Digital Arts Is A NewTek Elite Partner and
Eight Time Top 10 North American Reseller

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Digital Arts is, yet again, named a NewTek Top 10 Elite Partner!

I got busy and forgot to post this.

We won this award  in 2004, 2005 & 2007 and have received it every year since 2013. Yea us.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

TriCaster 2 Elite Now Shipping

TriCaster 2 Elite merges NewTek’s proven software-driven live production approach with power, efficiency, and flexibility – enabling you to create for all types of digital media programs and platforms.
TriCaster 2 Elite is not only a premium live production system for television, but the extensible hub of your entire digital media production environment.
  • Easily cross the lines between television, Internet, and mobile content
  • Transform content into a wide array of formats, resolutions, aspect ratios, and frame rates
  • Free storytelling from the limits imposed by conventional production methodologies and technologies
  • Bring to life workflows of unprecedented scale and scope.
  • Readily access all the sources, destinations, and media assets from any location on the network
  • Connect, communicate, process, and share media across the network using innovative NDI® technology
Feature Highlights
  • HD & UHD(4k) support
  • Supports Multiple formats, resolutions, aspect ratios and frame rates simultaneously
  • 60 Input Switcher with up to 48 External Inputs
  • 8 SDI Inputs
  • 8 Independent SDI Outputs
  • 8 Re-entrant M/E busses
  • UI + 3 Multiviewer Outputs
  • 4 DDRs + Sound Player
  • 16 External Audio inputs each w/ 8 channels
  • Integrated Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Teams, Discord and Tencent support, bring in up to to 9 calls.
  • Advanced IP integration – 32 inputs, 48 outputs that all support up to UHD 60p with alpha channel

Thursday, November 7, 2019

NDI.TV Goes Live

NewTek launched anew NDI web site a few days ago. This looks to be a central location for all things NDI.

Get general NDI info, access NDI Tools downloads and even get the various NDI Developer Kits all in one place.

NewTek Announces New 4K TriCaster Mini

Today NewTek announced the latest version of the TriCaster Mini:

New TriCaster Mini 4k NDI
TriCaster Mini 4KUHD Basic Specs:
  • Supports up to 4k UHD!
  • NDI I/O for audio and video
  • Analog audio like current Mini
  • Up to Eight NDI inputs
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Four Additional POE+ Ethernet Ports for cameras or input modules
  • Two input modules included 
More on NewTek's site

TriCaster Mini 4k & 2 NDI Input Modules $8,995

Travel Bundle $11,995
TriCaster Mini 4k
Mini CS Controller
2 NDI Input Modules
Travel Case

Complete Production Bundle $19,995
TriCaster Mini 4k
TriCaster TC1SP Controller
2 Input Modules
2 PTZ1 Cameras

AVAILABLE NOW from Digital Arts 1-800-692-6442

Saturday, September 14, 2019

TriCaster Mini Refresh

I didn't post this when it was news but NewTek has done a refresh on the TriCaster Mini.

They now ship with Advanced Edition 3.0 and Windows 10. The HD-4i (HDMI inpurts two hard drives and the 7" internal preview monitor has been discontinued. The HD-4 (HDMI, single drive) and the HD-SDI (SDI, dual drive, internal monitor) models continue. There was no change in list prices and the bundles are still available.

Contact Digital Arts (, sales(a) or 1-800-692-6442) for more info.

NDI 4.0 Released

Lots of cool new capabilities including better support for cross-subnet connections, unlimited recording, better quality, lower bandwidth and more.

Press release - Get the official line.

General info and news at

Downloads - NDI Tools for both Mac and PC along with the new NDI Analysis Tool.

Software Developer Kit - Make your own stuff!

Friday, May 24, 2019

New Wireless Mics Might Be A Mistake in 2019

"Only use a wireless microphone when there is no other choice". I've said this for years and no one ever listens to me. But the problem is getting worse. The FCC in 2017 sold off a big chunk of frequencies that were popular with wireless mic users (the 600MHz band) to T-Mobile. As soon as T-Mobile starts using the band in your area it becomes illegal to use your expensive wireless mics. 

This is not the first time this sort of has happened.
A big part of the problem is that many wireless systems are not 'frequency agile' that is they work on one fixed frequency and cannot be changed this is especially true of VHF band mics. Even systems that can be set to multiple channels only work in a narrow range of frequencies so if the band you're using get sold off or over run you can't tune it to a different band.

There are several bands where unlicensed wireless mics can be used but these bands are becoming more and more crowded as other users of various wireless devices (not just microphones) get condensed into a smaller and smaller piece of the airwaves. Most unlicensed wireless mics are in either the TV band or in the same bands that are used for WiFi.

Anything in the 2.4GHZ or 5GHz bands are subject to interference by WiFi signals. Keep in mind that most cell phones can be setup as a WiFi hotspot. Pop up a list of available WiFi networks in any crowded area and you will see dozens of them, every single one of which could clobber your wireless mic signal.

It gets worse. The TV band looks safe because TV stations don't move around from one frequency to another; they are at fixed, well known spots in the band. Choose a wireless mic system that avoids those frequencies and you'd think you were good to go. But wait, the FCC has mandated a 'repack' of the TV bands. 

The transition to digital TV caused a big shuffle of channel assignments to make room for both analog and digital versions of TV stations. Now that the analog channels have been shut down they are going to re-shuffle the existing digital stations to final locations in the band. Most of the repack takes place this year. So your carefully chosen wireless mic frequencies may or may not work after the repack.

So to bottom line it either take your best shot and buy a good, frequency agile wireless mic system that you think will work now and hope for the future or buy something cheap and replace it as necessary as the situation changes.