Comparison of portable HD studios: BCC versus TriCaster TCXD300

Comparing the BCC and the TriCaster TCXD300 isn’t really about a price issue. If I included prices in the comparison chart you’ll see later in this article, it’s to show how close they are in price, not to let the price dictate your choice. The real factors that anyone who may be considering either one of these two fine tools should be taking into account are workflow philosophy and key features. In this article, I will emphasize those issues, and I will also explain why I designed the comparison chart the way I did.

Other tools from MONOGRAM and NewTek

Both MONOGRAM and NewTek offer lower-cost products. The BCC is available in a standard definition version, and there are TriCasters for standard definition. Both are at lower price points. However, I decided to compare the BCC and the TriCaster TCXD300 because I consider that the market segment that they both address -a portable studio with between 3 and 4 physical HD sources- to be the hottest one. MONOGRAM also offers their BOB system, which is a non-portable version of BCC, for a fraction of the cost… and both MONOGRAM and NewTek also offer much larger-capacity systems. MONOGRAM also now offers a 3D version. However, those are outside of the scope of this article.

Why I designed the comparison chart the way I did

I made the comparison chart the way I did:

  • To show the main similarities and the main differences between the tools.
  • To show that -after adding the ideal accessories to the TCXD300 to make it a fair match to the BCC- the prices are almost identical.

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Unique attractions in BCC

BCC’s attractions stem from its inboard touch screen & template based methodology, which eliminate any physical controller and external monitors or physical control panel. In addition to eliminating the external monitors and physical panel, BCC also has a built-in power supply and a unified camera cable system. See my full BCC article for details.

Unique attractions in TriCaster TCXD300

The unique attraction in the TriCaster TCXD300 is its excellent virtual sets with “zoobability”. See my full TriCaster TCXD300 article for details.

Conclusions

If you want a truly mobile system to cover events for live webcast, a live broadcast (or live on disk recording, with little or no post-editing), like a concert, sports event, or theatrical play, those types of productions don’t really lend themselves to a virtual set. If you don’t have a permanent mobile van installation (as ESPN does, and has already used the TriCaster TCXD300 to cover live HD events), then you probably want the most compact portable studio possible, without having to bring out a physical control panel, external monitors, and external power supplies.

However, if you you need a virtual set for your productions, then you probably are dealing with a more fixed location, where it isn’t such a big deal to have external monitors, an external keyboard, and power supplies for your cameras.

If you absolutely insist on having both semi-portability and virtual sets in a single tool, then you will have no choice but to carry several extra items in the field.

Allan T©pper’s articles, seminars, and audio programs

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No manufacturer is paying Allan T©pper or TecnoTur LLC specifically to write this article. Some of the manufacturers listed above have contracted T©pper and/or TecnoTur LLC to carry out consulting and/or translations/localizations/transcreations. At the date of the publication of this article, none of the manufacturers listed above is/are sponsors of the TecnoTur programs, although they are welcome to do so, and some are, may be (or have been) sponsors of ProVideo Coalition magazine.


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Allan Tépper

Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is a bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers through his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video tech seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a frequent radio/TV guest on several South Florida, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan radio and TV stations. As a certified ATA (American Translators Association) translator, Tépper has translated and localized dozens of advertisements, catalogs, software, and technical manuals for the Spanish and Latin American markets. He has also written many contracted white papers for tech manufacturers. Over the past 18 years, Tépper’s articles have been published or quoted in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers, and electronic media in Latin America. Since 2008, Allan Tépper’s articles have been published frequently –in English– in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and since 2014, he is is the director of CapicúaFM.com. His website is AllanTépper.com.

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