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NewTek TalkShow VS 4000

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000

Multi-channel video calling, with broadcast-quality production control.


Instantly connect with multiple contacts around the world.


TalkShow VS 4000 is the professional, multi-channel video calling system designed to simultaneously connect you with up to 4 remote guests—regardless of location—in real time and deliver distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD content with complete production control.


Reach 300 million monthly Skype users with:


  • 4 concurrent Skype video channels
  • 4-in, 4-out HD-SDI connections
  • Integrated NDI™ technology supporting input and output over IP
  • Included NDI™ Webserver
  • Tally notification on all call channels
  • The most complete audio and video capabilities

More live guests. More compelling conversations.


Facilitate captivating real-time group conversations, panel discussions, and live interview after live interview with remote guests that enhance the quality and credibility of your program.


Independent Control Interfaces


Easily set up a multi-operator production workflow, with separate interfaces for call and production management. Skype TX Control software can be operated from the TalkShow VS 4000 system or installed on another machine as a standalone call control center, allowing the producer to manage calls and talent, while a production operator handles video and audio.


Group or Queue Callers


Connect with any combination of guests from around the world simultaneously or in sequence, for compelling live conversation, expert analysis, real-time commentary, and in-depth discussion.


IP Networking


Receive video calls over IP anywhere on your network. Built-in NewTek NDI technology allows routing of Skype video calls to any compatible NDI receiving device (including TriCaster® and 3Play™) while enabling selection of any NDI video source for return to caller over the network.


Advanced Audio


Deliver conversations that sound more professional. Independently adjust incoming and outgoing audio signals for the highest-quality sound, with the only video calling system that offers built-in gain control, graphic equalizer, compressor/limiter, and noise gate settings.


Pristine Live Video


Ensure your guests look as good as they sound, with enhanced real-time image processing and fully configurable correction tools, including proc amp controls, auto color setting, and white balance—and clean, deinterlaced return video to caller.


Real-Time Call Monitoring


Conduct every call with complete confidence, by utilizing high-quality, full-motion video previews, accurate on-screen audio VU metering, and selectable multi-view display layouts with configurable monitor overlays.

Go live to the field or to anyone in the world you can reach online, immediately—with the facility-class video calling solution for delivering live, production-ready Skype video calls for both SDI and IP live production workflows.


Essentials


Broadcast-Style Video from Regular Skype Calls

With automatic aspect ratio conversions and balanced audio, and without requiring a scan converter.


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 the quality of incoming call video.


Built-In Video Quality Checks

Failover to a custom, still image when unforeseen bandwidth constraints occur below operator-defined preset value.


SDI I/O

Output a live video call to any SDI production switcher or router, and accept any SDI input source to send a return signal back to the remote caller over Skype.


Multiple, Simultaneous Skype Calls

Group call or queue any combination of 4 contacts on TalkShow VS 4000, or stack multiple TalkShow VS 100 units, managing all calls within a single interface.


Access to Anyone with a Skype Account

...and to anyone else who downloads and installs the Skype app on their device, and signs up for an account.



Looking at other Skype TX solutions? Look no further. Only TalkShow gives you complete control of the entire video calling workflow—before, during, and even after the show.


TalkShow Exclusive Advantage


Other video calling production systems just pass a studio-grade Skype call through to a switcher. With TalkShow, you can make every call higher quality, more efficient, and more like network TV along the way—and it will continue to work harder for you, even when the show is over. Because only TalkShow allows complete control of the entire video calling workflow—before, during, and after the call.


Setup


Video Over IP

Integrate TalkShow into IP video workflows via NDI™, NewTek’s innovative Network Device Interface technology, which allows TalkShow to send Skype video calls across a standard network to TriCaster® and other NDI-enabled systems and devices, and receive NDI video sources over IP for return to caller. TriCaster will also send a tally notification downstream to TalkShow to indicate when a Skype call is on air.


