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Friday, December 2, 2011

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Holiday Promotions From NewTek

Good through December 28.

TriCaster 850 EXTREME Holiday Bundle (effective Today-December 28, 2011)
TriCaster 850 EXTREME + TriCaster 850 CS for only $34,995 US MSRP.  This is a savings of $6,000!

TriCaster 850 Holiday Bundle (effective Today-December 28, 2011)
TriCaster 850 + TriCaster 850 CS for only $27,995 US MSRP.  This is a savings of $3,000!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Virtual Set Editor 1.5 Is Available

It must just be a flurry of activity at NewTek now a days!

The TriCaster Virtual Set Editor 1.5 update includes additional PSD file support, allowing for better integration of PSD artwork into TriCaster virtual sets and double-box effects.

TriCaster Virtual Set Editor 1.5 includes the following benefits:

  • The ability to use 32 or 16-bit PSD files to produce real warped mapping layers, giving  users more design options
  • Seamless conversion of PSD Layer Groups into VSE Layer Groups, for better organization
  • The option to name individual PSD Input Layers, making it easier to manage files
  • The ability to rename individual camera angles, providing added convenience
This update is now available as a free download to registered owners of TriCaster Virtual Set Editor at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

LiveText 2.1 Released

DataLink™ 3.0 Includes New Profile Manager and More
LiveText™ 2.1 offers a major update to DataLink™ functionality. The new 3.0 app brings added convenience and important new tools, such as the DataLink Profile Manager. More value. More possibilities.

DataLink Profile Manager includes the ability to:
  • Edit and manage INI files to configure DataLink sources, automatically
  • Store and recall an unlimited number of custom "data profiles," quickly
  • Define a database, network source (RSS feed), text file, or serial-connected scoreboard as the data source, or refer to data from several sources, simultaneously
  • Adapt easily to different venues, sports or other set-ups, (activate the desired custom data profile and re-launch LiveText, with the push of a button)
LiveText 2.1 is available as a
to registered LiveText 2 owners: 

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    More Thoughts on the TriCaster 850 Extreme

    Browsing around on the web you'd think that the biggest new feature of the 850 Extreme is the Apple AirPlay support. Now don't get me wrong AirPlay is cool but the Extreme can record 8 streams of HD at once! While doing everything else it does.

    I think this is a great feature. You can obviously use it to record camera isos for posting later or as backups. But think about it, you can record several different versions of you main switch: HD and SD versions, 1080i and 720p, with and without overlay graphics. This will save hours of time re-rendering productions just to repackage them for different uses.

    The next most useful features are the improvements in the audio section of the 850 Extreme. I carried around a mixer just so I could use it to insert compressor/limiters in the signal path. With the 850 Extreme's built in compressor/limiters I can eliminate the mixer, the compressors and a whole bunch of cable failure points. If you are doing music events that require complex mixing you'll probably still want the mixer but for sports and meeting type projects you can reduce the amount of equipment you drag around quite a bit.

    The audio grouping in conjunction with the audio follows video will make it easy to manage mic muting during commercial playback and the like. In the original 850 it had the audio follow feature but without the grouping it wasn't really all that useful in most situations.

    Color transitions with sound effects are de rigueur for sports production and the 850 Extreme delivers. It looks like it will be easy to import animation sequences and audio clips an compile custom transition.

    I also like the new streaming configuration panel. Presets for all the major CDNs will eliminate a lot of the cutting and pasting that was necessary to get the streaming configured. And the built in browser eliminates needing to carry around a lap top just to confirm your stream.

    TriCaster 850 Extreme is a cool piece of kit.

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    NAB 2011 But Wait There's More - UPDATE

    SpeedEDIT 2.1 - Free Upgrade

    Features& Fixes
    • New keyer using LiveMatte technology
    • 24bit audio support
    • Improved Filebin performance with large still image sequences
    • Improved compatibility with JVC Mov, Sony EX, FinalCut MP2, and Blackmagic clips
    DataLink 3.0 - Free Upgrade for DataLink and LiveText 2 owners
     DataLink 3.0 also adds support for RSS feeds from multiple network data sources, including Twitter feeds, all of which can be independently configured for use in LiveText 2.

    "The new DataLink 3.0 streamlines the configuration and management of data sources," said NewTek Chief Technology Officer, Andrew Cross. "The added hardware sources and the support for RSS feeds provide a wide array of creative possibilities. DataLink 3.0 provides yet another advantage for TriCaster users who need to deliver constantly changing information that is accurate and looks great."

