NewTek Launches 3 New Solutions for All in One Video Production
by Mark Shapiro
At NAB, Newtek announced three new TriCaster live production systems, the 4 channel TriCaster 455, the 8 channel TriCaster 855 and the new, mind blowing TriCaster 8000 24 channel switcher with 8 M/E rows and 8 channels of ISO.
Who needs a TV studio anymore? Just plug in your video sources - cameras, web sources, local video players, etc., and you are ready to create and produce a slick looking show.
Not only are the TriCasters total video switching and effects systems - perfect for either the live production or editing room environment, but they also provide an impressive virtual set capability. Arm with yourself with a small blue screen background and you can put your talent anywhere in the world - whether it exists or not.
By using included TriCaster system virtual sets, you can build amazing sets with realistic foregrounds and moving backgrounds. Add realism to any virtual set with four live sources—each with four layers of overlay, all with transitions, sounds, 3D positioning and effects. Live camera moves and shot changes during production bring your new location to life.
The TriCasters support Apple AirPlay and provides social networking out put capabilities. You can upload clips directly to FaceBook, YouTube or other social community - even while editing a production.
NewTek's also allows simultaneous recording of multiple input sources and output options with embedded timecode and four audio tracks. While editing & cutting a live show, all the inputs channels can be sourced to various recorders for isos. The TriCasters now include support for most non-linear editing application for both the MacŪ and PC platforms, without the need for transcoding.
According to NewTek, the top of the line TriCaster 8000 is designed for production and media publishing professionals who deliver live video for large, complex events, with full integration of social media production tools. The system introduces extensive integration and customization options that include; virtually limitless scalability with third-party router support, recordable macros that can be triggered simultaneously, along with extensive effects and graphics capabilities with eight M/E rows. TriCaster 8000 includes a new social media-savvy "Share" panel that allows for video clips, individual stills, or batches of ISO-grabbed frames of the live show to be distributed to multiple social media platforms, including: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr—or FTP-transferred to a directory—in a single pass. The seamless integration of live production with social media interaction provides immediacy, relevant content, and a unified brand for both traditional video and social media audiences.
The midrange TriCaster 855 was developed for producers looking to build their businesses and brands with new programming, clients, advertising and sponsorships. TriCaster 855 is a facilities-class system, equipped with 24-channel switching, and inputs for up to eight cameras; five digital media players for video clips, graphics and titles, and two network channels for sharing computer screens and displays from wireless iOS devices. It has eight M/E-style virtual inputs and three outputs. The size, capacity and capabilities are scaled for professionals who produce big, live productions for delivery to on-air, projectors and the Web.
The TriCaster 8000, including the control surface, is expected to be available in Q3 2012 for a retail price of US$39,995. Prices may vary internationally
The new TriCaster 455 is targeted to mobile producers who want to deliver professional live video content to a worldwide audience, without concerns for location limitations. The system is scaled for virtually any restricted space, including small studios, production vans, control rooms, backstage, a blogger's office, and more. TriCaster 455 includes a 14-channel switcher with four camera inputs and the production and graphics power to deliver a network-quality show from locations that proved impossible before.
TriCaster 455 and TriCaster 855, including their corresponding control surfaces, are available immediately for a retail price of US$19,995 and US$29,995, respectively. These new systems are designed as a path forward for the former TriCaster 450 and TriCaster 850 lines.
. For more information, please visit www.newtek.com, or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.