Automation and Integration Guide

Automation and Integration Guide
Video Production
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Automation and Integration Guide
Revised – May 05, 2016
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................................................................ i
Chapter 1 About This Guide ............................................................................................................................................... vii
P A R T I ( O V E R V I E W ) ............................................................................................................................................. 1
Chapter 2 The Ecosystem ..................................................................................................................................................... 1
SECTION 2.1 NO MAN IS AN ISLAND ................................................................................................................................................ 1
SECTION 2.2 FAMILY AND FRIENDS .................................................................................................................................................. 1
SECTION 2.3 SYMBIOSIS AND COMMUNICATION ................................................................................................................................ 2
2.3.1 The Rewards of Friendship ......................................................................................................................................... 2
SECTION 2.4 TAXONOMY 101 ........................................................................................................................................................ 2
Chapter 3 Automation and Integration ................................................................................................................................ 3
SECTION 3.1 INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMATION .................................................................................................................................. 3
SECTION 3.2 INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRATION ................................................................................................................................... 4
P A R T I I ( A U T O M A T I O N ) .................................................................................................................................... 7
Chapter 4 The Macro System ............................................................................................................................................... 9
SECTION 4.1 MACRO CONFIGURATION............................................................................................................................................. 9
SECTION 4.2 SYSTEM MACROS ..................................................................................................................................................... 10
SECTION 4.3 SESSION MACROS..................................................................................................................................................... 10
SECTION 4.4 RECORDING MACROS ................................................................................................................................................ 10
4.4.1 Snapshot Mode ........................................................................................................................................................ 11
4.4.2 Favorites Menu ........................................................................................................................................................ 12
SECTION 4.5 MANAGING MACROS ................................................................................................................................................ 12
4.5.1 The Context Menu .................................................................................................................................................... 12
SECTION 4.6 EDITING MACROS..................................................................................................................................................... 13
4.6.1 Multi-Step Macros .................................................................................................................................................... 14
Chapter 5 Triggering Macros .............................................................................................................................................. 15
SECTION 5.1 HARDWARE ............................................................................................................................................................. 15
5.1.1 Keyboard Shortcuts .................................................................................................................................................. 16
5.1.2 NewTek Control Surfaces ......................................................................................................................................... 17
5.1.3 MIDI Controllers ....................................................................................................................................................... 18
5.1.4 GPI Controllers ......................................................................................................................................................... 18
SECTION 5.2 SOFTWARE .............................................................................................................................................................. 20
5.2.1 Switcher State .......................................................................................................................................................... 20
5.2.2 Hotspots ................................................................................................................................................................... 21
5.2.3 Media Player Macros ............................................................................................................................................... 22
5.2.4 Audio Automation .................................................................................................................................................... 23
5.2.5 Network Control ....................................................................................................................................................... 24
P A R T I I I ( I N T E G R A T I O N ) ................................................................................................................................ 25
Chapter 6 DataLink™ ......................................................................................................................................................... 27
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SECTION 6.1 INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................................ 27
6.1.1 LiveText™ and DataLink™......................................................................................................................................... 27
SECTION 6.2 TRICASTER AND DATALINK ......................................................................................................................................... 27
6.2.1 Key Names and Title Pages ...................................................................................................................................... 27
SECTION 6.3 DATALINK™ SOURCES ............................................................................................................................................... 29
6.3.1 DataLink Browser Extension and More .................................................................................................................... 31
6.3.2 File Watcher ............................................................................................................................................................. 33
SECTION 6.4 DATALINK SOURCE CONFIGURATION ............................................................................................................................ 36
6.4.1 RSS ............................................................................................................................................................................ 36
6.4.2 Database .................................................................................................................................................................. 36
6.4.3 Serial (Scoreboard) Setup ......................................................................................................................................... 38
6.4.4 Hardware Connections ............................................................................................................................................. 39
Chapter 7 Network A/V & Control ..................................................................................................................................... 41
SECTION 7.1 NDI ....................................................................................................................................................................... 41
7.1.1 NDI Connect ............................................................................................................................................................. 41
7.1.2 NDI IsoCorder ........................................................................................................................................................... 42
7.1.3 NDI Telestrator ......................................................................................................................................................... 42
SECTION 7.2 AIRSEND™ .............................................................................................................................................................. 42
7.2.1 Network Video Out ................................................................................................................................................... 42
7.2.2 Network Video In ...................................................................................................................................................... 43
7.2.3 AirSend Control ........................................................................................................................................................ 44
SECTION 7.3 AMP ..................................................................................................................................................................... 48
SECTION 7.4 TCP/IP .................................................................................................................................................................. 48
SECTION 7.5 HTTP .................................................................................................................................................................... 48
7.5.1 Get Commands ......................................................................................................................................................... 48
7.5.2 Post Commands........................................................................................................................................................ 50
7.5.3 File Transfer .............................................................................................................................................................. 50
7.5.4 Video Previews ......................................................................................................................................................... 51
7.5.5 Generating Icons ...................................................................................................................................................... 52
7.5.6 Tally and Settings Data ............................................................................................................................................ 52
7.5.7 TriCaster WebSockets............................................................................................................................................... 56
Chapter 8 Files and Storage ............................................................................................................................................... 57
SECTION 8.1 MEDIA FILE FORMATS ............................................................................................................................................... 57
8.1.1 Video Capture ........................................................................................................................................................... 57
8.1.2 NewTek Codecs ........................................................................................................................................................ 57
SECTION 8.2 IMPORT .................................................................................................................................................................. 58
SECTION 8.3 EXPORT .................................................................................................................................................................. 58
SECTION 8.4 ASSET MANAGEMENT ............................................................................................................................................... 59
SECTION 8.5 EXTERNAL STORAGE .................................................................................................................................................. 59
Appendix A.
A.1
A.2
A.3
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Developer Network .................................................................................................................................. 63
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................................... 63
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT......................................................................................................................................... 63
PARTICIPATION ............................................................................................................................................................. 63
Appendix B.
Third Party Solutions ................................................................................................................................ 65
B.1
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................................... 65
B.2
GRAPHICS AND CONTENT ................................................................................................................................................ 65
B.2.1 AGF Multimedia ................................................................................................................................................... 65
B.2.2 Brainstorm Multimedia ........................................................................................................................................ 66
B.2.3 FingerWorks Telestrators ..................................................................................................................................... 66
B.2.4 Vizrt ...................................................................................................................................................................... 66
B.2.5 CasparCG .............................................................................................................................................................. 67
B.2.6 LiveXpert .............................................................................................................................................................. 67
B.2.7 Media 5 ................................................................................................................................................................ 67
B.2.8 Graphics Outfitters ............................................................................................................................................... 67
B.2.9 Compix ................................................................................................................................................................. 68
B.2.10
ChyronHego ..................................................................................................................................................... 68
B.2.11
ClassX ............................................................................................................................................................... 68
B.2.12
Tofervision ....................................................................................................................................................... 68
B.2.13
April Broadcast ................................................................................................................................................ 69
B.2.14
Virtualsetworks ................................................................................................................................................ 69
B.2.15
Virtualsets.com ................................................................................................................................................ 69
B.2.16
Freeplay Music ................................................................................................................................................. 69
B.3
MAM & STORAGE SOLUTIONS ........................................................................................................................................ 69
B.3.1 VITEC .................................................................................................................................................................... 69
B.3.2 Studio Network Solutions (SNS) ........................................................................................................................... 70
B.3.3 EditShare®............................................................................................................................................................. 70
B.3.4 PROMAX Systems .................................................................................................................................................. 70
B.3.5 axle Video ............................................................................................................................................................. 70
B.3.6 Square Box Systems ............................................................................................................................................. 71
B.4
AUTOMATION............................................................................................................................................................... 71
B.4.1 NewsMaker Systems ............................................................................................................................................ 71
B.4.2 Rundown Creator ................................................................................................................................................. 71
B.4.3 AP ENPS ................................................................................................................................................................ 71
B.4.4 youngmonkey ....................................................................................................................................................... 72
B.5
HARDWARE CONTROLLERS .............................................................................................................................................. 72
B.5.1 Lanlink .................................................................................................................................................................. 72
B.5.2 X-Keys ................................................................................................................................................................... 72
B.5.3 LiveXpert .............................................................................................................................................................. 72
B.5.4 Avid ...................................................................................................................................................................... 72
B.5.5 Telemetrics ........................................................................................................................................................... 72
B.5.6 IDCromvideo ......................................................................................................................................................... 73
B.5.7 Tally Lights ........................................................................................................................................................... 73
B.5.8 metasetz............................................................................................................................................................... 73
B.6
INGEST AND CONNECTIVITY ............................................................................................................................................. 73
B.6.1 AJA ....................................................................................................................................................................... 73
B.6.2 Utah Scientific ...................................................................................................................................................... 73
B.6.3 Ensemble Designs................................................................................................................................................. 74
B.6.4 Daktronics ............................................................................................................................................................ 74
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B.6.5
B.6.6
B.6.7
B.6.8
B.6.9
B.6.10
B.6.11
B.6.12
B.6.13
Gnural Net, Inc. .................................................................................................................................................... 74
Teradek ................................................................................................................................................................ 74
Mushroom Networks ........................................................................................................................................... 74
Wowza Media Systems ........................................................................................................................................ 74
LiveU .................................................................................................................................................................... 75
Streaming Media Hosting ................................................................................................................................ 75
Telestream ....................................................................................................................................................... 75
USTREAM ......................................................................................................................................................... 75
Haivision .......................................................................................................................................................... 75
Appendix C.
TriCaster Commands ................................................................................................................................ 77
C.1
SWITCHER AND M/E...................................................................................................................................................... 77
C.1.1 Background Layers ............................................................................................................................................... 77
C.1.2 Compbins ............................................................................................................................................................. 82
C.1.3 Transitions............................................................................................................................................................ 83
C.1.4 Overlays ............................................................................................................................................................... 89
C.1.5 Media Players....................................................................................................................................................... 89
C.2
INPUTS ...................................................................................................................................................................... 100
C.2.1 Input Settings ..................................................................................................................................................... 102
C.3
TITLES ....................................................................................................................................................................... 103
C.4
POSITIONER ............................................................................................................................................................... 107
C.5
COLOR GROUP............................................................................................................................................................ 113
C.6
UNDO/REDO .............................................................................................................................................................. 114
C.7
PREVIZ ...................................................................................................................................................................... 115
C.8
EFFECT VIEW .............................................................................................................................................................. 115
C.9
RECORD .................................................................................................................................................................... 117
C.10
AUDIO MIXER............................................................................................................................................................. 119
C.10.1
Inputs and Outputs ........................................................................................................................................ 119
C.10.2
Input Specific ................................................................................................................................................. 127
C.10.3
Routing .......................................................................................................................................................... 130
C.10.4
General .......................................................................................................................................................... 131
C.11
OTHER ...................................................................................................................................................................... 133
Appendix D.
D.1
D.2
D.3
D.4
D.5
D.6
D.7
D.8
D.9
D.10
D.11
D.12
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3Play Commands .................................................................................................................................... 143
CONTROL SURFACE AND UI ........................................................................................................................................... 143
NAVIGATION .............................................................................................................................................................. 153
PREVIEW ROW............................................................................................................................................................ 155
PROGRAM ROW .......................................................................................................................................................... 156
TRANSPORT................................................................................................................................................................ 157
DSK ROW INPUT SHORTCUTS ........................................................................................................................................ 158
TRANSITION DELEGATES ............................................................................................................................................... 159
TRANSITIONS .............................................................................................................................................................. 161
DSK ......................................................................................................................................................................... 164
NETWORK INPUT......................................................................................................................................................... 166
AIRSEND API ............................................................................................................................................................. 167
AMP ........................................................................................................................................................................ 168
D.13
D.14
D.15
D.16
PUBLISH .................................................................................................................................................................... 169
TRANSFER .................................................................................................................................................................. 169
TABS ......................................................................................................................................................................... 170
MISCELLANEOUS ......................................................................................................................................................... 171
Appendix E.
DataLink Hardware Keys ......................................................................................................................... 175
E.1
DAKTRONICS .............................................................................................................................................................. 175
E.1.1 Baseball .............................................................................................................................................................. 175
E.1.2 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 175
E.1.3 Football .............................................................................................................................................................. 176
E.1.4 Hockey................................................................................................................................................................ 177
E.1.5 Soccer ................................................................................................................................................................. 177
E.1.6 Volleyball............................................................................................................................................................ 178
E.2
DAKTRONICS CG ......................................................................................................................................................... 178
E.2.1 Baseball .............................................................................................................................................................. 178
E.2.2 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 181
E.2.3 Football .............................................................................................................................................................. 182
E.2.4 Hockey................................................................................................................................................................ 182
E.2.5 Soccer ................................................................................................................................................................. 183
E.2.6 Volleyball............................................................................................................................................................ 184
E.3
DSI KEYS: .................................................................................................................................................................. 185
E.3.1 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 185
E.4
OES ......................................................................................................................................................................... 185
E.4.1 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 185
E.5
TRANSLUX FAIRPLAY .................................................................................................................................................... 186
E.5.1 Football .............................................................................................................................................................. 186
E.6
WHITEWAY ................................................................................................................................................................ 186
E.6.1 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 186
E.7
WHITEWAY RAINBOW .................................................................................................................................................. 187
E.7.1 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................... 187
Index ............................................................................................................................................................................... 187
Chapter 9 Credits ............................................................................................................................................................. 189
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Chapter 1 ABOUT THIS GUIDE
NewTek live production systems deliver awesome production power ‘right out of the box’.
Their ability to simplify and automate custom operations and workflows, and to leverage
the features and content of other platforms in the ecosystem, is the icing on the cake. This
guide introduces all of these capabilities.
Even if you are the hands-on, never-ask-directions type, please peruse this
page. If any questions arise later, you may find the information here
allows you to jump directly to the details you need with a minimum
of reading.
 PART I – OVERVIEW: The introduction to the NewTek ecosystem
also explains the organization of this guide.
Third-party developers who are interested in
participating in the NewTek Developer Program will
also find this discussion helpful as an introduction to the
way their products can interact with NewTek products.
 PART II – AUTOMATION: Introduction to the NewTek
product macro system, including the TriCaster™ and 3Play™ macro implementations, all about macro
editing and management, and discussion of the numerous ways you can trigger macros.
 PART III – INTEGRATION: This section covers cross-product and cross-platform integration and
communication.
 PART IV – APPENDICES: Information on the NewTek Developers Network, Third Party solutions, a master
Macro Command list, and a time-saving comprehensive keyword index.
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PART I (OVERVIEW)
This section provides a high level overview of the different components of the NewTek live production ecosystem,
and serves a guide to your locating andutilizing those tools that will help you accomplish your production needs and
creative goals.
Chapter 2 THE ECOSYSTEM
NewTek live video production systems are everywhere. ‘If only they could talk, the stories
they would tell’; but wait, they do communicate! And not only with their siblings. More and
more, third-party developers have prepared software and systems that can also talk to them,
with manifold benefits.
Section 2.1 N O M AN IS AN I SLAND
Appealing as insularity may seem at times, John Donne had it right – “No man
is an island”. We are inextricably connected.
This is truer now than ever. In the twenty-first century, technology
multiplies, extends, and amplifies our connections enormously.
Perhaps that’s why, four centuries later, we have the temerity to extend
Donne’s aphorism as follows: “No system is an island”. To elaborate just a
bit, the more efficient, flexible, and deep the connections between systems are, the greater the rewards in
creativity and productivity.
Fluid data transfer between systems is obviously fundamental to modern video production and broadcast.
Beyond that, systems with deeply integrated and open communication and control capabilities offer
collaborative, efficient workflows and outcomes simply impossible by other means.
Section 2.2 F AMILY AND F RIENDS
At NewTek, we deeply respect these principles. Our systems are
engineered with extensive, open and innovative integration in
mind. They ‘talk’ to each other, to make your work more
efficient and rewarding. In particular, the TriCaster™, 3Play™
and TalkShow™ product families, along with supporting
NewTek software and hardware products, enjoy a high level
integration.
We also appreciate the importance of ‘family friends’. Our
customers have diverse needs, and equally unique pipelines.
Simple connectivity is important, but much larger workflow
benefits can accrue from more advanced interaction. The better
we ‘play well with others’, the more we all gain.
No doubt our obsession with integration accounts for the rapidly
expanding collection of collaborative systems and software we refer to as ‘the NewTek ecosystem’.
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Just as many different members contribute to a literal ecosystem, so too the NewTek ecosystem includes a
large and diverse population. The resulting symbiosis provides many, many benefits (sometimes even
unexpected ones). The NewTek Developer Network counts among its members many of the most respected
veteran contributors to the industry. Alongside these giants you will find many smaller firms offering novel
solutions designed to leverage and enhance the already prodigious strengths inherent to the TriCaster and
3Play platforms. And the ecosystem is flourishing, with new members and more innovative solutions
appearing at a phenomenal pace.
Section 2.3 S YMBIOSIS AND C OMMUNICATION
Communication in one or another form lies at the core of symbiotic relationships. Obviously, NewTek
systems can ‘listen’ for input from external hardware control devices and systems. You’ll find options
discussed in Section 5.1.
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to provide redundancy for mission-critical failsafe purposes.
2.3.1 THE REWARDS OF FRIENDSHIP
NewTek live production systems can also exchange a/v streams and
metadata, system status details (including ‘tally’, audio VU levels, etc.), and
control instructions with suitably prepared external systems and software.
For example, audio, video, media files, and system control commands can
easily be transmitted bi-directionally between systems across a shared
network. Third-party solutions can even ‘cross-pollinate’ with NewTek
systems, endowing the latter with dedicated custom macro commands
specially designed to work with their product.
The NewTek Developer Program provides members with access to SDKs detailing how to prepare or adapt
their products to take advantage of these capabilities for many creative and productive purposes.
Note: Details of the NewTek Developer Program are supplied in in Appendix Appendix A.)
Section 2.4 T AXONOMY 101
In general, members of the NewTek ecosystem offer solutions and products that can be classified into the
following workflow categories:
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
Streaming
Graphics
Content