    TriCaster Studio - New Lower Price $7995

    TriCaster TCXD 300 - New Lower Educational Price $11,995

    Lightwave 10.1 - Read the press release for details

    NAB 2011 3Play 820

    Pre-NAB rumors were that NewTek was going to announce a new four input instant replay unit. But instead we are going to get a 10 channel replay server! The 3Play 820.

    I mourn the 4Play that never was. :)

    Ten channels translates to 8 inputs and 2 independent outputs all in a 4U rack mount that looks a lot like the TriCaster 850.

    Some of the new features:

    • Record up to eight inputs
    • Two outputs so you can have one replay on-air while another is being cued up by the operator.
    • Mult-Tier Failsafe. Similar to the 850 Extreme (see the previous post).
    • Multi-view output.
    • Mix input formats HD/SD etc.
    • Import Clips So you can add opens and closes to your highlights along with music beds.
    • LTC Timecode Support
    • All new user interface making it easy to manage everything.
    • All new super-smooth controller
    List is $39,000. 3Play owners can upgrade for the difference in price.

    Again, no one can touch these capabilities in such a compact unit. More details to come.

    Update: I watched the 3Play 820 in action and the workflow is quite a bit different then the original 3Play (3Play 300). It's much more like an EVS so it will make EVS operators feel right at home. This is good news since the 820 is aimed directly at EVS and their preeminent position in the production truck market.

    The ergonomics of the controller are also much improved over the 3Play 300's. The original controller wasn't well thought out in my opinion. 

    NAB 2011 TriCaster 850 Extreme

    NewTek definitely came to NAB 2011 playing for keeps. Several big new product announcements which are probably going to bring tears to the eyes of their competitors including the new TriCaster 850 Extreme.

    A quick overview of the 850 Extreme's features.

    All the features of the TCXD850 plus almost everything that users have been asking for.

    Multi-Tier Failsafe - The software is actually created from a suite of independent modules that monitor themselves so if, for example, you load a clip into a DDR that causes it to glitch the DDR will re-start without effecting any other operations. In the event of a catastrophic failure as long as the unit has power it will pass through audio and video from input 8.

    IsoCorder - Record 8 streams of HD video. You can record all eight inputs or record the output in several different formats or record redundant copies of you output to different hard drives. These recording all include embedded time code so it is easy to re-sync the files in post.

    Animation Store Transitions - Full color animated transitions. With sound! Animation Store creator is included so you can create your own.

    Apple AirPlay Support - Any AirPlay source (Mac, iPod, iPad or iPhone or other iOS 4.3 protocol device) can be used as an audio/video input to the TriCaster.

    Advanced Audio Configuration - Seven band EQ, Compressor/Limiter, Grouping and Multi-Bus Routing. You can now apply the audio follows video to groups of inputs. Groups can also be routed to the Aux or streaming outputs.

    LTC Timecode Support - Hook up an external TC generator to the TriCaster and any recorded file (that supports it) or output will include the timecode.

    Stream Configuration Panel - A new panel with easy, automatic setup for most common CDNs. There is also a built in browser window so you can monitor your stream directly from the TriCaster Extreme.

    There's more new stuff in there I'll post more details as I get them but the TriCaster 850 Extreme is an amazing piece of equipment. Once again NewTek re-defines price/performance.

    List will be $39,995 NAB special is $37,995. Upgrade your existing TCXD850 for the difference in price.

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    NewTek to Give Away $100,000 in Prizes at NAB 2011

    NewTek is going to give away four TriCaster™ TCXD850 HD portable live production systems as part of its TriCaster-A-Day Giveaway at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. NAB attendees can find registration postcards on the front of the Show Daily distributed on Monday, April 11, and at the NewTek smart car HD portable live production vehicle parked in front of South Hall. Registration cards will also be available at NewTek Booth SL4514.

    Drawings will be held once a day beginning Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14. Winners will be notified by email.

    In addition to the TriCaster-A-Day Giveaway, NewTek will host their annual “Broadcast Minds” event, bringing together some of the most successful digital media strategists in the industry. Panelists will discuss how companies can capitalize on the digital market, effectively. This event will be held Tuesday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom.

    For more information regarding NewTek at the NAB Show, visit: 

    NAB Special Bundle Pricing: TriCaster TCXD850 and a TriCaster TCXD850 CS at $29,995

    Saturday, March 19, 2011

    NewTek User Meetup 2011

    This is the only party thrown FOR a company BY their customers.

