3Play Features In-Depth - All Models

The most real-time capabilities available in any multi-camera replay server.

All 3Play models are designed with fully integrated feature sets, including features that are exclusive to 3Play 440 and 3Play 4800 (where noted). This is how NewTek helps you save money on video equipment, setup and takedown time, and video production costs, while expanding your opportunities for increased revenue. 3Play provides more creative visuals and higher quality, live sports production capabilities than any other system around.


Synchronized, Continuous Capture

When you press the Record button, configured sources are continuously captured and stored until you manually deactivate recording. Freely focus on 3Play's other functions without interrupting capture.

Redundant Capture Mode

3Play 4800 optionally allows 4-channel redundant recording to protect critical footage and speed up turnaround time for post-production workflows. With Redundant Mode enabled, 3Play 4800 delivers up to four primary recordings, each with its own duplicate recording backed up to a secondary drive.

*Available only with 3Play 4800

Multi-Channel Recording

3Play records multiple channels of video at native resolution simultaneously. Capture every angle of live action for instant replay, playback or archive.

Automatic Replay Recording

play button iconForget to press record? No problem. When you set your first Mark In or Mark Out point, 3Play automatically triggers the Record button to capture incoming video signals.


Simultaneous HD/SD Output

Record and playback content in HD and SD simultaneously, with configurable output resolutions.

Multi-Speed Playback

Choose to replay captured clips or roll imported media in real time or at variable speeds. Show the action again at game speed, or alter the playback rate for dramatic emphasis.

Live Output

Send any incoming video signal directly to one or both output channels to supply a live feed to downstream displays or production systems.

List Playback

Choose and compile clips for sequenced playback. Create highlight reels or build blocks of content, then hit play to roll from one clip to the next automatically.

Interpolated Slow Motion

Amplify the intensity of highlights or analyze the action frame-by-frame with smooth, interpolated slow motion. Replay the action at half-speed, quarter-speed and more with incredible clarity and detail.

Dual Playout Channels

3Play provides two fully independent, simultaneous playout channels for output, each capable of supplying a live feed or playback of recorded content to a downstream display or production system. It's like having two playback devices in one.

Delayed Output

Time-iconOnce you begin recording, you can initiate playback whenever you like. Output recorded video seconds, minutes, even hours after recording starts.

Clip Playback

Capture and mark live action as 3Play events, then replay clips from multiple angles. You can also import clips and operate 3Play as a media server.


Transport Controls

3Play's fundamental playback controls to stop, play, cycle and scrub through clips let you navigate and transport through your stored media with ease. 

MIDI Support

Make automation of your production even easier or breakout control tasks to additional crew with 3Play's extensive MIDI support. Add one or any number of MIDI devices that fit your application and budget, assign macros to controller buttons, and provide dedicated control over 3Play operations - even combing commands with a TriCaster on the network or meshing them with other live elements like sound, lighting, effects and more.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440


Make commonly used series of commands automatic, or just simplify complex ones. Record any sequence of operations as a macro event, then trigger with a mouse click, keystroke, or MIDI button press.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Control Surface

Take a hands-on approach to 3Play operation, tapping more intuitively and accessibly into all the capabilities the system has to offer with the companion control surface.

*3Play 425 control surface is optional


Visual Indicators

Real-time feedback in the form of color-coded visual indicators provides live cues while a production is in progress. Easily see the cameras currently recording, audio levels of incoming signals, clips currently displayed, and more.

Signal Processing

Go end-to-end with zero signal degradation. 3Play processes signals at their native resolution, meaning no in-between down conversion or up conversion that can affect image quality.

Session Format Support

3Play supports live production in all industry-standard interlaced and progressive scan formats up to 1080p, with a variety of frame rates to choose from.

Program-Preview Workflow

With 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440, you can use the dual playout channels in tandem to enable switcher-style operation - cueing and preparing content on one channel, outputting the other, and using your choice of effects to transition between the two - to simplify your workflow or enhance production value.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Multi-View Monitoring

Observe all incoming camera feeds and playout signals without an expensive, space-eating bank of monitors. You can even customize your screen layout to align with your preferred view of the action.

Multi-Angle Clip Preview


In addition to monitoring all incoming live feeds, you can preview every angle of recorded clips simultaneously with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440. Simply turn on the embedded clip monitors and preview stored footage in the user interface, multi-view display or both.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Highlight Reel Creation

Build and organize clip sequences in real time using the Play List. Configure audio settings and playback speed for each clip selected, add transitions, then select a background music track - and you have a highlight reel that's ready for in-show playback or export for later use.

