Premiere: How to Make Your Videos Work with TriCaster

This post was specifically written for my school’s situation, with a TriCaster XD 860 Advanced that will sometimes refuse to import videos that aren’t in the right format. However, if you are in the same situation, then you may find this guide helpful. If you are looking for more general Premiere tutorials, there are many other resources online that may be of better help to you.

If you are having issues with your B-roll or stories importing into the TriCaster, here’s an easy and simple way to fix it. These are all settings that you should use before you start editing, because if you try to fix them when you want to export, it can cause a whole slew of other problems.

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Creating the Project

When you create your Premiere project at the very start, the default settings typically work fine — don’t mess with them.

Just hit OK and you’re good to go!

Making your Sequence

This is the important part. The Sequence is the actual timeline you edit your videos in.

Just dragging your clip onto the timeline is not the right way to start editing.

If you expect anything to work 100% properly, you have to create the sequence yourself. Here are the settings to use.

  1. Editing Mode: Custom — Lets you freely change all these settings.

  2. Timebase: 30 frames/second — 25, 29.97, or 30 will work. 60 is risky.

  3. Video

    1. Frame Size: 1920 x 1080 (16:9) — ANYTHING larger than 1920 x 1080 will most likely NOT be taken by the TriCaster.

    2. Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square Pixels (1.0) — This NEEDS to be 1.0, otherwise your video will be a weird shape.

    3. Fields: No Fields (Progressive Scan) — This NEEDS to be Progressive, otherwise your frames will be interlaced (weird).

    4. Display Format: Drop-Frame Timecode — This one is only for your own reference, but the Drop-Frame Timecode is best to work with in most cases.

  4. Audio

    1. Sample Rate: 44100–48000 Hz — The audio rate. Must be 44.1kHz or 48kHz.

    2. Display Format: Audio Samples — This

  5. Video Previews / Preview File Format: GoPro CineForm (YUV 10-bit)

Then, save the settings as a preset instead of just hitting “OK.” This way, you don’t have to set everything up from scratch every time.

Now, when you create your future sequences, it should work fine! Now, let’s double check your Export settings to make sure everything goes 100% smoothly.

Exporting your Video

Finally, the last step! This is by far the simplest. Here are the settings to use before exporting your video for the TriCaster.

  1. Format: H.264

  2. Preset: Match Source - High bitrate

  3. Output Name: Name it whatever you want.

  4. Press the “Match Source” button under “Basic Video Settings”

And that’s it! If anything still doesn’t work with the TriCaster, double-check that everything matches here. If everything still matches, open the file QuickTime and press File → Export → 1080p… (or “720p…” if your video is lower quality).