
  • Audio Input: two unbalanced mic inputs (phone), one stereo line in (RCA) 
  • Audio Output: one unbalanced line out (phone), one stereo headphone out
  • File Formats: AVI, DV, MPEG-2, QuickTime, HDV, JPG, PNG and more
  • Camera Auto-Calibration
  • 16:9 streaming
  • DDR Playback: one DDR, one still store

 

 

Theo Mayer  |  Guest Reviewer
Theo Mayer is a senior technology adviser who integrates commercial technologies into new applications. He formed TechApplication.com in 2008 and works under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to implement Web-based technologies.