Event Marking

Start and end events and clips at the exact frame you want with pinpoint Mark In and Mark Out controls. Each marked segment enters the Clips List as an event, a collection of the actively recording camera angles, and becomes available for playback.

Asset Management

Tagging Engine

Create your own coding system for instant metadata entry using the intelligent tagging engine of 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440. Assign keywords to teams, players, and more, then log clips with just a couple of clicks or button taps to stay organized and on top of the action.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440


Enter custom descriptions for each clip to easily identify, organize and manage 3Play assets.

MAM Platform Integration

Integrate 3Play 4800 or 3Play 440 with supported Media Asset Management (MAM) platforms, including axle Gear and Square Box Systems CatDV, to optimize any facility or workflow with dependencies on shared use and management of stored media assets.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

List Organization

Organize all of your recorded content and stored media across multiple pages in both the Clips List and Play List, arranging assets by team, player, play type, time period and more.

Event Filtering

Search for and filter clips by metadata descriptions to quickly and easily find the assets you're looking for. Simply enter keywords, and 3Play will display only the events with matching text.


bookmarkMark key points in clips using the timecode bookmark system in 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440. Bookmarks are marked independently of In and Out points, so your original clip remains intact as you create specific points to jump to in the recorded video.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440



Scrub through and sequence recorded files quickly and easily with embedded timecode. 3Play can generate a local timecode from the internal system clock or support an external linear timecode (LTC) reference.

Production Clocks

Keep tabs on production time with a primary clock matched to the current timecode, as well as a secondary clock matched to the custom-configured Start or End time, and hit every mark your show needs to hit.

Play List Export

Build a sequence of clips or a highlight reel in the Play List, then render as a single file available for playback from the Clips List and export for transfer or archive.

Media Import

media importImport Media module enables batch import of files with optional transcoding, and automatically categorizes and distributes incoming files to the appropriate locations for production use. All media formats apply. 3Play will play them.

Media Export

media exportOptimize stored media files for virtually any post-production purpose, with a versatile Export Media module that converts files into the most appropriate format or formats for their next destination, ready for use before they even leave 3Play.

Media Browser

media browserFamiliar interface to navigate through stored media files, with intuitive organization and filtering for efficient, effortless asset retrieval.

Channel Info

View critical information about the signal currently assigned to the output channels, including the control mode, timecode, playback speed and more.


Session Templates

Set up and store session settings in reusable templates to jump right to your custom configuration during pre-show activities.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Recording Configuration

Freely choose the destination drive for each active recording and other assets associated with your 3Play session.

Proc Amp Controls

proc amp controlsMake subpar sources look better - and all of them perfectly consistent. Adjust color characteristics and levels for input sources, including brightness, contrast, hue and saturation, as well as white balance settings, to perform a quick-fix for visuals and boost the look of your camera angles.

Per-Asset Configuration

per-asset configurationFine-tuning at your fingertips. Freely configure input connection types and names, audio settings, color correction, clip settings and more to your specifications. 3Play's configuration options are extensive, easy-to-use, and customizable to your particular needs.

Automatic Color Correction

Manually adjust additional characteristics of incoming signals connected to 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440 with advanced color correction and shading - or optionally enable automatic adjustments to video inputs, matching color characteristics to a specific camera or mean characteristics of all incoming signals.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440


Warping Effects

Add another dimension to animated transitions with imaginative effects, like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D warping and transformations, to create a visual that will leave your audience in awe - and others wondering how you did it.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Real-Time Layering

Apply titles, graphics and animations to live output and video playback, layer one playback angle over another for picture-in-picture replay, or capture the game clock and layer over playback for official review.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Program-Preview Transitions

Operate the A and B output channels like a video mixer, cutting and transitioning between the two creatively, with hundreds of industry-standard wipes, dissolves, DVE effects and more.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Play List Transitions

Roll from clip to clip in the Play List using hard cuts, or optionally include transitions between clips for added effect.


updateAccess additional pre-produced video, motion graphics, titles, bugs and animated effects instantly, and enhance the production value of live and recorded content. Watch folder functionality even enables remote, real-time updating of buffers over a local network.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Animated Transitions

Raise production values beyond any standard replay system, with custom-created Animation Store Transitions. Embed your logo or signature visuals into transitions via full-color animated overlays, along with individual sounds for transitioning in and out.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440


Mix-and-Match Audio Inputs

mixandmatchUse every digital or analog audio device within reach to capture nat sound, commentary, and more. 3Play accepts any combination of supported audio connections for flexible setup and top-quality sound.

Audio Configuration

Each 3Play video input supports independent configuration of the audio channel and audio input type for the simultaneously recorded sound, enabling you to standardize the audio between recordings, or pair an audio source with a specific input for capture. 


