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The once well-defined lines separating video production from post-production have blurred, creating a situation in which tools central to successful live production are being integrated with technology more often associated with the post realm.

As a result, technical directors, editors, graphics specialists, replay operators and others are seeking solutions that more tightly integrate technologies to meet their real-world workflow demands than fall into some neat, well-defined category within a theoretical video universe that doesn’t exist today.

One prime example is the interplay between network-attached storage and the NewTek multi-camera HD/SD video production platforms. With TriCaster integrated into a video production or post ecosystem by way of an Ethernet connection and shared storage, anyone running the TriCaster has immediate access to a potentially unlimited number of media assets, including video clips, animations, audio and graphics, directly from the TriCaster control surface.

Network-attached storage is an example of the many technologies and services NewTek users can integrate into their specific workflows to enhance productivity and open new creative possibilities. These solutions grow out of the NewTek Developer Network, a robust community of developers offering users of TriCaster and 3Play, NewTek’s integrated sports production system. All these developers and their products give NewTek customers access to best-of-breed integrated technology and services.

The benefits of integrating network-attached storage with TriCaster or 3Play vary depending upon whether the content is being retrieved from or stored to remote disks.

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On the retrieval side of the equation, having access to network-attached storage via TriCaster makes it possible to add last-minute content to a show in progress without interrupting the production. In a TV station control room, this means it’s possible for an editor to build an edited package on a late-breaking story with a non-linear editing system, store the finished piece on the network, and make it available for air via the TriCaster DDR interface while the newscast is being switched live.

Similarly, in a sports application network-attached storage can make available player, team or game clips archived from previous contests that can be integrated into a 3Play highlight package being built on the fly to provide context and insight into a game trend that’s developing.

On the recording side, network-attached storage opens up significant capacity to record content. Using a standard Ethernet cable to connect TriCaster to shared storage, a total of eight HD video streams can be recorded on the network and two HD video streams can be played back.

Recording on shared network storage can also enhance post workflows. For example, when TriCaster green-screen shots are incorporated into show intros and tags, network-attached storage makes it possible for editors to access those shots immediately after they are taken via their editing systems without the hassle and downtime needed to transfer content via “sneakernet.”

With 3Play, a similar scenario exists in which individual plays or entire highlight packages can be made immediately available to editors via the network to enhance the content for intros, bumpers or even distribution via social media.

Network attached storage is only one of several exciting enhancements for TriCaster and 3Play to come out of the NewTek Developer Network. You can find many more here.

 
 

Why NewTek Solutions?

NewTek solutions allow you to deliver World Cup-style coverage – regardless of budget size. With superior quality and an enriched experience, you can keep up with the technology used by national sports networks, attract more headliners to your venue, and expand sponsorship opportunities for new revenue streams.

If you are a large, facility-class organization, you can slash your replay and slow motion equipment costs (in some cases by more than 60%). And, even the smallest production teams can enter the field of industry-standard slow motion and instant replay capabilities, without the price-performance barrier.

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NewTek customers tap into one of the largest network of developers for live production solutions with every purchase of our products. Yet, there are certainly many more companies and products that would be a valuable addition to our ecosystem. There are likely a host of additional features and integrated workflows awaiting our customers based on recommendations we receive.

If you would like to have features from another company’s products integrated with ours or have a recommendation for a workflow solution for live productions, please take a moment to fill out the form on the right.

 
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Welcome to Developer Network

Every day, we work closely with a range of developers who strive to create compelling workflows for TriCaster® and 3Play™ customers. The NewTek Developer Network represents a growing ecosystem of companies and products. Many organizations are developing and integrating their applications through our SDK program. Through these developers, NewTek customers benefit continuously from new products and workflows, and experiencing greater value through a breadth of additional functionality.


Shared Storage Opens Doors For TriCaster and 3Play Customers

The once well-defined lines separating video production from
post-production have blurred, creating a situation in which tools central to successful live production are being integrated with technology more often associated with the post realm. As a result, technical directors, editors, graphics specialists, replay operators and others are seeking solutions that more tightly integrate technologies to meet their real-world workflow demands than fall into some neat, well-defined category within a theoretical video universe that doesn’t exist today.




Developer Solutions

NewTek‘s Video Software Development Kit (SDK) Program is designed to provide third-party developers access to the tools needed to build applications and products that integrate with and augment NewTek products. Some of the SDKs available to qualified developers include:

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Network Device Interface SDK

Install NDI on production devices to make the inputs and outputs of those devices—including switchers, graphics engines, laptops, etc.—available as video sources to other NDI-enabled receiving devices over a shared standard network. The basis of the NewTek Advanced IP Workflow, NDI employs refined encoding and communication protocols to efficiently package and send information over the bandwidth of a standard LAN.

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Add-On SDK

Seamlessly integrate your own applications as TriCaster™ Add-Ons available from the Startup Screen menu.

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DataLink SDK

Link to live data feeds to deliver dynamic on-screen data that updates in real time.

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File Reader SDK

Enable applications to read Quicktime files being recorded by TriCaster and 3Play™ while recording is in progress.

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Macro Extensions API

Write cross-platform macro commands that extend TriCaster and 3Play automation to other products within your live production environment.

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Remote Control SDK

Enable suitable systems to control NewTek production systems remotely over a TCP/IP communication link.

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Video Send SDK

Allow external applications to send audio and video — including transparency — to NewTek production systems over a local network.

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Video Source SDK

Configure applications as custom video sources selectable from the Network Input menus of TriCaster and 3Play.

For information about requirements, access, eligibility for the program, and additional benefits for qualified developers, please fill out the form with your complete contact details today.

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NewTek customers immediately have access to a fast growing community of developers and products that integrate into their live production.

Companies are joining the NewTek Developer Network in large part because they recognize the valuable opportunity that comes from the vast number of NewTek customers and their production needs.

To learn more about our SDK program, gain the exemplary support of our development teams and become the newest member of the NewTek Developer Network please take a moment to fill out the form on the right.

 
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