3.2.2 - AV-iQ

3.2.2 - AV-iQ
Revised – Jan. 27, 2011
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TRICASTER™
TCXD850 CS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1
About This Manual ................................................................................................................5
2
Installation and Activation ....................................................................................................7
2.1
Welcome ........................................................................................................................7
2.2
System Requirements .....................................................................................................8
2.3
Installation .....................................................................................................................8
2.3.1
Making the Connection ..........................................................................................8
3
Walkthrough .........................................................................................................................9
3.1
TriCaster TCXD850 Ver. 2 ...............................................................................................9
3.1.1
Video Layers ...........................................................................................................9
3.1.2
Transition Controls ...............................................................................................10
3.1.3
Transition Delegates .............................................................................................11
3.1.4
Utility Row Delegates ...........................................................................................11
3.2
Control Surface ............................................................................................................12
3.2.1
Switcher Rows ......................................................................................................12
3.2.2
Transition .............................................................................................................13
3.2.3
Local Controls .......................................................................................................13
3.2.4
Media Players .......................................................................................................19
3.2.5
Positioner .............................................................................................................20
3.2.6
Virtual Inputs........................................................................................................22
4
Features and Controls .........................................................................................................27
4.1
Overview ......................................................................................................................27
4.1.1
Delegates and Synchronization .............................................................................28
4.2
Switcher Controls .........................................................................................................29
4.2.1
Program and Preview ...........................................................................................29
4.2.2
UTIL (Utility) Row .................................................................................................30
4.2.3
UTIL Bus Delegate ................................................................................................31
4.3
Transition Group ..........................................................................................................31
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4.3.1
4.3.2
4.3.3
Transition Delegate ..............................................................................................32
Transition Bin Control ...........................................................................................32
Performing Transitions .........................................................................................33
4.4
Virtual Input Group ......................................................................................................34
4.4.1
Virtual Input Delegate ..........................................................................................35
4.4.2
Input Rows ...........................................................................................................35
4.4.3
Virtual Input Overlay Transitions ..........................................................................36
4.4.4
LiveSet Zoom ........................................................................................................36
4.5
Positioner Group ..........................................................................................................37
4.5.1
Positioner Delegate ..............................................................................................37
4.5.2
Joystick Modes .....................................................................................................38
4.5.3
Monitoring ...........................................................................................................40
4.6
Media Player Group .....................................................................................................40
4.7
Record Group ...............................................................................................................41
4.8
Qualifier Buttons ..........................................................................................................42
Index ...........................................................................................................................................43
Credits.........................................................................................................................................46
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PART I (GETTING STARTED)
Introducing TriCaster TCXD850 CS™ – a top-level overview of the controls, features, and a brief
hands-on tour to get you started.
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1
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
Estimates are that between 60 and 97% of the human race hate
reading manuals. Most prefer to jump right in, maybe asking a
friend for occasional help … and who can blame them?
This manual attempts to tell you what you need to know in a
friendly, concise way, and also provides a comprehensive reference
section you can turn to when you need finer detail.
If you do hate reading, please take a moment to peruse at least this section, which explains the
manual’s organization. You may find you can escape with a minimum of reading. (Or, if you are a
devout reader, you can be the hero others turn to for expert advice.)
Part I – Getting Started: An introduction to TriCaster TCXD850 CS™ – a brisk jog through
fundamentals, including installation and registration, along with a short feature walkthrough. If
you’re a quick study, Getting Started may provide all you really need.
Part II – Reference: This section covers the finer details of TriCaster TCXD850 CS – for those
who need it, and those who just like to know everything. Part II concludes with a comprehensive
keyword index.
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2
INSTALLATION AND ACTIVATION
This chapter introduces and explains how to properly install your
new TriCaster TCXD850 CS™ hardware for integration and with your
TriCaster.
It also reviews registration for warranty, updates and technical
support. After completing this short section, you’ll be all set to
continue into the Walkthrough chapter that follows it.
2.1
WELCOME
Figure 1
NewTek TriCaster TCXD850™ provides its users with live production power unrivalled in its class.
With TriCaster TCXD850 CS™ all of that that power is right at your fingertips.
This sleek yet rugged professional control surface delivers precise control over the video layers
constituting your program. You can quickly and confidently perform all your switching and
overlay operations. TriCaster TCXD850 CS goes well beyond this basic functionality, too.
TriCaster TCXD850 CS manages transitions on a per layer basis; primary composition, overlay
transition, and zoom control for multi-layer virtual inputs; dedicated Media Player selection,
configuration and playback controls; record, stream and grab features; Auxiliary Output source
selection, and more.
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2.2
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
TriCaster TCXD850 CS is designed for use with a NewTek TriCaster TCXD850 running Version 2
software or later. (It’s always good to check for the latest TriCaster software updates.)
2.3
INSTALLATION
To begin let’s review ‘what came in the box’:
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

