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    Post VT[5] coming in Q4 2007

    In case the rest of you didn't get the e-mail from your dealer on this,
    VT[5] will be shipping in the fourth quarter this year. This has been
    announced at IBC. Oddly, I would have expected Newtek to have posted this themselves here, but anyway:

    NewTek Unveils VT[5]T The Next Generation TV
    Studio-in-a-Box



    The first public demonstration of new integrated production suite includes
    live virtual set technologies and HD post production capabilities at IBC
    2007 Exhibition



    Amsterdam, Netherlands- IBC - September 8, 2007 -- NewTek, Inc.,
    manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today
    announced that the company will publicly showcase it s new VT[5]T Integrated
    Production Suite at IBC 2007 (booth 7.102). The VT[5] system features live
    switching and web streaming of up to 24 cameras, and now includes LiveSetT,
    NewTek s revolutionary new live virtual set technology, VT[5] also includes
    advanced new keying capabilities, integrated SDI switching support and
    automated clip playback, with simultaneous output to video, projector and
    web stream. VT[5] s extensive HD post production capabilities include
    sophisticated real-time non-linear editing, video painting and a
    full-featured animated character generation package. VT[5] s real-time,
    uncompressed video processing with component and SDI output delivers
    unsurpassed video quality. The optional Serial Digital switcher adds an
    additional eight SDI inputs and SDI routing functionality to the new VT[5]
    system.

    VT[5] now includes LiveSetT , a proprietary new technology that allows our
    customers to implement multi-channel virtual sets in a live environment with
    unprecedented realism and video quality," said Dr. Andrew Cross, Executive
    Vice President of Software Engineering. "This groundbreaking technology,
    integrated into a live production environment, fundamentally changes the
    quality and the power of the tools available for video producers."

    Live Virtual Sets

    NewTek's proprietary LiveSetT system in VT[5], allows separate virtual sets
    to be assigned independently to all switcher inputs, including all cameras
    and DDRs. In addition, each input has an independent LiveMatteT matting
    module eliminating the need for expensive hardware for each source connected
    to the system. Each virtual set supports virtual cameras with multiple
    angles and zoom levels with support for secondary video sources for on-set
    virtual monitors. All effects are rendered with unprecedented photo-realism,
    including reflections, refractions, shadows, bump maps, and sophisticated
    filtering. Additionally, the advanced new keying capabilities included in
    the LiveMatte technology allows refined preview of mattes that allow for the
    precise isolation of color, edge and spill for the sharpest possible
    results.

    Features of VT[5] include :

    . 24 input live switching with composite, component, S-Video and SDI inputs
    and per-input time-base and color correction.
    . 32 channel LiveSet photo-realistic 3D virtual set system and LiveMatte
    advanced matting technology.
    . Integrated multi-format DDRs with alpha channel support.
    . Advanced multiple input switcher effects and transitions with hundreds of
    effects included.
    . Real time live web-streaming to Flash, Real and Windows Media streams.
    . Sophisticated real-time SpeedEDIT non-linear editing system with HD
    support.
    . High quality full-field-rate on-screen monitoring of video sources and
    waveform monitor/vector-scopes.
    . Animated Character Generator.
    . Video painting technology.
    . Ability to record video inputs and outputs to a wide variety of
    destinations, including integrated DVD authoring.
    . Includes plug-ins that allow a wide variety of third party applications to
    be used with VT[5].
    . Provided tools allow you to create your own virtual sets, effects and
    transitions.
    . Extensive file format support including HDV, DV, MPEG, DVCProHD, AVI, MXF,
    QuickTime, Uncompressed and many more.

    . NOTE: Current VT customers should check the NewTek website for a detailed
    list of changes and additions from previous versions.

    Pricing and Availability
    VT[5] will be available in Q4 2007. The VT[5] system will be available
    through the NewTek Authorized Reseller channel at an MSRP of $4995US.
    Current owners of any previous version of VT may upgrade their software for
    a promotional price of $995US till October 15, 2007. After October 15, 2007,
    VT[5] upgrades will be available for $1495US. For more information, please
    visit http://www.newtek.com or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441,
    international callers dial +1-210-370-8000. Note: Prices are for the North
    American market. International pricing is available through local
    distributors.


    About NewTek
    With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is an Emmy® Award-winning
    and leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production,
    presentation, animation and special effects tools including TriCasterT,
    TriCaster PROT, TriCaster STUDIOT, VT[5] T, SpeedEDITT, 3D Arsenal T and
    LightWave 3D®.



    -End-
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    >>. Animated Character Generator. <<


    ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_C
    >>. Animated Character Generator. <<


    ????
    CG Post?

    Note: Lightwave is no longer part of the bundle for new purchasers

    You can have virtual sets but you gotta buy Lightwave to make 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_C
    >>. Animated Character Generator. <<


    ????
    The modern equivalent of "CG POST" is considered to be an "animated character generator" by Newtek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScorpioProd
    The modern equivalent of "CG POST" is considered to be an "animated character generator" by Newtek.
    blah!
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    >Current owners of any previous version of VT may upgrade their software for
    >a promotional price of $995US till October 15, 2007. After October 15, 2007,
    >VT[5] upgrades will be available for $1495US.

