Note: This documentation uses an older version of the TriCaster hardware. For more updated information, please reference this offsite guide.
Why Use TriCaster?
Dacast is completely compatible with flash-supporting encoders, including the NewTek TriCaster. Getting set up to record over a TriCaster is easy! You just need to set the acquisition method to “Professional Encoder” in your Dacast account and then enter in the needed details.
Step 1: Launching TriCaster
After launching TriCaster, click the “New+” button to launch a new session. Once this new session appears, will you will see a series of options in which you can enter the session name, video standard, and resolution before clicking “Start Session.”
After this step, you will see a screen with three options for Live, Manage, Graphics and Edit. Make sure to highlight“Live” and then click “Start Live Production” to begin.
Clicking here launches the main interface of TriCaster with views for all the monitors, a timetable below and other applications. From this screen, there is also a small button labeled “Stream” in the upper right, just below the “Program Out” monitor.
Step 2: TriCaster Stream Configuration
Click the gear icon next to Stream to launch the “Stream Configuration” dropdown. Select Adobe Flash as “Stream Type.” To the right of “Stream Type” are the frame rate, resolution size and bitrate options that you can configure.
Once you select your desired stream quality, you can select the “Properties” so that TriCaster can communicate directly with the Dacast servers. The only two critical areas to be filled in here are “Location” and “Stream ID.”
Step 3: Finding Stream Details in Dacast
To find this information, first log in to your Dacast account and then go to the “Live” setting. Create a new live channel, and set this channel to “Professional Encoder” as the acquisition method (or select a previously created channel). Under “Stream”, you will find the “Stream URL” and “Stream Name” listed for the channel.’
Step 4: Enter Stream Details in TriCaster
Under the “Stream Configuration” section, enter the “Stream URL” in “Location” and the “Stream Name” in “Stream ID”. Leave the username and password blank and enter any file name you wish at the top.
Now click “Close.” When you are ready to broadcast, click the “Stream” button next to the gear where you configured the options. You are now ready to live stream over the internet through Dacast!
Note on All Device (HTML5) Channels:
Please note that for All Device (HTML5) channels, you will need to change the stream name (listed as Stream ID) in the following way:
The [unique#] area will be different for every live stream, and the end should come to the 1 before the @ symbol by replacing it with %i
Here is an example:
Side note: To ensure the highest quality stream, you need to set the keyframe interval at 2s. When you use TriCaster, it automatically sets the stream to use a 2 seconds keyframe interval by default.