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Sunday, April 10, 2011

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.

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