Overview. Newtek TriCaster can connect to EVO SAN and NAS volumes. EVO can be the target storage for capturing Tricaster’s Iso recording feature. Also, TriCaster’s DDR can play back files stored on EVO.
NAS Details. EVO NAS volumes should be set up as SMB shares for compatibility with TriCaster’s Windows OS. NAS volumes should be mounted in TriCaster Windows OS and mapped to an available drive letter.
SAN Details. EVO SAN volumes will require the included SANmp software to be installed on TriCaster. EVO SAN volumes may be configured as either NTFS (Windows) or HFS+ (Mac), depending on the rest of the workflow. TriCaster can natively use NTFS formatted SAN volumes, but will require the installation of a third party file system translation utility in order to use HFS+ volumes. SNS does not provide this utility, but we recommend Paragon HFS for Windows in such cases. SAN volumes should be mounted manually using SANmp in the Windows OS in order to use the volumes in the TriCaster live event production environment. If Mac OS workstations are also connected to EVO, it should be noted that Mac OS can natively read and write to HFS+ volumes, but can only read from NTFS volumes.
Connection. Connection between EVO and TriCaster is via gigabit Ethernet. Most TriCaster models have a single Ethernet port. The TriCaster Ethernet port may be connected to a network or directly to EVO. If connected to a network, at least one EVO Ethernet port should be connected to the same network, in the same subnet. TriCaster also has several additional features which make use of the network connection including web streaming, graphics source inputs, replay source inputs, etc. Be aware that there is limited throughput available on this port and users can configure more data load than the port is capable of providing.
Use. TriCaster Program output stream, as well as camera Iso streams can be recorded to EVO's SAN and/or NAS volumes. Files stored on your EVO's SAN and/or NAS volumes can be played into the live production via the DDR function in TriCaster. Please note that there are several video codecs available when storing Program and Iso feeds. Each of these codecs may write different size files, and therefore place a higher or lower throughput load on the TriCaster Ethernet port, as well as the EVO target volume.
NOTE: Third party software will cause a warning message to be displayed when launching TriCaster. NewTek may not support systems with third party software installed. If you choose to enhance the functionality of your TriCaster by installing additional software, please test the system completely before using it for a critical production. The warning message that is displayed by TriCaster has two buttons; Restore and Continue. If a user clicks Restore, the original system will be re-installed and you’ll lose the functionality of the custom software until you install and configure it again. This may cause delays if it’s done right before or during a critical production! Please take care to backup your custom system so it can be restored with additional software already installed. Instructions for backing up your TriCaster system are provided in the TriCaster documentation.