updated 12:55 pm EDT, Fri July 27, 2007
TriCaster Studio ships
NewTek has begun shipping TriCaster Studio, its turnkey portable live production and virtual set system designed to provide all the capabilities of a live remote production truck. TriCaster Studio features component video, balanced audio, six video inputs with advanced switching features, live virtual sets, multiple upstream effects, dual virtual VCR's, and more in a 16-pound enclosure. The defile supports AVI, DV, MPEG-2, DVD, QuickTime, and MP4 file formats which makes it compatible with Mac OS X as well as iPods and PlayStation Portable devices. NewTek's TriCaster Studio is priced at $10,000, and can record up to 20 hours of AVI.
The proprietary virtual set system in TriCaster Studio, LiveSet allows users to assign separate virtual sets independently to all six camera inputs and the dual integrated VCR's. In addition, each input has an independent LiveMatte module eliminating the need for expensive hardware to connect each source to the system. Each virtual set supports virtual cameras with multiple angles and zoom levels with support for secondary video sources such as reflections, refractions and bump maps.