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NewTek 3Play 4800

NewTek 3Play 4800
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World-class sports shows for the largest, most complex sporting events.

3Play 4800 is the most complete, integrated sports production solution available for broadcasters, pro leagues and teams, and large venues.

No other product combines as wide a range of live sports capabilities in one turnkey system, including slow motion, instant replay, multi-angle preview, in-game highlights and social media publishing, enabling producers to engage stadium fans, online viewers and broadcast audiences with greater ease and simplicity.

3Play 4800 makes it possible for anyone to produce a gripping live experience that attracts new fans, bigger audiences, and more sponsors to any sporting event; and now offers total game production in standalone environments where a switcher isn’t available. At just a fraction of the cost of other replay systems, producers can say goodbye to over-inflated pricing, say hello to new revenue opportunities, and deliver a winning fan experience in every game.

    Achieve unprecedented productivity with integrated game-production capabilities
    Maximum facility-class configurability with 8-in, 2-out HD and SD component, composite, and SDI I/O for producing large matches
    Save up to 60% of replay equipment costs in some cases
    Achieve additional cost savings on additional production equipment, operator costs, space, and resources
    Deliver complete professional, high-quality productions with quality that rivals any other sports production system
    Keep audiences engaged with a built-in overlay and effects engine
    Add incremental pre- or post-game programming, with no incremental cost
    Produce sports your way, with the most flexible, customizable, and workflow-adaptable set-up, operation and programming potential available

Budget-saving, Space-crushing Integrated Sports Production

Replace multiple racks of space-wasting components - while saving on the investments to procure them, and the additional crew to operate them - with a single 4U rack mount solution. Hardware console control, 8-camera ISO recording, 200 hours of HD storage and playback, pristine slow-motion, multi-camera replay switching, media publishing, highlights creation, camera shading and more are all included in one integrated sports production solution, trimming your equipment list - and making the most of your budget.

Standalone Venue Production

Venues with a bare-bones video setup can now provide a thrilling fan experience, producing the entire show in-house with just one system. No elaborate switching setup required. Plug in 8 cameras to capture the action of any sport - and a big display to project it - and 3Play 4800 can switch the game; roll clips, effects, overlays and transitions; use a network connection to pull in titles and scoreboard feeds; and publish game highlights directly to social networks as they happen.

Multi-Angle Capture

Choose to customize your camera coverage, and capture everything for post as needed. For intense action, redundant capture of up to 4 live video sources doubles ISO recordings and protects your assets. Need more angles? Standard mode lets you record up to 8 live video sources, simultaneously at native resolution, in high-quality QuickTime files ready for rapid-turnaround postproduction.

Live Replay Monitoring & Switching

Keep all the action right in front of you and the audience, with built-in, multi-view monitoring and switching of every live video source and captured content channel. Preview and switch between every angle simultaneously from either the UI or the controller. Don’t just cut - serve up the best shot at the perfect moment to pump up the crowd, with custom animated transitions and 3D warping video effects. You just can’t get that kind of live editing and creative freedom anywhere else.

Auto Color Match

Add more outdoor production to your roster without adding a dedicated camera shading operator. Precise color correction capabilities are not only built in with extensively customizable proc amp controls, but also automated to remove visual uncertainty and provide picture calibration across camera signals for the duration of the game - even when lighting fluctuates.

Automation & Control

With every element you add to your production, now gain more efficiency and less complexity. Macros streamline processes, with one-click recall of complicated or frequently performed actions and sequences - while MIDI compatibility extends countless commands to your own compatible off-the-shelf devices, easily “single-click” operated by any novice or specialist on your crew. Built-in support for Advanced Media Protocol (AMP) further enhances remote operation and control of clip and playlist operations by third-party systems.

Side-by-side Playback

Precise, multi-angle replay is exciting for fans, and often necessary for officials. Both game-clock overlay for verification, and picture-in-picture simultaneous playback for comparison, make it possible for refs (and conferences) to make the tough decisions, while audiences relive the drama and analysts provide the deeper story for novice fans.