    Is that correct? that is quite the upgrade price just for the software solution.

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    I am curious how much of this is hype and how much is something new.

    24 input live switching with composite, component, S-Video and SDI inputs and per-input time-base and color correction
    If you have a BOB and is this new?

    Advanced multiple input switcher effects and transitions with hundreds of effects included.
    Again, is this something new? Do all the effects go edge to edge now or do we have to be careful of the ones we select while we stream live to the web?

    Real time live web-streaming to Flash, Real and Windows Media streams.
    Flash? Are we getting the latest version or the old version that doesn't look as good? WM isn't new.

    Sophisticated real-time SpeedEDIT non-linear editing system with HD
    support.
    Sophisticated? Is this a different version than what we already have?

    High quality full-field-rate on-screen monitoring of video sources and
    waveform monitor/vector-scopes.
    Hasn't this been in VT since VT2?

    Animated Character Generator.
    CG Post? Is there something new?

    Video painting technology
    Are we getting a new copy of Aura??

    Ability to record video inputs and outputs to a wide variety of
    destinations, including integrated DVD authoring.
    Integrated DVD authoring? You mean we put a link to open ULead DVDWS on the menu or is there more?

    Includes plug-ins that allow a wide variety of third party applications to be used with VT[5].
    Does that include TMPG support? Anything VT4 doesn't have?

    Provided tools allow you to create your own virtual sets, effects and
    transitions.
    So if you don't own the LW version of VT do you get LW?


    Ok so that leaves us with

    . 32 channel LiveSet photo-realistic 3D virtual set system and LiveMatte
    advanced matting technology.
    . Integrated multi-format DDRs with alpha channel support.
    . Extensive file format support including HDV, DV, MPEG, DVCProHD, AVI, MXF, QuickTime, Uncompressed and many more.

    as new features or am I wrong?

    Will we actually be getting Quicktime support that is current or will we be getting the previous version that almost no one uses. Will there be Alpha channel support for Quicktime?

    Additionally
    Current owners of any previous version of VT may upgrade their software for a promotional price of $995US till October 15, 2007.
    would indicate that the ship date will be after October 15th so again you get to prepurchase vapor ware but this time there is a feature set such as it is and hopefully not an 18 month waiting period.

    Ivan

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    uh where is the 2 DSK's?

    that would be basically the only reason i would upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by inquisitive
    Is that correct? that is quite the upgrade price just for the software solution.

    Yea I'm afraid VT just priced itself out of my range.

    I have one coming for my home system from the pre order, but I know the boss at work will not upgrade any of our machines at that price. So I'm not sure if I will install 5 at home since I like to keep them all the same to transfer work easily.

    I guess a dual boot of 4 and 5 could work if I am allowed that.

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    Ivan, I don't think they actually said "new" in front of all those feature bullets.

    After all, this press release is intended for people that don't currently own a VT.
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    Questions...

    This brings up questions my boss/old video teacher has been asking me since last fall... "Did they fix the problems with the CG maker, can we now have 2+ DSKs, do we need more then 2 Gigs of RAM, and are we sure this is a free update?" ... Some questions I need answered before I can even ask my boss/old video teacher before I start installing anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScorpioProd
    In case the rest of you didn't get the e-mail from your dealer on this,
    VT[5] will be shipping in the fourth quarter this year. This has been
    announced at IBC. Oddly, I would have expected Newtek to have posted this themselves here, but anyway:
    Yes, a company should make these annoucements to its current users first or at the same time but as others have pointed out before, Newtek is not communicating they way they should.
    . NOTE: Current VT customers should check the NewTek website for a detailed list of changes and additions from previous versions.
    I would, but I can't find any such list

    Ivan -- Most of what you list is (of course you allready know) not "new". The new formats as well as SpeedEdit is new - you may allready have SpeedEdit but other VT owners and newbes don't have this.
    I don't think the on screen monitors have been "high quality full field rate".
    I am wondering what they mean by "integrated DVD authoring" as well. Ulead/Corel workshop is stagnet at this point and does not support HD formats while the editor now will. I bet this is a "missprint" and should read "integrated DVD encoding"
    WOW! Don't think I've ever seen a product announced at one price and then shipped at a far higher price.

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    Would be great if someone at NewTek jumped into this thread. I have a question. Since I have Lightwave and Aura on my existing 4.6 installs, do I lose them if I upgrade to VT5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvp
    I am wondering what they mean by "integrated DVD authoring" as well. Ulead/Corel workshop is stagnet at this point and does not support HD formats while the editor now will. I bet this is a "missprint" and should read "integrated DVD encoding"
    Well, Newtek has ALWAYS considered the bundled Ulead DVD WS 2 SE to be their "integrated DVD authoring." Nothing in VT[5] claims HD format authoring support.

    Quote Originally Posted by wvp
    WOW! Don't think I've ever seen a product announced at one price and then shipped at a far higher price.
    I'm not clear what people are surprised about here. It's TOTALLY normal for a product to have a low pre-sale price and then to go to a higher price when it is actually released. If it didn't, why on earth would people put their money down over a year before a product comes out?
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