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This is dead serious truth. We were at our local A/V supplier this last summer, and he had a Tricaster set up in his studio. Of course, being the inquisitive lad that I am, I asked if we could monkey around on it, to which he agreed (Apparently spending 10k a year in his shop has some benefits! LOL)
Anyway, 5 minutes into the Tricaster demo, she completely locks up on us, BSoD style. I was amused. He was embarassed.
But in NewTek’s defense, it turned out that it was the fault of the folks who had rented it the weekend before. They left the hard drives full to capacity, and apparently something about the proprietary hardware didn’t sit too well with Windows when there’s no room to put all this information it insists on streaming someplace. Ah well, such is life.
As to your problem, the question is, do you need to produce the video live, or can you do it in post? If you need to burn DVD’s as soon as the band stops playing, then you had better stick with an application like the Tricaster. If the bands will let you have a week or so after the concert to get the video together, honestly you could probably get away with just rolling tape of the event, and mashing everything together when you get home to your editing suite. Just because you can’t buy a bunch of genlock cameras doesn’t mean you can’t sync footage later. Music can be especially easy to sync up in post, because the wave forms of music is very distinct.
Just my thoughts. Hope that gives you something to go on.