NewTek Tricaster Compatibility

Review PTZOptics & NewTek TriCaster Integration Tutorial Videos

PTZOptics Black Magic Integration Videos

At PTZOptics we strive to provide integration videos for NewTek TriCasters. The following videos outline integration with the latest NewTek TriCaster Mini, TriCaster 460 and inter-operability for all professional TriCaster Models. In these videos, lead support technician Andrew Chatfield reviews the compatibility and limitations of the PTZOptics cameras. In general, camera control can be fully integrated into your NewTek workspace and full 1080p video quality can be achieved. We hope these videos are helpful and you always refer to our Knowledge Base for additional information.

NewTek NDI Studio Monitor + PTZ Controls

In this video, we are going to review the latest features of the NewTek NDI Studio Monitor for use with PTZOptics NDI cameras and your favorite video production software including OBS, Wirecast, xSplit, TriCaster, Livestream Studio or vMix. The NDI Studio Monitor is an essential tool for video production professionals already using NDI video sources on their local area network. Studio Monitor is ideal for camera operators who want to gain a low-latency video preview of their PTZOptics NDI HX cameras located throughout their facility. Studio Monitor is also ideal for easily displaying a video output from your NDI compatible video production software such as OBS, Wirecast, vMix, Live Streaming Studio, MimoLive and many more.

The first use case will review is using the NewTek NDI Studio Monitor as a remote camera operator.

Note: If your PTZOptics camera is not NDI enabled, there is an upgrade process you can inquire about. PTZOptics does offer a free PTZ camera control app with video preview and XBox camera control features for all camera owners to use.

As an NDI PTZOptics Camera Operator, you will almost certainly be remotely controlling your cameras over IP. The first thing to do will be to open up the NDI Studio Monitor and right click the screen. This will open up all of the NDI Studio Monitor features. You will notice a list of all NDI sources will open up, where you can select the NDI camera you would like to control. If you have a USB Xbox joystick controller, you can connect it to your computer and enable it for use in the settings area under PTZ Controls. You can also use an IP Joystick from PTZOptics for camera operation or a mouse using the on-screen joystick. A little known feature about the NDI Studio monitor is the built-in hotkeys for PTZ camera operation. You can use the following hotkeys as a camera operator to improve your workflow.

Arrow keys : Pan, Tilt the camera. Hold CTRL key for higher precision control.
+/- : Zoom in, out. Hold CTRL key for higher precision control.
Page Up, Page Down : Focus in, out. Hold CTRL key for higher precision control.
Home/End : Exposure up, down. Hold CTRL key for higher precision control.
F : Toggle auto-focus on or off
E : Toggle auto-exposure on or off
1-9 : Recall preset.
Ctrl + 1-9 : Store preset.

If you would like to access more advanced camera settings you can click the cog in the right-hand side of your screen at any time. You can record video in NDI studio monitor by clicking the red record button in the bottom left-hand side of the application. Our testing shows that Studio Monitor is only capable of recording NDI HX feeds directly to the hard-drive. This may change in a future update. This feature allows remote camera operators to record high-quality videos directly to their local hard-drive. These recordings can then be used in post-production or for video analysis. For example, a sports coach could easily set up a picture in picture using two cameras. One PTZOptics 30x camera to capture up-close details and a wide angle PTZOptics ZCam Camera to capture of the entire field. These recordings can then be used for presentations with coaches and athletes. Coaches can even use an NDI telestrator with a touch screen table to highlight plays just like you see in professional sports.

The next powerful use for the NDI Studio Monitor is for previewing video outputs. The NDI Studio Monitor is ideal for extending your camera and video production outputs to multiple video screens; lobbies, building façades, and billboards display giant screens, and so on. Providing video sources for these areas over traditional analog cabling was always impractical and HDMI distance limitations is a headache many of us have dealt with in the past. IP is, of course, the perfect solution because ethernet cabling can be run hundreds of feet and it can be plugged into a simple network switch.

So there you have it. NDI Studio Monitor is a powerful tool for PTZOptics NDI Camera users and the NDI ecosystem as a whole. You can learn more about getting up to speed with IP video at

IP Camera Control & Color Grading for PTZOptics Cameras inside a Tricaster

In this video, Jim Davis from DVS Direct reviews the latest NewTek Tricaster IP camera controls and camera color grading features with PTZOptics caemras. Jim Davis is the CEO and owner of DVS Direct a Platinum NewTek TriCaster dealer. Newtek is world-known as the leader in video production, live streaming and broadcast solutions. The NewTek NDI has changed the industry for professional video production and live broadcast” says Jim Davis “…we are excited to review the latest NewTek NDI features, IP camera control for PTZOptics and color grading techniques live on YouTube.”

TriCaster Mini Integration Tutorial

In this video Paul Schmultzer from demonstrates just how easy it is to integrate PTZOptics cameras with a NewTek TriCaster Mini.


TriCaster IP Camera Control Overview

TriCaster Mini Review

Working with NewTek NDI – PTZOptics NDI Playbook

TriCaster RS-232 PTZ Setup

In this video, Jim Davis shows us the DB9 to USB adapter he uses with the Tricaster to gain PTZ camera control of the PTZOptics cameras. He uses Part #: UN8BE-4C from PI Manufacturing. Jim is the CEO of DVS Direct and he reviews why this is the best (and more affordable) DB9 to USB adapter for PTZ cameras and the Tricaster.

Setting up the TriCaster Control Surface for PTZOptics

TriCaster 460 Review

IP/Network Camera Control in the NewTek TriCasters w/ USB Joystick

In this video PTZOptics reviews how you can use multiple cameras with the NewTek TriCaster Integration and gain IP Network Control.

Live Drones with NewTek TriCaster and PTZOptics

In this video PTZOptics reviews how you can integrate multiple cameras and a live drone into a live broadcast session.

TriCaster Session with 1080p/30 NTSC

TriCaster Session with 1080i/60

Setting up a Decimeter MD-HX Frame Rate Converter


Integration is key… This is where PTZOptics shine!

vMix Integration

vmix systems

From live streaming to microstreaming to camera control

vMix is a pioneer of live streaming technology on a Windows platform. From MicroStreaming, a incredible way to make amazing marketing videos, to live streaming and camera control vMix is a goto streaming software for many of our customers. We use vMix for our Friday live webinars!

Tricaster Integration

PTZOptics Integration with NewTek TriCaster

Enter Live Webcasting… Emerge Victorious

Whether broadcasting on location, streaming from a flight case, or driving a big screen from backstage, live event producers need to be able to deliver high-quality, professional results from wherever they are—and get quickly to wherever they’re going next. With built-in support for PTZ controls for PTZOptics cameras.

Wirecast Integration

PTZOptics Integration with WireCast

Live Webcasting Software

Live stream conferences, concerts, interviews and more. Wirecast provides everything you need to stream professional live events. Add multiple cameras, including iOS devices; create composite shots with graphics and transitions; and live encode and stream to your favorite streaming destination. Plus integrate PTZOptics camera over the network or USB!


Zoom Integration

PTZOptics Integration with Zoom camera control

Affordable Web Conferencing

Zoom is one of the most affordable and power online video conferencing services. That’s why PTZOptics is giving away a free Zoom Pro license with every camera sold! Check out the far end camera control options using our USB camera models! 

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