Automation & Controllers
Media Asset Management & Storage.
As an introduction to the NewTek ecosystem, a partial listing of third-party products can be found in
Appendix B.
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Chapter 3 AUTOMATION AND INTEGRATION
This chapter briefly explains various aspects of automation and integration as an aid to
understanding the terms and technology discussed in this guide, and provides an overview of
how the different elements in these areas work together to offer flexible solutions to satisfy
your needs.
Let’s briefly consider distinctions between automation and integration as the terms are used in this guide.
This is a bit trickier than it might seem, but we want to make the effort as it will enable you to quickly locate
the type of information you want without too much tedious searching.
Section 3.1 I NTRODUCTION TO A UTOMATION
To begin, let’s pay automation its due by giving a nod to its virtually endless benefits. Even in its simplest
forms, it can render repetitive operations virtually effortless and error-free at the same time.
The principle native engine of automation for NewTek live video production systems is the Macro system.
The very same commands exposed for your convenience in this system account for virtually every operation
executed by the system.
And, of course, macros can be combined endlessly, with full control over timing. Without much effort at all,
you will be able to customize your NewTek system to streamline your workflow and accommodate your
personal preferences.
Hint: Chapter 4 provides a thorough introduction to the Macro system.
Without belaboring the point, obviously automation can be extremely simple, or more complex. For example,
a simple macro might select a transition and perform an Auto to display a specific video source. For
convenience, you might assign this macro to a keyboard shortcut.
A slightly more complex macro might load a designated M/E preset, select it on the main Switcher’s Preview
row, load a custom transition, perform an Auto, and reconfigure the Audio Mixer to match the changes. Again,
a single keystroke, click, or button press can trigger all of this.
Hint: NewTek live production products support numerous and diverse input methods for triggering macros – see
Section 4.6.1 for details.
Let’s raise the automation bar even more. Rather than relying on manual input to trigger a sequence of
automated tasks, the whole process can be driven by external systems.
For example, an external software application serving as a master control process can execute all manner of
complex production operations according to predefined scheduling or other stimuli.
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A typical example of this type of automation would include newsroom MOS protocol implementations, which are
used to create, edit, manage, schedule and execute virtually every audio, video and graphic element of on air
segments in many news centers worldwide.
Hint: Some solutions of this type are discussed in Section B.4 of this guide.
By mentioning this level of automation, we have wandered into the
rather fuzzy boundary between ‘automation’ and ‘integration’.
Before moving on to discuss the latter, let’s touch briefly on one
rather special automation task.
In high end, mission critical production settings, failsafe systems
are de rigueur. One of the more important redundant systems in
such settings is the primary video mixer. TriCaster 8000 has
unique features that permit it to serve in these environments.
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Section 3.2 I NTRODUCTION TO I NTEGRATION
In this guide, we use the term “integration” when referring to broader topics, including cross-platform
communication, data transfer and also multi-system control. This may all sound
somewhat daunting, but some rather wonderful things are actually readily
accessible thanks to ‘smart’ connectivity inherent in NewTek live production
systems.
Let’s consider an example. You may already know that both 3Play and
TriCaster provide native support for network sources. Compliant A/V
signals supplied across standard TCP/IP network connections can be
ingested live, just like any other source.
When one NewTek system is linked to another, both are ‘aware’
of the live connection, and the two systems are able to ‘converse’
without any further configuration. This allows simple signal traffic,
such as tally notification, to pass between systems automatically. More than
this, however, the native Macro systems of both units allow operators to send instructions from one system
to another.
Thus a TriCaster operator could easily create a macro that would i) jump the live video stream from a 3Play
networked source back 5 seconds, ii) select a custom “Instant Replay!” transition, iii) commence slow motion
playback of the 3Play recording, iv) Auto the network source onto Program output, v) select a “Back to Live!”
transition, and vi) Auto back to the original source 15 seconds later – then execute the whole thing with a
single click at any time.
A new and growing resource is NewTek NDI which (among other things) allows you to access video streams
among NDI enabled devices. Imagine your production switcher, capture system, media server—any NDI-
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enabled device on the network—can now see and access content from all other devices, allowing more
sources than ever before to be used for live production.
Of course, integration with kindred NewTek systems is just the beginning. The chapters in the Integration
section of this guide (Part III) also discuss integration with all manner of third party systems and products.
This includes, as well, coverage of related topics such as file import and export, and drive formats.
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PART II (AUTOMATION)
Full details of the macro system native to the NewTek live production family, along with an explanation of redundant
control over TriCaster 8000 systems.
Chapter 4 THE MACRO SYSTEM
Macros can smooth your workflow, reducing complex operations to a single button press, and
making it easier to produce sophisticated programs. Macros can also eliminate embarrassing
operator errors. Too, the fact that there are nearly endless ways to trigger macros provides
many opportunities for both workflow streamlining and creative applications.
Keeping up with the action is one of the hardest things about live production. Fingers can only move so fast,
and it can be hard to recall and perform important sequential steps without any slipups.
Macros are the answer to that dilemma. Record a sequence of events and play it back with one click. Or
trigger it with a keystroke, control surface, MIDI panel or sequencer, your smart phone, automatically on a
HotSpot action, on achieving a designated audio threshold, or many other alternatives.
FIGURE 1
Macros can do almost anything. Preload and play content, modify audio settings, automate multi-step
sequences or perform synchronous operations. The amazing versatility of macros more than justifies the
prominence the Macros button gets in the Dashboard area of most TriCaster and 3Play models.
Section 4.1 M ACRO C ONFIGURATION
FIGURE 2
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Click Macros to show a menu which lists a Configure Macros item at the bottom. Select this menu item to open
the Macro Configuration panel (Figure 2), which in turn enables you to create, edit, and manage your macros.
Note: You may notice some differences in layout of this panel from one product and model to another, but basic
functionality is generally as described in this guide.
Section 4.2 S YSTEM M ACROS
The largest part of the (resizable) Macro Configuration panel consists of the Macro List. By default, for any
product, this list includes an uppermost entry labeled System Commands. Expand this entry by clicking the
triangle at left to see a long list of these important macros. The macro entries in this group actually invoke
the same shortcuts called by the user interface and Control Surface to operate your system (Figure 2 shows
typical 3Play System Command list content).
Hint: Notice that keystroke shortcuts assigned to macro entries are visible at right.
It’s worth noting a few unique aspects of System Commands. First, System Commands are specially
safeguarded within the system. Rename and Delete, functions normally available from a right-click folder or
entry context menu, are disabled.
Hint: If you copy of a System Macro outside that group, the copy becomes editable.
Individual entries in the list can be disabled by un-checking the switch at left; not surprisingly, removing the
checkmark beside the System Macros folder itself will result in the failure of all ‘system default’ keystroke
shortcuts. By design, this does not affect Control Surface operations, however.
Section 4.3 S ESSION M ACROS
Session Macros is another macro folder that always appears in the list. Macros you create in or move into this
special folder are available in the current session (only). This collection gives you a place to collect custom
macros that are designed for use within a specific production without cluttering up the list.
Note: The Session Macros group itself cannot be deleted or renamed.
One advantage of the Session Macros implementation is that it lets you invoke session specific variants of a
macro using the same keystroke shortcut (or MIDI surface button, etc.) without conflicts. For example, you
might set up macros that behave similarly in every session, but which point to different content.
Hint: One easy way to copy content from one Session Macros folder to a different session is to Clone the folder and
rename it. Then launch the target session, and move the macros you want to transfer from the renamed clone into
the current Session Folder.
Section 4.4
R ECORDING M ACROS
Creating a new macro is simple. Buttons at upper right let you add new folders or macros. Click the Folder
button to add a folder, and name it.
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FIGURE 3
Selecting a folder in the list (other than the System Macros folder) enables the Add Macro button (Figure 3).
Click this button to add a new macro entry.
Hint: Double-click directly on the name field for a folder or macro to edit it, or select Rename from the context menu.
FIGURE 4
Continue to define the macro by clicking the Record button at the bottom of the panel, and then just go ahead
and perform the sequence of operations you wish to include in the macro. You can use mouse, keyboard, and
Control Surface operations when doing so. When finished, click the Stop button to complete recording.
Test the new macro by clicking the Play button (or by double-clicking the macro entry in the list). You’ll
notice that an animated bar in the background of the macro’s entry in the list tracks playback progress. You
can set macros to loop using the button at right, or modify the playback rate using the nearby menu.
Hint: You can record a macro that includes other macros. Depending on your order of operations, you may need
to re-highlight the newly recorded macro in the list to show its Stop control (to end macro recording).
4.4.1 SNAPSHOT MODE
FIGURE 5
One option in the playback rate menu bears explanation: Snapshot is rather special. When you choose
Snapshot as the macro’s ‘speed’, you essentially tell it to jump to its end result. Any operation or delay that
is ultimately irrelevant in achieving that end is simply omitted.
Snapshot mode is very useful for macros that configure TriCaster to a particular state. For example, you
might want to instantly reconfigure multiple M/Es with different angles of a single virtual set for an
impending scene change; or perhaps you want to quickly disable LiveMatte for all Media Players at once. The
possibilities are endless.
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4.4.2 FAVORITES MENU
FIGURE 6
You’ll see a ‘star’ gadget (Figure 6) at right for each macro entry in the Macro Configuration panel. Click the
star to include the macro in the quick access Favorites list, shown in the Dashboard Macro menu (Figure 7).
FIGURE 7
Section 4.5 M ANAGING M ACROS
The Macro Configuration panel has numerous features to help you organize and
manage your macros, including not only folders, but also rename, clone, copy and
paste, and hotkey assignment, as well as Import and Export.
4.5.1 THE CONTEXT MENU
Entries in the macro lister have a context menu, shown when you right-click an item
(Figure 8). Menu items allow you to play or record a macro, delete or rename it. You
can, of course, cut, copy, and paste macros, or clone them, combining the latter two
operations in one step.
You can also export selections, including multi-selected macros, or even entire
folders.
FIGURE 8
The corresponding import item is shown in the menu if you right-clicked either a
folder or a blank area in the macro list pane. Import and export can be used to share macros with multiple
users and systems, but provide another important service, too.
A good deal of time can be spent preparing complex macros designed to support your production. It would
be a shame for these to be lost unintentionally through some mishap, as by some overly-tidy assistant
deleting a folder on your day off (or perhaps by performing a System Restore). For this reason, we encourage
you to use the Export feature to prepare a backup archive of your painstakingly designed macros.
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Section 4.6 E DITING M ACROS
Often you will wish to modify values assigned to the various steps in an existing
macro, rather than re-recording it; or perhaps you want to experiment with other
possibilities. Click the Edit button (Figure 9) to open the Macro Editor for the
currently selected macro.
FIGURE 9
FIGURE 10
This deceptively simple editor presents the shortcut sequence your macro contains, along with all of its
values, including timing information for each line, in a simple to comprehend ‘spreadsheet-style’ interface.
Simply click a cell to edit the current entry, or use the arrow keys to navigate.
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Click any cell in the table to select it for editing or other operations. Or click the left-most cell to select
a row. Select multiple rows using Shift or Ctrl modifier keys in the usual manner.
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Right-clicking opens the editor’s context menu, which allows you to Undo, Redo, Insert a row (the
keyboard shortcut Ctrl + i also inserts a row), Delete, or Cut, Copy and Paste selections.
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Standard copy and paste keyboard shortcuts are supported as well. When done editing a macro, click
Apply (or Cancel, to close the editor without saving your changes).
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Hint: Use the Record button in the footer of the Editor to directly record new entries to be inserted into the current
macro at the selected line
4.6.1 MULTI-STEP MACROS
TriCaster’s Macro Editor now permits you to create and execute multi-step macros. Adding the line
“#waitforcontinue” (or simply, “#pause”) to a macro using the Macro Editor causes the macro to wait for user
input at that step in its execution.
The new Continue Paused Macro shortcut, assigned by default to the backtick key (`) serves to resume
playback. This feature can be used in endless ways, as for example to allow a user to step dynamically
through a series of animated CG overlays on demand.
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Chapter 5 TRIGGERING MACROS
Macros can reduce or eliminate embarrassing errors. Too, the fact that there are nearly
endless ways to trigger macros provides many opportunities for workflow streamlining and
creative applications.
As discussed in the previous chapter, one way to execute a macro is directly from the Macro Configuration
panel, by double-clicking a macro entry, or by clicking the Play button (Figure 11).
FIGURE 11
This is just the beginning, however. Macros can be triggered in so many ways that we’ve devoted a whole
chapter to the topic.
For example, macros can be triggered by the following means:
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Keystroke shortcuts
Control surface buttons
MIDI pads and sequencers
GPI signals
Software events such as:
o A TriCaster HotSpot ‘hit’
o An audio event
o Or input state change.
Third-party software applications communicating with your NewTek live production system over a
network
HTTP commands sent by a webpage designed for the purpose
Section 5.1 H ARDWARE
As mentioned earlier, macros can be triggered by any of a wide array of supported external hardware
devices. Obviously this includes your keyboard; and the majority of NewTek control surfaces compatible
with your live production system have a Macro button for this purpose.
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FIGURE 12
As the simplest example, let’s briefly consider keyboard shortcuts before looking into some of the other
options.
Of course, many of the System Commands entries have default keystroke shortcuts pre-assigned. The first
shortcut assigned to a macro (some systems support multiple shortcuts) is displayed at right on the row,
near the Favorites star mentioned earlier.
5.1.1 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
FIGURE 13
To set a new shortcut or replace an existing one, click a ‘gesture field’ in the Shortcuts group at the bottom of
the Macro Configuration panel. It will display a “Listening …” tag (Figure 13). Then press the desired
keystroke.
Hint: For clarity, lower-case characters are uniformly shown as upper-case. True upper-case letters are displayed
in the form [Shift + (character)].
F EELING C ONFLICTED ?
FIGURE 14
By the way, assigning identical shortcut combinations to multiple macros is supported, and deliberately so.
Still, as you may wish to avoid conflicts, a yellow triangular gadget referred to as a ‘bang’ (or, if you are a
‘foodie’, a ‘nacho’) is shown in this case.
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Bangs appear at right for all macro entries in the Macro Configuration panel lister with shortcut conflicts
(Figure 14).
FIGURE 15
Of course, when multiple shortcuts are assigned, the first shortcut for a macro – i.e., the one displayed at right
in the Macro Configuration panel lister – may not actually be the one that is conflicted; or there can be several
conflicts for a single macro.
In such a case, select the macro in the list to show the corresponding Shortcuts group entries at the bottom
of the panel (Figure 15). Conflicted ‘Listen’ controls will all show bangs. Clicking a bang automatically jumps
to the next conflicted entry, so you can advance quickly through the list resolving conflicts as you go.
Obviously, you can resolve a conflict by assigning different keystrokes to conflicted macros. Or you can
disable conflicted macros if you prefer, using the checkmark switch.
Hint: Folder level checkmark switches offer a method for managing ‘deliberate’ shortcut conflicts. For example, the
shortcuts assigned to entire folders of macros designed for various purposes can conflict with shortcuts in another
folder, but keystrokes for any inactive folders will be ignored.
D ELIBERATE ‘C ONFLICTS ’
On the other hand, your ‘conflicts’ may be deliberate; running multiple macros with just one button press or
gesture may be just what you had in mind. Pressing the conflicted shortcut key will perform all macros
sharing that keystroke assignment.
5.1.2 NEWTEK CONTROL SURFACES
FIGURE 16
Several NewTek manufactured control surfaces feature a dedicated Macro button (Figure 16). When this is
true, a macro can be assigned to buttons on the control surface in much the same manner as it would be
assigned to a keyboard button. You would simply do as follows:
1. On TriCaster’s Live Desktop, open the Macro Configuration panel.
2. In the macro list, select the macro you wish to assign to a button.
3. Click the mouse in a Listen control at the bottom of the panel.
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4. Hold down the MACRO button (on the control surface) and press the button you want to assign the macro
to.
That’s it –close the Macro Configuration panel, and test the result.
Hint: When you press the MACRO button, all buttons that currently have assignments light up. This makes it easy
to see which buttons are available for your use.
5.1.3 MIDI CONTROLLERS
The MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) protocol and devices and systems supporting it offers
another very useful (and often very affordable) macro trigger option. MIDI devices are often used in the
audio and events industries, but can be found in other realms as well. Literally thousands of devices and
systems of this sort are available.
The Macro Configuration panel system can ‘listen’ for button presses from most MIDI devices, just as it
recognizes input from the keyboard or native control surface.
Note: Many MIDI devices provide ‘plug-and-play’ convenience. Some, though, require non-standard device drivers.
Generally, adding device drivers to NewTek products is discouraged, since these may not have been prepared with
the rigorous demands of live production in mind.
If you install a driver and encounter unintended consequences, you can resolve the problem by restoring to factory
defaults and, if necessary, updating to the current software version appropriate for your Newtek system.
Too, a wide variety of MIDI software and extensions are available for various platforms, including mobile
devices such as tablets and smart phones. These can be used to create unique custom TriCaster control
alternatives. See the control surface documentation and addenda for your live production system for more
on this topic.
5.1.4 GPI CONTROLLERS
GPI, or General Purpose Interface, is a long-serving analog control signal system based on simple contact
closure. GPI inputs and outputs are very common on professional production equipment. The macro system
in NewTek live production devices can take advantage of intermediary devices, such as the eBOX™
network/GPI hardware interface from JLCooper Electronics, to support both GPI signal input and output.
C ONFIGURATION
For an external GPI device to communicate with a NewTek live production system, it must be manually
defined by text entries in the file named gpi_setup.xml. This file can be located in the directory shown below
as appropriate for your platform:
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C:\TriCaster\Configuration\
C:\3Play\Configuration\
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The entry for a given GPI control device must contain an IP address and port, password, and custom name,
entered as follows:
< device name="name " ip="###.###.###.###" port="##" password=" "/>
At the time of writing, the xml ‘element name’ signified above by the placeholder device should be
“jlcooper”, without the quotation marks. The value for the “name” attribute that follows is a custom name
of your choosing.
Hint: Normally, connected GPI devices are identified by unique names in this file; otherwise (if GPI devices share
a single name) GPI commands are issued to them simultaneously.
The remaining configuration attributes (“ip”, “port” and “password”) are set at the external hardware device
(refer to the vendor’s documentation for details); the corresponding values need only be transferred into the
XML configuration file. A typical entry might look like this:
<jlcooper name="JLCooper1" ip="192.168.128.102" port="23" password=""/>
L ISTENING FOR GPI T RIGGERS
Just like keyboard shortcuts, control surface and MIDI button operations described earlier, properly
configured and connected GPI devices can trigger macros. To assign a GPI trigger to a macro, simply click a
‘gesture field’ in the Shortcuts group at the bottom of the Macro Configuration panel (Figure 13); then send
the desired external GPI trigger to the system. The ‘listening’ control will recorded the GPI signal, and a
suitable shortcut entry will be displayed.
S ENDING GPI C OMMANDS
A special macro command allows you to send GPI signals to external devices and systems via networkconnected GPI interface devices (such as the eBOX™ from JLCooper Electronics). GPI macro entries are
formatted as shown below:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
####
gpi
name
GPI_pin#
boolean
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etc.
Delay – the interval, in milliseconds, between the time when the command on the prior line (if any)
was issued to the system, and execution of this line.
Shortcut – Use the entry “gpi” in this field to send a GPI signal.
Value – The shortcut value is the name of the GPI device (defined earlier in gpi_setup.xml) that you
want the signal defined on this line to address.
Key # (0 – n) – The value you enter in this field identifies a target pin on the external DVI device to
receive a signal defined in the following field.
The entry should be formatted as “pin#” (e.g., “pin1”, without quotation marks).
Value # (0 – n) – This value controls the contact closure state (on or off) for the GPI device pin
identified by the preceding key. The value can be entered variously as “1” or “0” , “on” or “off”,
“true” or “false” (without quotations).
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A typical entry might look like the following:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
500
gpi
jlcooper
pin12
1
etc.
Hint: Multiple GPI pins can be targetted simultaneously by key/value pairs entered on a single line.
Alternatively, some GPI devices require a GPI ‘pulse’ of a specified duration. In such a case, you might send an
“on” command on one line, followed – after a suitable delay – by an “off” command sent to the same pin.
Section 5.2 S OFTWARE
As mentioned earlier, macros can also be triggered by software events of various types, including internal or
interactive events such as a TriCaster HotSpot ‘hit’, audio event or input state change, or externally, in
response to commands from software applications or even a webpage designed for the purpose.
5.2.1 SWITCHER STATE
The State Change controls located in the Automation tab of TriCaster’s Input Configuration panel allow you
to flexibly trigger macros based on the utilization of video sources used in your production.
FIGURE 17
Macros can now be assigned to run on specific Switcher operations, such as:
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Program or Preview row selection
Displaying/ hiding the source in a DSK or KEY channel
Selecting/de-selecting it on an M/E’s A row
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Or any M/E row, or …
Showing or hiding a source on the Program or Preview output.
This feature is immensely powerful, and lends itself to all manner of applications, such as the following, to
name just a few:
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Automatically fly in a title whenever you switch to a specified remote source
Then remove it again automatically after it is displayed for a specified time.
Or automatically select a different Audio Mixer preset when you switch from viewing a source in the
B monitor of a virtual set on Program to displaying it full-screen
And then change back to the original audio setup when you switch back to the anchor desk.
The possibilities are truly endless.
Simply click the E (Event) button next to a ‘state’ option for the input and select macros that will run when
the source assumes or exits the specified state.
5.2.2 HOTSPOTS
FIGURE 18
FIGURE 19
On-screen HotSpots, also configured in TriCaster’s Automation tabs, provide yet another way to trigger
macros – based this time on activity detected in specially defined regions of the video frame.
Hotspots can serve many purposes. For example, onscreen talent can trigger one macro by moving their
hand (for example) into a Hotspot, another by moving it out.
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Use live action to play sounds, make Overlays and DSKs appear auto-magically, or switch the video in a
virtual monitor by tapping it with a fingertip.
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Switch from a seated desk shot to a standup virtual set simply set by walking into it; then auto-switch to
the next shot when you walk back out of the frame.
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Load up a different DDR MEM slot, audio configuration and camera assignments when talent moves from
the desk shot to standup in a virtual set.
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Reveal an over-the-shoulder Skype® feed from TalkShow™ and configure audio for the remote interview,
then close the picture-in-picture and restore the original sound setup with a wave of the hand
Hotspots are configured in the configuration panels for individual inputs. Double-click the viewport for a
camera input to open this dialog, and click the LiveMatte tab. The lower portion of this tab contains the
Hotspots control group.
Note :All Hotspots for an individual source can be enabled or disabled using the switch in the group header, or
globally for all sources in a given session using the Options menu.
Hotspots are color-coded, and their respective colors are used to draw the Hotspot overlay boxes on your
viewports when the Hotspot Markers overlay is enabled for a
corresponding monitor viewport.
Scale and Position buttons allow you to re-size and place the
‘trigger zone’ for each Hotspot accurately.
The Event button for each Hotspot, marked by a capital “E”, opens
the Event Triggers dialog. This is where you will assign macros
that are triggered when something moves into (On Screen) or
out of (Off Screen) the otherwise transparent area defined by
that Hotspot.
FIGURE 20
Hint: Use the Overlay option Flip View Horizontal to let talent see exactly where their marks are on a Multiview
screen.
5.2.3 MEDIA PLAYER MACROS
Naturally, Media Players get automation support like other Switcher inputs, as described above. We didn’t
stop there, though. Every item in a playlist – each clip, still image, audio file or title page – has its very own
automation features.
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Any macro you can record or create can be executed automatically
on either playback or end of play for any and every individual
playlist item.
Improved multi-selection support in the playlist
makes it a breeze to assign macros to multiple
items.
Automatically show titles for certain types of
clips and not others.
o Give them different title page types
o Use macros to selectively adjust Proc Amps
on a per-clip basis.
o Or enable LiveMatte keying automatically when needed for certain items.
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FIGURE 21
5.2.4 AUDIO AUTOMATION
Similar automation functionality is provided by TriCaster’s Audio Mixer. The related controls are located in
the Automation group in the Input Settings tab of the advanced Audio Configuration panel.
Hint: To open this panel, roll the mouse over the control group for any input in TriCaster’s Audio Mixer, and click
the gear gadget that appears at the top in the label for that input.
The Automation control group contains Follow Program Video (also known as ‘AFV’, for Audio Follows Video)
and Macro options.
F OLLOW P ROGRAM V IDEO
Enabling Follow Program Video options for an audio source
directs TriCaster to track switcher operations affecting the
related video source.
Audio for sources with Follow Program Video enabled in the
Audio Configuration panel is automatically removed from
mixed outputs until one or more specified video sources are
actually displayed on Program output.
FIGURE 22
R UN M ACRO
FIGURE 23
Audio threshold triggers allows you to specify a value in decibels to serve as a macro trigger. Whenever the
sound level on that input rises above the threshold (or falls below it), designated macros will run
Hint: Transient sounds such as a brief cough are automatically filtered out.
In this manner you could, for example, automatically perform a ‘hands-free’ camera switch to show someone
who begins speaking, and then switch back again when he stops.
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5.2.5 NETWORK CONTROL
Means for communicating and controlling NewTek live production systems over a network are discussed in
Section 7.4 of PART III (Integration).
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PART III (INTEGRATION)
in·te·gra·te [in-ti-greyt] – verb:
1. to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.
2. to make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit.
3. to unite or combine.
Chapter 6 DATALINK™
TriCaster’s integrated title page system provides many opportunities for internal automation
and broader pipeline integration.
Its unique DataLink™ implementation combines with native as well as third-party automation
systems to supply text and image updates for CG purposes from a wide array of live and
prepared data sources.
Section 6.1 I NTRODUCTION
TriCaster’s internal Media Players and title system, coupled to a world-class effects engine, allow you to
introduce colorful and informative titles and graphics into your productions with ease and flair. And, as
discussed in earlier chapters, the macro and automation features add greatly to the value of this
implementation:
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The display of title pages can be automatically controlled and timed based on diverse trigger events
and Switcher states.
Using the integrated title editor, text and image content of title pages can be updated on the fly, too.
Some third-party software solutions can also control and update title page text and image content.
Even so, NewTek’s innovative DataLink™ technology extends these capabilities greatly, by providing realtime
updates from a wealth of data sources. Let’s consider its best known prior role as background.
6.1.1 LIVETEXT™ AND DATALINK™
The optional standalone version of LiveText™, NewTek’s titling and graphics software, has long derived
benefit from its native DataLink support. Title pages prepared and displayed in LiveText can be updated in
realtime based on data from a variety of different source types, including files in ‘watch folders’, data feeds
from scoreboards, and more. In turn, the satellite instance of LiveText running on an outboard system can
transmit the updated title page display across the local network to TriCaster for use in live programming.
(See your LiveText standalone documentation for more detail.)
Section 6.2 T RI C ASTER AND D ATA L INK
6.2.1 KEY NAMES AND TITLE PAGES
TriCaster Advanced Edition’s native DataLink implementation can dynamically update key name entries in
your title pages. When the page is displayed on output, information drawn from external data sources is
substituted for the key name. (The external data is formatted with the attributes you assigned to the key
name entry when creating the title page).
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You can enter DataLink keys as the source for text or image fields in TriCaster’s integrated version of LiveText
(provided for page authoring purposes only) when preparing title pages, or later in TriCaster’s live text
editor. Text fields on title pages can contain either literal text or a DataLink key. Let’s spend on a few
moments considering how you do the latter.
Hint: You can force a minimum number of whole digits before and places after the decimal using the following:
Key: some numeric key; Value: x.x
If we replace x.x with, for example, “4.2” (without quotes), and the current value for “some numeric key” is
12.23456789 , we can use the following entry in our Title Page:
%some numeric key[4.2]%]
The displayed result will be: “0012.23” (without the quotes). Positive and negative values can also be displayed.
Percentages can be added like this: %some numeric key[4.2 percent]%
FIGURE 24
In Figure 24, note that the default entries for the name and description lines of the lower-third title page are
bracketed by % (percentage) signs.
Hint: See the next section for a discussion of the special %Session xxxxx% keys.
Any text entry surrounded by % signs in this manner is automatically evaluated on display as a DataLink key,
and the current value for that key is shown. You can manually enter keys by simply typing them into the
field, but there’s a method you might like better.
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FIGURE 25
If you simply click a text field and type a % sign, all available DataLink keys are shown in a drop down menu.
As you continue entering characters, the list updates to show only relevant entries. You can use the arrow
keys to highlight the key you want in the menu, and press Enter to select it.
To enter a DataLink key for an image, right click the placeholder image in the live text editor, and select
Properties.
Hint: Notice that many internal keys are provided, including keys based on time and day, Media Player metadata
(such as %DDR1 Clip Alias% and %DDR1 Clip Comment%), and more. These allow you to easily, for example,
use a single title page to automatically show the name and comment for the current DDR clip.
If you then record a macro that displays that page in DSK1 (for example) briefly and then removes it, you can assign
that macro to automatically display and hide the correct title for every clip you play from the DDR.
Section 6.3 D ATA L INK ™ S OURCES
While LiveText offer advantages as an outboard CG solution, TriCaster™ Advanced Edition includes an
internal DataLink™ implementation, which wonderfully complements the integrated title and CG toolset.
TriCaster Advanced Edition’s native DataLink implementation extends the original data sources available in
several ways. In some cases, support for a given source type has been enhanced; for example, the former
ASCII text file support now includes XML and CSV file support. Beyond this, a number of important new
internal and external sources have been added.
Here’s a list of possible data sources:
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File Watcher
o ASCII text files
o XML files
o CSV (Comma Separated Value) files
Database
o MySQL database queries
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds
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External hardware controllers
o *Daktronics™
 Allsport
 Baseball
 Basketball
 Football
 Hockey
 Soccer
 Volleyball
 Allsport CG
 Baseball
 Basketball
 Football
 Hockey
 Soccer
 Volleyball
o DSI (Basketball)
o OES
 Basketball
 Hockey
o Translux Fairplay
 Basketball
 Football
o WhiteWay (Basketball)
o Whiteway Rainbow (Basketball)
Internal
o Time
 Time
 Hours (short)
 Hours (long)
 Hours (short, 24h)
 Hours (long, 24h)
 Minutes (short)
 Minutes (long)
 Seconds (short)
 Seconds (long)
 AM/PM (short)
 AM/PM (long)
o Date
 Date
 Day (short, numeric)
 Day (long, numeric)
 Day (short)
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 Day (long)
 Month (short, numeric)
 Month (long, numeric)
 Month (short)
 Month (long)
 Year (short)
 Year (full)
 Time Until Next Event (or end)
o PGM Source Name
o PGM Source Comment
o Session
 Title Name
 Title Description
 Title Image
 Session Name
 Session Type
 Session Encoding
 Session Aspect Ratio
o Media Player
 DDR1 Clip Alias
 DDR1 Clip Comment
 Etc.
Webpage
o DataLink Web
 text, including paragraphs
 images (files or URLs)
* Certain Daktronics controllers (including Allsport 3000 and 5000 models) require an AllSport CG unit
to convert the propriety Daktronics feed to serial data to DataLink. Please contact your Daktronics
representative for more information.
6.3.1 DATALINK BROWSER EXTENSION AND MORE
As long as the above list might be, it is not complete. In addition, third-party applications can create DataLink
keys and supply their values, and you can create and populate DataLink keys using (and within) macros;
refer to the information on the “datalink_set” command in Section C.11.
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FIGURE 26
One of the most exciting new sources of DataLink keys is DataLink™ for TriCaster™, NewTek’s new custom
extension for the Chrome® web browser. Available without charge from the Chrome Web Store, DataLink™
Web allows you to easily populate both text and image DataLink keys from webpages.
The DataLink keys and values are immediately available for use in TriCaster title pages, and elsewhere in
TriCaster. Simply select some text, or an image, and use the right-click context menu (or a hotkey) to update
a DataLink key you have defined. Any title page using that key will immediately update.
S ESSION K EYS
Note that %Session Title Name% and %Session Title Description% are special DataLink keys. Along with
%Session Title Image%, the values for these keys are defined in the Startup>Session screen (Figure 27) .
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FIGURE 27
These special ‘session keys’ are pre-assigned by default to appropriate title entries in specific title pages
supplied with your TriCaster. When displayed live, these keys are replaced by the values you entered in the
Startup screen.
In certain cases, then, this means that simply taking a few moments to choose appropriate values for your
company or client will automatically pre-populate stock titles in the session with those values. (Of course,
you can modify the title page entries as you see fit, too).
T IME AND D ATE
A number of time and date keys are always available in the key insertion drop-down menu. Examples of
these key names are Time, Date, and variants on these. These keys allow you to prepare clock and calendar
objects that update in realtime on your title pages. When these keys are displayed, the corresponding values
are derived from TriCaster’s production clock. This provides many useful and creative possibilities,
including counting down to an upcoming events.
6.3.2 FILE WATCHER
Among other sources as described earlier, TriCaster Advanced Edition monitors files in designated DataLink
Watch folders for changes to keys and their values. The DataLink Watch folder system is implemented persession, allowing you to automatically provide different video programs you produce with unique DataLink
key setups. You will find the folder on your local TriCaster host at (Your session volume):\Sessions\sessionname\DataLink Watch Folder.
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FIGURE 28
Hint: If you enable the Share Media Folders and Buffers option in TriCaster’s File menu (Live Desktop), this folder
will be accessible to other systems on the network (Figure 28).
ASCII T EXT
DataLink pulls data from ASCII text files (.txt) residing in the (constantly monitored) DataLink Watch folder.
As this is arguably the simplest source available to DataLink, let’s use it to demonstrate a few basics before
continuing.
1. Create a new text file in the folder (the filename doesn’t matter), and open it in a text editor (Notepad
will do).
To supply usable values for DataLink, the text files should contain only key-value pairs, arranged in the
following format: [key] = [value]
Key names from the file(s) will be available as DataLink entries in your title pages. The value you enter
beside the key name in the text file will be shown when the page is displayed on output.
Two Key-Value pairs entry examples are shown below:
city = San Antonio
temperature = 98°
Note: Keys and values may contain punctuation and spaces.
XML
Similarly, XML (eXtensible Markup Language) files can supply DataLink keys and values. Consider the
example xml file content provided below:
<Key>
<word1>Hello</word1>
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<Child>
<word2>World</word2>
</Child>
</Key>
From the entries listed above, the DataLink drop-down will show the following keys with the values listed:
%Key word1% = Hello
%Key Child word2% = World
CSV F ILES
Imagine using common spreadsheet functions to manage complex sport statistics, then pushing the results
to a title page with a single keystroke. That’s all possible, thanks to DataLink’s CSV (Comma Separated Value)
file support.
FIGURE 29
For example, simply save changes in the CSV file to TriCaster’s network-shared DataLink Watch Folder, and
DataLink parses the keys and values it contains, then immediately updates the title page, even if it is on
display at the moment.
DataLink parses key-value pairs from neighboring cells on each row as shown in the table below.
Team01
Team02
etc.
Germany
Belgium
Team01Wins
Team02Wins
6
4
Team02Losses 2
Team02Losses 1
In this case, the key %Team01% would have the value “Germany”; %Team01Wins% would hold “6”, etc.
Let’s go on to consider the external hardware sources (such as scoreboards) supported by DataLink.
TriCaster depends on an external hardware connection to supply values for these keys. In the next section,
we’ll explain how to connect these external devices.
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Section 6.4 D ATA L INK S OURCE C ONFIGURATION
Internal sources, such as clip comments or time and date keys, do not require any configuration beyond
populating them. Some other source types require a little more setup, however. Data from RSS feeds,
database queries, and external hardware sources (such as scoreboards) fall into this category.
The necessary settings for these latter sources are conveniently located in the DataLink Source Configuration
application, launched from the menu shown when you select the Add-Ons icon on the ring in the Startup
screen. The DataLink Source Configuration panel has three tabs, RSS, Database, and Scoreboard. The purpose
and contents of each is discussed next.
6.4.1 RSS
FIGURE 30
In the RSS tab, click the Add button at right to open a dialog that lets you define a new RSS source. Provide a
Name to identify the new RSS source, and enter the URL to the feed below. The Refresh Rate entry below
determines how often DataLink will poll the source for updates. Click Save to store the source (afterward,
you can click the gear gadget that appears on rolling the mouse over the source entry to make changes, or
the (x) to delete it).
Hint: Key names for RSS feed elements are automatically generated.
6.4.2 DATABASE
For database sources, DataLink monitors the value for keys you designate are produced by queries you
define. The Add a Database Key dialog is shown when you click Add in the Database tab. Here you can enter
a descriptive key Name, and the SQL query that will produce the desired value (or values).
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Note: You (or someone helping you) will need a measure of familiarity with database addressing and queries.
FIGURE 31
Enter a representative name in the Database box (this is simply to help you identify the data source; it need
not be an actual file name). Then enter a User Name and Password for the database in the boxes provided,
and specify the driver used for SQL queries in the ODBC Driver box. Finally, enter the Server name into the
corresponding entry box.
Click Add to create a new DataLink key. Give it a suitable Key Name in the popup panel, and enter the query
string that will produce the value(s) you wish to associate with this key into the large box below.
When the SQL query provides more than one match, DataLink creates a key/value pair for each qualified
result.
For example, a keyword “author” could produce an array of matches, which DataLink would arrange
as follows:
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%author% -> "Voltaire"
%author.1% -> "James Joyce"
%author.2% -> "Herman Melville"
Click Save to finish the addition of the new key.
6.4.3 SERIAL (SCOREBOARD) SETUP
This DataLink component receives data from compatible external scoreboard hardware controllers. For
information on connecting these devices to TriCaster, see Section 6.4.4.
FIGURE 32
Once connected, use the DataLink Source Configuration utility to notify TriCaster that it is available as a
source. Use the Board menu to choose the device brand/model you have connected from the list of supported
devices. Choose a supported Sport in the same manner. The rest of the settings for serial devices auto-fill
based on your Board and Sport selections, with one exception - select the Port using the information from
the heading
Find the COM Port in Section 6.4.4.
Once you have a supported device successfully connected and configured, the drop-down key insertion menu
in LiveText’s canvas will list valid key names for that device.
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K EY N AME L IST
Appendix E, DataLink Hardware Keys lists the actual key available for use with DataLink and the different
brands of external equipment it supports.
6.4.4 HARDWARE CONNECTIONS
Note: The steps in this section are mandatory if you require data from an external hardware scoreboard controller.
Naturally, for DataLink to communicate with an external data source, such as a scoreboard, that equipment
must be connected to TriCaster and powered up. As well, DataLink must be configured to find and use the
connection. We’ll discuss how to make and configure connections under this heading.
USB-S ERIAL A DAPTERS
The diversity of supported external systems, cable connectors, and available ports on
the host system means this connection may require an adapter.
Newer external devices may use USB connections, but many use older RS-232 (25-pin)
connectors (or occasionally, slightly more recent 9-pin) connectors.
Note: Unless the external system is supplied with a USB connection, a USB-Serial adapter
is likely required to connect it to TriCaster.
To connect using a USB-Serial adapter, follow these steps:

