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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Network-Style School Sports Production Webinar

Join us for this free live webcast and learn how your school can deliver network-style live sports production using NewTek TriCaster™.

Live Webcast, Wednesday, September 30th, 4:30PM ET | 3:30PM CT | 1:30PM PT
  • See how your school can leverage the same technology used by the NBA D-League, NHL, Fox Sports and many others
  • Learn how a small team of volunteers and students can produce network-style sports production with multiple cameras, graphics, transitions and more
  • Deliver your sports production to family, friends and alumni around the world through live webcasting
  • Raise awareness and create advertising opportunities for your school sports program using the power of video delivered to your scoreboard, local broadcast and webcast
  • Offer game DVDs for student athletes and their families 
Guest Speaker:
Tony Wood, Teacher
John Marshall High School
Glen Dale, West Virginia

After the Webcast we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about how the TriCaster can work for you. 1-800-692-6442

Thursday, September 17, 2009

VT and SpeedEDIT Maintenance Patches Available

NewTek has posted VT5.2c and 5.2d patches.
Version 5.2c includes a number of improvements:
  - Improved Apple Quicktime performance and stability
  - LC-11 compatibility
  - Proc Amps now retain their settings
  - Support for DataLink Record i-Frame MPEG a/v
  - Improved VfW drivers for streaming 

Version 5.2d fixes a hangup on launch if QuickTime version 7.6.4 has been installed.

A fix (Version 1.5.5) for SpeedEDIT with the same problem is also available.

All patches are available for registered users at

Be sure all patches are applied in order.

Friday, September 11, 2009

TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee extended

TriCasters purchased by December 23 can be exchanged for full purchase price credit towards TriCaster, model XD300, previewed at IBC 2009

NewTek announced the TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee Program. Customers can trade up any TriCaster™ portable live production system purchased between January 15 and December 23, 2009 for full purchase price credit toward a TriCaster, model XD300 previewed at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2009. TriCaster, model XD300, is scheduled to ship late Q4 2009.

"The NewTek TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee is put in place to eliminate customer concern that an upcoming model might be better suited for their portable live production needs," said Michael Kornet, chief marketing officer, NewTek Inc. "Now, customers can make a smart investment in TriCaster and begin producing immediately, knowing that they have locked in full trade-in value on their current TriCaster, should they choose to trade up to a new model."

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast and project a network-style production. A single operator or small team can produce a live show while switching between as many as six cameras with two DDRs, multi-channel effects and NewTek’s proprietary LiveSet™ virtual sets. TriCaster is used by broadcasters, sports organizations, schools, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at US$3,995. The TriCaster family of products is available in multi-standard internationally beginning at US$5,995. Educational pricing is also available.

TriCasters are available from Digital Arts

Fine Print:

To be eligible for the upgrade, a TriCaster must be purchased from a NewTek Elite Partner or Authorized Reseller by December 23, 2009. The upgrade requires a validated coupon, as well as the registered TriCaster serial number and verified proof of purchase. Units must be returned to the reseller that initiated the original sale in good working condition with all original packaging and manuals. This program is not retroactive and cannot be combined with any other offers. This program ends December 31, 2009.

SpeedEDIT 2.0 Announced


 John Perkins of NewTek says

"SpeedEDIT2 will include a transcoder application to convert most formats into a format that SE2 can read well.

You can queue up to 1000 clips to be batch converted in one shot and begin editing while they are being converted. As they show up in the filebin, you can drag them in and start editing.

AVCHD support is built in, but it can also use DirectShow codecs to expand the import capability to formats that we don't currently support or that aren't even on the market yet."

I'll have more info as soon as I can.

From the Press Release:

AT IBC in Amsterdam NewTek revealed SpeedEDIT™ 2, an upgrade to its resolution-independent video editor that offers numerous advancements, including support for additional file formats and enhanced Sub-Project capabilities for more flexible real-time layering.

“SpeedEDIT was already known for its groundbreaking workflow, but with this version we build upon that capability by adding core functionality while improving compatibility,” said Andrew Cross, executive vice president, engineering, NewTek. “By working closely with our customers, we feel that this version of SpeedEDIT sets a new bar in editing performance.”

Among many new benefits, SpeedEDIT 2 works natively for real-time editing with XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, QuickTime® and AC3 Audio. SpeedEDIT also transcodes additional formats, including selected types of AVCHD. Sub-Projects now provide the ability to use all of the Control Tree settings for real-time sizing, rotation and overlay functions on groups of clips as if they were a single video clip. SpeedEDIT 2 also offers improved slow motion, with options for interpolated smoothing or enhanced sharpness. For animators, image sequences are displayed as clips in real-time, with support extended to JPEG, BMP, PNG, Targa and TIFF files. SpeedEDIT 2 extends real-time preview and playback with support for BlackMagic™ and other compatible external video devices.

NewTek SpeedEDIT is a resolution-independent video editor designed to work quickly and efficiently on any video project. SpeedEDIT works with almost any type of video footage.

Pricing and Availability
SpeedEDIT is available for US$495. Purchases of SpeedEDIT made now through the release of SpeedEDIT 2 will include a free upgrade. SpeedEDIT 2 will be available in Q4 2009 at US$995, with an upgrade price of US$295 for SpeedEDIT and VT[5] owners.SpeedEDIT is available From Digital Arts.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Todd Rundgren Pay-Per-View Event to be Produced with TriCaster

From a press release:

Panacea Entertainment and Todocast, the affordable portable live satellite web-broadcasting system, announced today that they are offering pay-per-view tickets to a live stream of the upcoming sold-out Todd Rundgren concerts in Akron, Ohio on September 6 and 7 at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET and Chicago, Illinois on September 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Todd will be performing his watershed 1973 masterpiece, "A Wizard, A True Star" (AWATS) in its entirety for the first time, plus a second "surprise mystery set." The ticket offers a two-day pass in each city that includes coverage of the concert and exclusive backstage access.

"Todd is the acknowledged godfather of the convergence of music, video and multimedia technologies," said Eric Gardner, chairman of Panacea Entertainment and Todd’s manager since 1975. "The AWATS dates will incorporate production on a Las Vegas and Broadway scale, and NewTek and TodoCast's revolutionary products will allow fans worldwide to take in all of the groundbreaking moments as they unfold."

"TriCaster packs all of the essential capabilities of a live truck into a 10-pound device," said Chuck Silber, senior vice president of sales, NewTek Inc. "Concerts and other live events provide the perfect venue to showcase TriCaster’s ease-of-use as a portable live production and streaming device."

"With TodoCast, our system provides Todd the only end-to-end live via satellite system that delivers high quality video and audio through our player along with a seamless pay-per-view engine that will monetize the events," said Bryan Hill, chief executive officer, TodoCast. "Much like the TriCaster, our revolutionary 120-pound satellite dish and one-button activation system makes live via satellite to Internet broadcasting affordable and easy for virtually any kind of production."

The Akron two-day package costs $20.00 and can be purchased at: The Chicago two-day package costs $20.00 and can be purchased at:

Using NewTek TriCaster, the production team will create a network-style production of the concert and backstage events, complete with titles and graphics, and Todocast will transmit the event via satellite uplink for pay-per-view distribution.