TriCaster TCXD850
6 ft. (1.8m) USB cable
Welcome letter
2.3.1 MAKING THE CONNECTION
1.
Connect the TriCaster TCXD850 CS unit to your NewTek TriCaster TCXD850 using the
USB cable supplied.
Important Note: The power requirements of your TriCaster TCXD850 CS are not
inconsequential. If you find it necessary to connect the unit using a USB cable that is
longer than the one supplied, first connect the control surface to a powered USB hub
using a short USB cable, and then connect the USB hub to a USB port on the TriCaster
TCXD850. (See also Section 4.1.1.)
2.
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Power up your TriCaster, and continue as usual.
3
WALKTHROUGH
This chapter provides a review of some fundamentals, and a quick
hands-on tour of the major components and functions of TriCaster
TCXD850 CS™. In a short time, its use will be second nature to you.
More detailed reference material on all aspects of TriCaster
TCXD850 CS follows in Part II (Reference).
Having connected and registered TriCaster TCXD850 CS in the previous chapter, let’s review
some of the concepts underlying TriCaster TCXD850™ Version 2, and then we’ll be ready for a
little trial run.
3.1
TRICASTER TCXD850 VER. 2
Version 2 of the TriCaster TCXD850 software introduces some new workflow concepts. These
are discussed at length in the software manual; but we’ll review them very briefly here as well, as
understanding them is important in the context of using TriCaster TCXD850 CS.
3.1.1 VIDEO LAYERS
The concept of video layers is fundamental to TriCaster TCXD850. Of itself, this notion doesn’t
really constitute anything new.
BKGD
• PGM
• PVW
•FX
DSK
1
DSK
2
FTB
Program
Out
Rather, it’s just a slightly different way of considering the workflow. In version 2, the various
layers comprising Program Output are clarified, introducing one new term in the process – the
Background layer (often referred to simply as BKGD).
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The BKGD layer is the base video layer upon which any other layers are added. It consists of the
current combination of:
1) Video output from the Program row
2) Any portion of the video source selected
on the Preview row that appears by virtue
of an ongoing transition
3) Any portion of the Effects row source that
appears by virtue of chromakeying the
Program and Preview sources
Three other primary video layers can contribute to
TriCaster’s Program output:
Perhaps you have previously viewed the
Program layer as the ‘base layer’ for
TriCaster’s Program output. Yet, that
was never really true, was it?
That base may consist of a mix of video
streams from Program, Preview and FX
rows, or even a more complex
composition
formed
from
the
numerous sources of one or more
Virtual Inputs.

Composed above the BKGD layer, are two
more familiar video layers, DSK 1, DSK 2.

FTB (Fade to Black) constitutes a final overlay
layer – one that obscures all other layers when applied.
3.1.2 TRANSITION CONTROLS
With video layers in mind, it’s easy to understand the philosophy underlying the Transition
control group in TriCaster TCXD850’s Live Desktop.
Figure 2
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The right half of the Transition group provides local control and configuration tools for the three
primary video layers, namely BKGD, DSK1 and DSK 2.
3.1.3 TRANSITION DELEGATES
This brings us to another new concept in TriCaster TCXD850 Version 2 – delegating controls.
The familiar main T-Bar, Auto and Take controls are accompanied
by a set of DELEGATE buttons – BKGD, DSK 1, DSK 2 and FTB
(Figure 3).
These Transition Delegate buttons allow the controls beneath to
serve multiple purposes. As well, the delegate buttons can be
multi-selected. This allows the main T-Bar, Take and Auto buttons
to control the display of multiple video layers in one operation.
Figure 3
3.1.4 UTILITY ROW DELEGATES
We previously discussed the Transition Delegate buttons and their use. Delegate buttons are
provided in another place in TriCaster TCXD850 Version 2’s Live Desktop, too.
Like the main Transition controls, the functionality of the Utility row (formerly Effects) has been
multiplied by the addition of a delegate button group. The Utility Delegate control group appears
to the right of the Utility row.
Selecting FX delegates the Utility row to the FX bus selection duties, etc. When AUX Out is
delegated, you can directly select TriCaster’s Auxiliary Output by clicking a source on the Utility
row (it's no longer necessary to open Output Configuration). Press the Ctrl key when clicking to
select multiple buttons in the Utility Delegate group.
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At all times, the source currently assigned to a delegate is listed above its button in the Utility
Delegate group.
Hint: For more information on TriCaster TCXD850 Version features, please refer to your manual
(accessed from the Help icon in TriCaster’s Startup Screen).
3.2
CONTROL SURFACE
We connected TriCaster TCXD850 CS back in Section 2.3.1, so go ahead and open a TriCaster
session, and let’s get some hands-on experience with the hardware control surface now.
3.2.1 SWITCHER ROWS
Figure 4
We’ll focus on the main Switcher rows first. You’ll notice that these correspond exactly to their
user interface representations on the Live Desktop. The PGM (Program) and PVW (Preview) rows
are extended, when compared to the UTIL (Utility) row. This is in order to accommodate the
eight Virtual Input buttons.
1.
