View Full Version : Check out my custom Tcaster Production case

04-17-2007, 11:44 PM
In my earlier post I said that I'd put up some photos of our new Tricaster production package. http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/Tcaster45Front.jpgI built it into a Gator 10RU ABS case with luggage handles and wheels. http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/TcasterWheeling.jpgI drilled out the front door rivets and relocated the door to the top with some new heavy duty hinges. http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/TcasterStraps.jpgThe production case has an IBM 21" lcd monitor bolted to the lid,http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/TcasterFront3.jpg a Tricaster 100, a Back-UPS 420, a Behringer Xenyx 802 audio mixer, a Sony VRD-VC20 DVD recorder, a ClearCom PK-5 intercom base station, a Middle Atlantic sliding keyboard shelfhttp://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/TcasterFront5.jpg and a Tripp Lite rackmount power strip. http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/TcasterRear2.jpgI built a 1RU breakout panel for camera and audio inputs and slapped it all into the Gator case.http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u44/communitytvsc/Tcaster45Front.jpg

What do you think?
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04-18-2007, 03:58 PM
Congratulations! VERY nice!

Jim Davis
04-19-2007, 06:14 PM
I have used that same Gator Case with MY VT4 System


The only thing I did not like about that Gator case it that is very thin plastic. It would not be hard for a sharp object go through the lids.

We started making our cases out of ABS laminated Plywood which is is much more durable. The overall design is neet. I think it would not be hard to frabricate if enough of you where interested let me know. We could design it up and add it to our case line.

04-19-2007, 10:26 PM
nicely done! If I end up with a tricaster I may have to commission you!

Billy Harmony
04-28-2007, 03:48 PM
I have a similar unit for sale on E-Bay if anyone is interested!

Item number: 140112869542

Just cut and paste the item number in the E-Bay search!

04-29-2007, 08:16 AM

Bravo. Your case appears well constructed and well thought out. could have saved me a bunch of time. I wish to add to the discussion that each piece in my kit was selected on what our needs are and reflect our intended use. Plus these considerations:

1) In our opinion, the screen size of 17' is portable but too small for the Tricaster, we needed more real estate, thus the 21 inch IBM monitor. Makes a huge difference.
2) I/O. I like how your case faces the tricaster out the back and has a modular ability to bring different I/O for the unit. This is critical as the wear and tear on the jack panel on the Tricaster body is something to be avoided. Once you start connecting and removing cables in the field it would be very easy for an individual jack to take a hit to one of the input/outputs. It would be a big drag for the Tricaster to have to go down for repair because of a bad video or audio connector. That's why a breakout panel for all connectors is a must.
3) A second recording medium for the Tricaster is also a must. You cannot depend on the avi to record without a hiccup. One of our Tricaters has a built-in DSR-25 DVCAM deck, the other a DVD recorder. We included ours, yours would have to be added outside the unit. We wanted ours to be all inclusive.
4)AC Power. It is common for things to go wrong on a remote production. We added the UPS to make sure that when the coffee percolator in the next room turns on, that your Tricaster avi does not stop recording or that the important seminar that you are streaming is not interrupted. Maybe ther'es room in your kit for a rack mounted 19' wide power UPS. For our unit to have this insurance, that's why the Back UPS is built in.
5) It looks like there is space and you mentioned an optional Audio Mixer. We felt that though the Tricaster audio mixer is basically functional, that an operator is doing so much with their mouse and keyboard that it would be good to have a traditional tactile mixer built-in. It also save on Tricaster jack I/O wear and tear.

your table and chairs are cool. where can I buy one?
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Billy Harmony
05-02-2007, 10:19 PM
I thank you for your "Bravo."

I fully understand your reasoning and the choices that you have made.

Allow me to extend to you a "Bravo!"

My biggest concern has always been weight VS functionality.

That said,

McClaflin Mobile Media's M3-TCPRS1 can actually accommodate a 19” LCD Monitor and as you have noted, up to two expansion modules. I went with the 17” LCD as I was trying to serve basic needs. While I would agree that larger is better, with the 17” LCD at eye level I find it to be more than adequate.

As for mounting the TriCaster in the back of the unit, I simply saw no reason to make an I/O for the TriCaster since it already had one. Your argument for a separate I/O does however have merit.

The first unit I constructed did have a DSR25 mounted beside the TriCaster. However, I decided that the added 13 pounds made it too heavy and since I was trying to manufacture a simple unit that could readily serve the most basic of needs, I decided that a secondary case was more desirable.

I do have surge protection but no UPS. At this point, I consider UPS to be the Kitchen Sink. The weight is simply more weight. I have yet to see or hear of a situation where a UPS would have saved the day. Now don’t get me wrong, I think it a good idea, just not sure of the practical need. I have done many remotes over the past 25 years. I cannot think of a single remote where we lost power. Almost wish I hadn’t said that. Now, the day that I do lose power on a remote, I will have to reflect back to this conversation.

While we would all agree that there is more than one way to skin a cat, I have decided to skin mine in the fashion presented.

I thank you for the feedback and will carefully consider the alternatives you have presented.

If serious about a Table … One can be had … Just send me a P.M.

As for the “Chair” with folding legs … If your Gator Case rear lid is as it was manufactured and has nothing mounted in it … It can be retrofitted … Send me a P.M.


A.K.A. Billy

Jim Davis
05-02-2007, 11:30 PM
I like the over all design of both of these cases. The only problem I have is with using the Gator case shell. The case is made of very thin plastic except on the sides were the handles are. It would be very easy to poke somthing thru the sides or top of this case. My litmus test is can I stand on the case and will it support my 250 lbs:) without it bowing. The other thing I did not like about the Gator case that the latch hardware is not recessed which would be the first thing to break if it catches on somthing loading it in or out of the car. Plus It hurts like heck!! when you catch on your leg :thumbsdow

I have use this Gator case in one of my eariler attempts to put together a portable VT 4 system because I like the idea of the handle and roller blade type wheels but for the reasons listed above in the end I decided to build the case from scratch using 3/8" Laminated Plywood similar to what is used in Anvil style cases. We build them in house now and have set up a wood shop for my son Ryan who makes the various cases we sell. This give us the ability to custom build any case you want.

We make a case shell similar to the Gator with the recessed hardware handle and wheels if anyone is interested. We can also duplicate both case concepts listed here. We also make a smaller case for the Tricaster that has been very popular check it out here http://www.dvsdirect.com/tricasterRPT.htm