Press Release: NewTek Showcases Hardware Control Surface for New TriCaster™ 450 Series


September 9, 2011

Donetta Colboch
210 370-8235
 Doug Wright
Giles Communications


NewTek Showcases Hardware Control Surface for New TriCaster™ 450 Series

TriCaster 450 CS provides physical interface to 14-channel HD portable live production systems

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands IBC Show – September 9, 2011NewTek, worldwide leader in portable live production and 3D animation systems, today announced the TriCaster™ 450 CS, a hardware control surface for the new TriCaster 450 series of HD portable live production systems. The TriCaster 450 CS provides tactile control of the 14-channel system's functions and effects, allowing operators to make snap decisions with confidence and ease. TriCaster 450 CS hardware provides illuminated push buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick to gain instant control of the functions in the TriCaster 450 series, letting operators perform commands on the fly.

“The TriCaster 450 CS gives broadcast professionals the high performance, hardware interface they expect to find in a traditional television control room,” said Andrew Cross, NewTek CTO. “Our users can access all of the power in the system from HD virtual sets and multi-track recording, to one-button streaming and more, without ever touching a mouse.”

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by broadcasters, schools, sports organizations, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audience.

TriCaster 450 CS Benefits:

  • Intuitive Control Layout allows the TriCaster 450 operator to have physical control of all sources. Back-lit buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick provide a hands-on connection to the functions and effects available from the TriCaster 450 interface.
  • Virtual Input Rows deliver the ability to create complex switcher effects and assign them as switcher channels, including live virtual sets, picture-in-picture elements, and more.
  • Utility Row offers a simple way to assign video streams to TriCaster's auxiliary video output, downstream key elements, and more.
  • Utility Bus Delegate provides the ability to designate the switcher layer assigned to the Utility Row, offering added flexibility for live production.
  • Live Virtual Set Controls deliver the zoom levels for camera shots within TriCaster virtual sets (using NewTek LiveSet™ technology) and execute animated zooms at variable speeds with the press of a button.
  • Media Player Controls provide immediate access to the four digital media players. Use the illuminated buttons to select from the DDRs, graphics store, and sound player, cycle through presets and manage playback options.
  • Positioner Controls include a three-axis joystick and back-lit buttons that allow position, full 3D rotation, scale and crop of sources, plus manual control of the virtual zoom, and the ability to jog or shuttle the selected media player.
  • Transition Controls allow transition from one multi-source composition to another, manually or automatically. Cycle through transition styles and speeds, and then use the T-bar or illuminated buttons to view the desired source.
  • One-Button Streaming allows use of Adobe® Flash® or Microsoft® Windows Media® to deliver a live stream directly to the Web.
  • One-Button Recording captures content from a live production at full resolution, with a back-lit button that shows when the Record function is live.

Pricing and Availability
TriCaster 450 CS is available now and retails in North America for US$4,995. TriCaster 450 EXTREME is available at a retail price in North America of US$19,995 and in multi-standard for US$22,995. TriCaster 450 is also available in at a retail price in North America of US$14,995 and in multi-standard for US$17,995. The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available for education in North America starting at US$4,995 and in multi-standard for US$5,995. The price may vary internationally. For more information, please visit, or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

IBC Special Pricing
NewTek is offering two TriCaster EXTREME bundles at IBC. These offers expire on October 28, 2011

  • TriCaster 450 EXTREME including TriCaster 450 CS and TriCaster 850 TW for US$24,995 and in multi-standard for US$27,995. A savings of US$2,490.
  • TriCaster 850 EXTREME including TriCaster 850 CS and TriCaster 850 TW for US$$39,995 and in multi-standard for US$42,995. A savings of US$3,490.


About NewTek

Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the TriCaster product line, 3Play and LightWave 3D®. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards.

Clients include: MTV, TWiT.TV, ESPN X Games, New York Giants, NBA Development League, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, USA TODAY, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), North American Aerospace Defense Command, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NewTek products have been used in feature films and television shows, including "Avatar," "TinTin," "Repo Men," "V," "Fringe," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and more.


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