TriCaster 850

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Our TriCaster 850

TriCaster 850: Portable editor, camera switcher

The TriCaster 850 is an incredibly powerful piece of technology with a 24 channel switcher and 8-souce ISO recording.  You can have up to 8 cameras set up and 5 digital media players, and 2 network channels to share your production.  You can also stage virtual sets live and add in graphics to enhance your production.  If you want your production to look even snazzier, the TriCaster 850 allows you to add in a wide variety of transitions and visual effects.
Those of you worried about converting files from TriCaster to Mac or Windows, fear not, as the media produced is in a universal file format allowing you to effortlessly move between platforms and all popular editing and post-production platforms.

The TriCaster 850 is ideal for:

Superb visual effects that can be placed into your production live

Virtual Sets

Animated transitions

Recording live video and streaming simultaneously

Customizable visuals

…all in one portable box!

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The interface of our TriCaster 850

TriCaster 850 Specifications:


24 Channel Switchers

Video Input:

8 simultaneous inputs

HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M and SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656

HD Component, HD-SDI, SD Component, SD-SDI, Y/C (BNC) or Composite

Video Output

3 simultaneous outputs

HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC), or Composite

HDMI, DVI and VGA output for monitors and/or projector

Output sources include Program and AUX (configurable for Program, Program clean, Preview, any input, Effects, any frame store, alpha out)

Network Inputs

2 live sources, with any combination of:  computer displays mirrored via NewTek iVGA™ technology, iTunes, and wireless iOS devices via Apple® AirPlay® from any supported app; including audio, photos and video

Media Players

5 integrated digital media players with presets, alpha channel and adjustable audio levels per clip: 2 DDRs, Stills, Titles and Sounds

M/E-bus-style Virtual Inputs:

8 independent mix/effect-style channels, each with presets, dedicated upstream overlay channel with transition control, and independent source effects; positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation


MPEG-2 (normal and high profile); MP3

1080p HD recording of Program or AUX output in all resolutions up to 1080p

Adjustable audio headroom

Audio Input

8 SDI Embedded

8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)


Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155

Phantom Power Support

Audio Output

1 Stereo 1/4″ (phones)


3 SDI Embedded

4 Balanced XLR

4 Balanced XLR (AUX)

Video Processing

32-bit Floating Point


Audio Processing

4 channels, 96 kHz


Live Streaming

Full HD live streaming in resolutions up to 720p (16:9 aspect ratio), with simultaneous archive

Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser to manage or view streams, and access online CDN accounts

Supported Formats

NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i

Multi-Standard model: NTSC-J; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 576/25i

Recording Capacity

50 Hours 1080i

300 Hours 480i

4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup

Supported Stream Types:

Adobe® Flash® to Flash media server connections

Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull

Support for custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles

Support for most common stream profiles

Network Connection

1 Gigabit connection for network inputs and streaming output

Virtual Input Overlay

1 per channel, upstream with keying, transitions, and independent effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation

Live Virtual Sets

20 HD live virtual sets with multiple camera angles, animated zoom, real-time reflections and specular highlights


Dual downstream keys (DSK) with matting, transitions, and independent effects: positioning, scaling, cropping and 3D rotation

Preview Monitors

Full field rate displays

Program, Look-Ahead Preview, and source windows configurable for All Monitors, External Monitors, Internal Monitors, Switcher Monitors and Scopes

Embedded audio VU meter overlays that show/hide automatically with sound

Adjustable source and switcher group monitor panes

Multi-View Monitor Output

Configurable for All Monitors, External Monitors, Internal Monitors, Program, Preview, Effects, Preview/Program and Waveform/Vectorscope

Projector Output

16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, up to 1920 x 1080 resolution

Playback Media Formats

Movie files: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1, 2 in all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM and more

Image files: PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF and more

Audio files: AIFF, MP3, WAV and more

Import media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files (including Apple Pro Res) onto TriCaster

Export Media Formats

Export media applications for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices

Media types: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more

Presets for external NLEs: Adobe Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, and more

Presets for all mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more

Video Ingest


Signal Monitoring

Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope
Full field rate displays with color preview
Support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709 standards

Integrated Character Generator


Integrated Nonlinear Editor



DB 15 connector for 8 PGM row tally lights

Power Supply

550W, redundant and removable


Multi-tiered software fail-safe (audio and video)

Form Factor

4U Rack Mount


19 x 7.25 x 21.5 (in)

48.3 x 18.4 x 54.6 (cm)


42 lbs (19 kg)

Accessory Options

TriCaster 850 CS
TriCaster 850 TW
TriCaster Virtual Set Editor (VSE)
Also compatible with TriCaster 450 CS, TriCaster LC-11, and TriCaster TimeWarp™

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The back of our TriCaster 850, showing all of the inputs.

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