Connect the scoreboard controller’s output cable connector to the USB-Serial adapter.
◦ Connect the adapter to TriCaster.
◦ Install drivers for your USB-Serial adapter on TriCaster. Drivers are generally supplied on a
Compact Disk (CD) packaged with the adapter by the manufacturer.
Note that TriCaster may warn you about the dangers of foreign software if it does not recognize the
driver for your adapter. (You may wish to ask NewTek Customer Service about supported adapters
or request that your favorite be qualified for exemption from these warnings.)
Note: Certain Daktronics controllers (including Allsport 3000 and 5000 models) require an AllSport CG unit to
convert the propriety Daktronics feed to serial data for use in LiveText. Please contact your Daktronics
representative for more information.
F IND THE COM P ORT
The next step involves determining which COM port has been assigned to the new connection by the
operating system. This information is required to configure DataLink.

Right-click the My Computer icon on the Windows® Desktop, and select Manage from the menu (to open
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the Computer Management panel).

Open the Device Manager, and click the + sign next to Ports (COM and LPT) in the right-hand pane to
disclose available communication ports.

Locate the entry for your scoreboard controller – take note which COM port number is assigned to it
(such as COM 1 or COM2).
Note: You should see your new connection listed. If it doesn’t appear at first, try removing and re-inserting the
USB cable connector – or you can use the “Scan for hardware changes” item in the Device Manager’s Action
menu. (If it appears, but shows a ! icon next to its entry, this may indicate a problem with either the USB
connection or your driver installation – try re-installing the driver, following the directions supplied with it.)

Close the Device Manager.
Again, the port number you noted above is required to enable DataLink to recognize the external device.
Important Note: In some environments, Windows may arbitrarily reassign the external device to a different COM
port following a reboot. If this happens, you could simply update the COM port entry in the affected configuration
profile. However, you may prefer instead to lock the connected device to a specific COM port, using the
Windows Device Manager.
To do this, please locate the current port entry for your scoreboard controller. Right-click the entry name, and
select Properties in the drop-down menu. Next, click the Port Settings tab at the top of the Properties panel,
and click the button labeled “Advanced”. Use the Com Port Number drop-down menu to choose an unused port
number, and click the OK button. OK the Properties panel too, then close the Device Manager. The Port
Number you assigned should now be retained on subsequent reboots.
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Chapter 7 NETWORK A/V & CONTROL
Most NewTek live production systems support both ingest and output of a/v feeds over
standard network infrastructure. This provides a plethora of valuable creative and efficient
alternatives. In addition systems can send or receive control instructions from networked
devices and systems, offering many powerful possibilities.
Section 7.1 NDI
NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI) technology is a new open standard for live production IP
workflows over Ethernet networks. NDI allows systems and devices to identify and communicate with each
other, and to encode, transmit, and receive high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio over IP
in real time.
NDI enabled-devices and software have the potential to greatly enhance your video production pipeline, by
making video input and output available anywhere your network runs. Devices such as NewTek’s TriCaster®
and a growing number of third party systems provide direct support for NDI, both for ingest and output.
NDI Tools blah blah
7.1.1 NDI CONNECT
At times, you may want to connect a source that is not natively NDI-enabled; or you may wish to supply an
NDI output to a traditional downstream device or display. NDI Connect provides the means to handle i/o
requirements of this type and more.
This application comes in two flavors – a two-channel version available from wwww.NDI.NewTek.com, and
the full, feature-packed commercial version, designated “NDI Connect Pro”.

Both versions support third-party hardware i/o cards, such as those from Blackmagic Design,
Deltacast, and AJA), and webcams.

NDI Connect Pro also supports media file playback, four independent channels (and eight-channel
audio), and key-fill workflows on supporting hardware.

Onscreen previews are provided, and the Pro version supports dual monitor layouts plus an
additional NDI program return display, and tally.

NDI Connect Pro also includes per-channel proc amp and white balance controls, Auto Color, and
waveform/vectorscope display.
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
Optional overlays include VUs, title and 4:3 safe areas, checkerboard background (for 32 bit sources)
and center cross.
7.1.2 NDI ISOCORDER
One of the most common tasks you may need to perform is to capture various video sources. While TriCaster
provides native support for capture, NewTek IsoCorder extends this capability in several ways. Not only
does the Pro version let you record a larger number of NDI sources than TriCaster, but it allows you to do so
at any convenient location in your facility where your network coverage extends.
This application comes in two flavors – a two-channel version free from www.NDI.NewTek.com, and the full,
feature-packed commercial version designated NDI IsoCorder Pro.





Both versions are able to record any NDI source on your network to suitable storage media.
NewTek NDI IsoCorder Pro can capture up to 16 NDI channels, with embedded alpha channel when
appropriate.
Onscreen previews are provided, and the Pro version supports dual monitor displays.
NDI IsoCorder Pro also includes per-channel proc amp and white balance controls, Auto Color, and
waveform/vectorscope display.
Optional overlays include VUs, title and 4:3 safe areas, checkerboard background (for 32 bit sources)
and center cross.
7.1.3 NDI TELESTRATOR
With the ability to draw over live video and still images, the NDI Telestrator is a familiar tool to sports and
weather productions.
Section 7.2 A IR S END ™
An earlier software API (application programming interface) providing network A/V support in NewTek
products is called AirSend™. Various systems and software (both native and third-party) also take advantage
of AirSend to send and receive control instructions and tally (on air) notification.
Note: Qualified developers can obtain details through the NewTek Developer Program.
7.2.1 NETWORK VIDEO OUT
NewTek live production systems natively support network a/v signal output (details of network output are
provided in the general product manuals.) These program streams can be used by other NewTek live
production systems on the network, or supplied to other downstream devices supporting the same video
over IP format.
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Potential applications of this capability are diverse, and include such things as sending program output to a
downstream internet streaming server, a sports telestration application, etc. The downstream system need
only be able to display the MPEG-2 stream received.
For example, the popular open source media player VLC can play the network output stream from a NewTek
live production system. It is simply necessary to open a URL formatted as shown below in the VLC
application:
http://ip_number:port_number/NewTekNetworkSend.mpg

Substitute the IP number of the source system for “ip_number” above.

The port number for network outputs from TriCaster defaults to 49480. 3Play’s A and B outputs
default to ports 49480 and 49481. (If the default ports are unavailable, the system attempts to access
the next higher port, and so.)
7.2.2 NETWORK VIDEO IN
Likewise, video (complete with embedded alpha channel and audio) served to NewTek production systems
across standard network architecture can serve as live a/v sources. NewTek systems support this workflow
by means of ‘Network Inputs’. TriCaster Pro models sport two such sources. 3Play 440 and 3Play 4800
provide access to a network feed via their DSK source menus. (Full details can be found in the User Guide
for your NewTek product.)
Qualifying sources are listed in the source selection menus for network inputs automatically. When selected,
these sources also gain immediate access to AirSend’s network communication features, without any further
need for configuration.
The following are just some typical network input sources:



Video program output from other NewTek live production systems
CG sources from applications such as NewTek’s own LiveText™ or third party CG solutions (including
many products from leading broadcast industry vendors)
Live screen captures from connected computers, webcams sent by NewTek’s included iVGA™
application, and more.
Let’s discuss a few of these briefly.
E XAMPLE S OURCES
TriCaster and 3Play
As just mentioned (Section 7.2.1), NewTek live production systems can send video over IP to downstream
systems on the same network (specifically, systems should be on the same sub-net). More detail can be found
in the User Guide for your NewTek product.
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LiveText™
NewTek’s own LiveText™ 2 gives you the flexibility to add a dedicated title station to your live production.
Build titles and graphics on any laptop or computer and send them directly to the network inputs of NewTek
live production systems.
Make your production pop with network-style scrolls, crawls, title pages and lower thirds. And use the
integrated DataLink™ application to display real-time data with instant updates: connect directly to a
number of popular game board systems to access scores, times, etc., or access other supported realtime data
sources, including RSS, SQL queries, and so on.
For further information, please visit:
http://www.newtek.com/products/tricaster-software/tricaster-livetext.html
7.2.3 AIRSEND CONTROL
AirSend supports more than just a/v data transfer. For example, one form of information available to
network sources connected is tally (on-air) notification.
Beyond this, though, AirSend also provides the ability to transmit commands between NewTek live
production systems and other connected sources. This provides extremely powerful capabilities.
For example, IP-based Viz Engine™ and Viz Trio™ graphics systems from Vizrt® are able to select and display
CG pages, perform animations and more based on instructions from the macro system native to NewTek’s
TriCaster and 3Play systems. This permits you to operations between NewTek and Vizrt products for
sophisticated live production workflows with centralized control.
Note: AirSend is just one way for external systems and software to communicate with and control NewTek live
production systems. For example, control applications can also be prepared using simple TCP/IP commands. The
NewTek Developer Network program provides members with SDKs detailing the various communication methods
available.
E XAMPLE – C ONTROLLING 3P LAY
Let’s consider a simple example taking advantage of the potential this ability offers. Using TriCaster’s Macro
system (see Chapter 4, The Macro System), it is easy to take advantage of AirSend to send instructions from
TriCaster to 3Play via the Macro system.
Such a macro could actually perform sequential operations on both systems, and be assigned to a shortcut
keystroke or other macro trigger (see 4.6.1, Multi-Step Macros) for convenient execution with a single user
interaction.
When both ‘parties’ to the network ‘conversation’ have been prepared using the AirSend API, as in this case,
there is no need for complicated configuration. TriCaster ’knows’ which network source is connected to its
network inputs, and automatically creates the necessary bi-directional communication channel.
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For example, 3Play network outputs typically appear in TriCaster’s Network Input source selectors as
something like “3Play(A)” and “3Play(B)”. If you select “3PlayA” as the active source for TriCaster’s “Net 1”
input, a communication channel between 3Play’s A channel and Net 1 is automatically opened. Unique
shortcut entries in the macro identify which Network Input the instructions specified will be directed to.
When examined in TriCaster’s Macro Editor, a typical macro entry of this type might look as follows:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
0
net1
clip_play
speed
.5
The shortcut “net1” defines which Network Input will be addressed.
Additional entries on the same line constitute an instruction that will be performed when the macro is
executed.

The Value “clip_play” commands the target source to play the currently selected clip (in our example,
the current clip selected on 3Play’s channel A)

The Key 1 entry “speed” sets the playback speed to the value which follows next on the line, “.5” in
our example. This will cause playback to occur at 50% speed.
It is entirely possible to create more complex macros that combine AirSend commands of the sort just
mentioned
D EFAULT A IR S END C OMMANDS
As mentioned earlier, the macro shortcut entry “net1” addresses a controllable network source connected to
the first network input on a NewTek live production system. TriCaster has a second network input, which
you can send commands to using the shortcut entry “net2”.
The AirSend API also allows third-party developers to implement custom commands suited to their
requirements. These, when provided, can be used in macros just like ‘NewTek native’ commands, even
benefiting from the same automatic communication channel configuration. Documentation supplied with
third-party products will provide information on custom commands that have been included.
By default, third-party products generally support the AirSend commands discussed next, included in the
NewTek product macro system.
C LIP _S TORE
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_store
index
ID
This command stores a custom local reference ID for the current clip (the one currently visible at on the
network input). The value ID can be a string. ID is global and shared across your system (it is not stored per
system output, if you have multiple).
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For example:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
.0001
net1
clip_store
index
AAA1
The entry above will ‘remember’ the current clip with the name “AAA1”. (The default for ID is an empty
string, which is a valid storage target.)
C LIP _R ESTORE
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_restore
index
ID
This command cues up content previously stored with a specified ID value on the upstream source channel
assigned to the network input designated.
For example:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
.0001
net1
clip_restore
index
AAA1
The clip previously indexed as “AAA1” (using clip_store) is restored on the source system output channel
connected to Net 1. The playhead is set to the beginning of the clip. (If the indexed clip is not located, nothing
occurs.)
C LIP _ S ELECT
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_select
index
#
Select a page (or clip) defined by the value assigned to index. This may be a number specifying a particular
page or at times, another property.
For example, sending a “clip_select” command to 3Play with a suitable numeric value assigned as the “index”
key selects a specific Play List tab by index (assuming Play List mode is active. On the other hand, in Clip List
mode, if the value for “index” was “0-023” the clip referred to would be selected.
For example:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
.0001
net1
clip_select
index
4
This would select the fourth Play List tab on the 3Play output (A or B) connected to Net 1.
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C LIP _ M OVE
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_ move
distance
#
Move the specified number of pages forwards or backwards from the current page.
For example:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
.0001
net1
clip_move
distance
-1
The entry above would select the previous clip on the source connected to Net 1.
C LIP _ P LAY
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_ play
speed
#
position
#
You can specify “speed”, “position” or both keys (the order of keys is not important).
When “position” is not specified, play begins at the current frame. The value for position is specified in
seconds, while speed is expressed as a playback rate value (1.0 = 100%).
For example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
.0001
net1
clip_ play
speed
-.5
position
10
This entry would play a clip backwards at 50% speed from a position 10 seconds into the clip.
C LIP _ S CRUB
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
(ms)
net1 or net2
clip_ scrub
distance
#
This command will move the playhead backward or forward by a distance of # seconds.
For example:
Delay (ms)
Shortcut
Value
Key 1
Value 1
.0001
net1
clip_scrub
distance
5
The entry above would advance the playhead five seconds further into a clip displayed on the source
connected to Net 1.
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NOTES: The software associates values with their key name, thus key can be entered in any order. The following
are valid formats for numeric entries: “+0.1”, “0.1”, “.1”, “-0.1”.
Section 7.3 AMP
3Play™ models 440 and 4800 provide support for another control protocol called AMP (Advanced Media
Protocol). AMP commands are quite similar to the AirSend commands just discussed, and provide another
means by which compatible systems can issue commands to 3Play in support of sophisticated workflows.
For example, Carbonite™ video switchers from Ross Video® support AMP over an Ethernet connection. The
switcher panel can control NewTek 3Play instant replay systems, treating them as video servers and
accessing and clips, playlists, or delayed video streams. The AMP integration provides full play-list and
queuing support, clip query and more.
NOTES: A document named “AMP Video Server Setup”, available from the Ross Video® website, details how to
configure a Carbonite system for AMP communication.
Section 7.4 TCP/IP
It is also possible to communicate with TriCaster and 3Play over a standard network TCP/IP connection.
Custom applications running on a networked host system can directly control the functionality of most
NewTek live production systems by this means. The methods involved, including how to connect to and
control NewTek systems, are detailed in documents available to members of NewTek’s Developer Network.
Section 7.5 HTTP
For TriCaster Advanced Edition and 3Play Mini (only), TCP/IP communication is augmented by HTTP
methods that are easily accessed by advanced end users. Using a simple text editor, someone conversant
with HTML can easily create useful ‘applets’ run in almost any web browser that can interoperate with
supporting NewTek systems. Add programming knowledge (say, javascript or Python for example) and a
whole world of possibilities open up.
Most current NewTek products also act as HTTP servers, and are able to receive either GET or POST
messages. The internal web server can be addressed as in this example:
http://TriCasterSystemName
Hint: In order to determine if the session is running, you can query: http://TriCasterSystemName /v1/live
This will return a text string of TRUE when in a session, and FALSE when in the control panel.
7.5.1 GET COMMANDS
You can send shortcut commands and (macro) trigger messages by using http GET commands. To send a
shortcut, you would simply get the address:
/v1/shortcut?name=NAME&value=VALUE&value1=ANOTHER_VALUE
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To issue a trigger you would simply GET the address:
/v1/trigger?name=NAME
To issue a DataLink update, you would GET the address:
/v1/datalink?key=KEY&value=VALUE
FIGURE 33
You can easily obtain a full list of the current set of DataLink key/value pairs by querying the URL:
http://TriCasterSystemName /v1/datalink
This returns the current DataLink keys and values (Figure 33) in the format below:
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<datalink_values>
<data>
<key>Time</key>
<value>5:08:50 PM</value>
</data>
<data>
<key>Hours (short)</key>
<value>5</value>
</data>
<data>
<key>Hours (long)</key>
<value>05</value>
</data>
<data>
<key>Hours (short, 24hr)</key>
<value>17</value>
</data>
<data>
<key>Hours (long, 24hr)</key>
<value>17</value>
</data>
<data>
<key>Minutes (short)</key>
<value>8</value>
</data>
Etc…
Note: The name and value pairs must be correctly escaped.
7.5.2 POST COMMANDS
You can POST a <shortcut …> or <trigger …> message directly. You should send these to any URL that is in
the path /v1/shortcut, /v1/trigger or /v1/datalink. Since these are XML messages, the content-type should
be text/xml. For instance, if you wished to send a shortcut contained in the file “MyShortcut.xml”, you would
use the following CURL command line:
curl -X POST -d @MyShortcut.xml http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/shortcut --header "Content-Type:text/xml"
If you are using PHP, it is common to wish to post commands in a form “shortcut=<shortcut name=value…”.
This is automatically detected for “shortcut=”, “trigger=”, “datalink=” where the value is the regular XML form
of the shortcut. The value is full escaped.
7.5.3 FILE TRANSFER
It is possible to send media files directly to a TriCaster via HTTP post commands. Post commands are sent to
http://TriCasterSysemName/v1/file. As an example, the following curl command would post a PNG file to
the TriCaster system.
curl.exe -X POST –data-binary @YourCoolFile.png http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/file --header "Content-Type:
image/png " --header "Filename:HelloWorld.png" --header "Overwrite:true"
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The header “Filename:somefilename” is optional, but allows you to give the TriCaster a hint as to what filename to choose for this file. If one is not specified then a filename will be chosen for you automatically.
Specify “Overwrite:true” if you wish the filename to be used no matter whether it exists or not (by default,
overwrite is false).
The response from the file transfer will either be a 400 error, with a text description of the error, or a 200
success with the filename of the file returned; allowing you to then use this in titles, DDRs, etc.
Supported content types are:
Type
Description
audio/mpeg
audio/basic
audio/x-wav
audio/x-aiff
image/gif
image/jpeg
image/png
image/tiff
image/bmp
video/x-msvideo
video/quicktime
video/mp4
video/mpeg
MP3 Audio file
AU Audio file
WAV file
AIFF file
GIF image file
JPEG image file
PNG image file
TIFF image file
BMP image file
AVI file
QuickTime file (MOV)
MPEG-4 wrapper (H.264 normally)
MPEG-2 video file.
7.5.4 VIDEO PREVIEWS
It is possible to receive JPG images back for any source within the TriCaster or 3Play system. These may be
queried as described next.
Possible names of sources for use with this method are listed in the table below:
Source Name
Description
Products
output1
output2
output3
output4
The primary video output
The secondary video output
The third video output
The fourth video output
input1– input8
net1, net2
ddr1, ddr2
gfx, gfx2
bfr1 – bfr15
Video inputs
Network inputs
DDR media players
Graphics players
15 buffers
All TriCaster units
All TriCaster units
TC8000 only
TC8000 only
All TriCasters (input1-4 only on
some models)
All TriCaster units
All TriCaster units
All TriCaster units
All TriCaster units
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Additional parameters are available that perform the following:
Parameter
Description
Force the resolution of the image to be this
width. If this is omitted, this is computed from
the source aspect ratio.
Force the resolution of the image to be this
width. If this is omitted, this is computed from
the source aspect ratio.
JPEG image quality (range 50-100).
xres
yres
q
TABLE 1
In general, it is wise not to query frames at high image rates. Request them at a resolution that is close to
what you need. For instance, to receive a 640x480 preview of the current output, you would get:
http:// TriCasterSystemName/v1/image?name=output&xres=640&yres=480
Note: See also Section Error! Reference source not found. (Error! Reference source not found.) for information on
TriCaster’s WebSocket implementation.
7.5.5 GENERATING ICONS
It is possible to obtain an icon representation for any file that is on the system. This can be used, for instance,
to generate icons for LiveSet or Transition files that may be loaded into the switcher (with the names given
to you by getting the TriCaster state data). Similar to how inputs are read, you get an icon by specifying the
path (required), the resolution of the longest side (optional), and the JPEG quality (optional).
For instance to get the icon for the file:
C:\TriCaster\Effects\LiveSets\NewTek\Alignment\Center.LiveSet
You could go to the URL :
http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/icon?filename=C:%5CTriCaster%5CEffects%5CLiveSets%5CNewTek%5CAlig
nment%5CCenter.LiveSet&res=1920&Q=90
7.5.6 TALLY AND SETTINGS DATA
TriCaster can provide XML-formatted lists of parameters and values representing various states of the
switcher, buffers and effects. Combining this information with scripted shortcut commands, sophisticated
interactions can be made between the TriCaster and a web application, controlled from either side of the
client/server relationship.
Request the URL below (where “TriCasterSystem” is the system name), returns a full description of all of the
video inputs on the system, with information regarding whether they are currently being displayed on
program or preview output (tally information):
http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/dictionary?key=tally
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An example returned XML result would be as follows:
<tally>
<column name="input1" index="0" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input2" index="1" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input3" index="2" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input4" index="3" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input5" index="4" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input6" index="5" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input7" index="6" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="input8" index="7" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="net1" index="8" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="net2" index="9" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="ddr" index="10" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="ddr2" index="11" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="gfx1" index="12" on_pgm="true" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="gfx2" index="13" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr1" index="14" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr2" index="15" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr3" index="16" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr4" index="17" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr5" index="18" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr6" index="19" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr7" index="20" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr8" index="21" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr9" index="22" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v1" index="23" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v2" index="24" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v3" index="25" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v4" index="26" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v5" index="27" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v6" index="28" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v7" index="29" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="v8" index="30" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr10" index="31" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr11" index="32" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr12" index="33" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
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<column name="bfr13" index="34" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr14" index="35" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="bfr15" index="36" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
<column name="black" index="41" on_pgm="false" on_prev="false"/>
</tally>
Other system information can also be obtained in this manner. For example, requesting the (example) URL
below returns a wealth of switcher parameters.
http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/dictionary?key=switcher
The result would include:



