Drawings to win a TriCaster 850 were held once a day, beginning Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14. The winners are:
- Bob Dudley, Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix
- Tony Tidwell, WBII TV20, Ashland, Miss.
- Horane Henry, D3 LED LLC, New York
- Devin Caldwell, VTV Channel 6/Strata Networks, Vernal, Utah
"Winning the TriCaster 850 is both a thrill and an honor," says Dudley, who manages and operates a TV studio for Phoenix Union High School District. "Prior to winning this, I was already familiar with NewTek's reputation for product excellence. Having this TriCaster system will bring our studio into a long-awaited level of HD production technology."
While this will be Dudley's first experience using NewTek's renowned portable live production system, Caldwell and Henry are both experienced TriCaster users.
According to Caldwell, VTV Channel 6 uses NewTek's first HD system, TriCaster 300. They are now looking forward to using the new TriCaster 850 weekly for in-studio production and high-school sports production. Caldwell says, "We will use it (TriCaster 850) on a weekly basis. It's a big upgrade, and we'll start live streaming directly from our venues now."
Henry hopes to use his new TriCaster 850 to create a mobile broadcast studio, although he says he'll probably also use it for work. As a systems engineer for D3 LED, he anticipates using his new TriCaster for many of the challenging live events they do, such as those in Times Square.
With TriCaster, users can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project, and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs, and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles, and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by sports organizations, schools, broadcasters, houses of worship, webcasters, government agencies, and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available for education in North America starting at $4,995 and in multi-standard for $5,995.