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Switcher Channels

24 – 10 external, 6 internal, 8 virtual inputs

Video Input

8 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite connections and resolutions

Network Sources

2 live sources via Gigabit connection, selectable from any networked computer or Apple® AirPlay® device


5 integrated digital media sources for video, graphics and sounds: 2 DDRs, Still, Title and Sound

Frame Buffer

9 channels for static graphics or watch folder

Virtual Inputs

8 independent, mix/effect-style channels, with transitions and per-source 3D positioning, scaling and cropping


2 primary DSK channels and dedicated upstream overlay per virtual input, each with independent transition controls, 3D positioning, scaling, cropping and integrated TransWarp effects

Effects and Transitions

Integrated TransWarp effects engine on all effects channels supports standard transitions, customizable animation store transitions with audio, and overlay effects

  • Animation Store Creator for custom animations
  • Supports per-pixel alpha blending between sources and real-time 3D warping of video or graphics

Virtual Sets

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

Video Output

Configurable for up to 11 output connections and 2 independent A/V output signals

  • 3 x SDI (2 Program and AUX)
  • 3 x Analog configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite (2 Program and AUX)
  • HDMI output (Program)
  • Network output for live streaming (Program)


Multi-track, multi-format recording of up to 8 simultaneous channels via IsoCorder™ technology

  • Native recording in up to 1080p with timecode
  • Encoding format selectable per source: QuickTime®, MPEG-2 (high or normal profile), AVI (SpeedHQ) and H.264 (high or Web quality)

Recording Capacity

Accommodates ~ 200 hours 1080i or ~ 1200 hours 480i via 4 removable 2TB media drives (included)

  • 4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
  • Simultaneous recording of 2 channels per media drive via IsoCorder

Live Streaming

HD live streaming via Gigabit connection, with simultaneous archive 

  • Presets in up to 720p, supporting most common streaming profiles and custom multi-bitrate streaming profiles, configured via browser based plug-ins, Adobe® Flash® to Flash media server connections or Microsoft® Windows Media® Push/Pull
  • Streaming Profile Manager with integrated Web browser and integrated Livestream® plug-in

Audio Inputs

8 SDI Embedded
8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)
Phantom Power Support

Audio Outputs

3 SDI Embedded
4 Balanced XLR
4 Balanced XLR (AUX)
1 Stereo 1/4" (phones)

Audio Mixing

Integrated multi-channel audio mixer for internal and external audio sources, outputs, stream and headphones

  • Seven-band equalizer and full stereo compressor/limiter per input and output
  • Digital audio inputs equipped with audio time-base synchronizers
  • Supports iPad® audio mixing app for touchscreen remote control of audio mixer

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

Playback Media Formats

AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVCProHD, FLV, F4V, H.263, H.264, MOV, MKV, MJPEG, MPEG (1, 2, all profiles, program or transport streams), MP4, WMV, WebM, PSD, PNG, TGA, BMP, JPEG, EXR, RAW, TIF, AIFF, MP3, WAV, and more, with Import Media application for batch import with optional transcoding of files (including Apple ProRes)

Export Media Formats

Export media application for batch copying with optional transcoding of files to compatible formats for different applications and devices: AVI, DV, DVCPro, DVD, H.264, MOV, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MP4, WebM and more

  • Presets for NLEs: Adobe Premiere®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, and more
  • Presets for mobile platforms: Android®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and more

Post Production

NewTek SpeedEDIT™ 2 non-linear editor available via download for Add-On installation
NewTek SpeedHQ codecs for Mac and PC for extended file compatibility with TriCaster and system applications


Selectable layouts for user interface and multiview preview displays

Signal Monitoring

Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709


Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 4 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point

Control Surface

Includes TriCaster 855 hardware control surface

  • Surface ~ 28.5 x 0.5 x 11.6 in (72.4 x 1.3 x 29.5 cm)
  • Base ~ 27.5 x 2.0 x 10.8 in (69.9 x 5.1 x 27.4 cm)
  • 18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)

System Physical

4U Rack Mount, with 550W redundant, removable power supply and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe

  • 19.0 x 7.0 x 20.5 in (48.3 x 17.8 x 52.0 cm)
  • 44 lbs (20 kg)
Subject to change without notice.

