While the TriCaster 40 2.0 and the TriCaster 460 both have four video inputs there are a number of differences between the two units. In general the TC 40 is targeted to a different type of user then the TC 460. The user interface has been simplified somewhat and some features have been left out to keep the cost down.
The TriCaster 460 has composite, S-Video (Y/C), component and serial digital (SDI) inputs. The component and SDI inputs support HD video. The TriCaster 40 does not have SDI inputs so your HD cameras would connect via the component inputs. The 40’s component, composite or S-Video inputs can be used for SD cameras.
Both units have composite, S-Video and component outputs but the TC 460 adds SDI. This main output is at the resolution and frame rate of the current session. Both machines have a second configurable. This can be set to output a camera iso, program, preview or a clean program output (no overlays) all at a selectable resolution.
The TC 460 also has a dedicated HDMI output that carries the program audio and video signals plus two additional assignable auxiliary outputs.
The multiview output on both machines can be configured as a true multiviewer and display multiple sources and previews in several different configurations. On the TC 460 the multiview output can even be customized.
The TC 40 has very simple audio I/O. The inputs are stereo pair of RCA jacks and a single ¼” microphone jack along with an RCA pair for the output and a ¼” headphone jack.
The TC 460 sports a pair of XLR jacks that can be configured as either mic or line level inputs along with three pairs of ¼” jacks for additional inputs. The main output is a pair of XLR jacks. The TC 460 also has an a pair of ¼” jacks as an ‘aux’ audio output that can be configured with various sources in the software.
The 460 can also except embedded SDI audio on it’s SDI inputs and embeds the program audio in the SDI outputs. The TC 40 lacks the compressor/limiters, graphic eq and audio grouping found on the TC 460.
M/E vs. Virtual Inputs
The virtual inputs on the TC40 can be used to set up virtual sets or other special effects. The M/Es on the TC460 can be used for that or alternately be used as sub-switchers that can even be routed to the secondary output.
The TC 460 has two DDRs that can play video, audio, still and Title pages. The 40 only has one.
The 460 has two GFX players that can play stills or titles and a dedicated audio player. The 40 also has two GFX players that can play audio as well, but no dedicated audio player.
The 460 has both frame and animation buffers that let each M/E and the main switcher have an individual graphic loaded that can be dynamically updated over the network.
Both machines can use ‘Animation Store’ transitions. These are transitions that have an animated element and sound effects. They also includes the Animation Store Editor.
The TC 40 and the TC460 both support standard def (480i) in both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios and 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 24 frame HD video.
The TriCaster 40 can record your program back to the hard drive in either Quicktime, MPEG, AVI or web quality H.264 format. The TC 460 can record four streams of video in various different formats and codecs using the Isocorder function. Select your four streams from program, an iso’ed input, the Aux bus etc.
Both TriCasters have an integrated title page editor (LiveText) and the 460 includes a SpeedEDIT license. The stand-alone versions of both are available to the TC 40 owner to purchase.
Although neither machine requires genlocked cameras the TC 460 has a genlock input so that it can be locked to house sync.
So if you’re on a tight budget the TriCaster 40 isn’t so stripped down that it can’t do the job and can give your productions a polished look. While the TriCaster 460 has all the features you need to push your production to the next level.
*The TC 40 has three connectors on it’s video card a 15 pin VGA, a DVI and an HDMI. You can use any two of them, one for the user interface the other for the multiview.