Press the control surface button for Camera 1 on the PGM row (if you don’t have live
sources connected at the moment, it will be fine to substitute a Media Player with a
suitable video clip cued up for this exercise).
2.
Select Camera 2 (or a different Media Player) on the PVW row.
3.
In the Live Desktop, add a title page to the Stills Media Player – choose something like a
lower third (anything that does not completely obscure the screen will do for now).
4.
Similarly, add a similar title page to the Titles Media Player.
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5.
Back on the control surface, press the DSK 1 button in the UTIL BUS DELEGATE control
group.
6.
Press the Stills button on the UTIL row. This assigns the Stills module to DSK 1.
7.
Press the DSK 2 button in the UTIL BUS DELEGATE control group.
8.
Press the Titles button on the UTIL row, assigning it to DSK 2.
3.2.2 TRANSITION
Now we’re ready now to test the Transition controls, to the right of the Switcher rows;
Figure 5
Figure 6
The Transition controls on TriCaster TCXD850 CS are slightly simplified as compared to the same
controls in the user interface. The control layout is likewise similar, but not identical.
3.2.3 LOCAL CONTROLS
Let’s begin our exploration of switching with the local video layer controls.
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Figure 7
Notice first that while TriCaster’s Live Desktop includes local transition controls for the BKGD
(Background) layer, TriCaster TCXD850 CS Transition control group does not.
9.
Click the local Auto button for the DSK 1 layer. Not surprisingly (since the Stills module
is assigned to DSK 1) the currently selected item in the Stills Media Player transitions in
to appear above the BKGD layer on Program Output.
Another obvious difference is that the Live Desktop shows transition bins for the first three
primary video layers, but TriCaster TCXD850 CS does not. Even so, you can adjust the local video
layer transition settings in various ways as follows.
10. Click the BKGD delegate button at ‘upper-left’ in the control surface TRANSITION
DELEGATE group.
11. Twist the Select knob (just above the main Take button) to cycle through the current
entries in the BKGD Transition Bin.
12. Click the DSK 1 button in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group.
13. Again, twist the Select knob, and choose a different transition for DSK 1 – choose one
that is in a different numeric place in the bin than the BKGD selection below.
14. Now press the BKGD and DSK 1 delegate buttons together, multi-selecting them.
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15. Twist Select again, slowly, click by click – observe that the Transition Bin selections for
BKGD and DSK 1 first ‘sync up’, and then advance together.
16. Rotate the nearby Rate knob (just above the main Auto button), and keep an eye on the
Transition Duration time displays in the Live Desktop. Notice that the transition duration
for both selected delegates changes as you do so.
17. Now push the Rate knob a few times (as though it was a button). As you do so, watch
the Transition speed presets for both selected delegates in the user interface. The speed
setting will cycle through the S (Slow), M (Medium) and F (Fast) presets each time you
press Rate.
Figure 8
18. In the user interface, click the Transition Options button (gear) for the BKGD layer to
open the settings panel for the currently selected transition (Figure 8).
19. Push the Select knob (as though it was a button). Doing so toggles the Normal/Reverse
state for this transition; you’ll be able to see this in the Transition Options panel you
opened.
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20. At the top (furthest from you) center of the control surface, you’ll see SHIFT, CTRL and
ALT buttons, just to the left of the Record group.
Press ALT and continue to hold it down, and the watch the Transition Options while you
push Select several times in succession. You should see the Ping Pong switch for the
current transition toggle on or off each time you push Select.
Note: Overlay Transitions, as used to hide or show the two DSK video layers, always Ping
Pong. Hence their options panels have no Normal, Reverse or Ping Pong switches.
MAIN CONTROLS
Having seen how local Transition controls work, let’s move on to their main counterparts.
21. Click the Switcher Monitors tab in the user interface (to show a large Preview monitor
next to Program).
22. On the control surface, press the BKGD button in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group,
resulting in it alone being selected in the group.
23. Press the main Auto button (below Rate on the control surface), or operate the T-bar to
perform a BKGD transition.
24. Earlier, we displayed DSK 1, using its local Auto button. The BKGD transition we just
performed did not affect it, so it should still be displayed (if you removed it from view
while experimenting, please restore it before continuing).
25. Press the BKGD, DSK 1 and DSK 2 delegate buttons all together, multi-selecting them.
Take a look at the progress gauge beneath the Delegate button for DSK 1 in the user interface. It
currently indicates that DSK 1 is fully displayed. In contrast, the gauge beneath DSK 2 tells us that
video layer is hidden.
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Figure 9
Now cast your eyes over the Preview and Program monitors (Figure 9), and consider how these
displays relate to your current Transition Delegate selections:

