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    iVGA Auto-Start

    iVGA, which is used to bring a separate computer into 'Net1' or 'Net2' on the Tricaster 40 (and I'm sure others), must be manually started on the computer *after* the Tricaster is up and running. Currently, iVGA cannot be started AND config selections made without the Tricaster running - iVGA must be able to 'see' the Tricaster on the network. In addition, after starting iVGA, several choices must be made (clicked) to select various configuration items.

    I would like iVGA Pro to be able to start up when the computer starts, AND have the various configuration items already selected - AND without the Tricaster running.
    No doubt there are various ways to accomplish that - choose what was selected last - or have various 'profiles' to select from, ect.

    Reason for asking for this:
    We are a very small shop. A church, in fact. We broadcast (or record) once a week, for about 1 hour.
    We project text and videos on a screen at the front of the auditorium (from a 'projector' computer). I use iVGA to capture what's being projected and bring that into the Tricaster. The projectionist gets there long before I do and starts the projector computer, and operates it during practice sessions. The projectionist must wait until I get there and get the Tricaster up and running before iVGA can be started. The projectionist must stop what she's doing, close the current software (SongShow Pro), start iVGA, make all the config selections, the restart SongShow. We have multiple projectionists, each working different Sundays. Some are more technically advanced than others. I often have to walk over to them, and ask them to start iVGA, sometimes helping to make the proper config selections. If one of us forgets to start iVGA and there is a video during the service, I can resort to pointing a camera at the screen, but that's not a good picture, and it takes a few seconds to get a camera pointing at it, which means I miss part of the video, as well as having a poor picture.

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    I'd forget about iVGA and switch to the new NDI workflow myself. Might need to update 410 software (free) to support NDI if current installed version is really old.

    Download the NDI Tools Pack here - https://www.newtek.com/ndi/applications/

    NDI Scan Converter (in tools pack) replaces iVGA.

    I don't know for certain if this will resolve your workflow order issue, but this would be a step in the right direction.

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    Jeff Pulera
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    Just to be clear a TriCaster 40 does not support NDI.
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    Zane, I've brought it up before with a few people at Newtek (I won't name names), about having a free NDI-to-iVGA converter app that would perform a basic transfer of an NDI signal to an iVGA signal, for the sole purpose of allowing the newer NDI sources to be viewable on older systems. You'd be limited to the nummber ofNET inputs on the individual systems, of course.

    I do, of course, understand and agree with the "look ahead and not backward" viewpoint, but would such an app even be possible?

    I don't mean to hijack this thread, either. NDI was brought up as a possible solution and subsequently shut down as an option due to the limitations of the TC 40. I think there might be a modest market for such an app, free or not... charge $9.99 for it or something...
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    Sorry, was trying out new trifocals yesterday and read "410" rather than "40". My mistake, I do know that TC40 does not support NDI at all.

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    I figured as much Jeff, I just wanted to clarify it for the google bots when people search for related topics. We do not comment on future development so unfortunately Zach I don't have anything to say on your request.
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