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    What desk or console are you using?

    Hi all. First post.

    I'm the proud owner of a TC1, my first Tricaster. I'm going to install it with its small control surface in my office and I never plan to move it. I plan to rackmount it with a power conditioner. Every single one of you is more experienced than I am. I'm curious as to how you set up your Tricaster.

    What desks or consoles or cabinets do you use? Do you keep your Tricaster in a wallmounted rack? In a cabinet under your desk? Is it acceptable to mount it on its side?

    How do you arrange your desk? Control Surface in front of the keyboard? Keyboard up front? Keyboard on a tray? Do any of you have a custom cutout so your control surface is flush mounted?

    Give me your thoughts. Show me your photos. I'm here to listen and learn.

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    Ours are all in portable road cases, but it's fun to think about.

    I would probably not flush mount the surface, as it has a bit of an angle to it. In a studio, I likely would put the keyboard in a tray. I don't use it much at all in live production, but it needs to be immediately accessible for titling tasks as well as quick file searches in browser windows. I would keep the mouse on the same desk level as the CS - it gets used frequently.

    Whatever you do, make sure you can get to the back. You will need to get to it less often than we do (we set and strike for every show) but you will need to get to it occasionally.

    I know several studios where the Tricaster itself is in a switchgear room, with a high quality KVM extender bringing everythign in to the control room. It's amazing how calming a quiet control room is when you get all the case fans out of there. Quieter than my office!
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    Here are some photos of our basketball Tricaster setup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by imryh View Post
    Here are some photos of our basketball Tricaster setup:
    Nice! What's your workflow or area-of-responsibility breakdown between the two Tricasters?
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    Front Tricaster is for TV show. Back Tricaster is sub-mix for the video board.

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    We utilize the Zaor Miza line. We use a few different variations- specifically the Miza 61, JR & M. They all have cable trays in the rear which is a bonus. I've been happy with the offerings and various styles they offer. Our 8000 and replay are ran on KVM and we use a logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combo. The wireless combo makes it nice when moving from control room to rack room while still wanting to maintain control while referencing different monitors.

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    Fantastic. You've given me lots to think about. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imryh View Post
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    I saw you speak at SVG in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I also saw the new TV deal with ESPN+. Are you guys going to have to make a bunch of changes in your control room setups are will it basically remain the same? I imagine you will have to do something different from Livetext graphics?

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    We will be making some adjustments to fully support the ESPN graphics package. But no major workflow changes.

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