24-Channel, Multi-Camera Production.

With the 24 channel, multi-camera TriCaster 855, you can have up to 8 cameras, plus 5 digital media players for video clips, graphics and titles, and 2 network channels for sharing video and audio from any Windows PC, Mac or wireless iOS device. 8 M/E-style virtual inputs let you stage live virtual sets, and create custom picture effects and presets, when you need to give your big show even bigger impact.

Maximum Control.

The bigger your live production, the more sources there are that need close management. With keyboard and mouse control or the intuitive control surface, you can click your way to every function of the system. With the highly responsive control surface console, you get immediate control―a physical extension of your reflexes―orchestrating every move with familiar production controls at your fingertips, for live, hands-on navigation of the system UI.


TriCaster 855 glides smoothly into your control room or live truck rack—ready to rock. With redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe, you have industrial-strength performance and the ability to adapt to every situation. Industry-standard SDI, more-extensive format compatibility than ever, and a long list of file types allow the TriCaster 855 to ease into your workflow and handle your most challenging needs.

Multi-Track Iso-Recording.

IsoCorder™ multi-track video recording technology combines the capabilities of literally racks of video capture equipment. This innovative technology saves loads of space, enhancing your studio with a powerful, built-in, real-time ISO recording system of all 8 camera inputs, simultaneously—right inside the user interface. Record your entire show, select camera footage, and more, at full resolution to meet your most challenging post-production demands.

Electrifying Visual Effects.

Customizing your signature look—even for multiple shows—requires a style that makes an impression on your audience. TriCaster 855 hosts the most powerful integrated effects engine in live production. Choose from full-color, animated transitions with alpha channel and embedded audio; deliver a cohesive presentation with imaginative, branded elements, like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D video warping and transformations with TransWarp effects and motion overlays. And, create your own custom effects using the included Animation Store Creator application.

One-Size-Fits-All File Compatibility.

TriCaster 855 lets you usher media assets from pre-production, to live (or from post to distribution), in no time. With QuickTime® encoded files embedded with timecode and 4 audio tracks, you have the comfort of a high-quality, universal file format that floats effortlessly between TriCaster, Mac® and Windows® platforms, and all common editing and post-production software. Plus, codecs for Mac and PC let you equip your entire facility to encode media assets for optimized, real-time playback.

High Capacity.

Enjoy the capacity for hundreds of hours of recorded media. 5 integrated digital media players are on-hand to augment your production, on top of 10 live and 8 virtual sources. Need more? Swap out media drives for more capacity. Use the session library to save settings and assets for each production. Shift from show to show—without missing a beat.

Future Proof.

Be prepared, no matter what. Go ahead and change the formats you produce in; TriCaster will be a step ahead with native resolution support from SD, to 1080p HD. You’ll never have to transcode or turn down content from different formats, resolutions, and file types—mix any of them natively for input, output or playback. And with instant access to free software updates, you can always count on having the latest features and constant innovation.

Record Live Streaming Video, Simultaneously.

You can, when both Web streaming and program recording are built right into your production operation. Maximize online views with support for multi-bitrate streaming profiles, and even access online CDN accounts and view streams in real time with a built-in Web browser. Without missing a beat, record the entire program in the background for uploading, later viewing, archiving, or saving to disk.

Stunning Studio Sets and Backgrounds.

Wow your audience, while raising eyebrows and the profile of your show. With built-in virtual sets, and support for standalone Virtual Set Editor 2.0, you can have a network-style studio environment without the high cost or heavy construction. Broadcast live from a multi-angle virtual set that sports your company logo, with key elements you can edit. Complement your presentation with double-box effects, featuring your own video and graphics.