The Program monitor shows DSK 1 (which has Stills assigned to it) over the current
BKGD layer.

The Preview monitor shows DSK 2 (which has Titles assigned to it) over the current
Preview row selection.
The Look Ahead Preview monitor (or simply, Preview) is showing us the composition that will
result if we perform a Take or Auto operation right now.
26. Press the DSK 1 and DSK 2 buttons in TRANSITION DELEGATE (so that BKGD is no longer
selected).
Note that, when you do this, the Preview monitor no longer shows the Switcher’s Preview row
selection. Why not?
Having de-selected the BKGD delegate, only the DSK 1 and DSK 2 buttons remain lit. Thus only
those two video layers will be affected by a main Take or Auto. The end result of either of those
operations will be as follows:
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
DSK 1, currently seen on Program out, will be removed from view (but will re-appear on
Preview).

DSK 2 will be displayed on Program Out instead.

The BKGD layer will not change; that’s why the Preview correctly predicts no change to
that video layer, instead showing the same BKGD in both the Preview and Program
monitors.
The TRANSITION DELEGATE feature provides flexible and convenient video layer management,
providing complete control over your ultimate Program output composition.
Figure 10
One more little detail to note, before we leave the Transition group – FTB, although not located
beside its TRANSITION DELEGATE siblings on the control surface, is nevertheless a delegate
button, just like them.
27. Press FTB – note that when you do:
a.
The other Transition delegate buttons are de-selected.
b.
The Preview monitor goes completely black.
28. Press the main Auto button, or operate the T-bar.
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Observe that pressing FTB did not perform a Fade to Black – rather it delegated the main Take,
Auto and T-bar controls to control the FTB video layer (see Section Video Layers).
29. Press the main Take button again, clearing the FTB video layer from Program out.
3.2.4 MEDIA PLAYERS
Let’s take a brief look at the TriCaster TCXD850’s MEDIA PLAYER control group.
Figure 11
30. By way of preparation:
a.
Select DDR 1 on the Program row, and select a video or animation clip.
b.
Press DDR 2 on the Preview row, and select another video or animation clip.
c.
Press BKGD in the Transition delegate group (de-selecting everything else).
d.
If necessary, clear any DSK layer displayed on Program out, using its local Take
button.
e.
Click the DDR 1 and DDR 2 tabs in the user interface (to let you to see what
happens in response to your control surface operations).
31. Press the DDR 1 button in the DELEGATE group under MEDIA PLAYERS on the control
surface.
32. If LOOP for DDR 1 is not enabled (i.e., its button is not brightly lit on the control surface),
press the LOOP button once.
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33. Press the DDR 2 button in the DELEGATE group.
34. If LOOP for DDR 2 is enabled (its button is brightly lit on the control surface) press the
LOOP button once to turn it off.
35. Press the DDR 1 button again – note that the LOOP button illuminates, correctly
showing the current state for DDR 1.
36. Multi-select the DDR 1 & DDR 2 delegate buttons.
37. Press LOOP. LOOP is turned off for both of the delegated Media Players.
38. Press LOOP again – The LOOP feature is enabled for both delegated Media Players.
39. Repeat this exercise using the AUTOPLAY or SINGLE buttons (or both together).
Until this point, we’ve not done anything to the Media Players that couldn’t have been done
without the control surface, so try the following simple but powerful step:
40. Press Play. Both Media Players begin to run simultaneously. Press Stop.
3.2.5 POSITIONER
Let’s kick it up a notch now, using TriCaster TCXD850 CS to perform multiple simultaneous
operations.
41. Enable AUTOPLAY, SINGLE and LOOP for both DDRs (see Section 3.2.4).
42. Select different video sources on the Switcher’s PGM and PVW rows (see Section 3.2.1).
43. Use the UTIL row to assign DDR 1 to DSK 1 (see Section 3.1.4)
44. Likewise, assign DDR 2 to DSK 2.
45. Select both DSK 1 and DSK 2 buttons under DELEGATE in the Positioner group on the
control surface.
46. Press the POS/SCALE button just above the Positioner DELEGATE buttons (this button
group controls the Joystick mode).
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47. Twist the joystick counter-clockwise (as viewed from above) to Scale both DSK overlays
down at once. Reduce them to 15-20% of the screen size. (Notice that the Preview
monitor temporarily shows the results of your operation as you do so).
48. Push the DSK 1 button in the Positioner DELEGATE group, and use the joystick to
reposition DSK 1 to the upper-left quadrant of the screen, again using Preview to guide
you.
(Push forward or back to move the delegated source vertically in the frame, and left or
right for lateral movement.)
49. Push the DSK 2 button in the Positioner DELEGATE group, and repeat the step above,
positioning DSK 2 in the lower right quadrant of the screen.
50. Select the BKGD button in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group, and press Rate as many
times necessary to set the transition speed for the BKGD video layer to F (fast).
51. Multi-select DSK 1and DSK 2 in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group, press RATE until both
DSK video layer transitions is set to M (Medium).
52. Multi-select BKGD, DSK 1and DSK 2 in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group.
Figure 12
At this point, the display on the Preview monitor should look something like Figure 12.
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53. Push the main Auto button. The following will occur:
a.
The BKGD transition is performed, swapping the Program and Preview row
sources.
b.
Both DSKs transition in above the BKGD layer.
c.
And the two DDRs automatically begin to play.
54. Let this all run for a moment or two to take it all in, then press Auto again.
All of the above resulted from your pressing a single button. You can see that TriCaster TCXD850
CS allows you to quickly configure complex compositions, and display them with flair.
Multi-selecting delegates provides a great deal of convenience, as we’ve seen. Consider too that
it becomes a simple matter to ensure matching positioning (etc.) for a series of sources, such as
title overlays, picture-in-picture setups, and so on. Let’s look at an example using Virtual Input
layers.
3.2.6 VIRTUAL INPUTS
We’ll perform a very simple exercise, but it will quickly impart everything you need to know.

Turn off both DSKs, and press the BKGD button in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group.
The Preview monitor will now show the Switcher’s Preview row selection (only); and the
Program monitor will display the current Program row selection – this will let you see
how subsequent steps affect delegated Virtual Inputs.

In the onscreen user interface (Live Desktop), click the tab labeled V1.

In the tabbed pane that appears, click the Configure (gear) button next to the LiveSet
name for this Virtual Input, and select the “Default> A over B LiveSet”.

Repeat these two steps for the Virtual Input labeled V2.
(We’re going to create two matching Virtual Input setups. We could just as easily use different
LiveSets, but our current purposes don’t require that, so we’ll opt for simplicity.)
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Figure 13

Multi-select the V1 and V2 buttons in the VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE button group at
right.

Push the DDR 1 button on the row labeled “A”.

Push the DDR 2 button on the row labeled simply “B” in the large VIRTUAL INPUT
section (above main UTIL row).

Push the TITLE button in the Overlay row above. Make sure that the Overlay Take
button to its right is off for the moment.

In the Positioner DELEGATE group, press Virtual A. This delegates the Joystick to control
the attributes of the Input A layer of currently delegated Virtual Inputs – in this case,
Virtual Input 1, and Virtual Input 2 will be affected.
Figure 14

Press the POS/SCALE button in the Positioner mode group. Watch the monitors as you
Scale and position the source assigned to Input A (which happens to be DDR 1) to
approximate Figure 14.
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Hint: If Positioner settings have been applied to Inputs A or B previously in either Virtual
Input 1 or 2, with V1, V2 and POS/SCALE selected, you need simply press Reset to clear
them all to the defaults in one operation.

