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How to Use Tracker in TriCaster®

July 29, 2019 by Richard Evans, video; Chuck Baker, text

 

NewTek TriCaster® offers many powerful keying functions to allow you to layer video in creative ways. Among those is a Tracker, that lets you select a color region in a video source, whether live or pre-recorded, and key video or graphics into that area. For this tutorial we have a video of our onscreen talent holding a blue artboard card and moving it around. NewTek Video Producer Richard Evans shows us how to set up Tracker, select the blue card and key in another video that will then stay mapped to the card no matter how it is moved.

The feature can certainly be used for fun, but on the practical side, this is an easy way to apply branding to an element of a video, even if that element is in motion. You can embed your own branding into your productions in clever ways, or producers can monetize branding opportunities by embedding sponsors’ branding into their productions. A venue could map branding to locations without built-in fascia displays, for example, in video going out to broadcast. This also allows elements of a virtual set to be used as virtual displays, even if they were not among the preset areas for such displays built into the virtual set.

Click on the Settings Gear for a video source to open the Configuration Panel.
Click the Tracker tab in the Configuration Panel to activate Tracker, select a color region and enter other controls for the Tracker.
Use the Positioner Panel for the DSK to key in the video, and set the size and relative position of the keyed in video in the color region.

We hope this video has been helpful for you. If you have suggestions for other topics you would like covered in a Facebook Live or Tip Jar Tutorial, please send us a message. We will see you next time.

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