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3Play 820 Tech Specs

Video Inputs

8 simultaneous inputs
Any combination of:
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Composite, or Y/C (BNC)

Video Outputs

2 fully independent, simultaneous playout channels
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Composite, or Y/C (BNC)
HDMI output
Dedicated DVI multi-view output
AUX output
Network output for over-the-network input to TriCaster

Output Modes

A; B; A+B

Video Formats

NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
Multi-Standard model: NTSC-J; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 576/25i
Supports 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios

Recording Channels


Recording Capacity

~ 200 hours of combined 1080i storage across 4 removable drives (50 hours per drive)
MPEG-2 all I-frame


Locks to HD or SD analog signals
Supports either tri-level or bi-level sync sources


Supported with 2nd display, included HUD

Audio Inputs

8 SDI Embedded
8 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)

Audio Outputs

3 SDI Embedded
4 Balanced XLR outputs (PGM)
4 Balanced XLR outputs (AUX)

Audio Processing

Audio is uncompressed and sampled at 96kHz, 32-bit

Time Code


A/V Standards

HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155


Dedicated controller with T-bar, jog wheel, speed presets, and clip transport


19 x 7.25 x 21.5 (in)
48.3 x 18.4 x 54.6 (cm)


42 lbs (19kg)

Specifications subject to change without notice.

3Play 820 System Diagram


3Play 820 Interface

The 3Play™ 820 interface is simplistic by design. Intuitive by nature. With features that you can configure to suit your needs. Utility, without complexity. Configuration settings that are easy to access during live events. Clips list. Playlist. And a pop-up Dashboard. Woo-hoo.



  1. REPLAY INTERFACE is the control center for your 3Play 820 production. Connect up to eight HD or SD cameras, audio sources, and the included 3Play 820 CS control surface to manage recording, playback, clip marking, playlist creation, and more.
  2. LIVE DESKTOP MONITORS let you view the action from every angle, with interactive, full field rate displays. Integrated multi-view monitoring allows you to select from additional monitor layouts and send all on-screen monitors to a second display to enlarge your workspace.
  3. OUTPUT MONITORS show the output being sent through the two simultaneous, independent playout channels. Camera angles can even be switched during live playback. Full field rate displays include the option to show or hide HUD (Heads-Up Display) information.
  4. ONE-BUTTON RECORDING simultaneously captures video from your choice of up to eight cameras. 3Play 820 also supports automatic recording (activated by performing select operations).
  5. CLIPS LIST provides quick and easy access to all available clips (or events) for immediate playback. Clip notes can be entered for each camera view of an event, allowing you to find and replay the right highlight from the best angle – instantly.
  6. PLAY LIST lets you create highlight reels or compile clips for sequenced playback. The play list includes independent speed controls for each clip (for real-time, slo-mo or high-speed playback) and provides options for background music tracks and transitions.
  7. INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD lets you view active settings on the 3Play 820 CS control surface, or manage 3Play 820 operations without using the control surface. On-screen controls include playback speed presets, output mode, mark in, mark out, and transport.

3Play 820 Features

Big-game Domination

You’re prepared to catch every angle: Epic showdowns call for complete coverage. The 3Play 820 handles it all with eight simultaneous camera inputs. Each wired for synchronized, continuous recording. Two fully independent playout channels add new pages to your sports production playbook, whether you need to drive a giant video board, put out a feed for live broadcast, or both.

Keeps Teams in Tune

Constant action keeps you ready for anything: 3Play 820 flows right into your rhythm with an intuitive replay workflow that keeps your team in tune with each other, and the game. Big games with a multitude of cameras can challenge you with the most demanding broadcast, but your production team is confident, coordinated, and in command in the middle of clutch time.

Facility Fit

You’re equipped for any scenario: Ready-made for your production infrastructure, the 4U rack-mount design fits virtually anywhere in the confines of an arena, or installed in the live production truck. Industry-standard SDI connectivity carries your native HD quality from end to end. And when unpredictable elements come into play, safeguards like a redundant power supply and multi-tiered fail-safe keep the game going right up to the buzzer.

Smooth Workflow in Crunch Time

Your next game starts while the current one is finishing: With session management, you’ll keep track of footage from game to game. And the 3Play 820 system’s massive recording capacity—200 hours of 1080i, right out of the gate, with hot-swappable storage making it nearly limitless—lets you fill drive after drive with defining moments to anchor highlight shows and retrospectives for years to come.

Show-Stopping Slow Motion

You give fans more of what they want to see: Enjoy network-style presentation with smooth, interpolated slow motion. Break down highlights or analyze pivotal moments, frame by frame, with incredible detail.

In-Game Highlights

You don’t have to wait to show the shining moments: No need to leave the system. Build highlight or sponsor blocks at breakneck speed for instant replay on command―during timeouts, or going into a break. Package the best plays, critical mistakes, and monumental moments together, and then add transitions and background sound for a strong finish.

Standalone and Switcher-Friendly

Your production isn’t an island, it’s an ecosystem: By itself, connected to your existing production setup, or teamed up with TriCaster over a local network, 3Play 820 plays well with others. Plug in 3Play to multiply the inputs of your switcher—and the overall excitement, or streamline your entire operation with the NewTek live sports combo and have a complete, integrated live production solution, using a fraction of the space―with unmatched mobility.

3Play 820

Big games. Big playing fields. Big teams. And everywhere you watch, big plays. With so many options available, big broadcasters are faced with the challenge of just how to capture—and keep—the attention of big sports fans. But the size of your budget doesn’t always match the size of the athletes that dominate the arena.

3Play 820 is a heavy-hitting slow motion and instant replay solution designed to handle the most rigorous requirements in all of sports—at a price that sets world records for satisfying strict budget demands.


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  • Network-quality production in native HD
  • Massive 10-channel capability for covering all the angles
  • 2 fully independent playout channels
  • Switch camera angles during live playback
  • Multi-tiered fail-safe systems and redundant hardware
  • Multi-camera, ISO recording that keeps going round after round
  • Included control surface with premium T-bar, speed presets, and jog wheel