Compare NewTek TriCaster TC 2 Elite vs. BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Before you scratch your head with disbelief asking “Why would you compare two products that differ in price by 900%?”, this post hopes to shed some sanity on this question.

In a world where technology can offer amazing functionality for very little cost, it’s difficult to know if you’ve found a shockingly good value or maybe over spending. The comparison between NewTek’s latest TriCaster Elite TC2 and BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K is one example of this “true value” phenomenon.

The chart below does not try to draw a clear winner between these two video switchers. As you read through the features (a very paired down list), keep in mind that today’s live video production in the midst of a pandemic may look very different (hopefully) months or years down the road.

True value is a subjective measure based on your personal workflow and project needs. EAR has over 40 years of broadcast and live production expertise and we’d be happy to help you sort through details and find the best choice for your company, personal or organization’s needs.

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COMPARISON CHART

(subject to more great features without notice)

Item Feature NewTek
TC2 Elite
BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K
1 Familiar TriCaster user interface with customizable layouts Yes No
2 Video Conf Management (supported platforms below*) Yes No
3 Inputs NDI up to 32 UHD @60fps 32 n/a
4 Outputs NDI up to 48 UHD 48 n/a
5 Inputs SDI 8 3g 8 12g
6 Outputs SDI 8 3g 8 12g
7 Teleprompter output Yes No
8 Virtual Sets Included n/a
9 ISO Record Video Conference members Up to 9 n/a
10 Shared Storage capable Yes No
11 Number of Mix Effects busses (MEs) 8 1
12 Control Surface Optional Included
13 Simultaneous operation by two productions Yes No
14 Remote Control via tablet and 3rd party controllers Yes No
15 Import Photoshop graphics with layers and alpha Yes No
16 Iso Record camera or other inputs 32 n/a
17 Multiview HD and 4k Yes Yes
18 DVE transitions 256 17
19 Graphics Still images Unlimited 20
20 Audio Mixer Onboard With laptop
21 Playback prerecorded clips (DDR) 4 No
22 Macro automation system/versatile control interface Yes No
23 Dante & NDI digital audio Yes No
24 Direct streams as input source including SRT, RTSP and RTMP 32 Ch No
Price Quick Quote 2,995.00
* Conference more remote callers into productions with multiple channels using Microsoft Skype™, Microsoft Teams™, Zoom Meetings™, Slack, Discord™, and Tencent™

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Remote On A Boat: Adobe/Vidispine (Recorded Presentation)

The globalization of creative services in the face of a historic pandemic has become everyone’s new “normal”. With the right resources, working remotely (even from a 55ft sailboat) can still offer the power of on premise editing with all the comfort and flexibility of a remote location.

The “Remote On A Boat” webinar will take Adobe Premiere remote editing and media management to “the cloud” and beyond. Highlighted are special Adobe Premiere workflows for post and media management capabilities for seamless integration into existing and new workflows.

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Easy, versatile and powerful remote collaboration is no longer just a future option.

It’s the new normal…

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More About Vidispine and Adobe media management with remote workflows:

PDF: Remote Editing for Adobe PremierePDF: 10 Ways EditMate can provide Media Management and remote workflows

Government Council Chambers

The city of Phoenix is the largest metropolis in the Southwest. Like most larger cities they broadcast their city council meetings live and on demand via the internet. A special challenge to their operation was allowing control of their board meetings from the City Channel 11 studios located a block away and across the street. The only practical way to connect the two facilities was existing city fiber runs between the facilities.

EAR provided management and installation, our partner SEG provided design engineering and support for the deployment. The fiber connectivity supports almost daily production including high definition video, audio and robotic camera control. The existing lighting in the main council chambers was replaced with LED fixtures resulting in a net cost savings due to decreased energy and reduced air-conditioning usage. EAR also provided continuing maintenance and support under a city contract.

Education & Broadcasting

To accommodate explosive growth in social and traditional video media, University of Nevada Las Vegas invested in Avid’s iNews, Nexis shared storage and Interplay production asset management system upgrades in 2019-2020. UNLV required complete upgrades for their journalism iNews content creation, massive shared storage and Interplay asset management systems.

Leveraging server virtualization and UNLV’s existing multi-million dollar VMware environment, they we able to reduce their server count and operating costs while supporting 100’s of clients. The reliability and unparalleled performance of Avid and VMware was both the best of breed solution and the most cost effective for broadcast network quality and reliability. EAR provided Avid equipment, project management, system design and Avid/VMware support.

Professional Sports

EAR provided the first non-linear editing system to an NBA team in 1996, and we’re still offering great value and state of the art systems to professional sports today.

EAR has been providing editing and media management products to the Arizona Cardinals since 1990s. The Cardinals use a shared storage system with content management provided by, installed and supported by EAR. For Super Bowl XLIX, EAR also provided editorial support for pre-game content production.

EAR provides products, integration, training and support for the Cardinals collaborative workflow, secure sharing with 3rd parties, media backup and managment.