Professional Component Connectivity
Today’s video producers often debate which type of camera connections are the best to use in live video production. TriCaster 40 was designed with SD/HD analog component, Y/C and composite inputs specifically because it delivers great quality, reliability and value to a new entry-level range of customers.
- Quality. For entry-level live productions, HD component delivers superb quality. Not only can users produce full resolution HD video in 720p (ideal for live web streaming), but also 1080i, the preferred HD format for post-production. And TriCaster 40 owners don’t have to worry about signal degradation over long cables. Degradation arises quickly over even modest distances for HDMI cabling, which is why most HDMI manufacturers warn customers to limit cable lengths, or convert to another format. In addition, there many cameras with HDMI outputs that do not work in live mode (providing only tape-playback) – so although HDMI is a modern format that can be a great digitizing solution, it is not yet a proven solution for live video broadcasts.
- Reliability. Unlike HDMI connectors, component connectors lock in place, which is critical for live production where cables can easily get knocked around, causing interference – even blackouts – a real danger for a live production with no opportunity for do-overs. Nearly all newer and older camera models continue to have component outputs, making the TriCaster 40 extremely “plug and play” and less vulnerable to accidental disconnects.
- Value. SDI connectors are very popular on devices used by seasoned video producers; but SDI cameras are typically very expensive – often quadruple the price of more economical component cameras, or even more. TriCaster 40’s analog component connectivity opens the door to a whole new group of schools, bloggers, churches, and small business who want to produce HD-quality events, but keep their total cost of ownership low by not forcing them to purchase new, very costly cameras.