All inputs, physical and virtual
Switcher row sources for M/Es, including up to 4 rows if using a LiveSet
Overlay information for main and M/E switchers
o Overlay source
o T-Bar position
Currently loaded Effect (Transition or LiveSet)

An example response would look like the following:
<switcher_update main_source="BFR4" preview_source="gfx1"
effect="Q:\Products\TriCaster_Content\Animation Stores\Output\Broadcast\Door Slam.effect">
<tbar position="0.000000" speed="0.000000"/>
<switcher_overlays>
<overlay z_order_position="0" source="V2">
<tbar position="0.000000" speed="0.000000"/>
</overlay>
<overlay z_order_position="1" source="BFR1">
<tbar position="0.000000" speed="0.000000"/>
Or, requesting the URL below will return a list of the currently-assigned buffers for the main switcher row
and the M/E rows, similar to the following example:
http://TriCasterSystemName/v1/dictionary?key=buffer
:
<buffers>
<main>
<buffer selection="BFR4"/>
</main>
<me index="0">
<row>
<buffer selection="BFR1"/>
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</row>
</me>
...
The URL below returns a list of all the effects loaded into all the bins for each transition and overlay in the
main Switcher and all M/Es.
http:// TriCasterSystemName/v1/dictionary?key=switcher_ui_effects
An example result follows:
<switcher_ui_effects>
<switcher name="main">
<effect_bin>
<effect0 effect="Fade"/>
<effect1 effect="Q:\Products\TriCaster_Content\Animation Stores\Output\Broadcast\Door Slam.effect"/>
<effect2 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Non Additive Fade.trans"/>
<effect3 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Flash.trans"/>
<effect4 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Clouds.trans"
...
<effect7 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Overlays\Iris\Hard\Rectangle (H).ofx"/>
<effect8 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Overlays\Iris\Hard\Circle(H).ofx"/>
</effect_bin>
</key>
</switcher>
<switcher name="v3">
<effect_bin>
<effect0 effect="Fade"/>
<effect1 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Additive Fade.trans"/>
<effect2 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Non Additive Fade.trans"/>
<effect3 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Flash.trans"/>
<effect4 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Clouds.trans"/>
<effect5 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Fades\Noise.trans"/>
<effect6 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Transitions\Iris\Hard\Circle(H).trans"/>
...
<switcher name="v8">
<effect_bin>
<effect0 effect="C:\TriCaster\Effects\LiveSets\User\Rock Stage Standing Flares 03 RAW\Rock Stage Standing Flares 03
RAW.LiveSet"/>
</effect_bin>
<key>
<effect_bin>
<effect0 effect="Fade"/>
<effect1 effect="c:\TriCaster\Effects\Overlays\Trajectories\Fly In\Fly In B.ofx"/>
...
The complete list of key values supported for use in the manner disclosed in the preceding examples follows
below:







