TV Production with the NewTek Tricaster

Hank Wajda
Mike Chichocki

2009 Keystone Technology Summit

TV Production with the NewTek Tricaster

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sigmund Weis Music Building, Room 115
2:50 - 4:30 PM

Hank Wajda, Music Educator, Keystone Technology Integrator, TI-ME Instructor - TI-ME is the Technology Institute for Music Educators;

Bensalem Township School District; Robert K. Shafer Middle School

The Newtek Tricaster is marketed as a "TV Production Studio in a a box". In 2007, I took over our schools TV studio and was given the task of upgrading our 25 year old analog equipment. After much research, I decided on the Newtek Tricaster. Newtek, makers of the original "Video Toaster", has designed the Tricaster for all School budgets, starting at around $3000. My goal is to demonstrate the Tricaster, hooking up two cameras, an iPod and speakers to a projector to show how this turnkey solution can help schools produce live broadcasts, or stream activities directly onto the web. Mr. Jim Davis, from DVS Direct in DuBois, PA (800-379-7267) has graciously offered to come to Bucknell today to help me demo the product for you. The Tricaster is a great product for TV production in education. ( Our local high school visited my middle school, and after seeing the product in action, purchased it's own Tricaster. All video is recorded directly to hard drive, with titling, transitions, and all production done in real time.

What is the Tricaster?
The NewTek Tricaster is marketed as a production studio in a box. It is essentially a turnkey product, video production software running on top of Windows XP. It has a sophisticated hardware audio and video interface, allowing you to connect all your cameras, DVD players, iPods, and microphones directly to it.
What models are available? There are five models
Available on the NewTek Site (****)
Tricaster Duo - $3,995
Tricaster - $4,995
Tricaster Pro - $7,995
Tricaster Studio - $9,995
Tricaster Broadcast - $11,995
Tricaster XD300 - $14,995 (High Definition, coming Q4 2009)

Schools using Tricaster in Education
Shafer Middle School, Bensalem SD, Bensalem, PA
(look for Shafer Sunny Side Up archive, posted daily, all year long)

STN – Student Television Network

Check out my Tricaster related links on my public Diigo page,

Special Thanks to Jim Davis of DVS Direct

I would like to especially thank Mr. Jim Davis for bringing the Tricaster used in the demo today. His company is DVS Direct ( Please contact him for more information, pricing and availability.
DVS Direct
314 W. Long Avenue

DuBois, Pennsylvania 15801
Phone number 800- 379-7267
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