NewTek (http://www.newtek.com) says its new TriCaster 850 Extreme provides out-of-the-box, the ability to work directly with video and audio from any Apple AirPlay-enabled device and app. With instant wireless support for two simultaneous AirPlay sources, devices such as an iPad, iPod, iPhone and Mac can serve as direct inputs to the TriCaster 850 Extreme.
AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV. The wireless technology is being integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.
“By supporting Apple AirPlay with the TriCaster, we allow anyone with an iOS device to wirelessly transmit media directly to an input on the TriCaster 850 Extreme,” says NewTek Chief Technology Officer Andrew Cross. “Rather than create a custom app that links to the TriCaster, we have ensured that we work with all Apps that support the Apple AirPlay protocols. This means that as App developers continue to innovate for AirPlay, TriCaster can immediately take advantage of the new capabilities.”
The TriCaster 850 Extreme works with every AirPlay application and can accept, receive and integrate two channels of media transmitted by AirPlay into a live production. With NewTek’s AirPlay support, producers have many options, such as using an iPhone to send content to the TriCaster 850 Extreme as video, photo and audio sources, or using a pair of iPads as touch-screen controllable DDR’s. AirPlay integration requires no additional equipment or installation, Cross says.
The TriCaster 850 Extreme will be available in the third quarter of the year and retail in North America for US$39,995. The price may vary internationally. Educational pricing is also available.
NewTek is offering the TriCaster 850 Extreme Special at this week’s NAB 2011 show in Las Vegas. To qualify for the special $37,995 price, the unit must be purchased before May 31, with immediate delivery of TriCaster 850. Customers will be charged $24,995 at the time of purchase with deferred billing of $12,995 for the Extreme upgrade, when it ships. They must also take delivery of the Extreme upgrade within 30 days of its release to qualify for the special $12,995 pricing.