NewTek, the makers of the tremendous TriCaster line of broadcast and streaming systems, has made another splash in the streaming production market with the TriCaster Mini. I’ve had the pleasure of using one for a few months and even did a long-form streaming event with one and love it! For organizations on a budget, that need to get up and running with a streaming / broadcast system that is rock solid and affordable, this unit has what you’re looking for.
The larger TriCaster systems use component and BNC equipped video cameras. Since most higher end production and event companies already have higher end cameras with BNC connectors, they’re a natural fit. Most consumer level and higher cameras come standard with an HDMI output (for hooking up to your TV). The Mini lowers the barrier to entrance by standardizing on HDMI for inputs, meaning, you can use a MUCH wider range of cameras, which help you keep cost down, while keeping creativity high.
The physical footprint of the unit is also staggering. They’ve managed to put all the horsepower of a much larger TriCaster in something the size of your child’s lunch box, but with the quality and performance of its big brothers. I’ve been able to pack this whole unit into a single Pelican case that I can carry onto a plane. Currently, we have to get a truck to move our TriCaster 8000 rig around 🙂
In this episode of Lights! Camera! Web!, I walk you through just how easy it is to get up and running with a Mini HD-4.