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NewTek Announces Portable Live Production Suite

NewTek Inc. unveiled TriCaster, a new class of production and presentation tool for enterprise and corporate communications professionals who want to get their message across video. The portable live production suite was publicly demonstrated for the first time last week at DEMO.

NewTek's TriCaster allows the presenter to mix live and recorded video sources with titles and graphics, including full-screen graphics and video brought in from another system across the local network. The presenter can simultaneously stream the resulting live presentation to the Internet, output it to video and to a high-resolution video projector and record it as full-resolution digital video on the TriCaster's internal media. Output to each destination is pristinely scaled for uncompromised image quality using new technologies developed by NewTek that eliminate the need for expensive hardware scaling solutions.

"TriCaster allows anyone to elevate the quality of their live presentations, events, product launches and seminars to the level of broadcast television," said Philip Nelson, NewTeks sr. director Worldwide Video Marketing. "TriCaster removes the video jargon and difficulty from the live video production process. It's a professional tool designed for professionals who dont do video fulltime."

TriCaster features Include:* Portable live presentation from a compact box less than one cubic foot and only 10 pounds* Connect up to three live cameras, which are immediately ready for use* Exclusive networking technology allows TriCaster to pull in PowerPoint, graphics, or even full-screen animations from any computer screen on the same network* Hundreds of templates for easy creation of graphics and titles* Keying, to mix your graphics with live video* Dozens of video transitions* Virtual VCR cues up digital video clips and plays them back the instant they are selected for live output, boosting the production value of your presentations* Integrated realtime video editing allows for on-site changes and client approvals* XGA projector output of all sources means high-resolution computer graphics and animations are always sent at the best quality possible* Video signals are scaled up to match the size of projected computer imagery* Live streaming to the corporate Intranet or the World Wide Web at the touch of a button* Output to video, Y/C or composite* Archive your presentation to hard drive for later playback or editing.

TriCaster will be available in North America in the second quarter for $4,995.

With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek ( is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools, including VT[4] and LightWave 3D, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award.