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NewTek VT[3] Press Release

  • 22 July, 2003 11:00

<p>For Immediate Release</p>
<p>NewTek Introduces VT[3](TM), Integrated Production Suite
New Real-time, Uncompressed System Sets New Price/Performance Standards for
Live Production, Compositing, and Editing</p>
<p>San Antonio, Texas -- July 21, 2003 -- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of
industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the
official shipment of VT[3](TM), an integrated production suite that
provides a comprehensive toolset for all professional video production
needs from network broadcast to web streaming. VT[3] provides real-time
layering and effects for video and graphics in virtually any input standard
or file format and operates internally in uncompressed D1 component
video. NewTek's VT[3] includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing,
paint, 3D modeling and animation, titling, keying, live-switching and much,
much more.</p>
<p>"The production industry has never seen an uncompressed, real-time
broadcast production system at this price point." said Jim Plant, Chief
Executive Officer and President of NewTek. "If you value real-time,
multi-layer compositing and non-linear editing, coupled with compatibility
with all the major 3D and 2D motion graphic packages such as LightWave 3D®,
Digital Fusion®, 3ds max®, combustion® and After Effects®, then you’ll
immediately recognize the advantages of VT[3]."</p>
<p>Live production capabilities include live switching of DV cameras and decks
connected via the host system's Firewire ports, as well as switching of 8
component, 8 Y/C or 24 composite sources (or a dizzying array of
combinations of the three types) with the SX-8 option. Any of the hundreds
of DVEs supplied with the software may be applied to live sources, as well
as titling and graphics from the integrated character generator as a
downstream key. On the post production side, in VT-Edit(TM) the number of
layers and effects that can be applied to clips is limited only by the
power of the host system. VT[3] includes full 3D control of the position,
rotation and scaling of layers, with soft and colored borders, cropping,
shadows and many other parameters available. VT-Edit also allows full
spline-based control of all animateable parameters. For both live and post
production, VT[3] offers component, Y/C, composite or optional SDI output,
as well as web-streaming.</p>
<p>VT[3] offers built-in integration for a wide range of popular tools for
film and television visual effects, including Digital Fusion®, After
Effects®, combustion®, 3ds max®, and more. VT[3]'s built-in frame buffer
output support for these applications provides artists with instant
feedback on what their shots, graphics elements, and composites will look
like at broadcast time. In addition, VT[3] includes a new VT Project
Codec(TM) that lets any application that supports AVI files use VT project
files with no conversion or rendering, allowing VT[3] to integrate into
virtually any production pipeline.</p>
<p>“The station has been extremely pleased with VT[3]'s results,” said Tim
Johnson, Emmy® award winning broadcast graphic designer, at CBS-owned KUTV
Channel 2, in Salt Lake City, UT. “VT[3] has probably paid for itself
10-15 times already. The real-time uncompressed performance and fast,
flexible workflow are just the ticket for a fast-paced production
environment where the highest possible quality and complete control of the
results are required.”</p>
<p>VT [3] Integrated Production Suite overview:</p>
<p>- Ease of use - designed for professionals who need to get work done on
time and on budget
- Complete suite of virtual equipment created in software - monitors,
decks, switchers, waveform/vectorscopes, audio mixer and more
- Integrated timeline and storyboard editing
- Multiple layers in real-time - as many as your system can handle - not
limited by the software
- Real-time keyframeable color correction and blur
- Multi-format and multi-standard editing, with standards conversion on
the fly in real-time
- Real-time playback of compressed and uncompressed clips
- Native DV support, component, Y/C, and composite I/O
- Real-time 3D transitions, slow motion and reverse, chroma and luma keying
- 2D video paint with pixel tracking, filters, more
- LightWave 3D, world-class 3D graphics and animation
- Optional SX-8(TM), up to 8-component or 24-composite input Switcher
- Optional RS-8(TM) Switcher Control Surface
- Optional SDI I/O
- Stream live events or finished productions to the Web in real-time</p>
<p>VT [3] New Features include:
- Mix and match any combination of uncompressed, compressed and DV, play
resulting project in real-time, instantly
- Full 3D control of layer position and rotation, with shadow, color
correction and other effects
- Spline-based control of all parameters in VT-Edit allows virtually every
characteristic of a project to be animated
- VT-Edit Project Codec allows use of VT-Edit projects in any application
that supports AVI files, without rendering or conversion
- Default file format is AVI file for storing project data. This works
fully with the VT-Edit Project Codec, placing VT-Edit project data into the
AVI file.
- Enhanced DV Support
- DV cameras attached to the system are automatically patched into the
Switcher
- Native DV playback using an optimized codec and native YUV decompression
and compression.
- DV is recorded directly, without decompression/recompression
- Record analog sources to compressed DV in real-time
- Unlimited number of attached DV devices supported
- DV deck control
- VT-Vision(TM) onscreen monitors can be color calibrated to match
reference video monitors
- Over 100 new VT-Script(TM) commands
- Per-channel proc-amp can be used to correct computer sources as well as
analog sources
- Import and export of EDL (Grass Valley, CMX, Sony, Excel) in VT-DDR(TM)
and VT-Edit
- Batch Capture with frame-accurate capture, Recapture, Print-to-Tape
- Per frame timecode support
- Deck manager with presets
- Character Generator - Fully redesigned with major interface and workflow
improvements
- Complete justification, alignment, ruler, grid and guide snapping tools
- Flexible layering and grouping controls
- New gradient editor and gradients bin
- Per-page undos and redos
- Improved font rasterization
- Details View within Storyboard, allowing you to enter project settings
in a spreadsheet-like mode.
- Tool Shed(TM) - Provides a common plug-in environment to offer high level
tools and save user settings (grouped in Tool ChestTMs) for VT-Edit.
- Zebra stripes for 75IRE and illegal video
- Auto Calibration for 75IRE bars, 100IRE bars and video pass-through mode
(requires optional SX-8)
- Interactive graph of all the animateable variables of the currently
selected clip.</p>
<p>For complete VT[3] product information see:
http://www.newtek.com/products/vt/index.php</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
VT[3] is available now in Australia, priced at $AUS6599. Registered VT
[2](TM) owners may purchase an upgrade to VT[3] software for
$AUS1099.</p>
<p>About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including
VT[3](TM), LightWave 3D® and Aura Video Paint(TM). NewTek launched the
desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video
Toaster®. The company’s products are used worldwide on projects ranging
from home video to feature film. Recent television and film projects using
NewTek software include Children of Dune, Firefly, Taken, Smallville, Star
Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek 10: Nemesis, Daredevil, Spy Kids II, We Were
Soldiers, Panic Room, Hart’s War, Driven, A.I., Oscar®-nominated Jimmy
Neutron: Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down, The Time Machine and
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director’s Edition DVD. Recent game titles
include Doom III, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam for XBox, Age of
Mythology, Civilization III, Dead to Rights, Baldur’s Gate II, EverQuest
and Escape From Monkey Island. Website: http://www.newtek.com</p>
<p>--End--
- Video Toaster, LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of
NewTek.
- VT-Edit, Aura Video Paint, LightWave Express, VT-CG, VT-Vision VT-Scope,
VT-DRR, Tool Shed, Tool Chest, SX-8 and RS-8 are trademarks of NewTek, Inc.
- All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.</p>
<p>For Press Contact or Review Units Only:
Mark Harwood
02 9528 4555
mark.harwood@newmagic.com.au</p>
<p>FOR GENERAL INFORMATION
Call 02 9528 4555
or email sales@newmagic.com.au</p>

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