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Newtek Tricaster Mini: New Video Production Studio in a Box

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Brian Spellman, KET


All-in-one video production “appliances” that include multiple camera video and audio switching, titling, special effects, and more for live and recorded production projects have been in use for  some years in Kentucky schools like Bath County High, and Eastside Technical School, Lexington. Schools who can afford Newtek Tricasters, which start around $5,000, or similar switching gear like the Roland line of a/v mixers, enjoy making live video production projects with crews of students who excitedly play-out the roles of professional video production staff. Together, they plan, write, and produce video news and special events programming that requires teamwork and a lot of group and individual skill building that culminates in shared products that prepare students for real-world jobs, and the use of multimedia in further studies.

Roland offers the VR50-HD ($7,495) and some less expensive items like the VR-3EX ($2,195) and the V4-EX ($1,995).  Check the technical specifications for comparison of models and features among the manufacturers’ units.

For schools, a big thing that’s been missing from the Tricaster line has been HDMI inputs for commonly-used cameras and other devices. With the arrival of the Tricaster  Mini, schools now have more options to consider because the new Tricaster Mini has HDMI inputs, a PC input, analog audio inputs, a DDR for video segment and graphics playback, program video recording, program streaming out, and much more, including the virtual set feature with advanced chromakeying for greenscreen effects. It’s features and specifications are encouraging.

There are two Tricaster Mini models: the base HD-4 model Tricaster Mini, at $5,995, records 15 hours of 1080p video to an internal 750GB hard drive.  Their more expensive HD-4i model sells for $7,995. It includes a monitor and records 45 hours of video to an internal 1.5TB hard drive and includes a side-mounted video monitor.  They’re not cheap, but their many features do the work that would normally require several individual component pieces of equipment which could cost much more if purchased separately.

One caveat of all-in-one studio production devices that scares some is that if a unit goes down it may have to be shipped back to Newtek for repair, halting production until the unit is returned. Tricasters we’ve seen in Kentucky schools seem to have been in service for a while and we’ve not heard any warnings if that helps. An alternative is to use an a/v switcher such as the ATEM TV-Studio by Black Magic Design ($995.00), along with other component equipment for equivalent video production. That way might let you carry on in case of individual component failure, depending on what breaks and when.

Here’s an equipment connection diagram from the Newtek site:


And here are links to Tricaster Mini evaluations and reviews:

We’re looking forward to seeing what schools do with this new video production tool. As a one-box video production studio, it could make beginning a school video production a lot easier, and its advanced features could expand existing programs.

(Note: This new product overview is offered as an information service only and does not constitute an endorsement by KET.)

KET Multimedia PD Days’ 10th Anniversary: Summer Event Returns July 9 and 10

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Brian Spellman, KET

Our 10th annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event returns July 9 and 10, 2013: two days of sixteen, 1.5-hour in-depth presentations by Kentucky educators and KET staff on multimedia production and related topics. All Kentucky public, private, and homeschool teachers are welcome to register and attend either July 9, July 10, or both days of the event (both days’ session titles are the same). More information is at the project web page. If you’re eager, here’s a direct link to event registration. See you at KET!


Session titles include:

Basic Video Production (a great introduction to any video recording plans) Larry Moore, KET

Microsoft Office 365 and Lync Web Conferencing for Kentucky Schools (NEW) Patti Oakley, KATE/Murray State University; Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education

Digital Reenactments: Student Greenscreen Video Projects (exciting and correlated) Stephen Swan, University of Louisville

All-In-One Video Studio Boxes (NEW) Tim Withers, Wayne County High; Michelle Rauch, Eastside Technical School, Fayette County Schools

iBooks Author: Amazing Apple PC Project Software (NEW) Jennifer Gordon, Corbin Middle School

Project Resources for Technology Standards by Grade Level (NEW) Cami Knapp, KATE/Murray State University

Media Arts: Creating a Classroom that Fosters Creativity (NEW) Todd Norton, Elknorn Crossing School, Scott County Schools

Google Tips and Tricks (NEW) Donnie Piercey, Woodford County Schools

iPad Video Production: Take One (NEW) Jessica Murrell, Northern Elementary, Pendleton County Schools

Tour of KET’s Multimedia Production Facility (see our staff working) Deborah Harris and staff of KET

Using PBWorks’ PB Wikis to Teach Arts and More (NEW) Paula Mullins, Jeffersontown High, Jefferson County Schools

Introduction to Using Twitter in Education (an excellent overview) Amy Grant, KET

Digital Driver’s License Project: Prepare Students to Be Responsible Netizens (NEW) Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education

Free Tools for Blended Learning: Edmodo and More (NEW) Helen Morrison, KET

Using iPads, iPhone, iPods, and Apps for Video Production (NEW content, gear) Jeff Gray, KET

Re-Tool Your School: Useful Online Resources (NEW) Susan White, Corbin Primary School

Education Matters Features Education Technology

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Brian Spellman, KET

KET’s Education Matters television series explores educational issues that face Kentuckians. Hosted by KET Public Affairs reporter Bill Goodman, the September, 2011 program examines Technology for Next Generation Learning. Education Matters is repeated several times on KET television and archived programs are available for viewing online.

As more portable computing, emailing, and web-browsing devices are developed, school districts are increasingly turning to the new technology to deliver content, ensure high-quality learning, and prepare students – our “Next Generation” – for the future. The September Education Matters  program examines the important role of technology in today’s classrooms and includes video from LaRue County and Todd County schools, where technology tools have become an essential part of daily instruction.

Program panelists include…

  • David Couch, associate commissioner, Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Charlotte Chowning, KETS field engineer, Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Benny Lile, director of instruction and technology, Barren County Schools

Packed into the fast-paced, hour-long program, discussion topics cover: new computing tools like the Apple iPad tablet and how some schools are providing them for each student; the state of computer and broadband access across Kentucky; the “digital divide” and who may be missing educational opportunities at home; social networking and its use in education; the challenges of allowing students to take computing hardware home and bring their own to school; electronic vs. paper textbooks; and more. Video examples show teachers actively implementing new technology in the classroom, and interviews with teachers share their enthusiasm and concerns.

Watch the informative Education Matters programs on KET television, and archived programs online.

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