YBLTV Anchor, Erika Blackwell talks with Director of Latin American Sales for Newtek, Mr. Ralph Messana. Create your own TV show today with the help of Newtek. NewTek was founded in 1986, by Tim Jenison―scientist, artist, musician and unfulfilled filmmaker. Tim, and a group of other wannabe movie-makers set out to break free from the studio establishment and make their own films and television shows. They invented some pretty amazing tools that were easy to use, affordable, and just plain fun.
Tens of thousands of people fell in love with NewTek’s pioneering Video Toaster®— the world’s first real “television studio-in-a-box.” For the first time, everything to make a broadcast television show was available in one system: live switching, digital video transitions, titling, keying, video paint, still store, and 3D animation. NewTek ignited the desktop video revolution, and television production was never the same.
One of the incredible capabilities inside the Video Toaster was LightWave 3D®—a 3D animation toolset that paved the way for visual effects-laden television, animated films, and top-selling video games to hit the market, including “Babylon 5,” Stephen Spielberg’s “seaQuest DSV,” and “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.”
In 1993, NewTek made LightWave 3D available as standalone software. 3D graphics and animation no longer took a PhD, a supercomputer, and $40,000 worth of software. Starving artists everywhere could turn their creative vision into reality—fast, and on a shoestring budget. In fact, many of those starving LightWave™ artists went on to win Emmy® Awards for their stunning visual effects work―more so than any other group of 3D artists.
Today, NewTek’s main product families include: TriCaster™ — All-in-one, integrated live production system that offers the power of a live network studio. When paired with live streaming over the Web, anyone can create and share a professional TV show. Students, premiere broadcast networks, major league sports networks and teams, along with some of the world’s biggest corporations—all use TriCaster to produce and stream live events, and expand their audiences, faster than ever before. 3Play™ — Slow motion and instant replay system for sports producers at all levels. Easy to use, with a very small footprint, and at a fraction of the cost of other replay systems, 3Play allows field crews, vans and trucks, local broadcasters, smaller facilities, collegiate and educational athletic departments to produce energetic highlight recaps, with play-by-pay commentary that turns average spectators into passionate fanatics. LightWave 3D — Industry-leading 3D animation and visual effects software used by artists working in television, feature and short film, architecture and design, games and print. More artists, supervisors, producers, and studios have won Emmy® Awards using LightWave for animation and visual effects than any other animation software.
As the company moves forward, they are guided by a singular focus: To help creative professionals get their stories out of their heads and onto screens in ways that just weren’t possible a few years ago. Visit NewTek today!