Category: News

The Real News Network Uses NewTek TalkShow For Remote Guest Interviews

— Professional Skype video calling system provides seamless solution for independent journalists —

SAN ANTONIO, TX – November 30, 2015 — The Real News Network (TRNN), an online news network in Baltimore, recently deployed the TalkShow™ video calling system from NewTek™ to enhance its live shows with high quality remote guest interviews.

As a completely donor-funded news station that doesn’t accept any government or corporate advertising dollars, TRNN heavily depends on technology to achieve its mission. As the network grew to produce four to five shows per day, the team began using a basic version of Skype via computer, but quickly saw its shortcomings.

Having found success using TriCaster™ 8000 and 450 multi-camera video production systems in the studio, they turned to another NewTek product – TalkShow VS-100. TalkShow is the video calling production system that enables any of the 300 million monthly-connected Skype users to be seamlessly integrated into any live production.

“People are hungry for content, and our content is completely unbiased and community-oriented,” said Chris DeMillo, studio manager at TRNN. “We’re doing something different at TRNN, and NewTek TalkShow enables us to do it.”

Most interviews don’t require much work in post-production, as TRNN’s new equipment makes its workflow more streamlined by enabling preshow adjustments. Videos are easily posted on the TRNN website, YouTube, Roku, and the Comcast On Demand in the Baltimore region.

With its upgraded workflow, TRNN will continue to be seen as a trusted and reliable independent news network that is committed to bringing the highest quality video content to its viewers.

NewTek Announces NDI – Open Protocol for IP Production Workflow

—Expected to be the widest adopted IP standard on the market at launch in Q4—

SAN ANTONIO, September 8, 2015 — NewTek™ today announced Network Device Interface (NDI), a new open standard for live production IP workflows over Ethernet networks. NDI allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, and to encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real-time. This new protocol can benefit any network-connected video device, including video mixers, graphics systems, capture cards, and many other production devices. NDI connectivity will be available in Q4 as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for anyone wanting to enable IP workflows in their facilities, or in production devices and systems they manufacture.

“The move to IP for professional video production will unquestionably be among the most revolutionary and transformative changes of the decade. We are very excited to be opening our network protocols so that the entire industry can benefit from them,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, NewTek’s president and CTO. “At launch, NDI will work with applications from almost every major vendor and virtually every I/O card on the market, meaning that it will be broadly available for real-world production use starting in Q4 this year.”

NDI’s superb performance over standard GigE networks makes it possible to transition facilities to an incredibly versatile IP video production pipeline without negating existing investments in SDI cameras and infrastructure, or costly new high-speed network infrastructures. Leveraging more than a decade of NewTek experience with IP in the context of computer-based live video production workflows, NDI support at launch extends to well over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide, making it by far the most prolific IP video transfer method in the production market.

NewTek worked closely with a large number of top manufacturers and developers to allow IP connectivity between devices. NDI’s backwards compatibility means that along with NewTek products and systems from Brainstorm, CasparCG, CharacterWorks, ChyronHego, ClassX, Compix, EasyWorship, Gnural Net, Graphics Outfitters, LiveXpert, Media 5, PlayBox Technology, Teradek, Vizrt, Wasp3D and many more will be NDI-enabled on the day of launch. NewTek has also collaborated with AJA, DELTACAST and Matrox to enable their capture cards to act as NDI senders or receivers; support for Blackmagic Design cards will also be provided. Boland, JVC, LiveU, NewsMaker, Panasonic, PESA, Sienna and Wowza are also working on providing NDI-based solutions.

“IP-based workflows are without a doubt the future of video production, and we are excited to work with NewTek on opening the standards to allow any company or customer to change their workflow,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, chief technology officer of Vizrt.

“IP-based workflows represent a very important arm of the future of video production and the prospect of a unified IP video system as represented by NewTek’s open NDI protocol is very exciting,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We’re pleased that NewTek will be supporting NDI on all our KONA, CORVID and Io product lines, opening up opportunities for their customers and ours to use existing infrastructure to rapidly engage in new workflow opportunities almost immediately.”