Let's do it again – press the Overlay Take button beside the Overlay row.
Figure 15

Press the Virtual Overlay button in the Positioner DELEGATE group, and adjust the title
page assigned to Overlay to a suitable size and position (Figure 15).
In like fashion, you can easily manipulate the elements of any composition to match perfectly.
(You may find this particularly useful, for example, to make sure that station ID ‘bugs’ or lower
thirds title overlays appear in exactly the same place for multiple Virtual Inputs.)
By this point, the fundamental principles of TriCaster TCXD80 CS should be clear, and with a little
bit of practice you’ll be able to control your TriCaster TCXD850 with unparalleled ease and
confidence.
This concludes our walkthrough, and Part I of this guide. Part II (Reference) is next, and provides
complete details of every feature.
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PART II (REFERENCE)
A thorough examination of TriCaster TCXD850 CS; every button and control is considered in this
section, so you can take full advantage of your control surface.
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4
FEATURES AND CONTROLS
TriCaster TCXD850 CS is quite straightforward to use, and this is
especially true if you are already familiar with common TriCaster
controls and features.
In this chapter, we’ll discuss each section of the control surface,
explaining how the various controls operate and what effect they
have, and revealing a few little tricks that you may find helpful
along the way.
4.1
OVERVIEW
TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides superb tactile control over your NewTek TriCaster TCXD850.
Careful attention to ergonomics and aesthetics in the design are obvious. The attractive yet
rugged control surface can be configured for either tabletop or in-table mounting.
Figure 16
The control layout closely follows that of the TriCaster TCXD850 Version 2 user interface, the
principle exceptions being that:


The VIRTUAL INPUT control group on the control surface is located above the main
Switcher rows (for comfort).
A single Position control group governed by delegate buttons takes the place of multiple
controls in the UI.
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The controls layout is comprised of grouped sets including the following hardware types:

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


Backlit push buttons
Twist knobs
T-bar
3-axis joystick
LED indicators
4.1.1 CONNECTING TO TRICASTER
If TriCaster TCXD850 CS is connected to TriCaster using the cable it comes with, no external
power is required. If a longer USB cable is required, first connect the control surface to a
powered USB hub by a short cable, and then insert the longer USB cable between the hub and
TriCaster.
Please be advised that so-called USB extenders are not recommended, having proven less
reliable than long USB cables (with powered hub, as above). This is because each added
connector introduces ‘reflections’, degrading the signal. TriCaster TCXD850 CS may seem reliable
for some time in this configuration, and then unexpectedly fail. (If this should happen,
disconnecting and reconnecting the control surface may serve as an temporarily measure to
restore functionality).
4.1.2 DELEGATES AND SYNCHR ONIZATION
TriCasterTCXD850 (Rev.2 and higher) and TriCasterTCXD850 CS both supply delegate button
groups to govern other controls. This is to both extend the capability of other controls, and to
support multi-selections resulting in simultaneous operations.
When initially selecting multiple delegates, as often as not the settings and states of the
individual members selected will vary. For example, when you delegate several Virtual Inputs at
once, the Overlay Transition Rate of each member of the multi-selection could be different.
Generally, wherever it makes sense to do so, when you make adjustments to settings for multidelegated groups, the settings will be progressively synchronized.
For example:

The Zoom Rate for V1 is set to “S”; V2 is set to “M”; V3’s Zoom Rate is “F”.
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

You multi-delegate these three Virtual Inputs.
You push the Zoom Rate button once. The rate for V1 increments to “M”. (V2 and V3
are not affected.)
You push the Zoom Rate button again. The rate for both V1 and V2 are incremented to
“F”; the Zoom Rate for all three delegated Virtual Inputs is now synchronized.

You will see this synchronization method applied to the following controls:







