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X-Keys Intros New Control Panels for NewTek TriCaster

With this new integration, X-keys buttons and controls will be instantly available in TriCaster for triggering assignable functions

P. I. Engineering, manufacturers of X-keys® computer input devices, today announced new product compatibility with NewTek TriCaster® multi-camera video production systems. P.I. Engineering has long provided cost effective X-keys controls for TriCaster as a member of the NewTek Developer Network. With this new integration, X-keys buttons and controls will be instantly available in TriCaster for triggering assignable functions. 

Previous versions required the end user or integrator to program the X-keys with a series of keystroke combinations, and be careful not to conflict with existing shortcuts.  In this new release, TriCaster sees the X-keys as a unique USB HID device and maps keys and controls to functions without using keystrokes. Keys on the X-keys can easily be labeled individually to identify their functions. Users trigger actions from dedicated keys without having to search the screen or open multiple menus to find the feature they require. 

“This will have the biggest impact with small venue solution providers,” says Dan Slider, Marketing Director for P.I. Engineering. “Integrators can now easily set up simple, straight forward control panels for churches, council chambers, corporate streaming installations, and schools for a fraction of the cost of a traditional broadcast switcher.  Control panels can be designed and clearly labeled so that even a volunteer can operate the program with confidence.”   

“NewTek works with best of breed companies like P.I. Engineering to deliver choice, flexibility and industry leading workflow solutions to our joint customers,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “Customers will be thrilled to see the continuing innovation of X-keys and TriCaster that simplifies operation and puts more power at their fingertips.”

The latest version of NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition software supports the entire XK series of X-keys with models from four to 128 keys. The newest X-keys XKE-124 T-bar is recommended for most switching applications with 124 keys and a T-bar fader for real time transition control.  Embedded analog controls such as an industry standard jog & shuttle control and a precision three axis joystick are also featured in this product line. 

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X-keys are available from P.I. Engineering and authorized resellers such as B&H Photo, Amazon, CDW, and Full Compass.  Visit or email for more information. 

About P. I. Engineering

P.I. Engineering designs, manufactures, sells, and supports computer input hardware including unique keyboards, controls, and adapters. With hundreds of thousands of our devices in studios, laboratories, offices, and homes worldwide, we have established a reputation as a global leader in input solutions.

P.I. Engineering opened for business in 1993 with the Y-mouse Serial Dual Mouse Adapter. Y-mouse products evolved to keep pace with technology and, in 1997, we introduced the innovative X-keys devices.

While applications of our products range from common and obvious to adaptive and obscure, the relationship we establish with our customers sets us apart. We treat the one piece and the one thousand piece client with the same attention and respect.