Slo-mo and Multi-Speed Playback

Replay more dramatically – in real time, hyperspeed, or slo-mo, with razor-sharp clarity produced by a breakthrough super-resolution algorithm, using your standard HD and SD cameras on hand. Pre-set or manual operation with T-Bar-controlled playback and rates from -200% to 200% satisfy fan appetites at every speed.

Social Sports

Go beyond the big screen and the bleachers in ways that other replay systems won't allow. Instantly distribute content for second-screen sports and third-screen social engagement so viewers can connect your highlights with friends, followers, and the rest of your tribe in real time. One-touch publishing directly to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube lets you take pre-game energy, live action or post-game celebration and analysis viral – and become the talk of this generation’s water cooler.

Maximum Clip Efficiency

It’s up to your crew to log and navigate through hundreds of clips during every game and not miss a play. Cut up to 30% of your key entry, list-scanning and data-mining during crunch time with 3Play 4800’s FastClip information window. Enter and edit metadata, tag clips, search for, filter and categorize assets, to simplify the content workflow and intuitively handle assets fast and accurately.

High-end Visuals Built In

Get the highest production value for no additional investment. Boost your brand to look better for fans and sponsors with high-impact design elements built right in like real-time cloth transitions, 3D video warping and image transformations. Build your own with the Animation Store Creator application included, add even more sizzle to replays and highlight reels with custom full-color, animated transitions complete with alpha channel and embedded audio.

Real-time Overlays

Layer on unprecedented visual capabilities and drive more audience engagement with less extraneous equipment. Display, position, scale and crop any live or pre-produced video, animation, motion graphics, or network input source such as telestration keyed right over live programming. Any possibility you can come up with to push creative boundaries with custom-branded, sponsor-provided, or team-specific compositions, without additional hardware.

In-game Highlights Editing

Instantly create sequences of top plays, turning-point decisions and epic encounters for in-show replay or post-game sharing. Per-clip settings for audio and playback speed, custom transitions and background music let you transform your playlist into a highlight package that gives ticket holders, home viewers, and social fans more than just the game.

Workflow Integration

Complement any gear you already have in place and preserve existing investments. Access additional cameras with upstream routers. SDKs and interoperation with multiple applications, scoreboard feeds, MAM platform support and devices over the local network keep conflicts out of your workflow. Additionally, compatible NewTek TriCasters are network-aware and automatically recognize, connect and configure, send commands and tally status to, and orchestrate or automate entire segments across a network shared with 3Play 4800.

Failsafe and Redundancy

Anything can happen during the excitement of a live sports event. With redundant capture, a second power supply, playback failsafe, and hot-swappable storage, 3Play 4800 can stand up to plenty of surprises and keep you at the top of your game.