Small and Simple

Why take up precious space? Each TalkShow system occupies only 1RU of your rack—integrating easily into any facility, control room, or production environment, whether in single or multi-unit installations.


Better Return Sound

With TalkShow’s exclusive support for multi-channel audio on input for signals coming into the system over the network or SDI, operators can have multiple, selectable audio feeds—such as mix-minus—available for use as the return audio back to the caller.


Audio Over IP

You heard right. In addition to audio over IP via NDI, TalkShow includes fully integrated Dante™ audio support, interfacing with other audio devices utilizing the Dante networking protocol from Audinate®. In addition to sending and receiving audio over the network, and versatile audio source selection, TalkShow supports extensive management of network audio signals, including gain, equalization, compression, metering, and more.


Signal Monitoring

Calibrate your video and ensure your signals are broadcast-compliant with built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope displays accessible right from the TalkShow VS 4000 user interface.


System Restore

TalkShow has a comprehensive restore function that allows the operator to undo system changes by returning to the factory default settings at any time.


On-Air


Talk Back

Communicate off-air with Skype callers directly, with a headset and the click of a button—or an external GPI trigger. With TalkShow’s Talk Back function, operators, producers, or directors can speak with callers as easily as they do with in-studio talent and crew, enabling them to prepare callers, provide instructions, and relay additional information before they go to air.


Color Correction

Outside the controlled studio environment, when lighting conditions or color characteristics are less than ideal, easily compensate with TalkShow. It’s the only solution to include NewTek’s fully configurable proc amp settings and auto color correction, so picture characteristics can be optimized dynamically in real-time—without requiring monitoring. Remote callers’ video can be all over the place, but you can make sure your viewers see a professional presentation.


Preview Monitoring

The promise of full-motion Skype calls should pay off with full-motion previews, so operators know exactly how the call is proceeding. Where other solutions may make you rely on video previews with a frame rate of approximately 5 frames per second, TalkShow supports full-motion, high-quality video previews for real-time monitoring of input and output signals.


Tally Support

Always know who’s talking. TalkShow is the only Skype TX solution to support a tally overlay visual for return to callers, indicating when they are on air. The tally overlay is customizable, allowing for a show logo or graphic of choice—not only to let callers know when their conversation is live, but to provide additional branding opportunities for your program as well.


Built-In Video Screen with Tally

TalkShow VS 100 operators can view a full-color preview via the video screen built into the faceplate for instant recognition of the caller currently connected to that system, with tally support to indicate whether the caller is live or on standby—quick and easy verification of which TalkShow system is on air in a multi-system installation. Available only in TalkShow VS 100.


Professional Audio Tools

Incoming and outgoing audio
are fully configurable, with gain control, compressor/limiter, and 7-band equalizer on inputs and outputs to enhance sound quality, adjust levels for consistency, and prevent clipping or overdriving. TalkShow also includes VU meter displays that are configurable in all common professional audio scales, including dBFS, dBU, and dBVU, for accurate, real-time audio monitoring.


Configurable Monitoring

TalkShow VS 4000 supports dual-display monitoring and control, optional picture-in-picture views of incoming and outgoing video signals, and allows you select from different multi-view layouts and independently apply your choice of video overlays—including safe areas, center cross, and audio VU meters—to each call monitor to configure the workspace to your preference. Available only in TalkShow VS 4000.


Minimal Latency

TalkShow is optimized to provide the lowest latency when integrated into and genlocked within broadcast environments.


Post Show


Record and Re-Use

TalkShow VS 100 enables full-bandwidth recording of any call onto external USB 3.0 or SAN storage with the click of a button—so you can capture the call while it’s happening, and use it in a later broadcast or a whole new program. And both models are compatible with the NewTek IsoCorder Pro and NDI IsoCorder for remote recording over the network via NDI. Calls are saved as distinct QuickTime files that work with every major non-linear editor and all other NewTek systems for archive, post-production, and playback. Available only in TalkShow VS 100.


