If you’re a broadcaster or live producer who wants to include more expert analysis and perspective in your show, you no longer have to spend big budgets on live shots, truck uplinks and heavily equipped newsgathering crews, or waste valuable time coordinating remote live shots and low-quality phone recordings.
NewTek TalkShow is the easiest, highest-quality production solution for delivering live Skype video calls in broadcast-ready, full-frame HD. It’s a compact, 1RU system that easily integrates Skype TX software from Microsoft with professional production workflows using SDI I/O directly into any switcher. TalkShow brings the control of higher-quality Skype calls into the control room—and leaves nothing to chance out in the field.
Operators can enhance picture and sound quality of calls with broadcast-standard video and audio control tools and manage them just like any other in-studio source, immediately connecting you with anyone you can reach online, anytime—in distraction-free, broadcast-ready HD.
It used to take a lot of coordination, expense, and equipment to capture these conversations live with satellite feeds or microwave relays-or else it took piecing together a homegrown, desktop chat solution that left everyone wondering whether the call would hold up.
Now you can leave the satellite trucks, big budgets and duct tape behind, and be ready for a live shot with anyone-around the world, anytime-directly from your studio or live production.
NewTek TalkShow VS-100 is the studio-grade solution to immediately add live interviews, perspective, credibility, and distinct competitive advantage to your program by easily incorporating 300 million monthly connected Skype users as guest speakers without the expense and effort of a live shot. Any video-enabled Skype user is just a call away.
Free isn’t always better.— Dramatically improve your call-in interviews with TalkShow—the solution used by the world’s top broadcasters for Skype TX interviews. With more advanced features than any other Skype TX call-in solution, TalkShow delivers video and audio feeds in real time and gives you the most control over video call-ins. Experts, guests, and callers on your show will now look and sound as great as their perspectives.
Access to 300 million monthly connected Skype users— and to anyone else who downloads and signs up for the standard desktop client on any supported device.
Broadcast-style video from regular Skype calls— with automatic aspect ratio conversions and balanced audio, and without requiring a scan converter.
Eliminate on-screen disruption— unlike consumer calling software, technical management is handled separately from face-to-face conversation, eradicating pop-ups, advertisements, and notifications.
1RU rackmount device— studio-grade production source sends HD-SDI call video to and from any production switcher.
Video production tools— proc-amp controls and automatic color correction adjust image attributes for any lighting environment and enable in-studio operator to enhance imperfect video calls with far higher quality.
Audio quality enhancement— with SDI-embedded audio, compressor/limiter, and onboard graphic equalizer that keep call volumes at consistent levels and prevent audio clipping.
Built-in video quality checks— failover to custom, still image when unforeseen bandwidth constraints occur below operator-defined preset value.
Tally notification of video calls— allows operators to see when TalkShow Skype feeds are currently live in a program.
Access to anyone with a Skype Account
Add to anyone else who downloads and signs up for the standard desktop client.
Single, 1RU rackmount device
Studio-grade production source plugs into standard Ethernet network and HD-SDI video infrastructure.
Audio quality enhancement
With SDI-embedded audio, built-in compressor/limiter tools, and onboard graphic equalizer that keep call volumes at consistent levels and prevent audio clipping.
Tally notification of video calls
Allows operators to see when TalkShow Skype feeds are currently live in a program.
Multiple Skype calls
Add TalkShow units and manage all within a single, user-friendly interface that offers previews, continuous call quality monitoring, and contact management.
Output a live video call to any production switcher and input from router or any production source to send a return image back to remote caller over IP.
Record to local storage
Capture video call for later review and/or postproduction, or optional addition to media players playlists on connected NewTek products, whether for time-shifting, review and trimming, or queuing for subsequent insertion in a show.
Broadcast-style video from regular Skype calls
With automatic aspect ratio conversions and balanced audio, and without requiring a scan converter.
Built-in video quality checks
Failover to custom, still image when unforeseen bandwidth constraints occur below operator-defined preset value.
Front Panel Display
Rack-viewable RGB preview of Skype video calls, VU metering, caller, time, status, tally (on air) notification and more.
With full proc-amp controls and automatic color correction to adjust image attributes for any lighting environment, enabling in-studio enhancement of video calls with poor lighting and contrast to appear with far higher quality.
Optimized on-air video
NewTek’s proprietary, real-time video processing engine incorporates superb scaling, format conversion, aspect, and color correction routines; limit return video resolution in order to prioritize quality of incoming call video.
Network I/O in NewTek live production environment—output over Ethernet to 3Play integrated sports production system or TriCaster multi-camera production system, while reserving SDI hardware connection for other feeds.
|Enclosure||1RU rack-mount metal case with rear-mounted connection panel and front-mounted in-call display monitor|
|Hardware Video Inputs||1x HD-SDI plus embedded audio
(for return signal from mixer to remote caller)
|Hardware Video Outputs||1x HD-SDI plus embedded audio
(for Skype call output to video mixer input)
|Hardware Audio Inputs||2x Balanced XLR (+4dBU reference Level)|
|Hardware Audio Outputs||2x Balanced XLR (+4dBU reference Level),
¼” Stereo Headphone Jack (Skype program audio)
|Hardware GPI / Tally||GPI (HD15 jack)|
|AirSend* I/O||1x Network video input
1x Network video output
1x Network audio input
1x Network audio output
Tally from Mixer over local network
|Network||Dual gigabit NIC exceeding expected bandwidth requirements for Skype TX I/O, AirSend* transmission to and from mixer, and local network traffic|
|System Physical||19” x 1.75” x 16.75”
|Local Monitoring||1x DVI, 1x HDMI|
|Software and OS||Windows 8.1 Embedded, Skype TX, TalkShow control software providing a/v connection config, audio EQ, compressor/limiter, video proc amps and AutoColor control, genlock config|
|Call management s/w||Direct mouse and keyboard USB interface required for Skype TX management software in single call / single TalkShow unit environment
Over-the-network from SkypeTX control software in simultaneous call / multiple TalkShow unit environments
|CPU||4th Generation i7 Quad-Core|
|Graphics||Intel HD4600 GPU with 1x HDMI, 2x DVI|
|Reference In||Black burst (bi-level) and tri-level genlock reference support|
|Storage||128Gb SSD; eSATA extensible drive access|
|PSU||Internal 12V, External 110-220V|
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