TriCaster’s Startup Screen is the gateway to a suite of applications as well as session and system maintenance and management features.

Icons in the left-hand pane of the Startup Screen provide access to numerous functions. This will be covered in other Articles, for now let’s look at what type of information goes into a session.

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Whenever you work with TriCaster, you provide certain information about the production environment:
• What broadcast standard is used in your locale? Is it PAL, common in Europe among other places, or perhaps NTSC, standard throughout North American regions?
• If your task includes cameras or other live sources, are they HD, SD or both?
• How are cameras connected (are you perhaps using component or SDI connections, or a mixture of several types)?

As you continue, you may make other adjustments relevant to your current production requirements:
• You might calibrate your cameras individually using the Proc Amp settings in the Input Configuration panels.
• If your production plans include the use of greenscreen staging, you will adjust the LiveMatte settings for one or more cameras to provide optimal keying.
• Perhaps you will use the output Proc Amps to adjust the display sent to a projection system.
• What are your output device connection preferences? For example, will you send video to a local reference monitor using an S-Video or composite cable, etc. Do you intend to connect to a projection system? What external audio connections and adjustments are required?
• You might create a playlist of custom title pages in a Media Player, along with preset and playlists for clips in the DDRs.

During the course of the actual live production you may perform further fine-tuning, and also add to the media content available:
• You could grab a series of still images from Program Output.
• And capture the network Stream output as a file.

The list of adjustments, activities and assets involved in a specific production goes on, but the main point to grasp here is that the session is comprised of all of the above collectively. Assuming you do not deliberately delete the session, all of your session media and all of your session settings are ready for immediate recall. Page | 95

When you re-open an existing session, it’s just as if you were continuing an earlier event. Thus, if you return to the same venue another day under more or less similar conditions, simply re-open your prior session and you are virtually ready to go. (Of course, it’s the course of wisdom to test everything before actually beginning the event.)

Naturally, you can store multiple sessions and load any session freely. This greatly simplifies business models that involve regular trips to several locations, a number of unique episodic programs, or different users with their own specific needs.