shortcut_states
tally
ddr_playlist
ddr_timecode
buffer
switcher
buffer
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
switcher_ui_effects
7.5.7 TRICASTER WEBSOCKETS
The WebSocket protocol is supported by most major web browsers and allows Tricaster Advanced Edition
and 3Play Mini to push data (inluding a great deal of system status information along with image previews
and audio data) to the client. This allows improved responsiveness by notifying clients of state changes,
removing the need for clients to peridically poll for changes.
The WebSocket implementation, including information on connecting to TriCaster and retrieving data, is
discussed in full in the documents available to members of NewTek’s Developer Network.
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Chapter 8 FILES AND STORAGE
Some corollary of ‘Murphy’s Law’ must state that “The more critical it is to a production,
the greater the likelihood that important media will be delivered at the last possible
moment and the wrong format, if it can be found at all.”
This section is devoted to reducing your stress level when this inevitably occurs.
Section 8.1 M EDIA F ILE F ORMATS
8.1.1 VIDEO CAPTURE
Current TriCaster products support a number of different file formats for capture, including several native
Quicktime™, AVI, MPEG-2 and H.264 formats. In general, where other considerations permit, we recommend
the use of one of the two Quicktime formats for video capture.
These two file types support all TriCaster features, including embedded timecode, and provide high quality
capture suitable for almost any purpose (the 4:2:2 format has an edge if you are planning on chromakeying
the recorded footage later). Generally, most modern software applications can work with at least one of these
Quicktime formats.
Note: TriCaster and 3Play are able to play back Quicktime files that are still ‘growing’ (being actively captured).
Some external software applications can enjoy the same benefits for files being recorded on NewTek systems in
Quicktime® format by supporting NewTek’s File Reader SDK, available to members of the NewTek Development
Network, or by accessing recordings underway using TriCaster’s MPEG-2 encoding.
8.1.2 NEWTEK CODECS
Codecs for both Windows® and OS X® systems are available for NewTek’s high quality AVI and Quicktime®
capture formats. The codecs are included in the “Extras” folder of all NewTek live production systems, and
can alternatively be downloaded from the Support pages of the NewTek website.
W INDOWS ® P LATFORM
Users of Microsoft Windows® systems (other than TriCaster or 3Play) will need to install NewTek’s
Quicktime™ codecs and, of course, the Apple Quicktime® player to be able to read and write files in these
formats .
The NewTek codec pack for Windows also provides read and write support for NewTek’s proprietary
SpeedHQ AVI format to suitable video applications.
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OS X ® P LATFORM
The NewTek Quicktime codecs are not required to be able to read TriCaster or 3Play Quicktime® files on OS
X systems. However – depending on what other software you already have installed – you may need to
download and install a ‘professional’ codec pack available from Apple® at the ULR shown below (at the time
of writing):
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1396
Apple® platform users may find it useful to install the NewTek Codec Pack for OS X® anyway, since it does
offer certain added benefits. Specifically, suitable applications (such as Compressor™) will be able to access
them to read and write NewTek’s SpeedHQ Quicktime® files, and even read the SpeedHQ AVI file format.
Section 8.2 I MPORT
TriCaster and 3Play are able to play back media files in many, many different popular file formats, but it must
be admitted that some require more system resources to play than others. With a view to making best use
of precious resources, then, ideally media files should be prepared beforehand.
With the assistance of the NewTek codec packs just mentioned, it is often true that files can be prepared in
NewTek-friendly formats that are easy to play back right in your favorite non-linear editor or compositing
package. We can recommend NewTek’s own SpeedHQ Quicktime® encoding as a good high quality format
for use in any of our live production systems. (SpeedHQ options include support for files with embedded
alpha channel, especially valuable for animations intended for use as overlays.)
Alternatively, dedicated Import modules are provided in all modern NewTek live production systems. This
module, found in the Startup control panel (see the manual for your specific product for details) provides a
way to add multiple items to a queue for batch processing, including optional transcoding as necessary.
Otherwise, most high quality Quicktime formats (other than ProRes) will work reasonably well. For HD files,
you might consider trying the Quicktime PNG encoder (especially when an alpha channel is required).
Section 8.3 E XPORT
At times you may wish to export files recorded with a NewTek live production in some other popular format.
Of course, whether working with files captured to shared storage systems or copied to external media across
a network, for example, you could perform transcoding entirely externally using your favorite conversion
software. You may instead, though, wish to use your NewTek system to do transcoding.
All current NewTek live production platforms include an Export feature in the system’s Startup pages. Most
also provide a Publish Queue in the Live or Replay Desktop. Files can be added to the lists in these modules
using a variety of method, even – in this latter case – during live production. The modules provide access to
a deep set of transcoding tools and control over destinations for file output (including local and networked
volumes, and ftp).
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Section 8.4 A SSET M ANAGEMENT
The integrated Media Browser native to NewTek live production systems is a competent asset management
system, enabling to quickly locate and work with files related to your sessions, or external files. Of course,
more extensive media asset management systems provided by leading industry providers are also available
within the NewTek ecosystem, and may be directly supported by NewTek products.
To utilize your favorite (supported) third-party asset management systems, you need simply hold down the
keyboard Ctrl key when invoking a file browser. For example, double-clicking a blank spot in a DDR playlist
on TriCaster with Ctrl depressed will show your compatible custom asset management interface, rather than
TriCaster’s native Media Browser.
Hint: Alternatively, you can open a standard system file explorer, by holding down the Shift key rather than Ctrl
when adding files.
A list of known third-party solutions on offer at the time of writing, along with brief details, will follow (in
Developer Network). Asset management solutions can include outboard storage systems, so let’s talk about
this related matter.
Section 8.5 E XTERNAL S TORAGE
Generally, NewTek live productions systems provide substantial integrated storage for media used in your
productions, by means of internal and removable drives. Of course, many broadcast settings have still larger
requirements, making external storage solutions attractive. In addition, by virtue of their potential for great
capacity, fails-safe mechanisms, transfer speed, and shared access, external storage solutions can facilitate
file ingest, shared access, media updates, and more.
Large storage solutions come in many varieties, including SAN (Storage Area Network), NAS (Networked
Attached Storage) and others. Individual solutions may include dedicated MAM (Media Access Management)
implementations, or not.
In general, we recommend the use of the NTFS file system, not least because (unlike, for example, FAT32) it
properly handles files larger than four gigabytes, but also because it fully supports TriCaster and 3Play
features.
At times, though, you may prefer to employ another file system for media used for video capture or file
sharing. If so, note that it’s best if the actual “Session Volume” for TriCaster or 3Play is still NTFS-formatted.
Otherwise, links to media captured during the session that are automatically generated by the system may
fail, forcing you to expend extra effort to locate them.
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Appendices
APPENDIX A. DEVELOPER NETWORK
A.1 O VERVIEW
The NewTek Developer Network is an ongoing initiative, and a key cornerstone of our open platform
strategy.
The purpose of the NewTek Developer Network is to provide developers with the tools they need to create
applications and products that integrate with and augment the NewTek video products, particularly the
TriCaster™ or 3Play™ lineup. The program provides access to and support for various SDK/API components
prepared for diverse implementations.
A.2 S OFTWARE D EVELOPMENT K IT
Some existing level of programming expertise is required to use most of the components included in the
NewTek Software Development Kit. Each component is fully documented in this distribution, and may be
accompanied by Example and guidelines useful in creating applications or plug-ins to support and integrate
with NewTek products.
A.3 P ARTICIPATION
A partial listing of current Developer Network membership can be accessed at the URL below:
http://www.newtek.com/solutions/newtek-developer-network.html
To apply to participate in the NewTek Developer Network program, please send an email with your full
contact details to: videosdk@newtek.com.
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APPENDIX B. THIRD PARTY SOLUTIONS
B.1 O VERVIEW
Our development partners have prepared a wide array of powerful hardware and software solutions for use
with NewTek live production systems.
The information that follows is not exhaustive, and your system integrator of NewTek support channel is
always able to provide much more up to date and comprehensive information. Nevertheless, we wanted to
give you a little taste of what’s available.
Likely that you will find more than one product in the pages that follow that fills your particular workflow
and pipeline requirements, and perhaps others that inspire you with creative possibilities. Certainly those
offering solutions related to your needs will also doubtless be glad to both field questions and hear your
suggestions.
B.2 G RAPHICS
AND
C ONTENT
Just as 3Play and TriCaster can interact, sending both audio and video signals as well as control commands
between network connected systems and software, many third-party developers leverage various SDKs to
provide extensive communication and data exchange capabilities throughout the NewTek ecosystem.
Likewise, network tally can be supported in this manner.
Many products directly supporting AirSend™ respond to the commands detailed earlier in this chapter
(Section 7.1). Third-party developers are also able to define their custom commands for execution within
the NewTek Macro system (the documentation supplied with your third-party product details custom
commands of this type). Alternatively, some third-party products use other available methods of
communication with NewTek systems.
A brief introduction to solutions from some third-party providers belonging to the NewTek Development
Network available at the time of writing follows below. Generally the solutions mentioned in this section
provide graphics, animation and video transmission, supplemental external control, or a combination of
both.
B.2.1 AGF MULTIMEDIA
CharacterWorks is a character generator and motion graphics application based-on a state-of-the-art, realtime, multi-core, GPU-based, Full-HD, true 3D rendering engine, with smooth output over the network to
NewTek live production systems.
CharacterWorks supports playback of HD image sequences, dynamic text with embedded animations and
data from shared external sources in real-time, all in an affordable, integrated package. Supported sources
include Twitter, XML (including RSS) through XQuery, and external databases through ODBC/SQL (including
MySQL, Access, Excel).
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The Automation Editor allows you to schedule behaviors, including playback of CW graphics elements or
remote invocation of Tricaster functionality, at specified wall-clock times. CharacterWorks graphics can be
edited and triggered remotely from TriCaster, allowing a single operator to control both TriCaster and CW.
For further information, visit http://chrworks.com
B.2.2 BRAINSTORM MULTIMEDIA
Brainstorm’s AirSend implementation allows integration of a wide range of Brainstorm’s real-time 3D
graphics and CG products, including real-time 3D graphics and virtual set solutions, with NewTek live
production systems.
High quality, sophisticated content produced by Brainstorm Aston 3D graphics creation, CG and playout
application can be streamed live over an IP connection to NewTek live production systems for inclusion in
and to enhance program material.
Brainstorm’s Infinity Set product, with NewTek AirSend support planned, offers a revolutionary approach to
virtual set production, including TrackFree technology which allows combining tracked and trackless
techniques in the same camera.
For further information, visit http://brainstorm.es/products
B.2.3 FINGERWORKS TELESTRATORS
Telestration tools are extremely valuable for news, sports, and weather productions, and live presentations
of all sorts. FingerWorks™ telestration products provide foreground/background separation (place graphics
and animations under players), scalable animations, 3D tools, particle effects and more. FingerWorks 5 takes
advantage of the network video i/o capabilities of TriCaster or 3Play, simplifying connections and work flow.
For further information, visit http://telestrator.com
B.2.4 VIZRT
Integrated with NewTek live production systems, Vizrt's character generator Viz Trio provides easier control
of live video and graphics content in the control room, OB truck or stadium for use on-air or online.
Vizrt also offers packages integrating its IP-based graphics production tools with NewTek live video
production systems. Helping to create a smarter workflow for broadcasters, the package provides easier
control of live video and graphics content in the control room, OB truck or stadium for use on-air or online,
utilizing its IP-based Viz Engine and Viz Trio as part of an integrated studio production system. The IPstream is recognized automatically as a source for graphics overlay, in this single-box solution with animated
preview and bundled Viz Engine.
For further information, visit http://www.vizrt.com/products/viz_trio
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B.2.5 CASPARCG
CasparCG was developed by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (“SVT”), which is the license-fee funded
public service television broadcaster in Sweden. What started as an in-house tool quickly developed into
powerful open source software allowing graphics and video to be sent over the network NewTek live
production system for direct use in production.
CasparCG supports all standards and plays all common formats. It can play simultaneous layers of dynamic
graphics, videos and images in real-time for all broadcast, show, event and signage needs. Wide codec
support includes ProRes, DNxHD and DVCPROHD for both playback and rendering to disk.
For further information, visit http://www.casparcg.com
B.2.6 LIVEXPERT
LiveCG Broadcast from LiveXpert features static and animated graphics and logos, dynamic text, clock, date,
crawl, ticker and roll. It plays TGA, BMP, PNG, TIF, JPG, GIF sequences and FLASH animations, and supports
shadow, blur, motion blur, and edge smoothing, along with transitions: fade, move, and zoom. The page
composer provides multiple layers, and the system supports GPI on TCP/IP (Optional RS-232).
LiveCG Football is a professional graphics management application for NewTek production systems. It
provides complete management of live football productions, including scoring, timing, statistics, and
database. LiveCG Football runs from a remote computer connected to the network input of a NewTek live
production system.
For further information, visit http://www.3dstorm.com
B.2.7 MEDIA 5
CG5 NET IP® is a multilayer character generator providing a complete, high quality and versatile broadcast
graphics solution suitable for any production company.
This tool can supply real time titles and subtitles, including branding, logos, lower thirds, crawls, rolls, scaled
videos and much more. It supports unlimited layers with separate speed and fade in/out controls, multiple
3D animated logos display with separated controls, time and weather display, sports timers, multiple scrolls
and crawls with separate controls, and multiple video insertions (with alpha channels).
For further information, visit http://video5.tv/en/portfolio/cg5-net-hd/
B.2.8 GRAPHICS OUTFITTERS
Graphics Outfitters’ IVGA Connect product allows connection of any external HD-SDI source directly over the
network to NewTek live production systems. It utilizes the full available bandwidth to losslessly pass video
from the HD-SDI source (including key and fill) without tying up any video inputs.
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ScoreHD is the perfect solution for scorebug creation and playout with real-time rendering of transitions and
motion effects. Sport specific software provides operator ease of use with custom layouts, animation and
glow/blur effects.
SketchIVGA is a complete 1RU telestration system. Just feed your "clean-feed" HD-SDI program out feed into
the SketchIVGA input for background display on any supported Touchscreen monitor. Telestration key and
fill outputs presented to the NewTek system’s network inputs.
For further information, visit http://graphicsoutfitters.com
B.2.9 COMPIX
Compix Linx™ is a software-based, fully-featured character generator with quality perfected over 26 years
from 20,000 channels around the world. With no proprietary CG hardware to buy, users can produce
sophisticated on-screen graphics using a laptop or desktop PC. Compix Linx also offers channel branding
capabilities with automatically updating headline feeds, and the ability to broadcast social media
conversations from Twitter and Facebook. This graphics powerhouse includes over 260 transition effects,
unlimited true type fonts, image and animation import, spell checker, and multilingual support.
For further information, visit http://www.compixlinx.com
B.2.10 CHYRONHEGO
ChyronIP is a real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator specifically designed for NewTek
live production systems. Leveraging the company`s award-winning Lyric PRO graphics application,
ChyronIP provides producers with up to two full motion HD or SD channels of Chyron graphics (singlechannel standard, second channel optional) that stream directly over a network connection without tying up
video inputs.
For further information, visit http://chyronhego.com/broadcast-graphics/chyronip
B.2.11 CLASSX
With ClassX solutions for CG and graphics, TriCaster users are able to create their media playlist and
synchronize graphics and data with the ease of a modern and innovative user interface with ContentPlayout,
a new product add-on for the ClassX LiveBoard family. For sports, news, games, entertainment, social media
and more, ClassX products are affordable and completely integrated with NewTek products through the IP
network.
For further information, visit http://www.classx.it/en/broadcast-products.html
B.2.12 TOFERVISION
LT [Scoreboards] provides 14 new skins for NewTek live production systems with LiveText2 and greatly
simplifies the operation of scoreboard graphics for a large variety of sports productions.
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For further information, visit http://tofervision.com/software/ltscoreboards/
B.2.13 APRIL BROADCAST
Browse, select, buy and immediately get a link to download a premium virtual set (whether as a layered .psd
file for use with NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor™ application or as a LiveSet™ ready for immediate use (see
samples shipping with TriCaster). Custom-build services are also available.
For further information, visit http://aprilbroadcast.tv/tricaster
B.2.14 VIRTUALSETWORKS
Virtual sets for TriCaster expand your virtual set offerings and allow for editing and customization via
NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor™ or direct utilization within the switching environment.
For further information, visit http://www.virtualsetworks.com
B.2.15 VIRTUALSETS.COM
Custom virtual set designs provide users with a professional, highly realistic scenic environment.
VIRTUALSETS.COM designs fully custom virtual sets and re-brands existing designs for their clients.
For further information, visit http://virtualsets.com
B.2.16 FREEPLAY MUSIC
Freeplay plans to display its music search engine and automated license process right on the desktop for
NewTek TriCaster users, making production with great music simple and easy.
For further information, visit http://tricaster.freeplaymusic.com/
B.3 MAM & S TORAGE S OLUTIONS
What follows are brief details of some third-party solutions available at the time or writing from providers
belonging to the NewTek Development Network.
Note: Generally, the solutions discussed in the next section require a TriCaster 410, 460, 860 or 8000, or a
3Play 4800 or 440. See the provider’s websites for more detail.
B.3.1 VITEC
Proxsys PA TC Video Archiver is a powerful solution to manage and archive NewTek TriCaster sessions and
recordings. By supporting both network and removable disk file exchange, the solution provides online and
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LTO 5/6 tape management for universal workflows, integrated file preview generation, and cost effective
media archive.
The system employs an easy to use browser-based UI. Keeping the previews online allows the user to view
all content, while the Hi-Res files are stored on cost effective and reliable LTO media. The customized
metadata model, automated metadata import from TriCaster and the sophisticated search engine allow you
to manage large archives.
For further information, visit:
http://www.vitec.com/products/video-management/archiving-isr-fmv-nle/product/show/PA-105060
B.3.2 STUDIO NETWORK SOLUTIONS (SNS)
When using the EVO Shared Storage System, users of NewTek live production systems can capture up to 8
camera ISOs directly to the EVO storage server, while playing back content such as stills, clips, and audio
from EVO without limiting other network sources.
For further information, visit http://www.studionetworksolutions.com
B.3.3 EDITSHARE®
EditShare® shared storage solutions provide NewTek live production systems with a well-integrated live
production and shared storage platform offering extensive media asset management and archiving
capabilities.
EditShare’s powerful Flow media asset management layer controls NewTek content from capture to postevent production, and back to playout. Coupled with EditShare Ark, Flow provides total control over
‘nearline’ and offline backup and archiving to spinning disks and/or LTO tapes.
For further information, visit http://editshare.com/products/storage-options
B.3.4 PROMAX SYSTEMS
NewTek live production systems can record up to 8 streams of HD (16 streams from multiple systems) to
the Platform Shared Storage System, extending total recording time and flexibility. This integration allows
you to store between 32TB - 256TB of content and simultaneously play back content stored on the server
giving you access to an unlimited library of content.
For further information, visit http://www.promax.com/s-273-platform-technology-partners.aspx?#Newtek
B.3.5 AXLE VIDEO
axle 2014, the latest edition of axle's award-winning media management software., works with almost any
type of storage and folder structure. axle 2014 automatically takes care of discovering your media. Just point
it at your existing file system and it indexes your files. As new files are added or removed, axle updates its
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database in real time. It also automatically creates low-bandwidth proxies you can access from any web
browser, imports metadata from your media, and lets you add your own custom metadata as well.
Using a simple browser interface, it's easy to search, comment, mark, approve, and annotate your assets from
any location. There's no need to move your media files or change your system setup. Your storage can be a
SAN, a NAS or just a local RAID, and can be running in a Mac, Windows or Linux environment. (For optimal
performance, it is recommended that axle runs on a dedicated Mac Mini.) Export media, with marking and
comments, directly into Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Avid Media Composer (Pro
configuration).
For further information, visit http://axlevideo.com
B.3.6 SQUARE BOX SYSTEMS
CatDV, from Square Box Systems, is a powerful asset manager that runs directly on NewTek live production
systems. By holding down the Ctrl key when opening the Media Browser, operators can search the CatDV
database and bring assets into the the system for play out etc. (The CatDV plug-in for NewTek systems is
available as a free of charge update for those with CatDV Web licensees).
For further information, visit http://www.squarebox.com
B.4 A UTOMATION
B.4.1 NEWSMAKER SYSTEMS
NewsMaker Systems uses the MOS protocol to provide seamless integration between the TriCaster and
Broadcast Newsroom Computer System rundowns. Whole shows are uploaded and changes dynamically
made in real-time, relieving the TriCaster operator from the task of managing the show's media material.
For further information, visit http://newsmakersystems.com/products/LANLINK AB
B.4.2 RUNDOWN CREATOR
Rundown Creator is a web application for TV, radio, and internet broadcasters who need an easy way to
collaboratively create rundowns for their shows, script them out, and time them. With its TriCaster
integration, now you can insert titles, graphics, audio clips, and video clips into your scripts in Rundown
Creator, and play them out on your TriCaster using Rundown Creator's new TriCaster Playout Controller.
For further information, visit http://rundowncreator.com
B.4.3 AP ENPS
AP ENPS integrates with TriCaster via the NewsMaker MOS gateway, for publishing content to broadcast and
digital media platforms.
For further information, visit http://enps.com
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B.4.4 YOUNGMONKEY
This developer offers a wide range of products to enhance just about every NewTek system, and to better
integrate them with third party products. The Master Control system can streamline workflow, providing
superb functionality and ease of use for operators.
For further information, visit http://www.youngmonkey.ca
B.5 H ARDWARE C ONTROLLERS
B.5.1 LANLINK
Lanlink SHOUT connects easily to NewTek systems using a USB port, and provides sequential macro playback
to help you automate your show. Their MIDIout plugin lets operators connect and control outboard
equipment with MIDI support using macros executed from NewTek systems. (Lanlink also offers a tally
solution.)
For further information, visit http://lanlink.tv
B.5.2 X-KEYS
X-keys clearly labeled, dedicated keys can streamline your workflow. Any key can be programmed to trigger
any command and keys can be organized in logical groupings to fit your workflow.
For further information, visit http://piengineering.com/xkeys.php
B.5.3 LIVEXPERT
LiveMixer from LiveXpert is a versatile application that provides remote control over the audio mixer of
TriCaster Professional series systems. LiveMixer supports the affordable Berhinger BCF2000 and the
professional Yamaha 01V96i audio consoles.
For further information, visit http://www.3dstorm.com
B.5.4 AVID
Avid Artist Mix provides tactile control over TriCaster’s native internal audio mixer, providing hands-on
control and precision. Solo, mute, pan, and balance audio sources directly from this hardware control
surface, complete with motorized faders.
For further information, visit http://www.avid.com/US/products/artist-mix
B.5.5 TELEMETRICS
Telemetrics Inc. is a leading developer of high-end camera robotics systems, and provides solutions with
tight integration with NewTek live production systems.
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For further information, visit http://www.telemetricsinc.com
B.5.6 IDCROMVIDEO
MidiDoll provides control over TriCaster’s audio from a third-party control surface or a network connected
PC.
For further information, visit http://ultimatetv.es/Idioma/html/MidiDoll.html
B.5.7 TALLY LIGHTS
TALLY-LIGHTS
TALLY-LIGHTS provides wired or wireless connectivity of up to eight cameras through TriCaster USB or tally
light ports without taking up a camera input. For further information, visit http://tally-lights.com
B.5.8 METASETZ
metaSETZ
metaSETZ is a world-wide leader in tally light systems for the NewTek TriCaster and Livestream Studio. For
further information, visit http://www.metasetz.com/
B.6 I NGEST
AND
C ONNECTIVITY
B.6.1 AJA
AJA’s KUMO compact SDI routers are available in three configurations offering 32 SDI inputs and outputs, 16
inputs and outputs, or 16 inputs and 4 outputs. The super-compact 1RU and 2RU formats are a perfect fit for
any broadcast, production, or post production environment, from mobile sports trucks and edit suites,
through to corporate video installations or live theatrical A/V rigs.
For further information, visit http://www.aja.com
B.6.2 UTAH SCIENTIFIC
The UTAH-100/UDS combines the flexibility of a multi-rate digital routing switcher with the economy of a
simple distribution amplifier. This modular system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, and
interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports.
For further information, visit http://utahscientific.com/products/utah100uds.php
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B.6.3 ENSEMBLE DESIGNS
The BrightEye NXT Router from Ensemble Designs directly supports control by NewTek live production
systems with native video router support. It also lets you flexibly configure BNC connectors as inputs or
outputs, allowing you to maximize the configuration for your production. BrightEye NXT ’s built-in clean
switches let you use cameras and other sources that don’t have a reference. Various models support diverse
connections simultaneously, including HDMI, SDI and fiber optic support, along with many other benefits.
For further information, visit http://www.ensembledesigns.com
B.6.4 DAKTRONICS
TriCaster live production systems, along with NewTek’s LiveText CG application and Daktronics scoreboards
enable schools to offer an arena sports experience with limited budgets.
For further information, visit http://www.daktronics.com
B.6.5 GNURAL NET, INC.
Integrate up to four Skype™-connected guests in your productions with Gnuron, an HD-SDI based appliance
running a sophisticated application built on the native-Skype API, with a feature set and interface optimized
for live production environments.
For further information, visit http://www.gnuralnet.com
B.6.6 TERADEK
Wirelessly import live HD video feeds directly into TriCaster from locally connected Teradek Cube encoders
or remote bonded cellular devices.
For further information, visit http://teradek.com/pages/cube
B.6.7 MUSHROOM NETWORKS
Mushroom Networks’ Webcaster can utilize the 3G/4G bonding appliance Streamer to supply Internet
connectivity for high quality and reliable TriCaster streaming.
For further information, visit:
https://www.mushroomnetworks.com/forms/StreamerandTricaster/0,1,1000,1200
B.6.8 WOWZA MEDIA SYSTEMS
Wowza Streaming Engine is robust, customizable, and scalable server software that powers reliable
streaming of high-quality video to any device, anywhere. It easily integrates with NewTek's TriCaster to
maximize audience's viewing experiences.
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For further information, visit http://www.wowza.com/products/streaming-engine
B.6.9 LIVEU
LiveU Link is a software-based solution which allows seamless integration between LiveU’s portable uplink
units and the TriCaster multi-camera live production system, providing an effortless way to stream live
content.
For further information, visit http://liveu.tv/LU70.html
B.6.10 STREAMING MEDIA HOSTING
The SMH Media Platform lets you easily connect, configure and control your TriCaster from any remote
location. Streamlined workflow allows for seamless recording, editing, transcoding, and streaming live all
from the Cloud to a global audience.
For further information, visit http://streamingmediahosting.com/tools
B.6.11 TELESTREAM
Telestream Wirecast 5 allows you to live stream to multiple platforms or your own streaming servers directly
from TriCaster. With Wirecast's pre-configured destinations, it's easy to stream to YouTube Live, Ustream,
and many others in just a few clicks.
For further information, visit http://www.telestream.net/#stream
B.6.12 USTREAM
Easier-than-ever HD streaming to Ustream from the TriCaster, no server or encoder configuration required:
Login to Ustream and stream with the click of a button directly from TriCaster.
For further information, visit http://www.ustream.tv
B.6.13 HAIVISION
Haivision offers HyperStream Live, a pay-per-use live cloud transcoding software as a service (SaaS),
enabling simplified, adaptive delivery of your source video content to set-top boxes, desktops and mobile
devices over the Internet. Using the NewTek TriCaster's native encoding, simply connect to your
HyperStream Live account and optimized publishing presets are automatically downloaded to your system.
When the publishing preset has been loaded and the HyperStream Live transcoder has been started, the
TriCaster operator initiates streaming by simply clicking the Stream button in the TriCaster’s live production
Dashboard.
For further information, visit http://www.haivision.com
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APPENDIX C. TRICASTER COMMANDS
Most simple shortcuts require prefixes, which are prepended to the shortcut string and identify its target.
Shortcuts may or may not take one or more values. Basic *syntax for a simple shortcut is as follows:
Prefix_shortcut (value).
For example, the “_auto” shortcut requires no value. A prefix (such as “main”) tells the shortcut where to
apply the related command. Thus the simple shortcut below performs an auto (transition) on TriCaster’s
main Switcher.
main_auto
*In use, a shortcut would be formatted as <shortcut name=”main_auto”/>
The shortcut below illustrates how a value is supplied. “v1” is the prefix that targets M/E 1. The value “0”
identifies the first video input. Thus this shortcut will typically select Camera 1 on the A row of M/E 1.
<shortcut name=”v1_a_row” value=”0”/>
Supported prefixes for related groups of shortcuts are listed in tables in the individual sub-headings that
follow.
C.1 S WITCHER AND M/E
The shortcuts described in this section control settings and operations affecting TriCaster’s main Switcher
and M/Es. Shortcut details are grouped in sub-sections as follows:
A. Background Layers – Configuration and operations involving Program and Preview, or A, B, C D
rows
B. Transitions – Effect selection, timing, T-Bar control, etc.
C. Overlays – Configuration and operations involving Key or DSK layers
C.1.1 BACKGROUND LAYERS
Shortcut Prefixes
main, main
virtualinputs
v1-v8
Description
With a or b suffix, selects main switcher program or
preview row
All delegated M/Es
M/E specified by number
TABLE 2
Generally, the prefixes described in Table 2 above are valid targets for shortcuts listed in this section. Certain
shortcuts may not support every prefix, however. For example, a shortcut whose purpose is to select the
source for “Row c” in an M/E will fail with the “main” prefix (the “a” and “b” row alternatives would work).
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_a_row(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects Program or A row source (Value). Valid values start at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_a_row
0
_b_row(int) [state: (int)]
Description: Selects Preview or B row source (Value). Valid values start at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_b_row
6
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_c_row(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects the C row source (Value). Valid values start at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_c_row
2
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_d_row(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects the D row source (Value). Valid values start at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_d_row
2
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_b_row_named_input(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects the Preview or B row source by its internal name (e.g., input1, input2,… ddr, ddr2, stills,
etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_b_row_named_input
ddr2
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_a_row_named_input(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects the Program or A row source by its internal name (e.g., input1, input2,… ddr, ddr2, stills,
etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
main_a_row_named_input
ddr2
_c_row_named_input(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects the C row source by its internal name (e.g., input1, input2,… ddr, ddr2, stills, etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_c_row_named_input
input2
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_d_row_named_input(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects the C row source by its internal name (e.g., input1, input2,… ddr, ddr2, stills, etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
V1_d_row_named_input
input1
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_adjust_zoom(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Adjusts the current Animated Zoom duration by the Value supplied (in seconds).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
V1_adjust_zoom
5
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_toggle_animate_zoom(void)
Description: Toggles the LiveSet animation effect between an animated zoom or a cut.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
v1_toggle_animate_zoom
_select_zoom_preset(int)
Description: Selects a zoom preset using the supplied Value (from 0-7).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_ select_zoom_preset
5
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_zoom_speed_value(double)
Description: Sets the LiveSet zoom speed and performs a zoom. Valid values range from -1.0 to 1.0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_zoom_speed_value
1.0
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
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_panx_speed_value(double)
Description: Sets the LiveSet x-axis pan speed and performs a pan. Valid values range from -1.0 to 1.0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_panx_speed_value
1.0
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_pany_speed_value(double)
Description: Sets the LiveSet x-axis pan speed and performs a pan. Valid values range from -1.0 to 1.0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_pany_speed_value
1.0
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_set_zoom_duration(double)
Description: Sets zoom duration to the value supplied (between 0.0 and 120.0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_set_zoom_duration
120
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_set_mix_effect_comp_preset_index(int)
Description: Set preset by index for new composite preset combo in mix effect control. Index starts at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_set_mix_effect_comp_preset_index
4
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_set_mix_effect_comp_preset_file(index int, filename string)
Description: Choose a file for a slot in new composite preset combo in mix effect control. Index for presets
starts at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_set_mix_effect_comp_preset_fi
le
Key 0
index
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
3
filenam
e
C:\TriCaster\Effects\LiveSets\C
orner Talk\Basic\Right.LiveSet
_select_preset(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects a Switcher or M/E preset (a.k.a. ‘MEM slot’) specified by the value (0-5).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
v1_select_preset
1
_copy_preset(int)
Description: Copies a Switcher or M/E preset (a.k.a. ‘MEM slot’) specified by the value (0-5).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_copy_preset
1
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
_paste_preset(int)
Description: Pastes a copied preset into the slot specified by value (0-5); the target must be the original
M/E.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
V2_paste_preset
3
_delete_preset(int)
Description: Deletes the preset specified by value in the target/prefix. For a full listing of valid prefixes see
Table 5.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_delete_preset
2
_set_liveset(string)
Description: Load a preset into the target from a path supplied as value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_set_liveset
C:\TriCaster\
_select_dockpreset(int)
Description: Select preset at index value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_select_dockpreset
2
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C.1.2 COMPBINS
_load_compbin(int)
Description: Select compbin by index (value).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_load_compbin
3
_save_to_compbin(int)
Description: Save/update to a compbin slot at a specified index (value). Numbering starts at 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_save_to_compbin
3
_delete_compbin(int)
Description: Delete a slot in the compbin by its index (value). Numbering starts at 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_delete_compbin
3
_rename_compbin(index int, alias string)
Description: Rename compbin at index (value).
 index – Numbering starts at 1.
 alias – The name you want to apply to the slot (index) in the compbin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_rename_compbin
_open_compbin(void)
Description: Open compbin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
v1_open_compbin
_close_compbin(void)
Description: Select compbin.
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Value
Key
Value
Key
Value
index
1
alias
NamethisTile
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_close_compbin
C.1.3 MEM PRESETS
_load_from_emem(int)
Description: Select memPreset from index {value}. Index value starts at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_load_from_emem
4
_save_to_emem(int)
Description: Save memPreset from index {value}. Index value starts at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_load_from_emem
3
_clear_emem(int)
Description: Delete memPreset from index {value}. Index value starts at 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_load_from_emem
8
C.1.4 TRANSITIONS
The shortcuts described in this section control settings and operations affecting transitions in TriCaster’s
main Switcher and M/Es. Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 3.
Transition Shortcuts
Description
main
All main switcher delegates
virtualinputs
Delegated layers for delegated M/Es
v1, v2, v3…
M/E specified by number
main_background
Main switcher background layer
virtualinputs_background
Background layer for delegated M/Es
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v1_background, v2_background…
Background layer for ME specified by
number
main_dsk1, main_dsk2, main_dsk3, Main switcher DSK specified by number
main_dsk4
virtualinputs_dsk1,
Key layer specified by number for delegated
virtualinputs_dsk2,
M/Es
virtualinputs_dsk3,
virtualinputs_dsk4
v1_dsk1, v2_dsk1, v3_dsk1…
Key 1 for M/E specified by number
v1_dsk2, v2_dsk2, v3_dsk2…
Key 2 for M/E specified by number
v1_dsk3, v2_dsk3, v3_dsk3…
Key 3 for M/E specified by number
v1_dsk4, v2_dsk4, v3_dsk4…
Key 4 for ME specified by number
main_ftb
virtualinputs_ftb
v1_ftb, v2_ftb, v3_ftb…
Main switcher, Fade to Black
Fade to Black for delegated M/Es
Fade to Black for M/E specified by number
TABLE 3
_auto(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Autos between the Program/Preview or A/B rows (optional “bool” controls the “Auto” button
light.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_auto
_preview_auto(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Performs a preview Auto.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_preview_auto
_reversed_auto(void)
Description: Performs a reverse Auto, moving T-bar to the top (compare _goto_top, which jumps to the top).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
main_reversed_auto
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Value
_take(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Triggers a Take (optional “bool” value controls the “Take” button light.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_take
_up(void)
Description: Increments the T-bar position by 1%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_up
_down(void)
Description: Decrements the T-bar position by 1%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_down
_up_fast(void)
Description: Increments the T-bar position by 5%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_up_fast
_down_fast(void)
Description: Decrements the T-bar position by 5%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_down_fast
_goto_halfway(void)
Description: Moves the T-bar to its halfway point.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_goto_halfway
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_goto_top(void)
Description: Jumps the T-bar to the top (compare to _reversed_auto).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_dsk2_goto_top
_goto_bottom(void)
Description: Move the transition T-bar to the bottom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_dsk1_goto_bottom
_value(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set the target T-bar to the position specified by the Value. Range values from 0 to 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_value
0.5
_toggle_reverse(bool)
Description: Toggles reverse mode of transition (optional “bool” sets a specific state).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_toggle_reverse
_toggle_autoreverse(bool)
Description: Toggles “ping/pong” mode of transition (optional “bool” sets a specific state).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_toggle_autoreverse
_select_index(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects a transition from the Transition Bin slot specified by Value (beginning at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
main_toggle_autoreverse
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Value
_select_next(void)
Description: Selects the next transition in the target Transition Bin (does not loop after the last item).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk1_select_next
_select_prev(void)
Description: Select the previous in transition in the target Transition Bin (does not loop past the first item).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_select_prev
_select_fade(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Selects Fade as the active transition.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_select_fade
_slow(void)
Description: Sets S(low) duration for the current transition or zoom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_slow
_medium(void)
Description: Sets M(edium) duration for the current transition or zoom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_medium
_fast(void)
Description: Sets F(ast) duration for the current transition or zoom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_fast
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_speed_next_preset(void)
Description: Cycles through the transition duration presets (Slow, Medium, and Fast).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_speed_next_preset
_adjust_speed(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Raises or lowers the transition duration setting by the Value entered (in seconds).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_adjust_speed
-0.5
_speed(double)[state: double]
Description: Sets the duration of a transition to the specified value (in seconds).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_speed
1.5
_tbar_speed(double)
Description: Start an Auto using the transition speed specified by Value (in seconds), or update the speed
of an Auto already in progress.
Examples:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_tbar_speed
1.5
_switch_transition(int)
Description: Selects a new transition in the bin based on a positive or negative offset Value from the current
slot.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_switch_transition
-2
_set_transition(string)
Description: Load a transition into the active slot from a path supplied as Value (delegate-based prefixes,
such as “main”, are not supported).
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk1_set_transition
D:\Path\To\Transition
Key 0
Value 0
_select_saved_nonfade_transition(void)
Description: Selects the last ‘non-Fade’ transition previously used for the designated target.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
main_select_saved_nonfade_transition
C.1.5 OVERLAYS
The shortcuts described in this section control settings and operations affecting overlays (DSK and Key
layers) in TriCaster’s main Switcher and M/Es.
Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are the same as those for the prior section (Table 3).
_select(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Sets the DSK/Key source to the menu selection defined by index Value (starts at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_select
20
Key 0
Value 0
_select_named_input(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the DSK source using internal switcher names as Value (e.g., input1, input2, etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk1_select_named_input
Ddr2
Key 0
Value 0
_switch_source(int)
Description: Selects a new source based on a positive or negative offset Value from the current source
(wraps around when the first or last item is reached).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_dsk2_switch_source
-3
Key 0
Value 0
C.1.6 MEDIA PLAYERS
The shortcuts described in this section control settings and operations affecting TriCaster’s various Media
Players, such as DDR 1, DDR 2, GFX 1, and so on. Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 4.
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Media Player Shortcuts
Prefix
ddr, ddr2
stills
titles
sound
focusedddr
Details
First and second DDR (media player)
GFX 1 (media player)
GFX2 (media player)
Sound (media player)
Use the DDR that currently has focus.
TABLE 4
The prefixes listed in Table 3 above are valid targets for shortcuts listed in this section.
_playspeed(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Set the playback speed to Value, which represents a percentage (from 25-400) of normal
speed.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_playspeed
75
Key 0
Value 0
_play(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Play the current playlist item (if the player is not already playing).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
ddr2_play
_play_toggle(void)
Description: Toggle playback state (playing or stopped).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
sound_play_toggle
_stop(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Stop playback.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
ddr_stop
_back(void)
Description: Select the previous item in the playlist, moving the playhead to its ‘in point’ (does not wrap
around past first item).
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
ddr2_back
_forward(void)
Description: Select the next playlist item, moving the playhead to its ‘in point’ (does not wrap around).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
ddr2_forward
_add_clips(string)
Description: Adds media files whose paths are defined in Value to the playlist; Value can define one file or
multiple files separated by | (pipe symbol).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
ddr_add_clips
D:\show\intro.avi|D:\show\middle.avi
_play_file(void)[path: (string)][index: (int)][tag: (string)]
Description: Plays item at the Path or with the Tag specified. The optional Index value controls which item
plays when more than one identical item exists in the playlist (e.g., index="1" plays the 2nd clip; note that “1” always plays the last item). The item will be added to the playlist from disk if necessary.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_play_file
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
path
D:\show\MyClip.avi
Index
-1
_select_file(path string, index int, tag string)
Description: Selects item at the Path or with the Tag specified. The Index value controls which item is
selected when more than one identical item exists in the playlist (e.g., index="1" plays the 2nd clip; note that
“-1” always selects the last item). The item will be added to the playlist from disk if necessary.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
ddr2_play_file
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Path
D:\show\MyClip.avi
Index
0
_move_playhead_to_clip(int)
Description: Moves the playhead to in point of an item at the playlist index (starts at 0) position supplied as
Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
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ddr2_move_playhead_to_clip
3
_select_clip(int)
Description: Selects a playlist item represented by Value (indexing begins at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_select_clip
8
_select_clips(string)
Description: Selects multiple playlist items where Value supplies playlist indices formatted as n1|n2|n3,
etc. (indexing begins at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_select_clips
8|9|11
_select_clips_by_tag(string)
Description: Selects one or more clips having the specified tag(s). Separate multiple tags using the pipe
symbol (|).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_select_clips_by _tag
Intro|Kiki1|RexTitle
_set_fade_transition_to_currently_selected_clips (void)
Description: Sets fade transition to all selected clips in the Media Player identified by the prefix.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1__set_fade_transition_to_currently_selected_clips
_select_preset(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Selects a preset specified by Value (starts at 0)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_select_preset
3
_copy_preset(int)
Description: Copies a preset specified by Value (starts at 0).
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_copy_preset
2
_paste_preset(int)
Description: Pastes a previously copied preset into the preset slot specified by Value (starts at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_paste_preset
5
_delete_preset(int)
Description: Deletes the preset specified by Value (starts at 0); leaves the first preset selected.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_delete_preset
2
_remove_currently_selected_clips(void)
Description: Removes selected clips from the playlist.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_ remove_currently_selected_clips
2
_relative_time(double)
Description: Scrubs the playhead from the current position by the Value supplied (in seconds). If the Media
Player is in list playback mode, the playhead can move into the neighboring clip as required.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_ relative_time
4.0
_relative_frame(int)
Description: Scrubs the playhead from the current position by the Value supplied (in frames). If the Media
Player is in list playback mode, the playhead can move into the neighboring clip as required.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_ relative_frame
20
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_single_mode_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles single mode on or off; supply a Boolean Value to explicitly specify the result.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_single_mode_toggle
_loop_mode_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggle loop mode on or off; supply a Boolean Value to explicitly specify the result.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_loop_mode_toggle
_autoplay_mode_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggle autoplay mode on or off; supply a Boolean Value to explicitly specify the result.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_autoplay_mode_toggle
true
_next_preset(void)
Description: Selects the next preset for the Switcher, M/E or Media player designated by the prefix.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_next_preset
_previous_preset(void)
Description: Selects the previous preset for the Switcher, M/E or Media player designated by the prefix.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_previous_preset
_shuttle(int)
Description: Shuttle at speed Value specified as a percentage (from -1600 through 1600; 0 stops shuttling)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_shuttle
150
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_scrub_to_time_from_beginning(double)
Description: Jumps the playhead by the Value specified (in seconds) from the item’s In point (negative
values jump back in time).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_scrub_to_time_from_beginning
-3.0
_scrub_to_time_from_end(double)
Description: Jumps the playhead by the Value specified (in seconds) from the item’s Out point (positive
values jump back in time).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_scrub_to_time_from_end
5.0
_set_duration(double)
Description: Applies the duration supplied as Value to every selected playlist item.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_set_duration
5
Key 0
Value 0
_mark_in(double)
Description: Sets the In point to the time supplied as Value (with no Value supplied, updates the In point
to the current playhead position).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_mark_in
5.0
_mark_out(double)
Description: Sets the Out point to the time supplied as Value (with no Value supplied, updates the Out
point to the current playhead position).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_mark_out
5.0
_split(void)
Description: Splits the selected clip into two clips, dividing them at the playhead position (does not create a
new file on disk).
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_split
_mark_in_reset(void)
Description: For the selected clip in the targeted Media Player, this shortcut will set the “In” point to 0. For
a full listing of valid Prefixes see Table 3.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mark_in_reset
_mark_out_reset(void)
Description: For the selected clip in the targeted Media Player this shortcut will set the “Out” point to the
end of the clip. For a full listing of valid Prefixes see Table 3.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mark_out_reset
_mark_in_out_clear(void)
Description: Clears the In and Out points for the selected playlist item
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_mark_in_out_clear
_copy_selected(void)
Description: Copy the selected playlist item into memory.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_copy_selected
_paste_selected(int)
Description: Paste item(s) in memory into a playlist. Specify insertion point using an index Value (-1 pastes
at the start; -2 pastes at the end; null entry uses the current position).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_paste_selected
-1
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_set_audio_level(clip_index int, clip_tag string, level double)
Description: Sets the volume level of a clip in the playlist designated by clip_index or clip_tag. The level
value is in decibels.
Example:
_send_to_framebuffer(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, buffer_number int)
Description: Send a file to a specified framebuffer using either its playlist index (starts at 0) or clip tag.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_send_to_framebuffer
Key 0
Value
0
Key 1
Value
1
playlist_index
2
buffer_number
3
_set_clip_tag(clip_index int, clip_tag string)
Description: Assigns a custom “tag” (_tag_string value) to identify a playlist item specified by the clip_index
value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_set_clip_tag
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
clip_index
3
clip_tag
MyTag
_set_clip_alias(clip_index int, alias string)
Description: Set the display name (alias) of an item specified by its playlist index value (starts at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_set_clip_alias
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
clip_index
1
clip_alias
Bob
_set_clip_comment(clip_index int, comment string)
Description: Sets the comment for a playlist item specified by clip_index (starts at 0)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
ddr2_set_clip_comment
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
clip_index
1
comment
Great shot!
_set_currentframe_as_thumbnail
Description: Sets the current frame of the selected clip it as the thumbnail.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
ddr2_set_currentframe_as_thumbnail
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_add_to_playlist(filename string, current bool, playlists string, chop int, select
bool, clip_tag string, comment string, index int, recording bool, recorder_index
int)
Description: Adds a media file to one or more playlists in the targeted Media Player. Another instance of the
item is added each time the shortcut is invoked. Key explanations follow below:










