Microsoft’s Channel 9 Studio Using TriCaster® and SNS EVO
August 10, 2018 by Chuck Baker
Microsoft’s Channel 9 Studio combines a high-volume of production with a variety of production types - live streaming shows, live-to-recording, and post-produced from fully archived multi-camera/device shoots. Taken altogether, the team is sometimes called on to put out up to 100 videos in a week. So, both capacity and flexibility are requirements in their production tools. And, of course, the productions represent Microsoft to important constituencies, customers and developers, so top quality is also a requirement. Microsoft meets the challenge with an incredibly talented production team and tools that free that team for maximum creativity and productivity.
NewTek TriCaster® 8000 multi-camera production system is the video switcher and streaming solution, and Studio Network Solutions (SNS) EVO is the storage solution with Media Asset Management (MAM) that together are the heart of production at Channel 9. All cameras from the three studios feed into the TriCaster, and all feeds are fully archived to the EVO, in addition to other, redundant recording systems. The PTZ cameras for all studios can be controlled by a single operator, also TD’ing at the TriCaster.
Live shows direct to stream can be produced, but so can live-to-recording, where a live production workflow is used to create a finished show in real-time for later streaming or broadcast, with no editing and post production needed. Lastly, the archiving of all camera feeds also allows for post-produced shows with all footage available to the editors. Multiple types of production can be in progress simultaneously with this type of setup.
Both TriCaster and EVO support NDI®, NewTek’s bi-directional IP technology for transport of video, audio, metadata and communications. Since this is two-way, not only can all of TriCaster’s inputs and outputs be recorded by the EVO, but pre-recorded clips and footage on the EVO are available to TriCaster for use in live productions.
Post-production tools include Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Adobe Creative Cloud video tools can also engage NDI, and many producers take advantage of this to speed up the approval workflow - projects playing on the application timeline can be viewed by other systems on the network using tools such as NewTek’s NDI Studio Monitor, and can also be used in live production by TriCaster.
Read the story at SNS Blog: Microsoft’s Channel 9 Studio Using EVO and TriCaster