Video Inputs Up to 8 simultaneous live video sources, or up to 4 with fully redundant capture, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates (including PsF selections), with third-party video router support
  • Direct input of cameras and video devices in any combination of HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Y/C (BNC) or Composite connections
  • Compatible with external video routers manufactured by AJA, Blackmagic Design, Ensemble Designs, Miranda, Utah Scientific, and brands supporting Grass Valley Native Protocol
  • Per-input format configuration, scaler (including 3:2 intelligent pull-down) and frame synchronizer enabling intermixing of formats
  • Optionally enable automatic color correction and shading to dynamically match color characteristics between inputs
Video Outputs 2 fully independent playout channels, individually configurable for output via SDI or Analog (configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite)
  • AUX output that follows the actively-controlled playout channel
  • HDMI output that follows the actively-controlled playout channel
  • 2x VGA display ports for auxiliary monitoring or display, with independent color control
  • Ethernet connection for A/V output over a local network to TriCaster
Output Modes A; B; A+B with transitions between playout channels
Recording   8 simultaneous recording channels
  • Standard mode captures 8 live video sources
  • Redundant mode captures 4 live video sources, with 4 channels of simultaneous backup recording
Recording Format Native recording up to 1080p resolution in high-quality QuickTime format
Recording Capacity Accommodates ~200 hours 1080i via 4 removable 2TB media drives (included)
  • 4 trayless SATA III removable drive bays with hot-swap support for unlimited storage and backup
  • Simultaneous recording of 2 channels per media drive
Playback Multi-speed playback via T-Bar or transport buttons
  • Dual range modes for 0% to 100% playback speed or -200% to 200% playback speed (supports fast reverse)
Grab Grab still images from output or all inputs and outputs
Media Publishing Integrated application for content upload to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, FTP, local volumes or network servers
Overlays 1 overlay per playout channel, with independent transition, positioning, scaling and cropping, and support for picture-in-picture layering of live camera, playback angle, game clock signal and more
Network Inputs 2 live inputs for overlay application via Gigabit connection, selectable from any available network sources with support for video, audio and alpha channel
  • Supported sources include networked computers via NewTek iVGA client application; wireless Apple AirPlay devices; NewTek LiveText remote titling software; and a variety of third-party partner solutions
Buffers Content buffers to store and playback animations, still images and graphics for overlay application
  • Shareable across local network for watch folder application, with real-time edit and update of content
Effects and Transitions Standard transitions and customizable animation store transitions supported for transitioning between playout channels and playlist clips
  • Animation Store Creator application included for custom transitions and effects
  • Integrated TransWarp effects engine supports per-pixel alpha blending between sources, real-time 3D warping of video or graphics and embedded audio
Asset Management
  • FastClip information window displays asset data and collects keyboard and control surface input for data entry, editing, navigation, search and management
  • Tags system to enter and organize metadata via user-defined codes, with support for Microsoft Excel list import
  • Bookmarks to define and transport to action points
  • Supports integration with external MAM platforms, including axle Gear and Square Box Systems CatDV
Scoreboard Integration Display real-time scoreboard data in on-screen graphics over local network via NewTek LiveText or third-party partner solutions
  • Resizable, full field rate preview monitors for all live sources and playout channels, with optional overlays for audio VU meters and safe areas
  • Optionally display DSK monitors to preview overlay sources
  • Clip Monitors to preview all angles of a recorded event simultaneously in the Clips List or multi-viewer display
  • Single or dual pane operation of Clips List and Playlist, with undo/redo commands
Multi-Viewer Supported with 2nd display, including playback data
Audio Inputs 8 SDI Embedded
8 x 2 Balanced XLR
Phantom Power Support
Audio Outputs 3 SDI Embedded
4 x 2 Balanced XLR
1 Stereo 1/4" (phones)
Supported Session Formats
  • NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
  • Multi-Standard model: NTSC 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; NTSC-J 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/24p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 720/24p, 576/25i
Session Management Set up and store session settings in reusable template sessions
Processing Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 4 channels, 96kHz, 32-bit Floating Point
A/V Standards HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
Time Code External LTC source or internal system clock
Genlock Locks to HD or SD analog signals
Supports either tri-level or bi-level sync sources
Tally Display Supports tally display from NewTek TriCaster system (or other supported system via NewTek SDK) over local network
GPI Support Supports 2 x 24 GPI signals via JLCooper eBOX GPI system
Macros Record commands and operation sequences for recall and automation using keyboard, mouse or compatible controller supporting macro assignment
  • Macro editor for modifying user-defined macro configurations and sequences
  • Augment and extend 3Play operation using macro plug-ins to control external devices
External Control
  • Support for standard MIDI protocol enabling third-party MIDI device control of 3Play operations via macros
  • Support for Advanced Media Protocol (AMP), enabling remote operation of 3Play functions by compatible third-party production systems
  • Support for remote operation of 3Play functions by a companion NewTek TriCaster system
Controller Includes 3Play hardware control surface
  • Surface ~ 12.7 W x 1.0 H x 11.7 D in (32.3 x 2.5 x 29.7 cm)
  • Base ~ 12.7 W x 10.8 D in (32.3 x 27.4 cm)
  • Base Height ~ 0.7-2.7 in (1.8-6.9 cm)
  • 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)
System Physical 4U Rack Mount, with 550W redundant, removable power supply, and multi-tiered hardware and software fail-safe
  • 19.0 x 7.0 x 20.5 in (48.3 x 17.8 x 52.0 cm)
  • 44 lbs (20 kg)

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