filename – specify the full path of the file to be added
current – adds to an item to the current playlist (which can be in addition to a list provided by the
playlists key value). Takes a Boolean (true or false) value.
playlists – allows for multiple playlists to be defined as targets for the file. The list is formatted as
comma separated numbers (e.g., 1,3,5,9,12)
chop – optional; uses the supplied Value as seconds to chop the In point of the added clip.
select – optional; useful for DDRs with a playlist that is currently selected. This parameter defaults
to true; a false value prevents the selection and play head change that normally follows adding
items to a Media Player
clip_tag – optional; tags the clip with the supplied string value.
comment – defines the Comment metadata for the item added to the playlist
index – position where the item is added; If index is negative, missing, or out of bounds, insertion
occurs at the end of the playlist
recording – clip is being actively recorded
recorder_index – the recorder module index that is capturing this clip
Example:
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_add_to_playlist
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
filename
D:\myclip.avi
current
true
playlists
0,3,11
_remove_from_playlist(playlists string, index int)
Description: Removes one or more items from playlists in the targeted Media Player.
 Playlists – indexed starting at 0, with additional values separated by a comma.
 Index – note that a negative value removes the last clip. Positive values designate which files to
remove. Values greater than the list size it will be ignored.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_remove_from_playlist
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
playlists
1,3,5
index
2
_add_to_playlist_finished(filename string)
Description: Finalizes adding to DDR from recorder and does the clean up.
Example:
Shortcut
ddr2_add_to_playlist_finished
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Value
Key 0
Value 0
filename
F:\Clip\cat.mov
Key 1
_publish_selected_clips
Description: Sends any selected clips to the Publish queue.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_publish_selected_clips
_select_angle_index(int)
Description: Selects a matching clip from a different IsoCorder recorder source by recorder index (starts at
0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_select_angle_index
2
_select_angle_index_delta(int)
Description: Selects a matching clip from another IsoCorder recorder identified by an offset value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_select_angle_index_delta
1
_show_on_switcher(void)
Description: Start or ends a Media Player “Show On” operation, depending on the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_ show_on_switcher
_set_show_on_switcher_index(int)
Description: Selects the M/E or Switcher target for the Show On operation by index (the main Switcher is
index 0, etc.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_set_show_on_switcher_index
0
_set_show_on_switcher_in_transition_type(int)
Description: Sets the transition type for the Show On feature. Value is specified as 0 for background, 1 for
cut, 2 for custom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
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ddr1_ set_show_on_switcher_in_transition_type
2
_set_ show_on_switcher_in_transition_index(int)
Description: Sets the custom in transition index for the Show On feature. Value is 0-8 index of the transition
in popup transition bin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_ set_show_on_switcher_in_transition_index
2
_set_ show_on_switcher_out_transition_type(int)
Description: Sets the out transition type for the Show On feature. Value is specified as 0 for background, 1
for cut, 2 for custom.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_ set_ show_on_switcher_out_transition_type
2
_set_ show_on_switcher_out_transition_index(int)
Description: Sets the custom out transition index for the Show On feature. Value is 0-8 index of the
transition in popup transition bin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_show_on_switcher_transition_index
3
request_filebrowser_update(void)
Description: description needed
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Request_filebrowser_update
C.2 I NPUTS
The shortcuts described in this section refer to the inputs available in TriCaster’s main Switcher and M/Es
rows, allowing you to modify their names, provide them with descriptive comments, or to control their
respective LiveMatte and Proc Amp features.
Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 5.
Shortcut Prefixes
input 1 to input 8
net
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Description
The specified input
Net 1
net 2
ddr
ddr2
stills
Titles
v1 – v8
bfr1 to bfr15
Net 2
DDR 1
DDR 2
GFX 1
GFX 2
M/E 1 to M/E 8, as specified
The Buffer slot identified by the specified number
TABLE 5
Generally, the prefixes described in Table 2 above are valid targets for shortcuts listed in this section. Certain
models may not support every prefix, however. For example, a shortcut whose purpose is to select the source
for Input 8 will fail with on a TriCaster 460, which has just four inputs.
_long_name(string)[state_type(string)]
Description: The Value supplied provides the text for the Video field of the target. The state_type returns
the previous value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_long_name
Zeppelin
Cam
_short_name(string)[state_type(string)]
Description: The Value supplied provides the text for the Switcher Button field of the target.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_short_name
Z Cam
_audio_name(string)[state_type(string)]
Description: The Value supplied provides the text for the Audio name for the target.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_audio_name
Zeppelin
Cam
_comment(string)[state_type(string)]
Description: The Value supplied provides the Comment entry field for the target.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_comment
The view from above!
Key 0
Value 0
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_toggle_livematte(bool)
Description: Toggles the state of the LiveMatte feature for the target. Use a Boolean value Value (“0” or “1”,
“true” or “false”) to set a specific state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_toggle_livematte
1
_toggle_procamp(bool)
Description: Toggles the state of the Proc Amp feature for the target. Use a Boolean value Value (“0” or “1”,
“true” or “false”) to set a specific state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input3_toggle_procamp
false
C.2.1 INPUT SETTINGS
Most input specific parameters can be directly controlled, as discussed in this section.
[ INPUT ][ SUFFIX ] ( AS SPECIFIED )
Description: For the specified input, enables, disables, or sets the parameter identified by the suffix
according to the Value supplied.


targets:
o input1
o input2
o (etc.)
o net
o net2
o ddr1
o ddr2
o gfx1
o gfx2
o bfr1
o bfr2
o (etc.)
o v1
o v2
o (etc.)
Suffix
o _procamp_is_enabled(bool)
o _brightness(float)
o _hue(float)
o _contrast(float)
o _saturation(float)
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o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
_red(float)
_green(float)
_blue(float)
_roffset(float)
_goffset(float)
_boffset(float)
_rgain(float)
_ggain(float)
_bgain(float)
_uoffset(float)
_voffset(float)
_matte_is_enabled(bool)
_mattecolor_red(float)(bool)
_mattecolor_green(float(bool))
_mattecolor_blue(float)
_is_lumakey(bool)
_tolerance_c(float)
_smoothness(float)
_tolerance_y(float)
_spill_tolerance(float)
_spill_smoothness(float)
o
(from




o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
_crop_enabled(bool)
_crop_left(float)
_crop_right(float)
_crop_top(float)
_crop_bottom(float)
_crop_feathering(float)
_crop_smooth_horizontal(float)
_crop_smooth_vertical(float)
_0_ to _7_)
_0_hotspot_is_enabled(bool)
_0_hotspot_y(float)
_0_hotspot_x(float)
_0_hotspot_size(float)
Examples:
Delay
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr1_matte_is_enabled
true
Shortcut
Value
ddr1__crop_left
.25
C.3 T ITLES
The shortcuts described in this section control settings and operations affecting TriCaster’s various Media
Players as well as Buffer content. Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 6.
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Title Template Related Shortcuts
Prefix
ddr, ddr2
stills
titles
bfr1, bfr2,bfr3…
Details
First and second DDR (media player)
GFX 1 (media player)
GFX2 (media player)
Buffer specified by number
TABLE 6
_title_begin_edit(playlist_index int, clip_tag string)
Description: Initiates a batch of edits to a single Title Page. This command requires a matching
“_title_end_edit” shortcut, and cannot be nested (it will abort if attempted). Use one (only) of the following to
identify the target Title page:


Playlist_index – Specifies the Title Page to edit by its index in the playlist (starts at 0).
Clip_tag – Specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
gfx2_title_begin_edit
Key 0
Value 0
playlist_index
7
_title_end_edit(void)
Description: Ends a batch edit, writes to disk, and updates the output. Must follow a “_title_begin_edit”, else
it will be ignored.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
gfx2_title_begin_edit
7
playlist_index
7
(title edit shortcuts here …)
gfx2_title_end_edit
_title_set_line_property(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, line_number int, tag
string, property string, value string)
Description: Sets the properties of a text line. Use either Playlist_index or Clip_tag to identify the target Title
Page.





Playlist_index – specifies the Title Page to edit by its index in the playlist (starts at 0; note, too, that
Buffers are always index 0).
Clip_tag – specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Line_number – the index line in the page (starts at 0)
Tag –specifies the line to edit on the Title Page by a previously assigned tag string.
Property – defines which property of the line to edit, as listed below:
o Text – value is a string comprising the text to be displayed
o FontFamily – value is a string identifying the FontFamily (e.g., Arial) to be used
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o
o
o
o
o
FontWeight – value can be “Bold” or “Normal”
FontSize – value is a double (e.g. , “36.75”)
FontStyle – value can be “Italic” or “Normal”
FontUnderline – value is a Boolean (“True” or “False”)
AllCaps – value is a Boolean (“True” or “False”)
Example:
Shortcut
Value
gfx2_title_begin_edit
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
playlist_index
7
property
FontStyle
value
Italic
_title_set_image_property(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, image_number int,
changeable_only bool, tag string, property string, value string)
Description: Sets the properties of an image in a Title Page. Use either Playlist_index or Clip_tag to identify
the target Title Page.
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Playlist_index – specifies the Title Page to edit by its index in the playlist (starts at 0; note, too, that
Buffers are always index 0).
Clip_tag – specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Image_number – the unique index number identifying the image on the Title Page.
Changeable_only – defaults to “false”, which means index includes all images, not just the
changeable ones.
Tag –specifies the line to edit on the Title Page by a previously assigned tag string.
Property
o FillFileName – file name including full path
o ImageStretch – value can be “Fill” (Stretch), “UniformToFill” (Fill Area), or “Uniform”
(Show All Image)
Example:
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_title_set_image_property
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
playlist_index
0
tag
logo
FillFileName
D:\pic.jpg
_title_set_layer_enabled(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, preset int,layer_name
string, value bool)
Description: Set the enabled state of a layer group. Primarily for animated titles.
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Playlist_index – specifies the Title Page by its index in the playlist (starts at 0), by tag (tag
overrides index).
Clip_tag – specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Preset – the animation preset index you are targeting on this Title Page.
Layer_name – The name of the layer group.
Value – A Boolean value that answers the question “is it enabled or not?”.
Example:
Shortcut
bfr10_title_set_layer_
enabled
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
Key 3
Value 3
playlist
_index
3
clip_tag
logo
preset
3
layer_name
Layer2
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Key 4
Value 4
value
true
_title_line_restore_defaults(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, line_number
int,tag string)
Description: Restores the font size, font family, bold, italic, underline, and all caps to the original values. Only
used by the Title Editor window.
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Playlist_index – specifies the Title Page by its index in the playlist (starts at 0), or by tag (tag
overrides index).
Clip_tag – specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Line_number – the unique index number identifying the line on the Title Page.
Tag – A previously tagged (named) line.
Example:
Shortcut
Value
bfr10_title_line_resto
re_defaults
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
Key 3
Value 3
playlist
_index
3
clip_tag
logo
Line_numbe
r
3
tag
theLine
2
_title_image_restore_defaults(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, image_number
int,tag string)
Description: Restores the fill mode and file name to the original values. Only used by the Title Editor
window.
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Playlist_index – specifies the Title Page by its index in the playlist (starts at 0), by tag (tag
overrides index).
Clip_tag – specifies a Title Page by a previously assigned user tag.
Image_number – the unique index number identifying the image on the Title Page.
Tag – A previously tagged (named) line.
Example:
Shortcut
bfr10_title_line_resto
re_defaults
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Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
Key 3
Value 3
playlist
_index
3
clip_tag
logo
image_num
ber
3
tag
Portrait
1
_title_save_png(playlist_index int, clip_tag string, destination string)
Description: Saves the current state of a Title Page to a PNG bitmap file. Setting the destination parameter
requires a full file path. Use either Playlist_index or Clip_tag to identify the source Title Page.
Example:
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_title_save_png
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
playlist_index
3
destination
D:\mytitle.png
C.4 P OSITIONER
The shortcuts described in this section control the Positioner options and settings for TriCaster’s DSK and
Key layers, as well as layers in M/Es when applicable.
Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 7.
Positioning Shortcuts
Prefix
main_dsk1-main_dsk4
virtualinputs_a - virtualinputs_d
virtualinputs_dsk1 – virtualinputs_dsk4
v1_a, v1_b, v1_c, v1_d
Details
Main switcher DSK specified by number (1-4)
Layer specified by letter (a-d) for delegated M/Es
DSK specified by number (1-4) for delegated M/Es
Layer specified by letter (a-d) for M/E specified by
number (V1-V8)
Key layer specified by number (1-4) for M/E
specified by number (V1-V8)
v1_dsk1, v1_dsk2, v1_dsk3, v1_dsk4
TABLE 7
_position_x(double)
Description: Positions the targeted layer to the Value provided on the X axis. Valid values are between -500
and 500, where zero is the origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_position_x
120
Key 0
Value 0
_position_y(double)
Description: Positions the targeted layer to the Value provided on the Y axis. Valid values are between -500
and 500, where zero is the origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_position_y
120
Key 0
Value 0
_position_x_delta_value(double)
Description: Translates the targeted layer by the Value amount on the X axis.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_position_x_delta_value
10
Key 0
Value 0
_position_y_delta_value(double)
Description: Translates the targeted layer by the Value amount on the Y axis. Table 6.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_position_y_delta_value
10
Key 0
Value 0
_position_reset(void)
Description: Resets all Positioner values for the targeted layer to their origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
v1_a_position_reset
_scale_all(x double,y double, z double)
Description: Changes the scale on all axes to the specified values. Valid value ranges from: -500 to 500,
where 100 is the origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
v1_a_scale_all
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
x
25
y
25
_scale_x(double)
Description: Changes the scale on the X axis to the specified Value. Valid ranges are -500 to 500, with 100
as the origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_scale_x
25
_scale_y(double)
Description: Changes the scale on the Y axis to the Value specified. Valid ranges are -500 to 500, with 100
as the origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_scale_y
25
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_scale_x_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the scale X value by the amount specified by Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_scale_x_delta_value
10
_scale_y_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the scale Y value by the amount specified by Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_scale_y_delta_value
10
_scale_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the scale of both the X and Y values by the amount specified by Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_scale_delta_value
10
_scale_reset(void)
Description: Resets all scale values to their origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
v1_a_scale_reset
_rotation_x(double)
Description: Sets the Rotate X setting to the supplied Value. Valid values range from -360 to 360.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_x
45
Key 0
_rotation_y(double)
Description: Sets the Rotate Y setting to the supplied Value. Valid values range from -360 to 360.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_y
45
Key 0
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_rotation_z(double)
Description: Sets the Rotate Z setting to the supplied Value. Valid values range from -360 to 360.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_z
45
_rotation_x_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Rotate X setting by the supplied Value.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_x_delta_value
-45
_rotation_y_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Rotate Y setting by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_y_delta_value
-45
_rotation_z_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Rotate Z setting by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_z_delta_value
-45
_rotation_reset(void)
Description: Resets all rotate values to their origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_rotation_reset
_positioning_enable(bool)
Description: Sets the “Enabled” state of Positioning for the target layer to a value of either true or false.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_positioning_enable
true
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_left_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Edges Left value by the supplied Value. Valid values are 0 to 100.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_left_delta_value
20
_right_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Edges Right value by the supplied Value. Valid values are 0 to 100.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_right_delta_value
20
_up_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Edges Top setting by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_up_delta_value
20
_down_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Edges Bottom setting by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_down_delta_value
20
_feather_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Edges Feather value by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_feather_delta_value
5
_all_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes all Edges settings by the supplied Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_all_delta_value
5
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_zindex_set_value(int)
Description: Changes the zindex or priority on DSKs.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_zindex_set_value
5
_crop_reset(void)
Description: Resets all Edges values to 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_crop_reset
_lock_to_virtualset(bool)
Description: Changes the Lock to Virtual Set Value by (value).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_lock_to_virtualset
_parallex_delta_value(double)
Description: Changes the Tracking parallex Value by (value).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_parallex_delta_value
_zindex_set_value(int)
Description: Changes the zindex/priority on DSKs.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_zindex_set_value
_crop_enable(bool)
Description: Sets the Enabled state of Edges for the target layer to value, true or false.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_crop_enable
true
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_border_select_index(int)
Description: Select the Border preset for the target layer by index (starts at zero).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_border_select_index
1
_border_set(index int, path string)
Description: Select a file at path as the current selection for the Border preset identified by index (starts
at zero).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
v1_a_border_set_index
1
path
D:\MyFrame.PSD
_border_enable(bool)
Description: Sets the “Enabled” state of the Border feature for the target layer to a value of either true or
false.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_border_enable
true
C.5 C OLOR G ROUP
The shortcuts described in this section control the Color Group settings for TriCaster’s Switcher and M/E
layers.
Prefixes for use with these shortcuts are listed in Table 8.
Positioning Shortcuts
Prefix
main_a; main_b
v1_a, v1_b, v1_c, v1_d
Details
Main switcher DSK number (1-4)
Layer specified by letter (a-d) for M/E specified by
number (V1-V8)
TABLE 8
_select_color_group(int)
Description: Assigns the target Switcher or M/E row to the color group specified by Value (begins at 0).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_select_color_group
0
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_switch_color_group(int)
Description: get description and verify example
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_select_color_group
0
_toggle_color_group(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles the color group assignment for the target Switcher or M/E row. The shortcut returns
a Boolean state value.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_toggle_color_group
_clear_color_group(void)
Description: Removes the color group assignment for the target Switcher or M/E row.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
v1_a_clear_color_group
C.6 U NDO /R EDO
switcher_undo(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Reverts to the next previous preset stored for MAIN and MEs at prior Program row selection
operation.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
switcher_undo
switcher_redo(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Reverts an Undo (restores preset stored for MAIN and MEs at next Program row selection
operation).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
switcher_redo
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Value
C.7 P RE V IZ
copy_main_to_previz(void)
Description: Copy Main to PREVIZ.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
copy_main_to_previz
copy_previz_to_main(void)
Description: Copy PREVIZ to Main.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
copy_previz_to_main
copy_me_to_previz(void)
Description: Copy M/E to PREVIZ.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
copy_me_to_previz
copy_previz_to_me(void)
Description: Copy PREVIZ to M/E.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
copy_previz_to_me
C.8 E FFECT V IEW
fx_transition_main_toggle(void))[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles the Effect View preview mode for the main Switcher. The shortcut returns a Boolean
state value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_transition_main_toggle
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fx_transition_main_take(void)
Description: Performs as Take of the Effect Transition preview for the main Switcher.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_transition_main_take
fx_transition_main_auto(void)
Description: Autos the Effect Transition preview state onto output for the main Switcher.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_transition_main_auto
fx_transition_me_toggle(void) [state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles the Effect View preview mode for the current (most recently selected) M/E. The
shortcut returns a Boolean state value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_transition_me_toggle
fx_transition_me_take(void)
Description: Performs an M/E Take of the Effect Transition preview state for the current (last selected) M/E.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
fx_transition_me_take
fx_transition_me_auto(void)
Description: Performs an M/E Auto of the Effect Transition preview state for the current (last selected) M/E.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
fx_transition_me_auto
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Value
C.9 R ECORD
grab_still(string)
Description: Grabs still images; respects the settings in TriCaster’s Grab dialog. The string value can be used
to provide an optional full path to the jpg to be created. If the value is empty, the file is captured to the session
Stills folder.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
grab_still
D:\mypic.jpg
grab_filename(string)
Description: Sets the Grab base filename.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
grab _filename
mygrabname
record_toggle(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Toggles recording on or off. Optionally enter a 1 or 0 Value to directly set the record state.
(Setting Value to “3” enables recording and turns on bit 1 to signal blinking the CTRL key.)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _toggle
1
record_start(void)
Description: Explicitly starts recording if not already underway.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _start
record_start_and_chop(void)
Description: Will start recording if not already recording.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _start_and_chop
record_stop(void)
Description: Explicitly stops recording.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _stop
record_reset(void)
Description: If recording is underway, discards the current recording and starts a new file; initiates
recording if not already underway.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _reset
record_chop(int)
Description: If recording, performs a record chop; Starts recording if not already underway. The value (int)
is for internal use.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _chop
record_setting(setting string, value string)
Description: uses name and value to set settings in record panel ex. setting:row_1_ischecked value:true or
setting:row_1_source value: input1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _setting
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Setting
row_1_ischecked
value
True
record_chop_source(int)
Description: The int value is the index of the recorder module.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record _chop_source
record_filename(string)
Description: Sets the Record base filename.
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Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
record _filename
myclipname
record_replay_panel (void)
Description: Triggers a Replay Pad operation on the recorder specified by index. The replay value (true or
false) controls the operation of the associated Instant Replay feature.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
record _replay_panel
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
index
0
replay
true
C.10 A UDIO M IXER
The shortcuts described in this section control the settings and operations of TriCaster’s Audio Mixer.
Shortcut details are grouped in several sub-sections, each with its own table of supported prefixes.
C.10.1 INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
Audiomixer Shortcuts
Prefix
input1 – 8
ddr, ddr2
stills
titles
net, net2
music
effects
outputaux, outputaux2
outputstream
outputrecord
master, master2
Details
Input specified by number
DDR 1, DDR 2
GFX 1 (media player)
GFX2 (media player)
Net input 1, Net input 2
Sound (media player)
Animation Store transition sound level
Aux 1 output, Aux 2 output
Streaming output
Record level
Master 1, Master 2
TABLE 9
_volume(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set the volume level of the target to the supplied Value in dB. State returns the current volume.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_volume
-20
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_volume2(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets the volume level of the of the target’s second slider to the supplied Value in dB. State
returns the current volume.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_volume2
-20
_pan(pan double, channel int)[state: (pan double, channel int)]
Description: Sets the pan setting for the target to Value, in decibels (dB). State returns the current pan
setting.
 Pan – the Value (dB) to set.
 Channel – represents channels A-D using integers from 0-3.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_pan
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
pan
10
channel
2
_adjust_pan(pan double, channel int)[state: (pan double, channel int)]
Description: Modifies the pan setting for the target by Value, in decibels (dB). State returns the current pan
setting.
 Pan – the Value (dB) by which the Pan setting will be modified.
 Channel – represents channels A-D using integers from 0-3.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_adjust_pan
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
pan
-10
channel
0
_adjust_volume(double)
Description: Modifies the volume of the target by the supplied Value in decibels (dB).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_adjust_volume
16
_adjust_volume2(double)
Description: Modifies the volume of the target’s second slider by the supplied Value in decibels (dB).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_adjust_volume2
16
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_mute(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns Mute on or off for the target. ). State returns the current Mute setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mute
0
_mute2(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns Mute on or off for the target’s second slider. ). State returns the current Mute setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mute2
0
_mute_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles Mute on or off for the target. State returns the current Mute setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mute_toggle
_mute2_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles Mute on or off for the target’s second slider. State returns the current Mute setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_mute_toggle2
_mono(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Modifies the Pan settings for the target to enable or disable a Mono state. State returns the
current setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_mono
_solo(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Toggles Solo on or off for the target. State returns the current Solo setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_solo
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_solo_toggle(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns target Solo On/Off.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_solo_toggle
_enable_equalizer(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Enables or disables the Equalizer for the target based on supplied Boolean Value (0 or 1, true
or false). State returns the current Equalizer state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_enable_equalizer
1
_enable_compressor(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Enables or disables the Compressor/Limiter for the target based on supplied Boolean Value
(0 or 1, true or false). State returns the current Compressor/Limiter state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_enable_compressor
1
_reset_equalizer(void)[state: (void)]
Description: Reset the target’s Equalizer to its default values.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_reset_equalizer
_reset_compressor(void)[state: (void)]
Description: Reset the target’s Compressor/Limiter to its default values.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_reset_compressor
_eq_slider_0(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 0 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_0
-4
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_eq_slider_1(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 1 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_1
-4
_eq_slider_2(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 2 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_2
-4
_eq_slider_3(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 3 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_3
-4
_eq_slider_4(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 4 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_4
-4
_eq_slider_5(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 5 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_5
-4
_eq_slider_6(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Equalizer slider 6 to the Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_eq_slider_6
-4
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_gain_0(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 0 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_0
-4
_gain_1(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 1 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_1
-4
_gain_2(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 2 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_2
-4
_gain_3(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 3 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_3
-4
_gain_4(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 4 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_4
-4
_gain_5(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 5 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_5
-4
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_gain_6(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 6 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_6
-4
_gain_7(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Gain 7 to the Value supplied. State returns the current state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr2_gain_7
-4
_routing_mask_0(ulong)[state: (ulong)]
Description: Set the 1st routing mask to Value. Routing mask is a 64-bit unsigned integer. Little-endian
Indexing each bit, produces a Boolean representing the routing of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Routing Mask
is a 64 bit unsigned integer. Little-endian indexing each bit, i, produces a Boolean representing the routing
of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Prefix determines which input is being modified, masks 0-3 will apply the
value to Master, Aux1, Aux2, or Aux3 accordingly.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Input1_routing_mask_0
9241421705770172929
_routing_mask_1(ulong)[state: (ulong)]
Description: Set the 2nd routing mask to Value. Routing mask is a 64-bit unsigned integer. Little-endian
Indexing each bit, produces a Boolean representing the routing of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Routing Mask
is a 64 bit unsigned integer. Little-endian indexing each bit, i, produces a Boolean representing the routing
of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Prefix determines which input is being modified, masks 0-3 will apply the
value to Master, Aux1, Aux2, or Aux3 accordingly.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Input1_routing_mask_1
9241421705770172929
_routing_mask_2(ulong)[state: (ulong)]
Description: Set the 3rd routing mask to Value. Routing mask is a 64-bit unsigned integer. Little-endian
Indexing each bit, produces a Boolean representing the routing of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Routing Mask
is a 64 bit unsigned integer. Little-endian indexing each bit, i, produces a Boolean representing the routing
of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Prefix determines which input is being modified, masks 0-3 will apply the
value to Master, Aux1, Aux2, or Aux3 accordingly.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Input1_routing_mask_2
9241421705770172929
_routing_mask_3(ulong)[state: (ulong)]
Description: Set the 4th routing mask to Value. Routing mask is a 64-bit unsigned integer. Little-endian
Indexing each bit, produces a Boolean representing the routing of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Routing Mask
is a 64 bit unsigned integer. Little-endian indexing each bit, i, produces a Boolean representing the routing
of output (i/8) to input (i%8). Prefix determines which input is being modified, masks 0-3 will apply the
value to Master, Aux1, Aux2, or Aux3 accordingly.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Input1_routing_mask_3
9241421705770172929
_cl_knob_0(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Compressor knob 0 to the supplied Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_cl_knob_0
15
_cl_knob_1(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Compressor knob 1 to the supplied Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_cl_knob_1
15
_cl_knob_2(double) [state: (double)]
Description: Set Compressor knob 2 to the supplied Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_cl_knob_2
15
_cl_knob_3(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Compressor knob 31 to the supplied Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
ddr_cl_knob_3
15
_cl_knob_4(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set Compressor knob 4 to the supplied Value supplied. State returns the current slider state.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_cl_knob_4
15
_balance(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility. Now controls Pan on Channels 1 and 2.
_mic1_balance(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility. Now controls Pan on Channel 1.
_mic2_balance(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility. Now controls Pan on Channel 2.
_mic1_adjust_balance(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility. Now controls Pan on Channel 1.
_mic2_adjust_balance(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility. Now controls Pan on Channel 2.
_enable_noisegate(bool)[state:(bool)]
Set enable noisegate to true or false.
_noisegate_level(double)[state:(double)]
Set noisegate level to {value}.
C.10.2 INPUT SPECIFIC
TABLE 10
Audiomixer Shortcuts Group 2
Prefix
input1 – 8
net, net2
ddr, ddr2
Details
Input specified by number
Net input 1, Net input 2
Input specified by number
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music
effects
Sound (media player)
Animation Store transition sound level
_mic1_adjust_volume(double)
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic2_adjust_volume(double)
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic1_volume(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic2_volume(double)[state: (double)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic1_mute(bool)[state: (bool)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic2_mute(bool)[state: (bool)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic1_mute_toggle(void)[state: (void)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic2_mute_toggle(void)[state: (void)]
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
_mic1_adjust_trim(double)
Description: Adjusts the target input’s Mic1 trim by the supplied Value in decibels.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_mic1_adjust_trim
5
_mic2_adjust_trim(double)
Description: Adjusts the target input’s Mic2 trim by the supplied Value in decibels.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_mic2_adjust_trim
5
_mic1_trim(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets the trim of the target input’s Mic1 to the supplied Value in decibels. State returns the
current trim setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_mic1 _trim
15
_mic2_trim(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets the trim of the target input’s Mic2 to the supplied Value in decibels. State returns the
current trim setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_mic2 _trim
15
_audio_latency(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets Audio Delay for the target to supplied Value in ‘frames’. State returns the current setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Input4_audio_latency
2
_input_type(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the connection type for the target input. State returns the current setting. Valid Values
are:
 mic

