How to bring a video camera signal into a TriCaster as an NDI source
Basically, to get a video camera signal into the TriCaster as an NDI source means you have to assign an IP address to the camera. There are several ways you can do this.
One way is to have an SDI input card like a Blackmagic DeckLink inside a PC with the PC on the same subnetwork as the TriCaster. By bringing in the SDI video signal from the camera into the PC via the DeckLink card and NewTek's free NDI Connect software, the camera will become an NDI source for the TriCaster. With the Advanced Edition software installed you can bring in an extra four video sources as NDI inputs on every current TriCaster model except the TriCaster 40.
Another option is use a video camera that has the NDI protocol built into like the PTZ Optics camera line. The folks at PTZOptics are still finalizing this capability but it should be available soon.
Another solution is the BirdDog Studio at $895.00 which lets you bring in an SDI or HDMI signal into the box. With the box on the same subnetwork as the TriCaster, the video camera becomes an NDI source to the TriCaster. This product is expected to ship in February of this year.
Finally, you can use the Studio Input Module from NewTek at $5,995.00. With the box connected to your TriCaster on the same subnetwork your can bring in four video cameras into the TriCaster as NDI sources. The Studio Input Module is shipping and available for purchase today.