TriCaster 855 in Action

  1. Live Desktop Monitors
    Select from a variety of layouts for previewing production sources. Full field rate displays include audio VU meter overlays and alpha channel transparency checkerboard.
  2. Network Sources
    Share computer screens or displays from wireless Apple® AirPlay&re; devices, like iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, connected to the same local network. TriCaster 855 also accepts network output signals from NewTek 3Play™ systems and TriCaster 8000 systems.
  3. Look-Ahead Preview Monitor
    Setup and preview your next shot before it goes live, including any titles and overlays to be applied.
  4. Program Monitor
    View the primary video output being broadcast, streamed, projected and/or recorded.
  5. Recording
    Capture video from up to eight individual sources simultaneously with integrated IsoCorder™ multi-track, multi-format recording technology. Files are recorded at native resolution and compatible with every major non-linear editing application, computer operating system and media sharing website.
  6. Live Streaming
    Launch live streaming video of your show to the Web with simultaneous archive, at the touch of a button. TriCaster 855 includes presets for the most common streaming profiles, in resolutions up to 720p, with support for custom multi-bitrate stream profiles.
  7. Live Production Switcher
    Control all 24 channels, including external video and network sources, virtual inputs, and internal media sources.
  8. Utility Row
    Select sources directly from the switcher for the FX bus, DSK channels and AUX output.
  9. Utility Delegate
    Set the Utility Row to send video and graphics to the FX bus, DSKs or AUX output.
  10. Virtual Inputs
    Mix multi-source compositions or create complex video effects and assign to a single button. TriCaster 855 includes eight, fully configurable virtual inputs, each with multiple presets.
  11. Transitions Controls
    Dictate the flow of shots, transitions and effects, with control over the primary video layer and DSK channels.
  12. TransWarp Effects
    Supported on every available effects channel, the TransWarp effects engine is simply the most powerful integrated effects system in live production. TriCaster 855 electrifies live video, DSKs and overlays with full-color animation store transitions, complete with embedded audio and 3D warping of video. The integrated Animation Store Creator application also allows you to build custom transitions and effects, with eye-catching visuals like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D transformations and motion overlays.
  13. Live Virtual Sets
    Get the look of a network-style studio, complete with real-time reflections and specular highlights. TriCaster 855 includes 24 HD virtual sets in a variety of styles and settings, each with multiple angles, virtual camera shot presets and animated zoom control. Select sets also feature double-box effects.
  14. Virtual Input Panel
    Select two primary switcher sources, create a mix/effect-style composition, and use an additional source as an overlay. Configure virtual sets, layer live elements, set upstream picture-in-picture effects, and more.
  15. DDRs
    Load and playback video clips, packages and motion graphics. TriCaster 855 offers native support for an extensive range of file formats, allowing you to work with essentially any media asset you're given.
  16. Graphics
    Display images, apply titles or present static graphics. Choose from and edit templates in a variety of styles and designs, or import your own graphics for a custom-branded live production.
  17. Multi-Channel Audio Mixer
    Deliver pristine sound with adjustable audio controls for internal and external sources, plus outputs, including audio-follows-video, sub-mix routing, and a seven-band equalizer and compressor/limiter on every source and output. Touchscreen remote control is also in the mix, via the companion iPad audio mixing app.

Market leaders know that growing and retaining viewer mindshare in an increasingly online world—plus, maximizing ad revenue, sponsorships, subscriptions, and other opportunities depends on delivering quality programming precisely where viewers watch. Live or on-demand. Onsite, at home, on the Web, or via mobile.

Right out of the box, TriCaster 855 is a complete, integrated solution for pros delivering big, live productions in native, full-resolution HD. With a fully loaded, 24-channel switcher, whopping eight-source ISO recording, and the world’s most powerful integrated effects system (can you say 3D?), your productions shine. The hardware control surface is a highly responsive console for hands-on navigation of the system UI, giving you another choice for driving your live productions. Plus, you get additional video, graphics, animations, and virtual sets to help you meet today’s viewer demands, in a highly competitive marketplace.

  • Volumes of customizable signature looks make each program distinct
  • Impressive effects with real-time cloth dynamics, warping video, overlays and sound
  • Higher-capacity media storage accommodates a high volume of project work
  • The flexibility to go from show, to show, to show, adding new camera angles along the way—up to eight, for the most sophisticated programs
  • Built-in live streaming at the push of a button
  • Access all sources and functions with an included hardware control surface
  • Stream, broadcast, project and record—all at the same time—so you can meet viewers wherever they watch, now or later
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