mic_single

mic_and_phantom

line

aes3

sdi_embedded

line_quad
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
input4_input_type
Mic
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_follow(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns Follow for the target input on or off based on the Boolean Value (0 or 1) supplied. State
returns the current setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_follow
1
_follow_sources(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Sets sources to Follow one or more switcher inputs. Use the pipe character “|” as delimiters.
State returns the current settings.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ddr_follow_sources
3|8|7|11
_talk(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns the “Talk Over” feature on or off for a Mic input based on the Boolean Value supplied (0
or 1). State returns the current settings.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_talk
_talk_toggle(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turns input Talk On/Off.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
input1_talk_toggle
_color_group(int)[state: (int)
DEPRECATED. Retained for 3rd party backward compatibility.
C.10.3 ROUTING
AUDIO _ ROUTING _ DATA _[ TARGET ](V OID ), PROPERTY _ NAME ( STRING ), PROPERTY _ VALUE ( STRING )
Description: For the specified target, enables or disables the audio routing connection identified by the
property_name value according to the boolean property_value supplied (e.g., the property_value
“AbMain1” identifies a connection between the target’s first two channels, a and b, and “Master 1”).
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


targets:
o input1
o input2, etc.
o ddr
o ddr2
o music
o effects
o net
o net2
o stream
o master
o aux
property_name
o AbMain1
o CdMain1
o AbMain2
o CdMain2
o AbAux1
o CdAux1
o AbAux2
o CdAux2
property_value – Boolean (True, False)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
audio_routing_data_input2
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
property name
AbAux1
property_value
true
<shortcut name=” audio_routing_data_input2”, property name=”AbAux1”/>
C.10.4 GENERAL
This section includes shortcuts that target the Audio Mixer or aspects of it but do not require prefixes.
_trim(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set trim of the hardware input mic to (value) dB. State contains current trim.
audiomixer_solo(string)[state: (string)]
Description: Controls the Solo setting of multiple Audio Mixer inputs (outputs are not supported for multiselection. State returns a corresponding string.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
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audiomixer_solo
input4|net2|ddr|input2
audiomixer_save_to_emem(int)
Description: Store audiomixer state into mem preset at index value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
audiomixer_save_to_emem
4
Key 0
Value 0
audiomixer_restore_default_emem(int)
Description: Delete audiomixer preset at index value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
audiomixer_restore_default_emem
0
Key 0
Value 0
audiomixer_load_from_emem(int)
Description: Select audiomixer mem preset at index value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
audiomixer_load_from_emem
2
Key 0
Value 0
phones_adjust_volume (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Changes the current headphone volume level by the supplied Value in decibels. State returns
the current setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
phones_adjust_volume
-2
Key 0
Value 0
phones_volume(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets the headphone volume level to the supplied Value in decibels. State returns the current
setting.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
phones_ volume
-6
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Key 0
Value 0
outputrecord_adjust_volume(double)[state: (void)]
Description: Modifies the Record volume level by the supplied Value in decibels. State returns the current
setting.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
record_adjust_ volume
-3
Key 0
Value 0
outputrecord_volume(double)[state: (double)]
Description: Sets the Record volume level to the supplied Value in decibels. State returns the current
setting.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
record_ volume
-6
Key 0
Value 0
C.11 O THER
virtualinputs_follow_preview(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Enables or disables the "Virtual Inputs Delegate Follows Preview" option according to the
supplied Boolean Value. State returns the current setting.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
virtualinputs_follow_preview
1
Key 0
Value 0
streaming_toggle(int)
Description: Toggles recording on/off; supply a Boolean Value (0 or 1) to specify a state.
Example:
elay
Shortcut
Value
virtualinputs_follow_preview
1
Key 0
Value 0
switcher_begin_changes(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: This shortcut is used with “switcher_finish_and_send_changes” to treat a sequence of
switcher shortcuts as a single switcher message, intercepting all messages to the switcher until
“switcher_finish_and_send_changes” is sent.
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switcher_finish_and_send_changes(void)
Description: This shortcut is used with “switcher_begin _changes” to send a preceding sequence of
switcher shortcuts as a single switcher message.
display_version(void)
Description: Use to display your version of TriCaster in the Dashboard’s Error message display.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
display_version
set_router_mapping (void) [router_input (int), system_input (int)]
Description: Will map a router input to a TriCaster or 3Play input. Can optionally use the following
DEPRECATED parameters (retained for LEGACY SUPPORT ONLY):



Input = int
Output = int
Tcinput = int
Example:
Shortcut
Value
set_router_mapping
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
router_input
3
system_input
5
add_ip_camera(void) [camera_name (string), address (string)]
Description: Adds a new IP camera using supplied camera_name and address.
Example:
hortcut
Value
set_router_mapping
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
router_input
3
system_input
5
net_source(string)
Description: Sets the source for Net Input 1 to the Value entered as a string.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
net_source
My3Play(A)
Key 0
net2_source(string)
Description: Sets the source for Net Input 2 to the Value entered as a string.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
net2_source
My3Play(B)
set_ip_source(index int,source_name string)
Description: Select a new IP source for the switcher IP source input button.
 Index – The index value of the input being assigned a new IP source. Index start at 0.
 Source_name-the source you are assigning to the input.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
set_ip_source
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
index
0
source_name
IN 2
force_low_bandwidth_input(index int, value bool)
Description: ??
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
force_low_bandwidth_input
set_autodetect_psf_input(hw_index int, value bool)
Description: get details
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Set_autodetect_psf_input
My3Play(B)
Key 0
datalink_set(void) [key(string), value (string)]
Description: Specifies a DataLink key or creates a new one, and sets its value.
 key – the name of the Datalink key to set.
 value – the value to be assigned to the key specified.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
datalink_set
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
key
player_12
value
Troy Willard
send_to_service(void) [destination (string), message (string)]
Description: Sends a message to a registered service (this is intended to allow external devices to be
controlled by the TriCaster scheduling, macros, etc.)
play_macro_byname(string)
Description: Plays a macro having the name provided as Value.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
play_macro_byname
My_Macro
Key 0
Value 0
stop_all_macros(void)
Description: Stops all macros (including multistep macros).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 0
Value 0
Key 0
Value 0
stop_all_macros
stop_macro_byname(string)
Description: Stops all macros with a given name.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
stop_macro_byname
My_Macro
stop_macro_byid(string)
Description: Stops a single macro with it unique id.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
stop_macro_byname
My_Macro
continue_pausedmacro(void)
Description: Continues a multistep macro, from the last wait command.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Key 0
Value 0
continue_pausedmacro
http_request(void)
Description: Should be used for sending commands to devices such as PTZ cameras within a macro. Will
only trigger an HTTP GET request, response is unavailable.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
http_request
Key 0
Value 0
http://localhost:5952/v1/shortcut?name=man_auto
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The following group of “show_...” shortcuts are documented for 3rd-party purposes and are not recorded.
show_ddr1_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
show_ddr1_tab
show_ddr2_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_ddr2_tab
show_ddr3_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_ddr3_tab
show_ddr4_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_ddr4_tab
show_gfx1_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_gfx1_tab
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show_gfx2_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
show_gfx2_tab
show_sound_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_sound_tab
show_ptz_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_ptz_tab
show_buffers_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_buffers_tab
show_audiomixer_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_audiomixer_tab
show_v1_tab(void)
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
show_v1_tab
show_v2_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v2_tab
show_v3_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v3_tab
show_v4_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v4_tab
show_v5_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v5_tab
show_v6_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v6_tab
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show_v7_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 0
Value 0
Key 0
Value 0
show_v7_tab
show_v8_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_v8_tab
show_previz_tab(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_previz_tab
show_external_audiomixer(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
show_external_audiomixer
show_internal_audiomixer(void)
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
show_internal_audiomixer
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Value
APPENDIX D.
3PLAY COMMANDS
D.1 C ONTROL SURFACE AND UI
record(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Start recording if no value is provided. A value of true or 1 will set the recording to start, and a
value of false or 0 will set the recording to stop.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record
stop-record(bool)
Description: Stop the recording.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
stop-record
record_blink(bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Blinks the shift key when recording and pressed. A value of true will signal the shift key ON and
a value of false will signal the shift key OFF.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
record_blink
true
record
output(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Use to set the output being controlled. 0 = output A and 1 = output B.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
output
1
output-sync(bool)
Description: Toggle linking the transport controls for all outputs. For example if linked when the operator
plays output A then output B also plays.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
output-sync
mode(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Sets the mode for the controlled output. Mode Values: 0 = clips, 1 = playlist, 2 = live, and 3 =
delayed.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
mode
1
mark-in(bool)
Description: Mark an inpoint for what is currently live or delayed.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
mark-in
mark-in-update
Description: Update the inpoint of the clip/playlist item currently on the output being controlled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
mark-in-update
mark-out
Description: Mark an outpoint for what is currently live or delayed.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
mark-out
mark-out-update
Description: Update the outpoint of the clip/playlist item currently on the output being controlled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
mark-out-update
stop(bool)
Description: Stop playback on the controlled output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
stop
play(bool)
Description: Start playback on the controlled output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
play
play-speed (int)[state: (int)]
Description: Ramp up/Ramp down the playback speed for the controlled output. Values represent a
percentage of play-speed with a value of 100 representing normal play-speed. If stopped and ramped up
from zero the output will automatically start playback.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
play-speed
150
jog (int)
Description: Jog the controlled output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
jog
local-jog (int)
Description: Jog around in the clip/playlist item currently on the output being controlled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
local-jog
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fast-jog (bool)
Description: Toggle fast jogging mode on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fast-jog
set_airsend_autoplay (bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turn autoplay on/off for outputs connected to a downstream switcher's network input.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
set_airsend_autoplay
1
play-clip-with-id(id string, camera int)
Description: Play clip “Event ID” and specify the camera angle.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
play-clip-with-id
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
id
0-13
camera
3
add-to-list
Description: Add the currently selected clips to the current playlist tab.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
add-to-list
esc
Description: Escape out of the current editing operation.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
esc
remove
Description: When the controlled output is in Clip List mode, deletes the selected clips. In play list
mode it deletes the selected playlist item.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
remove
enter
Description: Commit the current editing operation.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
enter
enter-shft
Description: Commit the current editing operation. If renaming a clip camera angle, it renmes all clip
camera angles.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
enter-shift
loop (bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Changes playback looping for the controlled output. A value of 0 will set loop to OFF and a value
of 1 will set it ON. If no shortcut value is specified then looping is toggled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
loop
edit-tbar (int)
Description: Adjusts the current spreadsheet cell's value by Value percentage.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
edit-tbar
edit-speed (int)
Description: Set the preset speed for the currently selected Playlist item to Value. “Speed” cell for Playlist
item must be selected.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
edit-speed
25
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set-bookmark
Description: Creates a bookmark at the current live time being recorded.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
set-bookmark
goto-prevbookmark
Description: Traverse the 10 bookmarks starting with the most recently created one.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-prevbookmark
tagging (bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Set the tagging mode. When Value is true the control surface numpad is used to apply tags,
when false the numpad numbers are entered into the UTEB. If no Value then the tagging mode is toggled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
tagging
auto-advance-tagging (bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Turn on/off the tagging auto advance feature. Toggles the state if Value is not provided. When
auto advance is on once a tag is entered the tags panel advances to the next tab.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
auto-advance-tagging
toggle-tags-panel (bool)[state: (bool)]
Description: Will show or hide the tags panel based on Value. Toggles the visibility if Value is not provided.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
toggle-tags-panel
digit (int)
Description: Used to enter tags, specifically if “tagging” has been enabled this will perform the same function
as typing in numbers on the Control Surface which will populate the dataview field. This should be combined
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with “tagging” and “enter” shortcuts. The tags are represented by the Value and follow the same two digit
format you would use with the number pad on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
tagging
true
digit
01
enter
select-prev-row
Description: Select the previous row in the Clip list or Play list based on the controlled output's current
mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-prev-row
select-prev-row-shft
Description: Adds the previous row in the Clip list or Play list to the current selections based on the
controlled output's current mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-prev-row-shft
select-prev-column
Description: Select the previous column in the Clip list or Play list based on the controlled output's current
mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-prev-column
select-next-row
Description: Select the next row in the Clip list or Play list based on the controlled output's current mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-next-row
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select-next-row-shft
Description: Adds the next row in the Clip list or Play list to the current selections based on the controlled
output's current mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-next-row-shft
select-next-column
Description: Select the next column in the clip list or play list based on the controlled output's current mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-next-column
select-collection (int)
Description: Select a collection by index based on the current mode (Clips or Playlist).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-collection
3
select-tags-collection (int)
Description: Select a tags collection by index. Index is in reference to Tag tabs such as the default TEAM, and
PLAYER and the index numbering starts with 0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-tags-collection
1
cut
Description: Perform a cut operation on the currently selected items in the controlled output's current
mode. For example, cuts the selected clips if the controlled output is in clip list mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
cut
copy
Description: Copy the currently selected items in the controlled output's current mode to the clipboard.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
copy
paste
Description: Paste items from the clipboard to the spreadsheet for the controlled output's current mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
paste
tbar (double)
Description: Set the tbar value for the controlled output which controls the playback speed. Valid values
are between 0.0 and 1.0. Respects linked outputs (If the outputs are linked the playback speed is set for all
outputs).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
tbar
0.5
tbar-alt-mode (bool)
Description: Toggles the tbar alt mode on/off. When off the tbar range is mapped to playback speeds
between 0 and 100%. When on the tbar range is mapped to playback speeds between -200% and +200%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
tbar-alt-mode
publish
Description: Adds the currently selected items in the controlled output's current mode to the publish queue
(e.g. for publishing to social media).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
publish
grab
Description: Captures a still image of all live camera inputs and a still image of what is currently on both
outputs. The still capture of what is currently on the controlled output is added to the clip list.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
grab
grab_still
Description: Duplicate of "grab".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
grab_still
goto-clip
Description: Selects the clip with the ID that matches the current UTEB text on the controlled output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-clip
goto-angle (int)
Description: Switches the camera angle for whatever is on output. Value for Camera 1 is 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-angle
2
goto-angle-cue (int)
Description: The same as "goto-angle" but if the controlled output is in clip list mode then playback is
restarted at the clip's In Point.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-angle-cue
goto-angle-offset (int)
Description: Adjusts the camera angle for whatever is on output by Value delta. For example if you are on
Camera 1 using a Value of 2 will change the angle to Camera 3. A value of -2 while on Camera 3 will change
to Camera 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
goto-angle-offset
1
search
Description: Searches for clips with comments that match the current UTEB text.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
search
show-angle-previews
Description: Toggle the visibility of the clip camera angle previews in the clip list.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
show-angle-previews
navigation (int)
Description: Navigation: left=0, up=1, right=2, down=3. Equivalent to cursor keys.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
navigation
3
navigation-sel (int)
Description: Navigation selection: left=0, up=1, right=2, down=3. Equivalent to using the shift-cursor keys.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
navigation-sel
1
D.2 N AVIGATION
navigation-tabs (int)
Description: Traverse the tabs for the controlled output. Use a Value of 0 to select the previous tab and use
a Value of 1 to select the next tab. If in “Clip mode” traverses the clip list tabs. If in “Playlist mode” traverses
the playlist tabs.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
navigation-tabs
1
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navigation-tag-tabs (int)
Description: Traverse the tag tabs. Use a Value of 0 to select the previous tab and use a Value of 1 to select
the next tab.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
navigation-tag-tabs
1
goto-prev-clip
Description: Skip back transport control for both the clip list and playlist.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-prev-clip
goto-next-clip
Description: Skip forward transport control for both the clip list and playlist.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-next-clip
goto-in-point
Description: If the controlled output is stopped, seeks to the In point of the item currently on the controlled
output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-in-point
goto-out-point
Description: If the controlled output is stopped, seeks to the Out point of the item currently on the controlled
output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-out-point
dsk_auto (void)
Description: Fade the DSK on or off the controlled output.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk_auto
dsk_take (void)
Description: Perform a “take” on the DSK for the controlled output on/off.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk_take
_loop (bool)
Description: Set the playback looping for the targeted output On or Off. Use 0 to set Off and 1 to set On. If no
Value is specified then looping is toggled.
Valid Prefixes:


prev- Preview
prog- Program
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_loop
D.3 P REVIEW R OW
prev_input_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects a Playlist. Corresponds to the number keys on the 40CS that are delegated, for Value
use corresponding input1, input2, input3, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prev_input_sel_num
input3
prev_input_live_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a live camera onto output A. Value represents the selected live camera, use "input1" for
Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prev_input_live_sel_num
input3
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prev_input_clip_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a Clip camera angle onto output A. Value represents the selected Clip camera, use
"input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prev_input_clip_sel_num
Input2
prev_input_list_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a Playlist onto output A. Value represents the selected Playlist, use "input1" for Playlist
0, "input2" for Playlist 1, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prev_input_list_sel_num
input2
D.4 P ROGRAM R OW
prog_input_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Selects live input. Corresponds to the number keys on the 40CS that are delegated, for Value
use corresponding input1, input2, input3, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_input_sel_num
Input2
prog_input_live_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a live camera onto output B. Value represents the live camera selected, use "input1" for
Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_input_live_sel_num
input2
prog_input_clip_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a clip camera angle onto output B. Value represents the clip camera selected, use
"input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_input_clip_sel_num
input3
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prog_input_list_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Select a playlist onto output B. Value represents the playlist selected, use "input1" for Playlist
0, "input2" for Playlist 1, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_input_list_sel_num
input2
D.5 T RANSPORT
Preview and Program Row Transport Controls
Prefix
Description
prev
prog
_play (bool)
Description: Start playback on the targeted (prefix) output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_play
_stop (bool)
Description: Stop playback on the targeted (prefix) output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_stop
_skip_back (void)
Description: Skip back transport control for the playlist on the targeted (prefix) output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_skip_back
_skip_forward (void)
Description: Skip forward for the playlist on the targeted (prefix) output.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_skip_forward
_set_play_speed (int)[state: (int)]
Description: Initiate playback at “Value” speed for the targeted (prefix) output. If the Value is equal to 25,
then playback speed is at 25%. If no Value is specified, then playback speed defaults to 100%.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
prog_set_play_speed
25
D.6 DSK R OW I NPUT S HORTCUTS
DSK Row Input Shortcuts
Prefix
dsk1, dsk2
Details
_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Corresponds to the number keys on the 40CS that are delegated according to "dsk1_delegate"
or "dsk2_delegate". Value represents selected live camera, use "input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2,
etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk1_sel_num
input1
_live_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the targeted (prefix) DSK source to a live camera. Value represents selected live camera,
use "input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk2_live_sel_num
input2
_clip_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the targeted (prefix) DSK source to a clip camera angle preview. Value represents the
selected clip camera angle, use "input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk_2_clip_sel_num
input3
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_buffer_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the targeted (prefix) DSK source to one of 8 frame buffers. Value represents the frame
buffers, use “input1” for buffer 1, “input2” for buffer 2, etc.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk1_buffer_sel_num
input4
_sel_source (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Set the targeted (prefix) DSK source to "black", "net", or "output".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk2_sel_source
net
.
D.7 T RANSITION D ELEGATES
fx_auto (void)
Description: Delegates an auto transition to "main", "dsk1", "dsk2", or "ftb".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_auto
fx_take (void)
Description: Delegates a take to "main", "dsk1", "dsk2", or "ftb".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_take
fx_tbar_value (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Delegates tbar changes to "main", "dsk1", "dsk2", or "ftb".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_tbar_value
25
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fx_adjust_fxrate (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Delegates FX rate adjustments to "main", "dsk1", "dsk2", or "ftb". Values entered will increment
or decrement the current FX rate.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_adjust_fxrate
5
fx_next_fxrate_preset (void)
Description: Delegates cycling through FX rate presets to "main", "dsk1", "dsk2", or "ftb".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_next_fxrate_preset
fx_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Delegated to "dsk1_sel_num" or "dsk2_sel_num". Corresponds to numbered TriCaster 40 CS
FX/Overlay row. Value represents the selected Clip List Preview, use "input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for
Camera 2, etc.Will only work if a TriCaster 40CS is plugged in and Overlay Delegate DSK1 or DSK2 must be
selected on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_sel_num
input2
fx_live_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Delegated to "dsk1_live_sel_num" or "dsk2_live_sel_num". Corresponds to numbered TriCaster
40 CS FX/Overlay row. Set the DSK source to a live camera. Value represents selected live camera, use
"input1" for Camera 1, "input2" for Camera 2, etc Will only work if a TriCaster 40CS is plugged in and Overlay
Delegate DSK1 or DSK2 must be selected on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_live_sel_num
input3
fx_clip_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Delegated to "dsk1_clip_sel_num" or "dsk2_clip_sel_num". Corresponds to numbered TriCaster
40 CS FX/Overlay row. Value represents the selected Clip List Preview, use "input1" for Camera 1, "input2"
for Camera 2, etc.Will only work if a TriCaster 40CS is plugged in and Overlay Delegate DSK1 or DSK2 must
be selected on the control surface.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_clip_sel_num
input2
fx_buffer_sel_num (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Delegated to "dsk1_buffer_sel_num" or "dsk2_buffer_sel_num". Corresponds to numbered
TriCaster 40 CS FX/Overlay row. Set the DSK source to one of 8 frame buffers. Value represents the frame
buffers, use “input1” for buffer 1, “input2” for buffer 2, etc. Will only work if a TriCaster 40CS is plugged in
and and Overlay Delegate DSK1 or DSK2 must be selected on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_buffer_sel_num
input8
fx_sel_source (string)[state: (string)]
Description: Delegated to "dsk1_sel_source" or "dsk2_sel_source". Set the DSK source to "black", "net", or
"output". Will only work if a TriCaster 40CS is plugged in and and Overlay Delegate DSK1 or DSK2 must be
selected on the control surface.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
fx_sel_source
net
D.8 T RANSITION S
40CS Transition Shortcuts
Prefix
dsk1, dsk2
main
Details
_tbar_value (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Set the TBar location value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_tbar_value
50
_adjust_fxrate (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Adjust the FX rate, incrementing or decrementing based on Value.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_adjust_fxrate
1
_next_fxrate_preset (void)
Description: Select the next Slow, Medium, or Fast preset.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_next_fxrate_preset
ftb_tbar_value (double)[state: (double)]
Description: Manual fade to/from black on the program output (Output B). Value range between 0.0 and
100.0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ftb_tbar_value
75
ftb_auto (void)
Description: Fade black on/off the program output (Output B).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ftb_auto
ftb_take (void)
Description: Immediately toggle black on/off program output (Output B).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
ftb_take
main_cycle_fxsel (int)[state: (int)]
Description: Iterate through the Main FX transition presets.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_cycle_fxsel
1
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main_toggle_fxreverse (void)
Description: Toggle reverse on/off for the Main FX transition.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_toggle_fxreverse
main_auto (void)
Description: This shortcut is used to trigger automatic transitioning between the Program and
Preview rows.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_auto
main_take (void)
Description: Perform a Take from preview onto program.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
main_take
select-transition (int)
Description: Select a main transition preset by position (4800CS).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
select-transition
3
mainbus (property_name string, property_value string)
Description: Allows you to select a transition from the from the palette in the Transition Control Area, set
the duration of the transition and set “Ping Pong”, “Reverse”, and “AutoPlay” ON/OFF. The following are valid
Property Names and their associated values.





SelectedFXIndex-select a transition from the nine available in the pallet, valid values range from 08.
FXDuration- set to SMF speeds using values 2, 1, 0.5.
FXPingPongs- flag “Ping Pong” setting on using either True or False
FXReversed- flag “Reverse” setting on using either True or False
FXAutoPlays- flag “AutoPlay setting on using either True or False
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
mainbus
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
property_name
SelectedFXIndex
property_value
4
mainbus_set_transition_preset_at (index int, path string)
Description: Allows you to select a transition from the local drive and assign it to the palette in the Transition
Control Area. Index refers to the nine preset slots and valid values range from 0-8. Path is the file path
location on the local drive.
Example:
hortcut
Value
Mainbus_set_transition_p
reset_at
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
index
2
path
C:\3PLAY\Effects\Transitions\Blinds\Hard\Bl
inds 8 UL(H).trans
D.9 DSK
dsk1 (property_name string, property_value string)
Description: Allows you to set source and layer settings for the DSK.
Valid property_names and their property_values:

Source- set the source for “DSK A”. Valid values are:
Valid Source “property_value”
LiveCamera|0, LiveCamera|1…
LowRezPlayback|0,
LowRezPlayback|2…
FrameBuffer|0, Framebuffer|1…
NetInputs
Output
Black
UI Labeling
Cameras
Clip List Preview
Buffer
Network input
Output B, Output A
Black

IsFadeOn- set “Use Fade transition” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

LengthMultiplier- set duration of Fade.

