NewTek Releases New Hardware Interface for TriCaster

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Video and graphics production equipment manufacturer NewTek has introduced a hardware control surface for its TriCaster live production system.

The TriCaster is designed to enable cost-effective, high-definition production of live events and includes the ability to live stream from a virtual set.

The product debuted at CabSat in Dubai two weeks ago and was seen for the first time in Europe at Broadcast Video Expo (BE) in London this week. It will premiere at NAB in Las Vegas in April.

The TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a physical connection including a three-axis joystick to control the TriCaster's 24-channel functions and effects.

"With live events, there's no second chance," said Franck Henri LaFage, managing director, NewTek Europe, at BVE. "You have to be certain and you have to be fast. Our goal with every new product is to give our users the opportunity to deliver the best quality live production possible, with confidence and accuracy."

The TriCaster is already in use at education establishments like the Universite de Nantes and Science Po-Paris in France and Portsmouth University in the UK; the European Parliament and Italian Parliament; Siemens in Germany; AirBus; and outside broadcaster SiS Live.

The portable system enables the production, live stream, broadcast, and recording of HD and SD content. A single operator can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs, and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles, and motion graphics with multi-channel effects.

Some of the TriCaster TCXD850 CS benefits include the use of Flash or Windows Media to deliver live streams direct to the web; live virtual set controls to deliver zoom levels for camera shots within the virtual set; and media player controls which operators can use to can select from the titles bin, still store, and sound player, as well as cycle through presets and manage playback options.

NewTek has also released the Virtual Set Editor (VSE), which permits TriCaster operators to create and customise their own virtual sets by adding their personal artwork, or composing layers in Photoshop, before importing the layers into the VSE.

"With the quantity of live shows being produced every day, both for broadcast and the web, it's crucial that producers are able to personalise their programming with a look that viewers will recognise," added LaFage.

The hardware interface will retail for US $5,995 and the VSE for around $1,000.

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