    Monday April 11th 2011, 6pm-9pm. 7pm is the first scheduled speech and door prize giveaway. 8pm. at the Las Vegas Marriott

    Some more info here

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    HD Video Backgrounds

    The other day I needed a few HD animated backgrounds for a project and while I've got hundreds of SD backgrounds from Digital Juice and 12 Inch Designs but I didn't have any in HD. So I fired up Google and went searching and I found a cool package and it's cheap! They're perfect for my TriCaster '850.

    I thought the playback speed was a little,ok a lot, too high on some of the clips but SpeedEDIT's fine slo-mo to the rescue.

    600 HD Animated Backgrounds, 300 3D Backgrounds and 1000 SD Animated Backgrounds. The package also comes with a bunch of audio loops and sound effects. Best part is it's on sale now for under $50.

    Check out the Ultimate HD Video Background Box   The web site is a little cheesy (but wait! there's more!) but the content is nice. You actually buy via ClickBank so you are protected by their money back guarantee.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    TriCaster TCXD850 Hands On Review (part 1)

    The TriCaster TCXD850 is NewTek's biggest and baddest product ever. The latest addition to the TriCaster line is also the heir to their premier production product - the recently discontinued VT[5]. The '850 shipped in December and the rev 2 software that was released at the end of January brings the switcher up to 24 inputs.That's eight cameras inputs, eight 'Virtual Inputs' (sort of M/E buses), two network inputs (LiveText or iVGA) plus assorted media player modules and frame buffers. The TCXD850's switcher also sports two down stream key channels.

    The '850 is housed in a heavy duty 4U rack mount case with a large ventilation grill on the left side of a hinged front cover. Under the cover you'll find a couple of USB ports and four caddy-less removable drive bays. The top bay is populated with a two terrebyte hard drive while the three lower bays are empty but can be filled with standard 7200 RPM SATA hard drives to expand the on-board stoarage.

    The front cooling fan is quite noisy but NewTek has a quieter fan available that can be installed by your dealer. I'd recommend this upgrade unless the '850 is going to reside in a machine room. The power supply is a redundant, hot swappable unit. If one of the PS units fails it can be removed and replace while the '850 remains powered up by the other supply.

    At 42 pounds the TriCaster isn't exactly light but it's manageable. If your shopping for a portable rack be aware that the unit is about nineteen inches deep so you might need a custom built case. There are no cooling vents on the top or sides to worry about.

    Encrusted with I/O

    The eight camera inputs will accept standard def composite, S-Video, component or SDI signals or high def  component or SDI. You can mix and match any of the input types.

    The TCXD850 has two main outputs with the same assortment of connections. The output format (HD/SD) is set when you initially configure your session  A third 'aux' output can be configured as either a third copy of the main out, optionally at a different resolution or as a dedicated output from the program, preview, utility buses or directly from any one of the switcher sources. The '850 also has a dedicated HDMI output so it's easy to connect a HD monitor or projector.

    NewTek went all in with the audio. The back of the unit has sixteen xlr connectors that can be used with either line level sources or microphones. If using condenser mics you can even switch on phantom power. There are also eight AES/EBU digital audio inputs and you can also use embedded SDI audio. These inputs are grouped into stereo pairs for the XLRs while the digital inputs support four channels each.

    You get two outputs again both XLR and digital plus an aux output that can be configured as a dedicated output from the DDRs etc. The audio is rounded out by an actual 1/4 inch headphone jack.

    The '850 has two DVI monitor ports. One for the main user interface and the second for a 'multiview' monitor. The multiview can be configured as a deducted program/preview output or in a number of different setups with source previews, waveform monitors and output windows. One of the biggest new feature is the ability to monitor all switcher sources on screen. The multiview lets you spread those previews across two monitors.

    There are four USB ports on the back and two more on the front. These are used for mouse, keyboard and other external controllers such as the TimeWarp, LC-11 or 850CS.

    Main Switcher
    The main switcher has a program and preview row that both have twenty-four input sources. The program row selects the source that will appear on the output while the preview row lets you select the source you are going to to go to next. You then can use either the T-bar or the Auto/Take buttons to switch the inputs.

    Rev 2 of the software introduces a new video layer paradigm to the switcher.  These layers are from back to front:
    • Background - Your main source selected via the program bus of the switcher along with any transitions as you switch between sources.
    • DSK1 - The first down stream keyer, you can key any of the sources available with the exception of virtual inputs. This can be positioned, resized and rotated.
    • DSK2 - The second DSK with the same features as DSK 1.
    • FTB - Fade to black. This lets you to fade to black without making any changes to the other three layers.
    The main T-bar's function is assigned by the four buttons just above it. You can use the T-bar to control any of the video layers. If you select more then one function you can actually do things like cross fade the DSKs and do a transition on the BKGD layer with one pull of the T-bar.