EnablePositioning- set “Position” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

OffsetX - Used to translate the layer on the X axis supplied as Value.

OffsetY - Used to translate the layer on the Y axis supplied as Value.

ScaleX - Used to change the scale along the X axis supplied as Value.

ScaleY – Used to change the scale along the Y axis supplied as Value.

EnableCrop- set “Edges” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

CropLeft – Used to change the “Edges” left by Value.
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CropRight – Used to change the “Edges” right by Value.

CropBottom – Used to change the “Edges” bottom by Value.

CropTop – Used to change the “Edges” top by Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk1
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
property_name
Source
property_value
LiveCamera|2
dsk2 (property_name string, property_value string)
Description: Allows you to set source and layer settings for the DSK.
Valid property_names and their property_values:

Source- set the source for “DSK B”. Valid values are:
Valid Source “property_value”
LiveCamera|0, LiveCamera|1…
LowRezPlayback|0, LowRezPlayback|2…
FrameBuffer|0, Framebuffer|1…
NetInputs
Output
Black
UI Labeling
Cameras
Clip List Preview
Buffer
Network input
Output B, Output A
Black

IsFadeOn- set “Use Fade transition” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

LengthMultiplier- set duration of Fade.

EnablePositioning- set “Position” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

OffsetX - Used to translate the layer on the X axis supplied as Value.

OffsetY - Used to translate the layer on the Y axis supplied as Value.

ScaleX - Used to change the scale along the X axis supplied as Value.

ScaleY – Used to change the scale along the Y axis supplied as Value.

EnableCrop- set “Edges” ON/OFF using True or False as the “property_value”.

CropLeft – Used to change the “Edges” left by Value.

CropRight – Used to change the “Edges” right by Value.

CropBottom – Used to change the “Edges” bottom by Value.

CropTop – Used to change the “Edges” top by Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
dsk2
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
property_name
EnablePositioning
property_value
True
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DSKPrefix
dsk1, dsk2
Details
_reset_position (void)
Description: Resets position values to origin.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk1_reset_position
_reset_crop (void)
Description: Resets all crop values to origin. (Origin is 0.).
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk2_reset_crop
_auto (void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Will trigger an “auto”. The bool value is only used in the state, to light the “auto” button.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk1_auto
_take(void)[state: (bool)]
Description: Will trigger a “take”. The bool value is only used in the state, to light the “take” button.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
dsk2_take
D.10 N ETWORK I NPUT
net_input_sel(int)[state: (int)]
Description: Select an available network input connection using Value. Valid inputs will be referred to by
their computer names on the network.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
net_input_sel
XD450-TriCaster
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D.11 A IR S END API
Shortcuts Added for Airsend Command API
Prefix
out1, out2
Details
_clip_select (string)
Description: Select clip if Value is a clip ID or a playlist if Value is a playlist index.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
out1_clip_select
2-2
_clip_move (int)
Description: Skip back/forward transport control for both the clip list and playlist using Value for the
amount moved.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
out2_clip_move
2
_position_play (position double, speed double)
Description: Will position and/or play the targeted (prefix) output. If no speed is provided the current
playback speed is maintained.


Position- Optional offset from the In point. Ignored if the prefix output is in Live or Delayed mode.
Speed- Speed multiplier between -2.0 and 2.0.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
out1_position_play
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
position
8
speed
1.5
_jog (double)
Description: Set the Jog distance for the targeted (prefix) output using Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
out2_jog
5
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D.12 AMP
Shortcuts Added for AMP
Prefix
amp_vtr1, amp_vtr2
Details
_loop (bool)
Description: Changes playback looping for the prefix AMP playout channel. If no shortcut value is specified
then looping is toggled.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
amp_vtr1_loop
_play(void)
Description: Plays at 1X speed the prefix AMP playout channel.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
amp_vtr2_play
_stop (void)
Description: Stops playback of the prefix AMP playout channel.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
amp_vtr2_stop
_cue (string)
Description: Cues the results of a previous query on output of the prefixed channel.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
amp_vtr1_cue
_query (string)
Description: Sends a unique string describing what is currently on output of the prefix AMP playout channel
to the FC3 server with name Value.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
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Value
amp_vtr1_query
_eject (void)
Description: Clears the prefix AMP VTR contents.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
amp_vtr2_eject
D.13 P UBLISH
share_add(filename string, title string, comment string, mediasite string, siteid
string, inpoint double, outpoint double, asstill bool, upload bool , presets string)
Description: Publish.










Filename- Required
Title- Title
Comment- Comment
Mediasite- If no site entered, use last used
Siteid- this is a string representation of the GUID of the plugin id
Inpoint- In point in seconds
Outpoint- Out point in seconds
Asstill- Set to true to send a still grab of the clip instead. Default to false if empty
Upload- Set to true to upload immediately. Default to false if empty
Presets- Preset names can be used as default selected values. Separate the preset names using a
pipe.
Example:
Shortcut
Value
share_add
Key 0
Value 0
Key
1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
Filename
D:\media\londonbus.mov
title
London Bus
comment
London Bus
Key 3
Value 3
Key 4
Value 4
Key 5
Value 5
Key 6
Value 6
Key 7
Value 7
inpoint
0
outpoint
10.01
asstill
false
upload
false
presets
My YouTube| My Facebook
D.14 T RANSFER
add_to_clips_tab (tab_index int, item_id string, type string)
Description: Copy clips from one clip list to another or copy clip camera angles to a playlist.

Tab_index- The destination tab index.
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

Item_id- The event ID(s) of the clip(s) to copy. Must include the camera angle for recorded clips
being copied to a playlist. Multiple items can be combined with pipes.
Type- Use "cliplist" if the destination is another clip list. Use "playlist" if the copy destination is a
playlist.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
add_to_clips_tab
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
tab_index
6
item_id
2-0|2-2
type
cliplist
add_to_playlist_tab (tab_index int, item_id string)
Description: Copy playlist items from one playlist to another.


Tab_index- The destination of the items being copied. Numeration starts at 0.
Item_id- Describes the playlist items being copied. Reference items by their “tab index and item
index” format as follows:
"tab index"-"item index"
In both cases the numeration starts at 0. Multiple items can be listed and separated by pipes.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
add_to_playlist_tab
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
tab_index
7
item_id
1-0|1-5
D.15 T ABS
add_new_tab (type string, tab_name string)
Description: Add a new Playlist or Tagslist tab and name it.

Type- Use "playlist" as a value to add a new playlist tab. Use "tagslist" as a Value to add a new Tags
Tab

Tab_name- Provide a name for the new tab.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Add_new_tab
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
type
playlist
tab_name
A new Tab
delete_tab (type string, tab_index int)
Description: Delete a Playlist or Tagslist tab.

Type- "playlist" to delete a playlist tab. "tagslist" to delete a Tags Tab

Tab_index- The index of the tab to be deleted, numeration starts at 0.
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Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
delete_tab
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
type
tagslist
tab_index
4
D.16 M ISCELLANEOUS
find
Description: Show the search results across all clip lists for the text currently entered into the UTEB.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
find
import-media
Description: Opens the media browser.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
import-media
goto-timecode
Description: Will jump to the timecode currently entered into the UTEB and put the 3Play in Delayed
playback mode.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
goto-timecode
import_file_clipslist (string)
Description: Imports file(s) found at the path(s) specified by Value into the current clip list for the controlled
output. Import multiple files by separating the paths with pipes.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
import_file_clipslist
D:\Media\Clips\Fountain.mov
import_file_playlist (string)
Description: Imports file(s) found at the path(s) specified by Value into the current playlist for the controlled
output. Import multiple files by separating the paths with pipes.
Example:
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Delay
Shortcut
Value
import_file_playlist
D:\Media\Clips\Fountain.mov
import_file_music (string)
Description: Imports the music at the path specified in Value. It will be imported into the “Music Track” list
for the current playlist of the controlled output.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
import_file_music
D:\Media\Soundand Music\myAudioFile.mp3
goto_clip_tab(int)
Selects the clip tab specified by {value}. The {value} corresponds to the tab index.
goto_playlist_tab(int)
Selects the playlist tab specified by {value}. The {value} corresponds to the tab index.
switcher_finish_and_send_changes (void)
Description: “switcher_begin_changes” intercepts all messages to the
“switcher_finish_and_send_changes” is sent. Allows 'batching' of switcher commands.
switcher
until
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
switcher_finish_and_send_changes
display_version
Description: Display the software build version information in the titlebar.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
display_version
set_router_mapping (router_input int, system_input int)
Description: Map router input to a TriCaster or 3Pplay input. By default mapping is normally set 1:1 but you
can be more specific. For example if you need to set a different range starting at 10 instead of 1, the
router_input would be 10 and the system_input would be 1.
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
set_router_mapping
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Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
router_input
1
system_input
1
set_item_prop (type string, item_id string, prop string, value string)
Description: Modify properties of clips or playlist items.

Type- "cliplist" to change a clip's property. "playlist" to change a property of a playlist item.

Item_id- If not provided then sets properties on the selection according to the type. If type is
"cliplist", Value is the Event ID. If type is "playlist", Value is "tab index"-"item index".

Prop- The name of the property to change. Valid clip values are "InTC", "OutTC", "Duration",
"AudioLevel", "Alias[0]", "Alias[1]", etc. Valid playlist item values are "Name", "FrontAudioEnabled",
"RearAudioEnabled", "FrontAudioVolume", "RearAudioVolume", "InTimecode", "Duration",
"Speed", "TransitionIndex", "TransitionMultiplier", and "TransitionDuration".

Value- A value interpreted based on the specified "prop".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
Value
set_item_prop
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
Key 2
Value 2
Key 3
Value 3
type
playlist
item_id
1-4
prop
Speed
value
50
delete_item (type string, item_id string)
Description: Delete clips or playlist items.


Type- Use "clipslist" to delete a clip or "playlist" to delete a playlist item.
Item_id- If an id is not provided then the selection will be deleted according to the type. If type is
"clipslist", Value is the Event ID. If type is "playlist", Value is "tab index"-"item index".
Example:
Delay
Shortcut
delete_item
Value
Key 0
Value 0
Key 1
Value 1
type
clipslist
item_id
0-2
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APPENDIX E. DATALINK HARDWARE KEYS
This section lists the actual key names that are available for use with DataLink for the different brands of
external equipment it supports. Mostly, the key names are self-explanatory, but we’ve added slightly more
descriptive notes where appropriate. The list is grouped by manufacturer.
Note: the key names listed are shown inserted between percent (%) signs as a reminder, since this is how you will
enter them onto your pages.
E.1 D AKTRONICS
E.1.1 BASEBALL
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
Game Clock Status
%DakHomeHits% -
Home Team Hits
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakInning% -
Current inning
%DakHhr%
-
Hour (from Clock Time)
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DakTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.1.2 BASKETBALL
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
%DakShotClock% -
Shot Clock Time – “SS“
%DakHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakHomeFouls%
-
Home Team Fouls
%DakGuestFouls%
-
Guest Team Fouls
%DakHomeTOFull% -
Game Clock Status
Home Time Outs Left – Full
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%DakHomeTOPart% -
Home Time Outs Left – Partial
%DakHomeTOTotal% -
Home Time Outs Left – Total
%DakGuestTOFull%
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
-
%DakGuestTOPart% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Partial
%DakGuestTOTotal% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
%DakPeriod% -
Current period
%DakHhr%
-
Hour (from Clock Time)
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DakTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.1.3 FOOTBALL
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
Game Clock Status
%DakPlayClock%%
-
Play Clock Time – “SS“
%DakHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakHomeTOFull% -
Home Time Outs Left – Full
%DakHomeTOPart% -
Home Time Outs Left – Partial
%DakHomeTOTotal% -
Home Time Outs Left – Total
%DakGuestTOFull%
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
-
%DakGuestTOPart% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Partial
%DakGuestTOTotal% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
%DakQuarter%
-
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DakTen%
-
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Current quarter
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.1.4 HOCKEY
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
Game Clock Status
%DakShotClock%%
-
Shot Clock Time – “SS“
%DakHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakHomeTOFull% -
Home Time Outs Left – Full
%DakHomeTOTotal% -
Home Time Outs Left – Total
%DakGuestTOFull%
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
-
%DakGuestTOTotal% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
%DakPeriod% -
Current period
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DakTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.1.5 SOCCER
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
Game Clock Status
%DakShotClock%%
-
Shot Clock Time – “SS“
%DakHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakHomeTOFull% -
Home Time Outs Left – Full
%DakGuestTOFull%
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
-
%DakGuestTOTotal% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
%DakHalf%
-
Current half
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
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%DakTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.1.6 VOLLEYBALL
%DakClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DakClockStatus%
-
Game Clock Status
%DakHomeServiceIndicator%
%DakHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%DakGuestScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%DakHomeTOFull% -
Home Time Outs Left – Full
%DakHomeTOTotal% -
Home Time Outs Left – Total
%DakGuestTOFull%
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
-
%DakGuestTOTotal% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
%DakGameNumber% -
Current game number
%DakMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DakSec%-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DakTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.2 D AKTRONICS CG
E.2.1 BASEBALL
%CGDakHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestScore% -
Guest Team Score
%CGDakInning% -
Current inning
%CGDakInningText% -
Current inning (text)
%CGDakInningDescription% -
Inning Description (text)
%CGDakHomeAtBat% -
Home At-bat indicator (0 or 1).
%CGDakGuestAtBat% -
Guest At-bat indicator (0 or 1).
%CGDakHomeHits% -
Home Team Hits
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%CGDakHomeErrors%
-
%CGDakHomeLeftOnBase%
%CGDakGuestHits%
-
%CGDakGuestErrors%
Home Team Errors
-
Home Team Left-on-base
Guest Team Hits
-
Guest Team Errors
%CGDakGuestLeftOnBase%
-
%CGDakBatterNumber% -
At-bat Player Number
%CGDakBatterAverage% -
At-bat Player Average
%CGDakBall% -
Ball count
%CGDakStrike%
-
%CGDakOut% -
Outs
%CGDakHit% -
Hits
%CGDakError%
-
Guest Team Left-on-base
Strike count
Errors
%CGDakHitErrorText%
-
Error (text)
%CGDakErrorPosition% -
Error Position
%CGDakInningLabel1%
-
First Inning label
%CGDakInningLabel2%
-
etc.
%CGDakInningLabel3%
%CGDakInningLabel4%
%CGDakInningLabel5%
%CGDakInningLabel6%
%CGDakInningLabel7%
%CGDakInningLabel8%
%CGDakInningLabel9%
%CGDakInningLabel10%
%CGDakInningLabel11%
%CGDakInningLabel12%
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%CGDakHomeInningScore1% -
Home Score, First Inning
%CGDakHomeInningScore2% -
etc.
%CGDakHomeInningScore3%
%CGDakHomeInningScore4%
%CGDakHomeInningScore5%
%CGDakHomeInningScore6%
%CGDakHomeInningScore7%
%CGDakHomeInningScore8%
%CGDakHomeInningScore9%
%CGDakHomeInningScore10%
%CGDakHomeInningScore11%
%CGDakHomeInningScore12%
%CGDakGuestInningScore1% -
Guest Score, First Inning
%CGDakGuestInningScore2% -
etc.
%CGDakGuestInningScore3%
%CGDakGuestInningScore4%
%CGDakGuestInningScore5%
%CGDakGuestInningScore6%
%CGDakGuestInningScore7%
%CGDakGuestInningScore8%
%CGDakGuestInningScore9%
%CGDakGuestInningScore10%
%CGDakGuestInningScore11%
%CGDakGuestInningScore12%
%CGDakHomePitcherNum% -
Home Pitcher Player Number
%CGDakHomePitchesBalls% -
Home Pitches, Balls
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%CGDakHomePitchesStrikes%
-
%CGDakHomePitchesFoulBall% -
Home Pitches, Strikes
Home Pitches, Foul Balls
%CGDakHomePitchesInPlay% -
Home Pitches In Play
%CGDakHomePitchesTotal% -
Total Home Pitches
%CGDakGuestPitcherNum% -
Guest Pitcher Player Number
%CGDakGuestPitchesBalls% -
Guest Pitches, Balls
%CGDakGuestPitchesStrikes%
-
Guest Pitches, Strikes
%CGDakGuestPitchesFoulBall%
-
Guest Pitches, Foul Balls
%CGDakGuestPitchesInPlay% -
Guest Pitches In Play
%CGDakGuestPitchesTotal% -
Total Guest Pitches
E.2.2 BASKETBALL
%CGDakClock%
-
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%CGDakClockStatus% -
Game Clock Status
%CGDakShotClock% -
Shot Clock Time – “SS“
%CGDakHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestScore% -
Guest Team Score
%CGDakHomeFouls% -
Home Team Fouls
%CGDakGuestFouls% -
Guest Team Fouls
%CGDakHomeTOFull%
-
Home Time Outs Left – Full
%CGDakHomeTOPart%% -
Home Time Outs Left – Partial
%CGDakHomeTOTotal% -
Home Time Outs Total
%CGDakGuestTOFull%
-
Guest Time Outs Left – Full
%CGDakGuestTOPart%
-
Guest Time Outs Left – Partial
%CGDakGuestTOTotal% %CGDakPeriod% %CGDakMin% -
Guest Time Outs Left – Total
Current period
Minutes (from Clock Time)
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%CGDakSec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%CGDakTen% -
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.2.3 FOOTBALL
%CGDakClock%
-
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%CGDakHomeTeamName%
-
Home Team Name
%CGDakGuestTeamName%
-
Guest Team Name
%CGDakHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestScore% -
Guest Team Name
%CGDakQuarter% -
Current quarter
%CGDakBallOn% -
Current ball position
%CGDakDown%
-
Current down
%CGDakToGo%
-
Yards to go
%CGDakHomePossess% -
Possession indicator (0 or 1).
%CGDakGuestPossess%
-
Possession indicator (0 or 1).
%CGDakPlayClock%
-
Play Clock Time – “SS“
%CGDakHomeTO%
-
Home Time Outs
%CGDakGuestTO%
-
Guest Time Outs
%CGDakMin% -
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%CGDakSec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%CGDakTen% -
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.2.4 HOCKEY
%CGDakClock%
-
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%CGDakClockStatus% -
Game Clock running status indicator
%CGDakHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestScore% -
Guest Team Score
%CGDakHomeTO%
Home Time Outs
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-
%CGDakGuestTO%% -
Guest Time Outs
%CGDakHomeShotsOnGoal% -
Home Shots on Goal
%CGDakGuestShotsOnGoal% -
Guest Shots on Goal
%CGDakPeriod% -
Current period
%CGDakHomePenalty1_PlayerNum% -
Home Penalty, player number
%CGDakHomePenalty1_PenaltyTime%
-
%CGDakGuestPenalty1_PlayerNum% -
Guest Penalty, player number
%CGDakGuestPenalty1_PenaltyTime%
-
%CGDakHomePenalty2_PlayerNum% -
Home Penalty, player number
%CGDakHomePenalty2_PenaltyTime%
-
%CGDakGuestPenalty2_PlayerNum% -
Guest Penalty, player number
%CGDakGuestPenalty2_PenaltyTime%
-
%CGDakMin% -
Home Penalty, time left
Guest Penalty, time left
Home Penalty, time left
Guest Penalty, time left
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%CGDakSec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%CGDakTen% -
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.2.5 SOCCER
%CGDakClock%
-
Game Clock Time – “HH:MM:SS.T”
%CGDakHomeTeamName%
-
Home Team Name
%CGDakGuestTeamName%
-
Guest Team Name
%CGDakHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestScore% -
Guest Team Score
%CGDakHalf%
-
Current half
%CGDakHomeShotsOnGoal% %CGDakHomeSaves% -
Home Shots on Goal
Home Saves
%CGDakHomeCornerKicks% -
Home Corner Kicks
%CGDakGuestShotsOnGoal% -
Guest Shots on Goal
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%CGDakGuestSaves% -
Guest Saves
%CGDakGuestCornerKicks% -
Guest Corner Kicks
%CGDakHomeFouls% -
Home Fouls
%CGDakGuestFouls% -
Guest Fouls
%CGDakHhr% -
Hours (from Clock Time)
%CGDakMin% -
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%CGDakSec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%CGDakTen% -
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.2.6 VOLLEYBALL
%CGDakClock%
-
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%CGDakClockStatus%
Game clock running status indicator
%CGDakHomeGameScore%
-
Home Team Score
%CGDakGuestGameScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%CGDakHomeTO%
-
Home Time Out
%CGDakGuestTO%
-
Guest Time Out
%CGDakHomeServiceIndicator% -
Home Service indicator (0 or 1)
%CGDakGuestServiceIndicator% -
Guest Service indicator (0 or 1)
%CGDakHomeGamesWon%
-
Home Games Won
%CGDakGuestGamesWon%
-
Guest Games Won
%CGDakGameNumber%
-
Current Game Number
%CGDakHomeGameScore1% -
Home Score, First Game
%CGDakHomeGameScore2% -
Home Score, Second Game
%CGDakHomeGameScore3% -
Home Score, Third Game
%CGDakHomeGameScore4% -
Home Score, Fourth Game
%CGDakGuestGameScore1% -
Guest Score, First Game
%CGDakGuestGameScore2% -
Guest Score, Second Game
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%CGDakGuestGameScore3% -
Guest Score, Third Game
%CGDakGuestGameScore4% -
Guest Score, Fourth Game
%CGDakMin% -
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%CGDakSec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%CGDakTen% -
Tenths (from Clock Time)
E.3 DSI K EYS :
E.3.1 BASKETBALL
%DSIClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%DSIShotClock% -
Shot Clock Time – “SS“
%DSIMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%DSISec% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%DSITen%-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.4 OES
E.4.1 BASKETBALL
%OESClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%OESShotClock% -
Shot Clock Time
%OESAwayScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%OESHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%OESHomeFouls%
-
Home Team Fouls
%OESAwayFouls%
-
Guest Team Fouls
%OESHomeTOFull% -
Home Team Time Out - Full
%OESHomeTOPart% -
Home Team Time Out - Partial
%OESAwayTOFull%
Guest Team Time Out - Full
-
%OESAwayTOPart% %OESPeriod% -
Guest Team Time Out - Partial
Current period
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%OESMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%OESSec%
-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%OESTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.5 T RANSLUX F AIRPLAY
E.5.1 FOOTBALL
%TLFPClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%TLFPQuarter% -
Current quarter
%TLFPHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%TLFPVisitorScore% -
Visiting Team Score
%TLFPDown%-
Current down
%TLFPToGo% -
To go (yards
%TLFPBallOn%
-
%TLFPFieldTimer%
Ball on (yard line)
-
Current field timer (SS)
%TLFPMin% -
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%TLFPSec%
Seconds (from Clock Time)
-
%TLFPTen% -
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.6 W HITEWAY
E.6.1 BASKETBALL
%WWPeriod% -
Current period
%WWClock% -
Game Clock Time – “MM:SS.T”
%WWAwayScore%
-
Guest Team Score
%WWHomeScore%
-
Home Team Score
%WWShotClock% -
Shot Clock Time
%WWMin%
-
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%WWSec%
-
Seconds (from Clock Time)
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%WWTen%
-
Tenths (secs/10 from Clock Time)
E.7 W HITEWAY R AINBOW
E.7.1 BASKETBALL
%WWRSportNum%
-
%WWRPeriod%
Current period
-
%WWRShotClock%
Sport Number
-
Shot Clock Time
%WWRAwayScore% -
Guest Team Score
%WWRHomeScore% -
Home Team Score
%WWRMinutes% -
Minutes (from Clock Time)
%WWRSeconds% -
Seconds (from Clock Time)
%WWRTenths% -
Tenths (from Clock Time)
INDEX
A
Send, 19
H
AMP (Advanced Media Protocol), 48
C
Hotspots, 21
K
COM port, 40
D
Key-value pairs, 34, 38
L
Database Linker, 36
Device Manager, 40
E
External Devices
Connecting, 39
Linker
Database, 36
Network (RSS), 36
Scoreboard, 38
Key Definitions, 38
M
G
GPI
Configuring devices, 19
Receive, 19
Macros, 9
Conflicts, 16
Conflicts, deliberate, 17
Delete, 10
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Edit, 13
Favorites, 12
Keyboard shortcuts, 10, 16
Macro Configuration pane, 10, 12, 17
Context menu, 12
Edit, 13
Recording, 10, 11
Rename, 10
Resolving conflicts, 17
Sending GPI commands, 19
Session Macros, 10
Snapshot, 11
System Commands, 10
Triggering, 15
Control Surface, 17
Favorites, 12
GPI, 18, 19
Hotspots, 21
Keyboard, 16
MIDI, 18
MIDI, 15
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P
Port
COM, 40
R
RSS, 36
S
Scoreboard Linker
Key Definitions, 38
Scoreboard Linker, 38
T
Triggers, 21
V
Vizrt®, 44
Chapter 9 CREDITS
Acknowledgments:
Tim Jenison, Jim Plant
Engineering:
Andrew Cross, Alvaro Suarez, Brian Brice, Cary Tetrick, Charles Steinkuehler, Dan Fletcher, Gil Triana, Greg
Heine, Jagannadh Malla, James Killian, Jan Uribe, Jarrod Davis, Jeremy Brosius, Jeremy Wiseman, John
Perkins, Karen Zipper, Kevin Rouviere, Kirk Morger, Liviu Corsatea, Mahdi Mohajer, Masaaki Konno,
Menghua Wang, Michael Joiner, Michael Watkins, Mike Murphy, Nathan Kovner, Naveen Jayakumar, Ryan
Hansberger, Shawn Wisniewski, Steve Bowie, Todd Bryant, Troy Stevenson
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NewTek Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Customer Support, Training and Development, and
Operations departments and personnel.
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