Still Grab

Capture freeze frames of the action from every angle simultaneously with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440. Still images can be saved for later use or published in real time to supported storage locations and social media platforms.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Network Source Support

Connect 3Play to a local network and tap into a variety of compatible devices for supplemental production content - even selecting from multiple connected sources while live.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Media Playback

media playbackLoad and playback both long and short-form video clips, pre-produced video packages and motion graphics, with support for an extensive range of file formats to work with essentially any media asset.

File Format Support

Add media of virtually any file format to the Clips List or Play List for playback, and intermix with captured footage for content variety.

Background Music for Highlights

Import an MP3 or WAV file of your favorite music bed or song, apply it to your Play List, and pump up your highlight reels with a background audio track.


Turnkey Solution

Everything you need to make professional-looking live sports coverage: multi-camera live video, multi-channel recording, instant replay with interpolated slow motion, in-game highlights and more, built into one compact frame without all of the additional setup time, complex cabling and cost.

Scoreboard Data Feed

Feed real-time scoreboard information into on-screen graphics. 3Play's network sources support data feeds from compatible scoreboards through NewTek's LiveText companion software and developer network solutions over the local network, enabling display of the score, game clock and other statistical information.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Router Support

Scale your production to accommodate higher camera counts, flex from project to project, or simply integrate into an existing infrastructure with external video router support.  3Play 4800 and 3Play 440 can both access and control upstream video routers right from the user interface, including models from Blackmagic Design, AJA, Miranda, Ensemble Designs, Utah Scientific and brands supporting Grass Valley Native Protocol (GVNP).

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Removable Storage

When marathon recording is a must, take advantage of a surplus of recording capacity with 3Play's removable drive bays. Extend the base recording capacity even further by swapping out the included drives for fresh storage as needed.

Rackmount Form Factor

rack mountIndustry-standard 2U and 4U rackmount chassis mean you can install 3Play into any production environment with ease. Slide 3Play into the rack to replace racks of other equipment, or to work alongside your current workflow.

Mult-Tiered Fail-safe

multi tieredFor added protection and safeguarding, 3Play includes multiple "Always on Air" features that create a multi-tiered redundant fail-safe system that keeps your live production in tip-top shape, with minimal disruption even in the face of catastrophe.

Mix-and-Match Video Inputs

mix matchGo with new video cameras and get the most out of your existing inventory. Each 3Play supports digital and analog cameras in HD and SD, with resolutions, frame rates and connection types freely configurable for each live video input.



Synchronize 3Play with cameras and other equipment in the video chain using the genlock connection on the rear panel. Each 3Play is capable of locking to HD or SD reference signals.

Display Ports

Dual VGA display ports supply auxiliary output feeds to local monitors or projectors, expanding user workspace and on-site viewing options.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Backup and Restore

back uprestoreRun your production operation with a safety net. Easily restore factory defaults, or create a bootable clone of 3Play's system drive on another hard drive inserted into one of the removable drive bays, or connected externally.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

AMP Support

3Play 4800 and 3Play 440 provide for seamless integration with third-party products supporting Advanced Media Protocol (AMP), enabling compatible systems to issue commands to 3Play for more fluid and sophisticated workflows.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440


Social Media Share Panel

social mediaTake over second and third screens with built-in social media sharing. Real-time publishing instantly links you with all of your social networks - like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube - so you can share, distribute and engage instantly, even when you don't have dedicated social media producer on site.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

FTP & File Copy

Duplicate and transfer saved files and recordings for internal and external distribution, getting content to the people that need it, more quickly and efficiently.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Clip Publishing

Prepare recorded files for publishing, marking in and out points on the frames of preference, then uploading to the desired destination for internal use or external viewing.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Total Solution

Updates, Upgrades and Trade-Ups

updates upgrades3Play systems incorporate a "check for updates" function to ensure your system has the most current support. In addition, NewTek provides highly competitive upgrade pricing and the most generous trade-up offers available. Contact your local reseller for more details.

SDK Program and Developer Network

Create a live sports production ecosystem around 3Play, thanks to a growing list of organizations and developers using NewTek's SDK program to produce partner solutions. Developed specifically for NewTek products, these partner solutions can help you create more efficient and compelling workflows.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440

Network Output to TriCaster

Supply 3Play output feeds over the network to TriCaster. When connected to the same local network, TriCaster recognizes 3Play and can accept the output signals as live sources through the network inputs.

Cross-Platform Control

Connect TriCaster and 3Play to the same local network to enable remote operation of 3Play clip cueing and playback from the TriCaster interface, and consolidate control by combining macro commands that trigger operations across both platforms.

*Available only with 3Play 4800 and 3Play 440