Typically, SDI systems and other IP workflows that utilize point-to-point network connections are heavily dependent on expensive high-speed infrastructures. In contrast, NDI is a bi-directional standard that can operate over a GigE local area network, with many video streams on a shared connection. Its encoding algorithm is resolution and frame-rate independent, supporting 4K (and beyond) along with 16 channels (and more) of floating-point audio. The protocol also includes tools that implement video access rights, grouping, bi-direction metadata and IP commands.

Sending, finding and receiving any number of streams are supported through the NewTek SDK, which will be available license-free allowing anyone to use it. NewTek is collaborating with current and new customers, manufacturers and developers on the NDI standard. All interested parties are encouraged to contact NewTek directly via email at ndi@newtek.com or visit ndi.newtek.com.

3Play Mini: Now Anyone Can Create Network-Style Sports Productions from Anywhere

––Ultra-portable turnkey solution for instant replay, slow motion and other audience-engaging effects fits in a backpack–– 


LAS VEGAS, NAB BOOTH #SL3312 , April 12, 2015––NewTek™ today unveiled 3Play Mini––the world’s only sports production suite you can carry anywhere. This lightweight portable device allows sports video producers to add professional quality instant replay, slow motion, sophisticated transition effects and a broad range of other integrated production capabilities to their shows without being constrained by space, location or cost. Unlike expensive replay systems and stacks of complex components, 3Play Mini is powerful enough to drive your entire show, or plug into a switcher or video board and turn any production into amazing fan experiences that help attract big audiences, advertisers and sponsors. Anyone using up to four off-the-shelf HDMI cameras can produce multiple angle slow motion instant replays, edit highlights, roll stored video packages, create effects and transitions, publish to social media and much more. Out of the box, operators can control 3Play Mini with almost any touchscreen wireless mobile device or use an optional 3Play control surface. No other live sports solution includes a complete suite of sports production tools in such a small, affordable package.

“NewTek 3Play products are already a hit with producers of stadium sports because of their ability to generate audience-engaging programs for projection and broadcast from a mobile unit or video booth,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO at NewTek. “However, there are countless other events that are too remote or unstructured for bigger gear—and frankly the opportunity to consider any system at all may not even occur to people trying to produce small shows on modest budgets. We created 3Play Mini for producers who are at the mercy of their equipment size, budget, and ability to react and move quickly to catch the action.”

3Play Mini Highlights:

Nowhere is the need to stand out more distinct than it is in sports. 3Play Mini can make any event look larger and more professional on screen while livening up boring scoreboard feeds. It can also be synched with a game clock and be used for official reviews. Sports producers are able to hand-carry and plug into one small suite of tools that is easy to access, set up, and create professional-looking, audience-engaging sports shows from anywhere. Beyond visually stunning replay and slow motion playback, 3Play Mini also offers breakthrough levels of sophistication and capability including:  

·       Extensive Replay and Review Capabilities—preview and playback any angle, or multiple angles of a recorded event to deliver the best viewing perspective for replay and official verification.

·       Comprehensive Media Publishing—instantly and simultaneously publish content to multiple destinations, including Facebook and Twitter for greater visibility and increased monetization opportunities, as well as YouTube and other websites, dedicated FTP servers, second and third screen platforms.

·      Beautiful Visuals—Include animated, warped visual transition effects for switching and in-program editing such as transitions between replays, stingers, and overlays; create custom animations with included tools, or import your own branded graphic elements to make the show your own.

·       Highlights Editing—Rapid, in-show editing and playlisting of NLE-ready assets with transitions, slow motions, nat sound and a sound track—play from system to scoreboards immediately, or export completed package and use in a post-game show.

·       Tablet Operation—Cue, set playback speed, and manage replays with highly responsive browser-based control you can use on a tablet, to put all game controls right into your hands over the network—in very small spaces.

·       Side-by-Side Playback—Replay the action from two synchronized angles simultaneously, on a single output channel using the DSK overlay. Position, scale and crop the camera angle assigned to the overlay for comprehensive, frame-by-frame analysis of the play under review.

