NewTek Announces VT[5] Live!

Apr 25, 2006

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of video and 3D animation products, has announced VT[5] LIVE!, an integrated production suite that offers live switching and Web streaming of up to 24 cameras or external computers. VT[5] includes overlay titling, real-time keying, and automated clip playback, with simultaneous output to video, projector, and Web stream. Post-production capability includes High-Definition editing, HD video painting, 3D modeling, rendering, and animation. The optional Serial Digital switcher adds eight SDI inputs and assignable SDI outs.

VT[5] LIVE! features include: VT[5] Software, VT-Pro Card, SX-84 Switcher Expansion and RS-8 Remote Switcher; Live Switching of up to 8 components, 8 Y/C, 3 SDI or 24 composite sources, with Audio support, Alpha, and Genlock; Stream live events or finished productions to the Web in real-time; Integrated TBC and Proc Amps for each input; Resolution independent editing--anything from Web streams to HD; Mix SD and HD clips in the same project; SpeedEDIT supports all frame-rates and resolutions; 16:9 and 4:3 aspect support; Edit support for MPEG-2, QuickTime, and more; Integrated timeline and storyboard editing; Real-time keyframeable color correction and blur; Real-time playback of compressed and uncompressed clips; Real-time 3D transitions, slow motion and reverse, chroma and luma keying; DVD Authoring with instant project import and playback; iVGA turns external PC or Mac computers into switcher inputs across the network; Real-time DV out in SD resolution; High-Definition 2D video paint with pixel tracking, filters, more; LightWave 3D v9, 3D graphics and animation; and Optional 8-input SDI switcher. VT[5] LIVE! will ship Summer 2006 starting at $6495. Purchasing VT[4] now qualifies for a free software upgrade to VT[5] when it ships. Optional SDI switcher pricing and availibilty to be announced.

NewTek has also announced the release of TriCaster PRO, a new, enhanced version of the portable, live presentation system. TriCaster PRO allows users to mix multiple live component cameras with pre-edited video, overlay titles, images, external computer displays, and live Web pages with simultaneous output to video, projector, and the Internet. TriCaster features include: Switching and preview of 3 Cameras; connect up to 6; iVGA network import of external computer displays (both PC and Mac); XGA Projector output; Virtual VCR and picture player (digital disk recorder); Live Web streaming and recording; Audio mixer; Titler; Hundreds of 2D and 3D transitions; Video editing; and an Optional TriCaster VM switching surface. TriCaster is now available starting at $4,995. 

NewTek has also announced a new version of iVGA for Mac, a small software client that allows a presenter's screen display to be integrated into a live TriCaster presentation via Ethernet. iVGA is a software application launched on a network-connected Mac. Any display on a Mac is sent across the network as a video input into TriCaster live switcher, or, can be sent through TriCaster at full-resolution to projector. TriCaster can automatically draft every iVGA running on the LAN and select any of them as part of a live production. TriCaster and TriCaster PRO are now available starting at $4,995.