    To the right of the T-Bar are controls for the video layers (Fade to black has no additional controls). Here you can select between fades and various transition  for a layer and in the case of the DSKs - position, size and rotate the layer. The Fade and Take buttons let you fade or take an individual layer regardless of how the T-Bar delegate is set.

    The third row on the switcher is the utility row. This row is used to select the sources that appears on the two DSKs, the Aux output and the FX bus. There are delegate buttons that change the utility row's mode making it easy to manage these sources even during a live switch. Here too you can multi-select and assign the utility row to multiple functions.

    Part 2 in a day or two

      Thursday, March 10, 2011

      Foo Fighters - Powered by TriCaster

      Tonight, the Foo Fighters invade the home of a super-fan in the Los Angeles area to introduce the world premiere of their new music video, “Rope” (the first single from their upcoming seventh studio album, Wasting Light). Immediately following the live, on-air premiere, the band will stay on for an additional Q&A session, streamed live on

      All powered by NewTek TriCaster.

      7:54 pm – 8:00 pm live on MTV

      More Info

      Saturday, March 5, 2011

      Get Out Of The Way

      Amazing, I think we underestimate children:

      Thursday, March 3, 2011

      March Madness

      TriCaster STUDIO™. Get it NOW. Save $1000.
      You want to deliver a show that's impactful and has the look of a large, network-style studio. But, you don't want the big expense. We have the solution. TriCaster STUDIO™ - the portable live production workhorse, is like having a giant, live TV truck that fits in your backpack. And throughout the month of March, NewTek is offering you a thousand more reasons to choose TriCaster STUDIO for your portable live production, by reducing the price by $1000.

      TriCaster STUDIO is so easy to use that one person or a small team can:
      • Broadcast, live stream, project and record - simultaneously
      • Connect and switch up to six cameras - quickly
      • Access live production tools, virtual monitors, on-board DDRs, titling, editing, and more - easily
      • Deliver your show with the impact of a network-style studio, with the use of live virtual sets
      From news and entertainment webcasts, sporting, school and corporate events - TriCaster STUDIO is easy, compact and now, more affordable than ever.

      Get TriCaster STUDIO to meet your production needs now.

      Virtual Set Editor Ships

      Customize Your Own Virtual Sets and Double-Box Effects
      NewTek TriCasterVirtual Set Editor (VSE) lets you personalize your own network-style studio.

      For a limited time, you get three (PLUS three bonus) TriCaster VSE-compatible virtual set content files (PrimeTime, Skybox and Randomize), three Layer Sets, three double-box effects, 48 double-box frames, over 30 backgrounds and three PSD examples.
      VSE lets you:
      • Edit a wide range of elements in TriCaster VSE Sets that produce real-time reflections and specular highlights
      • Create original virtual sets and double-box effects, using your own artwork
      • Compose layers in Adobe® Photoshop® and import into TriCaster VSE, which converts the PSD file into a Layer Set, for use in Virtual Set Editor 
      Compatible with the TriCaster TCXD300 and TriCaster TCXD850

      Wednesday, February 2, 2011

      TCXD850 Rev 2

      The first revision of the TCXD850 software is available for download now from NewTek.

       To say this is a major update is to understate the wholesale change in work flow involved. The original release was very similar to the interface of the TCXD300 but with this new release NewTek has adopted a more industry standard work flow. This is mostly to accommodate the 850CS control surface by allowing the user to 'delegate' certain functions to various controls.

      I'm in the process of re-writing my detailed hands on review where I'll go into more detail. Suffice it to say that do not install this update an hour before a live event 'cause your gonna want to study up a little before using it. All in all it's a good upgrade and if you plan on using the 850CS you'll need to get it installed.

      Click to embiggen

      Tuesday, January 25, 2011

      TCXD850 CS

      New Controller for the TCXD850

      TriCaster™ TCXD850 CS is a hardware control surface mapped directly to the TriCaster TCXD850 Live Desktop, source for source, and function for function. Giving you a true, hands-on connection to the award-winning TriCaster system. The TriCaster TCXD850 CS is a powerful addition that fits seamlessly into your live production setup, and can be used for fixed or portable installation to meet your most demanding HD live production needs.