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On Recording…


TriCaster 40

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Where is the record button and what are my options?


Located immediately beneath the “Program” monitor are the Record, Stream and Grab buttons (along with their respective Configure buttons-the gear icons). TriCaster provides a great deal of flexibility when it comes to capturing your production. This is very useful for immediate post production purposes, or for playback during a live production.


The Configure button (gear) located next to the Record button (see above graphic) opens the Record Configuration panel (see graphic below).

Record Configuration

The Record Configuration panel allows you to select which source to capture along with other settings.

The first thing you may want to do is enter a Base Name for captured files (this name increments numerically when you start and stop recording).


Lets take a closer look at the options found here in the “Record Configuration” panel.

Add to DDR

Enable the Add to DDR Playlist switch to automatically insert newly captured clips at the end of the DDR playlist. These clips are available for immediate playback during your live production.

In digital audio systems, signal levels exceeding allowable values are clipped (uniformly assigned the maximum value), inevitably entailing audible issues.

Audio Headroom

TriCaster’s Record Configuration panel provides an Audio Headroom setting that lets you choose an offset value (in decibels) between 0dB FS (the maximum allowable digital level) and the benchmark ‘alignment level’.


A drop-down menu labeled Source permits you to choose which video stream to capture. TriCaster provides two source options, PGM (Program output) and AUX (a particularly flexible option, since it can be independently set to a variety of formats Output Configuration).


The Encoding option menu allows you to choose between encoding formats for the recorded file.

Let’s consider the differences in the two H.264 (.mp4) format options.

TriCaster supports two different bitrates for encoding, designated High Quality and Web Quality. The former uses 20 Mbit/sec encoding, while the latter option invokes a 2 Mbit/sec bitrate suitable for online use


Select drives or other storage volumes as targets for the different recordings using the Destination drop-down menu

(for more information on this topic see the User Guide Chapter 3.6)

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Created : 2012-08-20 11:44:08, Last Modified : 2012-08-30 07:56:14