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Friday, April 27, 2012

NewTek NAB Press Roundup

From Around the web:

SF Examiner -  TV Industry Stews Over Social Media

Sports Video Group - TriCaster 8000

Creative Cow - Interview with NewTek CTO Andrew Cross

TVB Europe - TriCaster 8000

Intel - Inside Scoop with Andrew Cross

Leo Laporte - Interviews NewTek's Phillip Nelson

Studio Tech - Interview with Phillip Nelson

Internet Video Mag - The TriCaster Line

TriCaster, It's Everywhere!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NAB Pictures

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More NAB 2012 News

NewTek also unveiled the new TriCaster 855 and TriCaster 455. These units replace the 850, 850 Extreme and the 450, 450 Extreme respectively. The 855 and 455 are shipping now so there will be no waiting.

The new units have all the Extreme features including the Isocorder technology to record multiple video streams and the advanced audio features (audio grouping, compressor/limiters etc.) plus some new features.

Native Quicktime support is standard. Plus Mac versions of the NewTek SpeedHQ codecs are available now.

The new TransWarp effects engine is also included to you can create 3D warping transitions with sound effects using the included editor. The editor includes a second license so you can run it on a second machine.

A new and improved IVGA is also included. You can now specify regions of the screen to grab and iVGA now supports sound.

A lot of the underlying TriCaster code has also been massaged to make operation more robust.

The best part is that NewTek has given these units a great price. The 855 including the 850CS controller is only $29,995 and the 455 is priced at $19,995 including the 450CS controller. These prices are actually a slight reduction from the old non-Extreme machines so once again NewTek throws down the price/performance challenge.

For users who already own various 450 and 850 models there are upgrades available, give us a call for details.


Monday, April 16, 2012

TriCaster 8000 OMG

Well, I was completely wrong about the 9.4 times better even though I got the model number right (850 X 9.4 = 8000). The new TriCaster 8000 is mind blowingly better than the the 850. I'm still am trying to wrap my head around its capabilities and I'm not even sure where to start So I'll just jump right in.

In no particular order:

8 re-entrant M/E Buses. You can set these up with up to four live sources each including using an M/E as a source in another M/E.

4 Down Stream Keys (use any source including M/Es) plus four channels of overlay on each M/E

24 New Live Sets with virtual camera moves including panning, pedestal and zooming. You can adjust the moves on the fly. Optional LiveSet Editor.

Macros - configure complex switcher actions to a single button push.
8 configurable hot spots per input, let the talent run the show by triggering macros using these interactive hot spots.

Social Media Publishing - Integrate your live production into Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and other social media sites in real time.

Record multiple (8) video streams with timecode to the hard drive. Native support for Quicktime.

Animated transitions using the new TransWarp 3D effects engine. Includes a transition editor so you can create custom transitions.

Fully configurable multi-viewer.

Integration with Black Magic Designs Matrix Routers.

Motion tracking effects - I'll try to post a video showing this, it's hard to explain.

iPad audio control app - Turn your iPad into a remote, wireless audio control surface.

Oh, did I mentions it can do all this stuff in 3D? That's right built in support for 3D cameras and anaglyphic stereo imaging.

They were demoing the M/E buses by doing effects with literally millions of layers on screen at once. I was impressed last year by the 850 Extreme showing 5 layers at once so to say this is a bit of an improvement is a major understatement.

The price? You better sit down.

$39,995 including the control surface!

That's right less than the price of a TriCaster 850 gets you a TriCaster 8000. There is nothing on the planet with these capabilities. To even come close would require hundreds of thousands of dollars and probably a whole truck full of equipment. You have got to get one of these things!

Digital Arts will have one of the first units to roll off the assembly line, probably in late May. Units are scheduled to ship in quantity sometime third quarter of this year. Give us a call to schedule a TriCaster 8000 demo, remember we can do these on line. 1-800-692-6442

Some pictures:

Friday, April 13, 2012

NAB 2012 Predictions

NAB starts next Monday so it's time for may yearly predictions about what new stuff NewTek will be showing.

NewTek employees are dropping hints that whatever it is it's going to be a game changer so I predict it will be at least 9.4 times as cool as the TriCaster 850. I also think we'll probably see an upgrade for the 850 and 450 software.

Check back Monday and we'll see how close I am.