A few months ago, I came up with an idea for an Internet TV show I’d like to host & produce. I considered returning to the multi-million dollar studio in Dallas where I filmed Ecommerce Confidential but really wanted to explore other options.
In March at South by Southwest in Austin, I came across a device that completely blew me away, the Tricaster TCXD300. For about $15,000, the Tricaster lets you, while on camera produce the quality of tv show that would have cost half a million or more and require a crew of five or six people just a few years ago. This is the same piece of equipment that’s being used by Fox Sports and several other networks. (NewTek, the manufacturer, has several different versions of the Tricaster and different price points).
The Tricaster will allow you to connect up to three cameras, a computer (to display Powerpoint presentations, websites, etc.) and even bring in a guest via Skype. You can also add images, film clips and add graphics, titles and credits. It includes several virtual sets and there’s software available that let’s you create custom sets.
You can simultaneously create a live program streaming over the Internet while also recording the show on the Tricaster and, it will also send the signal out to a projector at a live event.
Last weekend, I rented the Tricaster 300 along with a couple of cameras and setup a greenscreen and lights in my home office. The results are amazing! In such a short time, I wasn’t able to take advantage of all the things the Tricaster can do but I did record an hour long interview with a friend as well as the 10 minute review featured on this page.
I rented the Tricaster from Videotex Systems in Dallas. To find a dealer in your area or for more info on the Tricaster TCXD300, visit Newtek.com. Special thanks to Darryl Newman and Russell Meehan from VideoTex for helping me get all the gear in place.