As a YouTube creator, operating a lean and efficient operation is key to my continued growth. Critical to my workflow is NewTek's TriCaster Mini. It is compatible with my HDMI-based camcorders and computers, allowing me to switch between multiple input sources in real time and even layer them together as I review the latest consumer electronics gear for my audience.
The TriCaster's ability to layer multiple video sources simultaneously allows me to show my fingers tapping on a smartphone while at the same time displaying a direct feed from that device on screen. I don't have to sync things up in postproduction or do anything other than just copy a completed video file to my editing software. Computers and other devices are connected via HDMI and are automatically scaled inside the TriCaster to work with my output format.
I recently upgraded to the Advanced Edition software featuring NewTek's NDI protocol. This allows me to use my in-home Ethernet network to transmit HD video back to the TriCaster like it was plugged directly in. I now have four NDI sources, plus the four HDMI sources that are connected directly, which I use to bring in cameras from other portions of the house during production, versus doing it later in post.
Lon Seidman produces consumer-friendly technology reviews, commentary and how-to's on his YouTube channel at http://lon.tv.