4.2
Media Players > Loop, Autoplay and Single
Transition>Rate
Transition>Select
Virtual Input >(Overlay) Trans Rate
Virtual Input >(Overlay) Trans Select
Virtual Input >Zoom Rate
Virtual Input >Overlay display state
SWITCHER CONTROLS
Figure 17
4.2.1 PROGRAM AND PREVIEW
The Program and Preview rows each hold selection buttons as follows:
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1.
2.
3.
1 – 8 (Cameras)
NET 1 and NET 2
Media Players:
a. DDR 1 and DDR 2
b. STILL
c. TITLE
d. FRAME BUFFER
e. BLACK
f. V1-V8 (Virtual Inputs)
Switcher row buttons are mutually exclusive, and the active selection button remains lit.
Hint: Hold down CTRL when clicking a button on the Preview row to toggle LiveMatte on/off for
that source. Likewise, hold ALT while pushing a Preview row button to toggle its Proc Amp.
4.2.2 UTIL (UTILITY) ROW
UTIL row buttons are also mutually exclusive. The subordinate role of the UTIL Row is subtly
reinforced by the use of slightly smaller buttons. Source options include:
1.
2.
3.
1 – 8 (Cameras)
NET 1 and NET 2
Media Players:
a. DDR 1 and DDR 2
b. STILL
c. TITLE
d. FRAME BUFFER
e. BLACK
Press SHIFT + (UTIL row button) to access extended source options for the AUX Out delegate
only:
f.
g.
h.
i.
j.
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[SHIFT + 1] – [SHIFT + 8] → select VI BFR 1-8
[SHIFT + DDR 1] → select Preview
[SHIFT + DDR 2] → select Program
[SHIFT + NET 1] → select Program (Clean)
[SHIFT + NET 2] → select FX
4.2.3 UTIL BUS DELEGATE
Figure 18
UTIL BUS DELEGATE (Figure 18) button selections govern which switcher layers the UTIL row is
currently controlling; or – from another perspective – which video layers the selected source is
assigned to.
Note: When possible, all related button selections (and illumination state) are updated to show
their current state when new delegate selections are first made. This is true for all delegate
groups. (The exception is when newly selecting multiple delegates with control settings that do
not initially match. For example, if DSK1 and DSK 2 have different sources assigned and are newly
multi-selected in the delegate group, no buttons on the UTIL row will light.)
4.3
TRANSITION GROUP
The controls in this group (Figure 19) are analogous to those in the eponymous group in user
interface, performing the same functions in much the same manner.
Figure 19
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(One notable variance from the corresponding Transition group on the Live Desktop is that
switcher layer positioning is provided by a single, shared set of Positioner tools, discussed later.)
4.3.1 TRANSITION DELEGATE
As on the Live Desktop, active delegate buttons remain lit. Multiple selections can be performed
by pressing one or more buttons at the same time. DELEGATE buttons determine what video
layers the main Take, Auto, and T-Bar affect, and the scope of the Select and Rate knobs.
FTB
Note that FTB (Fade to Black), although not located beside the other delegates as it is in the user
interface, is a delegate button – not an action button – and works exactly the same manner as its
Live Desktop twin. Note that FTB has no dedicated transition controls; its fade in/out duration is
derived from the BKGD transition setting.
Hint: When FTB is displayed on Program Out, it obscures all other Switcher activity. To alert you
to this important fact, the control surface FTB button flashes for several seconds if you should
make a new TRANSITION DELEGATE selection that does not include FTB.
4.3.2 TRANSITION BIN CONTR OL
The control surface does not have Transition Bins for the different video layers as such, but can
nevertheless control the transition selection and attributes for delegated video layers.
SELECT
When a single layer, such as BKGD, is selected in the TRANSITION DELEGATE group on the control
surface, rotating the SELECT knob cycles the current transitions in the Transition Bin for that
layer.
When multiple video layers have been delegated, turning SELECT affects the transitions for all
layers as follows:

When all delegated layers are currently on the same transition bin 'slot', the selection in
the corresponding transition bins simply cycles left or right synchronously.
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
Otherwise (when the Transition Bin slots for multi-delegated layers are not aligned
vertically), rotating the knob moves the selection layer by layer as the knob turns until
the selected slots are aligned. From that point, continuing to twist SELECT moves the
transition selection in lock step.
The SELECT knob also acts as a push button:


Push SELECT to toggle the Reverse setting for the BKGD transition.
Push ALT + SELECT to toggle the Ping Pong switch for the BKGD transition.
RATE
The RATE knob operates in similar fashion to SELECT. Rotate the knob to modify the transition
Rate for delegated layers. Or press the knob to cycle through the standard Slow, Medium and
Fast presets. Multi-delegate selections are handled the same as for Select (for both twist and
push operations).
FADE & TRANS
These two buttons provide a quick way to control the Transition Bin selection for the delegated
switcher layer(s). The FADE and TRANS (Transition) buttons are mutually exclusive; selecting
either one cancels the other, and only the currently active button remains lit.
Pushing FADE offers a quick and convenient way to select the Crossfade transition. Push the
TRANS button to activate the last-used transition icons for a video layer (or layers. For new
sessions, TRANS jumps to the first transition in the bin.
4.3.3 PERFORMING TRANSITIONS
Just as in the user interface, TriCaster TCXD850 provides both local and main transition controls.
MAIN T-BAR, TAKE AND AUTO
These controls correspond exactly to their Live Desktop counterparts, and affect all currently
delegated video layers (BKGD, DSK 1, DSK 2, or FTB) at the same time.
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Note that two small LEDS are situated near the left side of the T-Bar – one at each extreme of its
stroke. When a transition is in progress (or is halted partway), one LED is illuminated. This LED
marks which direction to push the T- to complete the current transition.
LOCAL TAKE/AUTO
Local Take and Auto buttons are provided for DSK 1 and DSK 2, but not FTB. These perform a cut
or transition respectively, affecting only the corresponding switcher layer.
Hint: When a DSK layer is fully displayed on Program out, its local Take button (on the Live
Desktop as well as the control surface) remains lit.
4.4
VIRTUAL INPUT GROUP
This section of the control surface (
Figure 20) corresponds to the Virtual Input tabbed panels on the Live Desktop. The VIRTUAL
INPUT DELEGATE button group determines which Virtual Input (from the eight available) is being
controlled.
In contrast with the Live Desktop, TriCaster TCXD850 CS adjusts position attributes for Virtual
Input video layers with a single set of Positioner controls (see Section 4.5).
Figure 20
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4.4.1 VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE
Figure 21
TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE button group to govern which Virtual
Input(s) are affect by operations. Selected DELEGATE buttons are illuminated and, conveniently,
multiple selections are supported.
FOLLOW PVW
Enabling the FOLLOW PVW button (VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE group) forces the DELEGATE
selection to track the Switcher's PVW row selection. This can be very valuable, as it automatically
ensures that adjustments you make to settings will affect the Virtual Input that you plan to
display next.
4.4.2
INPUT ROWS
Just as in the Live Desktop, the Overlay row selection on TriCaster TCXD850 CS determines the
source for the Overlay layer of a Virtual Input. However, since the control surface supports
selection of multiple Virtual Inputs simultaneously, operations can affect more than one Virtual
Input at a time.
Likewise, the A (Input A) and B (Input B) row selections determine the sources for those layers for
delegated Virtual Inputs. All three rows provide buttons for (inputs) 1-8, Net 1, Net 2, all Media
Players (excluding Sound), Frame Buffer, Black and FX.
Hint: Each Virtual Input has its own dedicated Frame Buffer. As you’d expect, the OVERLAY BFR
button references the appropriate Frame Buffer for delegated Virtual Inputs, even for multidelegate selections.
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4.4.3 VIRTUAL INPUT OVERLAY TRANSITIONS
OVERLAY TRANSITION SETTINGS
Rotate the TRANS SELECT knob to cycle the transition bin selection through transitions currently
available in the (Overlay) Transition Bin in the user interface.
Hint: See Section 4.3.2 regarding Select knob behavior when delegates are multi-selected.)
Rotate the TRANS RATE knob to modify the transition duration. Press the knob to cycle through
the standard Slow, Medium and Fast presets.
OVERLAY OPERATIONS
OVERLAY TAKE shows or hides the Overlay layer(s) for currently delegated Virtual Input(s).
Similarly, OVERLAY AUTO will transition the selected Overlay(s) using the individual effects
selected for delegated Virtual Inputs.
4.4.4 LIVESET ZOOM
The buttons labeled ZOOM 1-4 selects the active Zoom Preset for the currently delegated Virtual
Inputs.
The ANIM ZOOM button corresponds to the Animate Zoom switch in Virtual Input tabs on the
Live Desktop. When it is enabled, pressing an unselected zoom preset button initiates a smooth
zoom from the current level to the new level. Preset selection applies directly to all delegated
Virtual Inputs.
If you push a zoom preset button a second time at any point, the animated zoom will ease-out
and stop. Press it again to re-commence the zoom and complete it.
The duration of animated zooms is determined by the ZOOM RATE setting. Rotate the knob to
modify the duration of the effect, or push it to jump to a preset duration (Slow, Medium or Fast).
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4.5
POSITIONER GROUP
Figure 22
4.5.1 POSITIONER DELEGATE
The Positioner section allows you to adjust position attributes for different overlays and video
layers using the Joystick. The DELEGATE group includes seven buttons. In some cases, the scope
of application for a DELEGATE selection is further modified by button selections in other sections
of the control surface.
For example:

