2/5/2013 By: Henry Thiele and Kyle Mroz
www.newtek.com • Retail Price: TriCaster 40: $4,995; NewTek Control Surface for TriCaster 40 $1,995
TriCaster 40 is an all-in-one, live production and streaming
system that lets you publish live media. It provides
a solution for a physical studio by creating a virtual
recording studio in a single box. It also delivers switching,
streaming, and recording demand in one compact system.
The addition of the Control Surface feature provides
physical buttons and controls for running the digital system.
Quality and Effectiveness: Short of building an actual television
studio, there is likely no better way to record and produce a high-end,
live video broadcast than using technology like the TriCaster 40.
For the price of a high-end computer, you can put your students in a
virtual studio environment by using a camera and a green screen. By
simply using basic consumer equipment, you can get a professional
Ease of Use: The TriCaster 40 is easy to jump into for the basic
functions, and it will allow more experienced users to get a depth of
learning. Novices and professionals will find features that they need and
can use for high-end video production. The TriCaster 40 is a plug and
play system, with recording devices that are simple to get up and running.
The software is intuitive, easy to work with, and feels like an appliance.
Adding the control surface gives you the true feel of a live production
studio. This is a device that students could start to use at any
point while they are operating cameras or computers.
Creative Use of Technology: This device allows
the user to build a virtual set out of individual
virtual components. You can snap together
your television studio—including set pieces,
additional monitors, and backdrops, using
the software and green screens. Students
then immerse themselves in the virtual
studio via a green screen and can broadcast
live in their personalized environment. When
using this system, students are learning to build professional quality broadcasts and developing real-life skills that
are transferable to industry. There is even a certification program
whereby students can demonstrate their proficiency in using this
system and gain a long-term life skill.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Regardless of how
you use the TriCaster 40 system, whether it’s for a television
studio or for broadcasting live sporting events, school
board meetings, daily announcements, or fine arts,
this is the device that will help you put a fine
edge on any production. Students will learn
production skills while creating work they can
honestly be proud of. It is an engaging platform
that will allow easy entry into producing and
will continue to challenge students and teachers
with advanced features well into the future.
Literally a virtual studio in a box, this system
will let schools create a studio anywhere one is
needed, using preexisting equipment.
• Reasonable price point for what it delivers.
• Can replace a physical studio in any space you can fit a green screen.
• Makes the studio portable.
• Offers an opportunity to teach valuable, job-ready skills that are used in
• Helps students prepare for the future of production.
For the price, it
delivers far more than you
would expect. At this basic level,
its features are impressive and
if you are looking for more features,
there are higher-end NewTek TriCaster
models available. However, most
students, teachers, and parents will be
delighted by what can be created using
this tool. Taking a test drive of the
TriCaster is worth your time and
will leave you shocked by what
can be done today in a