·       Game Clock Overlay—Synchronize the action to actual game time by dedicating a live camera to recording the game clock and assigning the angle to a DSK overlay.

·       Automatic Color Matching—Overcome changing lighting conditions and camera variety in multi-camera sports productions with automatic color correction—and eliminate the need for manual adjustments or a dedicated shading station.

·       Flexible Output—Send your slow motion, replay and highlights sequences to switcher, streaming encoder, scoreboard—even social media platforms—so fans can engage from anywhere.

Pricing and Availability

3Play Mini is available immediately for $9,995 USMSRP. An optional control surface is available for $2,995 USMSRP. International pricing will vary.

16 New Companies Join NewTek Developer Network

September 13, 2013—NewTek™ today announced continued momentum of the NewTek Developer Network, with the addition of 16 new companies to the vast ecosystem of companies that create compelling workflows for NewTek customers.The Network, which includes companies in several different workflow categories—streaming, graphics, content, controllers—has also expanded to include a media asset management category, and brings the total number of participating technology partners to 34.

“The momentum we’re experiencing with the NewTek Developer Network is tremendous, with the number of participating companies expanding to more than three times over what we had just one year ago,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of business development at NewTek. “Every product in the NewTek Development Network helps our customers to produce or distribute video content with greater quality, agility, and ease—and we are honored that so many leading companies continue to approach NewTek with a keen interest in developing best-in-class workflows for our industry-standard TriCaster and 3Play systems.”

Dean Kolkey, President of NewsMaker Systems commented, “We are very excited about integrating with TriCaster to evolve the process of making news. Using the MOS Protocol, our NewsCaster product can link TriCaster directly to a newsroom computer system, and play back video clips, still graphics, CG text, and audio assets—directly from the TriCaster UI as sequenced within a news program rundown. This integration puts incredible flexibility at the fingertips of any news producer, helping to streamline equipment, automate production tasks, and efficiently deliver a high-quality TV news viewing experience.” 

New Workflows, New Developers

The NewTek Developer Network, which already includes industry veterans such as AJA, Avid, ChyronHego, Compix and Ustream, offers customers an extended set of products and services that work directly with TriCaster and 3Play systems to provide innovative solutions for live production. The newest companies to unveil new products and workflows for NewTek customers include:

Media Asset Management (MAM)
  • axle Video—axle Gear— radically simple media management in a 1 RU appliance that installs right next to any TriCaster. Using axle’s web browser interface for laptops and iPads, it shows all TriCaster files and file shares, and lets users search, select, and annotate files, as well as transcode and move clips to other destinations.

  • Square Box Systems—CatDV —a Media Asset Management and workflow solution that allows users to search the CatDV database for historic, reusable footage and return a set of clips directly into TriCaster and 3Play.

Controllers

  • Ensemble Designs— BrightEye NXT Router—for bringing more sources into TriCaster 8000. Built-in clean switches allow use of SDI and HDMI sources, even when they don’t have a reference. Users can set the number of inputs and outputs.
  • LiveXpert—LiveMixer— a remote application that enables users to control the TriCaster internal audio mixer using the Behringer BCF 2000 or Yamaha 01V96i Audio Mixer consoles.
  • NewsMaker Systems—NewsCaster—providing seamless integration between the contents of the TriCaster media bins and events in MOS Protocol-enabled newsroom computer systems, such as ANNova, ENPS, Avid iNews, NorCom and Octopus systems. 
  • Rundown Creator—TriCaster Playout Controller—a web application for planning TV, radio, and internet shows that allows users to insert titles, graphics, audio clips, and video clips into scripts, and play them out on a TriCaster.
  • Tally-Lights—Tally Light System—for wired or wireless connectivity of up to eight cameras through TriCaster USB or tally light ports without taking up a camera input.