The VIRTUAL A and VIRTUAL B buttons delegate Joystick operations to Input A and Input
B of the Virtual Input(s) currently selected in the VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE group.

Similarly, the VIRTUAL OVERLAY button assigns the Joystick to control position attributes
for the Overlay layer of currently delegated Virtual Input(s).

Again, selecting VIRTUAL ZOOM tells the Joystick to control the zoom level of the
currently delegated Virtual Input(s). The joystick mode buttons (such as POS/SCALE,
discussed shortly) are not lit when the POSTIONER DELEGATE selection is VIRTUAL
ZOOM.
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Use the joystick to control Virtual Zoom as follows:
o
o

To zoom in:
 Push the joystick forward (as viewed from above), or twist the joystick
clockwise.
To zoom out:
 Pull the joystick back (as viewed from above, or twist the joystick
counter-clockwise.
Push SHUTTLE to delegate the joystick to shuttle the Media Player(s) currently selected
in the MEDIA PLAYERS DELEGATE group. Again, joystick mode buttons are not lit when
SHUTTLE is delegated.
Use the joystick to control Virtual Zoom as follows:
o

To shuttle delegated Media Players, move the joystick horizontally (as viewed
from above).
To jog delegated Media Players, move the joystick vertically.
The DSK 1 and DSK 2 delegate buttons provide direct selection for these video layers, and are not
modified by selections elsewhere.
Note: Two of the delegates (VIRTUAL ZOOM and SHUTTLE) are set apart from their siblings. This
is because neither of these options supports multi-selection (with other Positioner delegates) like
the rest. (Nevertheless, you can zoom multiple Virtual Inputs simultaneously when these are
selected in the VIRTUAL INPUT DELEGATE group, or shuttle several delegated Media Players.)
4.5.2 JOYSTICK MODES
Generally, changes resulting from joystick operations are governed by the current application
mode, or simply Joystick Mode. These mode selections are mutually exclusive (only one buttons
is illuminated at a time). Also note that when the active Positioner DELEGATE is either Virtual
Zoom or Shuttle, the Joystick Mode is irrelevant, and is ignored.
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POS/SCALE


Move the joystick horizontally, vertically or diagonally (as viewed from above) to move
delegated video source(s) on its X and Y axes.
Twist the joystick clockwise to scale delegated source(s) up, or counter-clockwise to
scale down.
Hint: When multi-delegate selections are active for the Positioner, adjustments are generally
relative to the current state for individual delegates, as opposed to absolute.
ROT (ROTATE)
When the POSTIONER DELEGATE selections is anything other than VIRTUAL ZOOM or SHUTTLE:



Move the joystick horizontally (as viewed from above) to rotate delegated sources on
the Y axis.
Move the joystick vertically to rotate delegated sources on the X axis.
Twist the joystick clockwise/counter-clockwise to rotate delegated sources on the Z axis.
CROP
Except when the POSTIONER DELEGATE selection is VIRTUAL ZOOM or SHUTTLE:






Twist the joystick clockwise (as viewed from above) to crop delegated sources inward on
all 4 edges, maintaining the original aspect ratio.
Twist the joystick counter-clockwise to reduce cropping of delegated sources on all 4
edges.
Move the joystick horizontally to crop only the left edge of delegated sources.
Move the joystick horizontally with the joystick button pressed to crop only the right
edge of delegated sources.
Move the joystick vertically to crop only the top edge of delegated sources.
Move the joystick vertically with the joystick button pressed to crop only the bottom
edge of delegated sources.
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RESET
Despite its location, RESET is really an action button (not a Joystick mode). Press it to restore all
position settings for currently delegated source(s) to their defaults. (This is also why RESET does
not stay selected when pressed, nor does it change the current Joystick mode.
The two special delegate selections also work differently with RESET:

When VIRTUAL ZOOM is delegated, the Zoom preset for delegated Virtual Inputs) is
reset to the #1 preset.
When SHUTTLE is delegated, selected Media Players are reset to the starting point of
the current item (or playlist).

