NCTV's portable, high-tech video production system



Nevada City, Calif. - Nevada County Digital Media Center, the new non-profit home of Nevada County Television (NCTV), recently acquired the TriCaster™ 300, a portable, state-of-the-art live production system. The high-definition, multi-camera “studio in a box” offers the capability to broadcast, live stream, and record network-quality production from virtually anywhere.

Designed by NewTek, a pioneer in film and video technology, the TriCaster is an all-in-one system consisting of an input/output control box for cameras and microphones plus a keyboard for character generating. A multi-view monitor completes the set-up. The system weighs less than 25 pounds, and can be operated by just one person. Because it is so versatile, portable, and is easier to learn and use than any previous TV production equipment at NCTV, the TriCaster will enhance the Digital Media Center's community outreach efforts to deliver real-time community events via the Internet or through its Comcast or Suddenlink TV channels.

“It's an investment in the Media Center's digital future as well as in the role and importance of public access TV in our community,” says Paul Minicucci, executive director of the organization. “The TriCaster combines all the components of a TV control room into a simple but high-tech piece of equipment. It's essentially a one-man studio.”

Jay Kuca, Digital Media Center's board vice president and member of the technology task force, explains that the new TriCaster is very intuitive but also highly sophisticated. “There's no compromising on quality. It's fully HD capable, and it bridges all the gaps of equipment needed to run graphics, audio, images, multiple cameras simultaneously without the need for additional software, expansive cables or equipment. What's most important is that it allows us to get out and to communicate all that is relevant in our community.”

The TriCaster made its broadcast debut at a recent Grass Valley's Thursday Night Market.

In addition to providing local public access television through NCTV, the Media Center will offer residents of all ages the opportunity to learn and use new digital media tools for community involvement, self-expression, job skills development, and creating a variety of multi-media presentations. The TriCaster can be used as an educational tool for training in television production.