NewTek Hits The Road for Another Round of TriCasts America: Varsity Tour

NewTek will hit the road with their fall edition of the TriCasts America: Varsity Tour, demonstrating the newly released TriCaster TCXD850 HD portable live production system. The tour kicks off in NewTek’s home town of San Antonio on Sept. 30 and ends in Phoenix on November 8. The NewTek MINI Cooper, an ultra-small HD live television production vehicle, will cover some 5,500 miles, stopping in 12 cities in the Midwest and along the west coast.

As the latest addition to the NewTek family of portable live production systems, TriCaster TCXD850 is a 22-channel, 1080p native switcher in a 4U rack mount form factor that is suitable for desktop and portable live production.

The public is invited to participate in the tour and register for free demonstrations. As part of the tour, NewTek will give away a TriCaster TCXD850 and Live Text 2, valued at over $25,000. Register at www.varsitytour.com.

“NewTek TriCaster and 3PLAY have allowed us to create professional-level productions of our Division I hockey and basketball games, without the cost and space required for high-end broadcast equipment,” says George Gardner, associate director of athletics for external affairs, Northeastern University. “Utilizing our arena’s new LED center-hung video board, we are able to deliver a fully-digital production with complete integration of instant replays, thus enhancing the game-day experience for students, alumni, and fans everywhere.”

For schools, NewTek has drastically reduced the price of TriCaster STUDIO by nearly 50% to $4,995 (previously $9,495). The price has also decreased significantly for commercial customers, to $8,995 (previously $9,995).

While in Portland, OR, TriCaster TCXD850 will be used to produce and live stream a local high school football game. On Friday, October 22, crosstown rivals Oregon City High School and Lakeridge High School will play at Lakeridge Stadium. NewTek will take this opportunity to demonstrate how TriCaster is used for school sporting events. Watch the Portland game live here.

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects.

Check out the NewTek TriCasts America: Varsity Tour schedule below:

  • September 30: San Antonio
  • October 5: Dallas
  • October 7: St. Louis
  • October 12: Chicago
  • October 14: Kansas City, KS
  • October 18: Salt Lake City
  • October 20: Seattle
  • October 21: Portland, OR
  • October 25: San Francisco
  • October 26: San Jose, CA
  • October 28: San Diego
  • November 8: Phoenix

TriCaster TCXD850 in NTSC retails in North America for US$24,995, and in multi-standard for US$27,995. The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at US$4,995 for education, and in multi-standard for US$5,995.