4.5.3 MONITORING
While using the joystick in most POSTIONER DELEGATE modes, many adjustments are
temporarily shown on the Live Desktop’s Preview monitor. The Preview monitor reverts to its
default display a few moments after releasing the joystick to its at-rest position.
4.6
MEDIA PLAYER GROUP
Figure 23
MEDIA PLAYER DELEGATE
The MEDIA PLAYER DELEGATE group contains buttons for TriCaster’s DDR 1, DDR 2, STILL, TITLE,
and SOUND modules. This selection determines which Media Player is being controlled at the
moment. (Support for multi-selection allows you to do things like start and stop both DDRs at
the identical moment.)
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PREV/NEXT PRESET
These two buttons let you to cycle backwards or forwards respectively through existing presets
for the delegated Media Player.
TRANSPORT CONTROL

| (Previous Item) – Press this button to go to the previous playlist entry in delegated
Media Players. (The selection cycles to the last playlist entry when necessary.)

(Stop) – Push once to end playback for delegated Media Players; push a second time
to return to the start position (this operation respects the Single setting for individual
Media Players

(Play) – Push to initiate playback for delegated Media Players.

| (Next Item) – Push this button to go to the next playlist entry in delegated Media
Players. (The selection cycles to the first playlist entry when necessary.)
MEDIA PLAYER OPTIONS
LOOP, SINGLE, and AUTOPLAY are mode buttons, and toggle the respective settings for all
delegated Media Players as appropriate (for example, Sounds has no Autoplay feature, so
logically AUTOPLAY does not affect it).
4.7
RECORD GROUP
Figure 24
Three buttons labeled REC, STRM, and GRAB are located in the RECORD group.
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
REC – Pressing this button enables TriCaster's Record feature. As a safety measure,
pressing the REC button when recording is underway does not stop recording. Instead,
the CTRL button flashes to reminds you that you must hold the CTRL button down while
pushing REC to end recording.
STREAM – Push to enable or disable TriCaster’s live streaming feature.
GRAB – Push to store a snapshot of Program output using TriCaster's Grab feature.


4.8
QUALIFIER BUTTONS
Figure 25
The SHIFT, CTRL and ALT buttons provided on the control surface support extended features and
future expansion.
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INDEX
A
Alt, 42
AUX Out, 30
B
BKGD layer, 9, 10
C
Cable, 8
Connection, 8
Ctrl, 42
D
DDR, 19
DSK video layers, 10
F
Fade to Black, 10, 18, 32
FTB, 10, 18, 32
M
Manual Organization, 5
Media Players, 19
Autoplay, 20, 41
Delegate, 19, 40
Loop, 19, 41
Options, 41
Preset, 41
Single, 20, 41
Transport Controls, 41
Monitoring, 17, 40
P
Positioner, 20
Delegate, 21, 23, 37
Joystick, 21
Joystick Modes, 38
Preview Monitor, 17
Preview Row, 12, 29
Proc Amp, 30
Program Row, 12, 29
G
Grab, 42
Q
Qualifier Buttons, 42
I
Installation, 8
R
Record, 41
L
LiveMatte, 30
S
Shift, 42
Stream, 42
Switcher Rows, 12
System Requirements, 8
Utility Row, 30
Delegates, 11, 31
T
TCXD850 Software, 9, 27
Transition
Auto, 33
Delegates, 11, 14, 17, 31
Fade, 33
Local Controls, 13, 33
Main Controls, 16, 33
Rate, 33
Select, 32
Take, 33
T-Bar, 33
T-Bar LEDs, 33
Trans, 33
Transition Options, 15
V
Version 2, 9
Video Layers, 9, 10
Virtual Inputs, 22, 34
Delegate, 34
Follow PVW, 35
Input Rows, 35
Overlay Auto, 36
Overlay Take, 36
Overlay Transition, 35
Zoom, 36
W
Walkthrough, 9
U
USB hubs, 8
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CREDITS
Acknowledgments: Tim Jenison, Jim Plant
Engineering: Andrew Cross, Kevin Rouviere, Nathan Kovner, James Killian, Kirk Morger, Brian
Brice, Kevin Nations, Jeremy Wiseman, Masaaki Konno, John Perkins, Mike Watkins, Bennie
Pierce, Cary Tetrick, Alvaro Suarez, Steve Bowie, Charles Steinkuehler, Menghua Wang, Shawn
Wisniewski, Bob Peene, Greg Heine, Dan Fletcher, Anthony Louviere, Jan Uribe, Jeremy Brosius
Design Consultants: Kris Gurrad, John Naylor
Additional thanks to:
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NewTek Marketing, NewTek Content Development
NewTek Technical Support, NewTek Customer Service
NewTek Sales
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