  • Telemetrics—RCCP-1 Robotic Camera Control Panel and the PT-CP-S4 Pan/Tilt Head with HDSC-1 Broadcast Robotics Specialty Camera—a pan-tilt-zoom camera control system for TriCaster.
  • X-KeysXK series USB keypads and controllers—assignable keys allow users to instantly create a custom control box for any TriCaster application, with clearly labeled dedicated keys that maximize efficiency and reduce mistakes. 

Streaming

  • LiveU—LiveU Link—a software-based solution allowing seamless integration between LiveU’s portable uplink units and NewTek’s TriCaster integrated live production system. Stream live video from the unit to LiveU’s proprietary server, which automatically pushes the stream to a selected TriCaster with pre-configured settings.

  • Streaming Media Hosting—The SMH Media Platform— for easily connecting, configuring and controlling a TriCaster with SMH from any remote location, with a streamlined workflow that allows for seamless recording, editing, transcoding, and streaming live all from the Cloud to a global audience.

  • Telestream—Wirecast—offering easy access to Wirecast directly from the TriCaster streaming configuration panel for added live streaming options. Wirecast enables multi-format live encoding and streaming to multiple web and local destinations concurrently.

  • Teradek—Teradek Cube—a portable H.264 encoder that can wirelessly stream HD video from any camera source directly to TriCaster systems. TriCaster users can also pull remote live video feeds from Teradek bonded cellular devices.


Graphics

  • Caspar CG—CasparCG—open source software that plays simultaneous layers of dynamic graphics, videos and images in real-time, and connecting to TriCaster over iVGA without taking up a camera input.

  • LiveXpert—Live CG Sport Football—an all-in-one remote application for computer-generated scoring and statistics that connects to TriCaster over iVGA without taking up a camera input.

  • Media5—CG5 NET IP—a multilayer character generator, providing TriCaster users with access to a complete graphical broadcast solution with the highest quality and versatility essential to every channel or production company.

Content

  • April Broadcast—TriCaster Format Virtual Sets—a convenient portal for templates of premium 3D virtual sets complete with TriCaster layers and LiveSet.exe formats that allow control and modification of set elements—including multiple free sets (Business, Education, News and Sports) now included directly in the TriCaster.

To learn more about the NewTek Developer Network and its SDK program, visit newtek.com/solutions/newtek-developer-network.html.

NewTek Unveils Next-Generation Professional TriCaster Family

NewTekTM today unveiled the next generation of its industry-standard, professional TriCaster multi-camera production systems, introducing three new models—TriCaster 860, TriCaster 460, and TriCaster 410—and major enhancements to the company’s flagship system, TriCaster 8000. The newly expanded product family offers a number of innovative industry firsts that represent a quantum leap forward in integrated live video production and enable video producers to deliver programs with a level of quality and visual impact that has never before been possible with single, turnkey multi-camera production systems. All products in the new line will begin shipping on September 12, 2013, just prior to the IBC 2013 convention in Amsterdam.

“When we talk to video producers, the most common challenge we hear is how to deliver a greater amount of content in a shorter amount of time, but with the level of quality and visual impact that their viewers demand,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, CTO of NewTek. “Years ago, TriCaster emerged as the gold standard in live video production, helping people to work faster and significantly reduce production costs. Today, our TriCaster family crosses a new frontier by placing an unprecedented level of creative tools, system performance, and operational control in the hands of every operator. The degree of visual sophistication and operational ease that anyone can achieve during a live show with these new TriCaster models opens up new creation, delivery, and revenue possibilities that have quite simply never been available before.”

The Next-Generation of Professional TriCaster Systems

The entire professional TriCaster product line incorporates across-the-board breakthroughs in integrated multi-camera live production. All systems now offer 4 or 8 full mix/effects (M/E) channels, greatly expanding the system’s switching performance. Producers can use these M/Es to generate layered and composited real-time video, produce sub-mixes in the main video program, and output content as a secondary program—all with complete switcher behaviors, transitions, overlays, multi-source layering and virtual sets.

