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NAB 2012: Three live production solutions for NewTek

NewTek has unveiled a new line of TriCaster live production systems that use a completely reengineered platform. The next-generation product family delivers live video content to multiple viewing platforms.

NewTek has unveiled a new line of TriCaster live production systems that use a completely reengineered platform — and introduce capabilities for live event producers and media publishing professionals. The next-generation product family, which includes TriCaster 8000 (pictured), TriCaster 855 and TriCaster 455 — delivers live video content to multiple viewing platforms. “With 28% of the global online population watching video on mobile phones and video accounting for 40% of all Internet traffic, the industry has reached a point where professionals need tools with capabilities that far exceed most traditional video production systems,” said Andrew Cross, NewTek CTO. “We’ve reengineered our TriCaster line from the ground up to help video producers move beyond the confines of traditional equipment, and keep pace with the dramatic shift in consumer viewing habits. Using a TriCaster, people can deliver content with unprecedented speed, to larger audiences, on virtually any device or popular social media site — and with even greater HD network-quality production values. The video producers of today are becoming the media publishers of tomorrow — and with our new TriCaster line, we’re helping them embrace this change head on.” The new generation of TriCaster integrated production systems places video production tools into the hands of producers, regardless of the delivery destination — from live TV, projectors, LED screens, online video streaming, social media, or any combination. The new line includes standard features such as Apple AirPlay support and NewTek’s IsoCorder technology for recording of multiple input sources and output options with embedded timecode and four audio tracks. IsoCorder technology has been updated to include support for non-linear editing applications for both the Mac and PC, without the need for transcoding. Audio mixing is more flexible with the ability to delegate the process to a separate iPad control app, or one of the Avid Artist series control surfaces. The effects implemented in the new TriCaster series offer realtime warping that makes it possible to fly video away on a cloth-like surface, or integrate warping video into transitions with sound. TriCaster effects are further enhanced with the new TransWarp engine, which provides the ability to build warping transitions for every visual source, including overlays. The 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 integration and customisation options that include; scalability with third-party router support, recordable macros that can be triggered simultaneously, along with effects and graphics capabilities with eight M/E rows. TriCaster 8000 includes a new ‘Share’ panel that enables 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 TriCaster 855 is 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 455 is targeted to mobile producers who want to deliver professional live video content to a worldwide audience, without concerns for location limitations. TriCaster 455 includes a 14-channel switcher with four camera inputs. The new TriCaster 8000, TriCaster 855 and TriCaster 455 systems all include a corresponding hardware control surface. In addition, TriCaster 8000 includes a redesigned control surface to provide control over the new capabilities in the system. SL5111