Additional enhancements that are now standard across the entire product line include vastly advanced virtual sets with new camera motion controls; new “holographic” virtual sets that blend panoramic images with layered and composited video; broad media publishing functions for simultaneous multi-channel content delivery; expanded buffers for creating hundreds of custom motion and animated graphics; new, unique remote robotic camera controls; and extensive macro and automation functions that greatly simplify the execution of system commands during a live program and integrate with venues that already use comprehensive MIDI automation.

Professional TriCaster Models

The new family of professional TriCaster systems includes four models, each designed to address a wide range of multi-camera video production needs. The specific models are:

·       TriCaster 410—a streamlined, compact system with a full 4 M/E production switcher, HD-SDI connectivity, and tools for live-only delivery, ideal for anyone producing small to medium-sized live shows or webcasts with powerful media sharing and disk recording capabilities.

·       TriCaster 460—a compact  system with a full 4 M/E production switcher with greater connectivity and broader creative flexibility for any small or medium-sized production, particularly where live video content is touched up, re-packaged or repurposed for postproduction or supplemental programming.
 
·       TriCaster 860—a system designed for full-sized live action with an abundance of angles, visuals, coverage and postproduction tools, offering a full 8 M/E production switcher, plus more channels, sources, I/O, graphics and effects, and greater capacity for media storage.

·       TriCaster 8000—the flagship content publishing hub for all the media in a live program, with a premium 8 M/E production switcher, built-in failsafe and redundancy capabilities, and extensive router support for enhanced broadcast integration, massive multi-camera coverage, and mission critical high-end productions of any size.

All TriCaster models include comprehensive feature enhancements that enable producers to create bigger and better shows, and reach larger audiences with network TV-style video content—while also significantly lowering production costs. With any TriCaster system, users can reduce the many racks of equipment and crew often required to produce a multi-camera show.

Some of the top new features include:

    Enhanced virtual sets—adding many new sets to the existing library of templates, all of which have been updated for more lifelike appearance, with the ability to live pan and zoom virtual cameras and up to 8 preset frame positions;

    “Holographic” live virtual sets—allowing users to create panoramic, photorealistic sets from smartphone or DSLR camera images, with layered and composited video sequences for customized environments for any genre of programming;

    Expanded media publishing—providing the ability to instantly and simultaneously publish or stream content to multiple destinations, including YouTube and other Websites, dedicated FTP servers, second and third screen platforms, and popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for greater visibility and increased monetization opportunities;

    Animation, title and still image buffers—delivering a bank of up to 15 additional media sources that act as virtual DDRs, including 4:4:4:4 motion interpolated video with automatic triggering for nearly limitless playback of animated motion graphics, titles and images (animation buffers not included in TriCaster 410);

    Expanded outputs and monitoring—including secondary output selection sources that include M/Es, dual configurable multi-view, buffers, enhanced network outputs and more, providing new opportunities for simulcast programming and parallel content creation, and greater flexibility for repurposing existing content;

    Robotic camera control—allowing users to add innovative and unique camera coverage with input and comprehensive multi-angle preview control of pan-tilt-zoom cameras—from the most-affordable off-the-shelf security cams all the way to professional models, without requiring a dedicated camera operator the specific angle; and,

    Extensive control and automation functions—helping operators to minimize on-air mistakes by customizing memory presets for recalling only desired program configurations; automating show commands with single keystrokes; defining custom control surface keys or MIDI control with external devices used in lighting and audio installations; and using Hot Spots to trigger automated sequences with on-camera talent gestures.

Pricing and Availability Starting prices for the next-generation TriCaster family are TriCaster 410 for $9,995 USMRP; TriCaster 460 for $15,995 USMSRP; and TriCaster 860 for $24,995 USMSRP, with optional control surfaces for these systems sold separately. Pricing for TriCaster 8000 with the included control surface is $39,995 USMSRP. Customers who own TriCaster systems and are interested in upgrading can choose from a range of upgrade options. Specific pricing for countries outside the US and for multi-standard units will vary. All of the new TriCaster systems will begin shipping on September 12, 2013. For full details on all next generation of professional TriCaster systems, please visit www.newtek.com.