NewTek TalkShow
Hardware Video Input 4 x HD-SDI with embedded audio
Hardware Video Output 4 x HD-SDI with embedded audio
Hardware Audio Input 4 x embedded SDI audio
2 x Balanced XLR (Line)
Hardware Audio Output 4 x embedded SDI audio
2 x Balanced XLR (Line)
IP Networking Integrated NewTek Network Device Interface (NDI) technology enabling transmission of A/V input and output signals over IP between TalkShow and other supported systems, including TriCaster, 3Play and a range of third-party solutions
Dante Audio Networking Integrated Dante audio support, enabling TalkShow to interface with other audio devices utilizing the Dante networking protocol from Audinate
Call Recording Supports full-bandwidth recording of call video and audio (optionally including return audio on separate channels) to external USB 3.0 or SAN storage
Video Configuration
  • Fully configurable color correction settings for each incoming Skype video signal, including white balance, proc amp controls and auto color
  • Freely selectable video source for return to each Skype caller
Audio Configuration
  • Fully configurable settings for each incoming Skype audio signal, including gain control, stblRowA-band equalizer, compressor/limiter, and noise gate
  • Freely selectable audio source and mix-minus channel control for return to each Skype caller
Talk Back Supports direct, off-air communication between operator and remote callers individually or as a group via headset (optionally configurable for control via external GPI trigger)
Call Management
  • Supports multi-channel Skype TX call management locally or over IP via Skype TX controller application
  • Local production control supporting per-channel configuration of call video and audio, and Talk Back communication via TalkShow user interface
  • Direct mouse and keyboard USB interface required
Local Monitoring
  • DVI and HDMI ports for connecting external monitors
  • Stereo 1/4” phone jack for local audio monitoring
  • Full-motion input and output video previews within user interface, including optional picture-in-picture overlay of return video for each call monitor
  • Configurable multi-view workspace, including selectable layouts and optional overlays including title safe, 4:3 safe, center cross and VU meters
  • Audio VU metering
Output Video Formats Configurable call video output resolution and frame rate, with support for NTSC and PAL formats
  • 1080i – 25, 29.97, 30
  • 1080p – 23.98, 24
  • 720p – 50, 59.94, 60
  • 576i (16:9 or 4:3) – 25
  • 480i (16:9 or 4:3) – 29.97
Return Video Formats Configurable return video input resolution and frame rate, with support for NTSC and PAL formats (available selections vary depending on output video format selected)
  • 1080i – 29.97, 25
  • 1080p – 30, 30 PsF, 24, 24 (Telecine), 25, 25 PsF
  • 720p – 30, 25, 24
  • 576i (16:9 or 4:3) – 25
  • 480i (16:9 or 4:3) - 29.97
Watermark Optionally supports Skype logo watermark on output
Tally Supports hardware tally via HD15 GPI connector or network tally via NewTek NDI
GPI HD15 GPI connector
Reference
  • Genlock input supporting SD (Bi-level) or HD (Tri-level) reference signals
  • +4dBU audio reference level
Signal Monitoring Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601 and 709
Software Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Skype TX 4 software, Skype TX controller application, and TalkShow control software
CPU 4th Generation i7 Quad-Core
Graphics Intel HD4600 GPU
Memory 8Gb
Storage 120Gb internal SSD
Processing Video: 4:4:4:4, 32-bit Floating Point
Audio: 4 channels, 96 kHz, 32-bit Floating Point
Standards HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 259M
Network Dual gigabit Ethernet NIC supporting Skype TX call transmission, NDI transmission to and from supported systems, Dante audio networking, and local network traffic
Fail-Safe
  • Multi-tiered fail-safe system
  • Automatic failover to audio transmission with caller snapshot when bandwidth falls below operator-defined preset value
  • Comprehensive system restore operation
System Physical 1RU Rack Mount with 180W power supply (110-220V external; 12V internal)
  • 19.0 x 1.75 x 16.75 in (48.3 x 4.5 x 42.5 cm) with rack ears attached
  • 15 lbs (6.8 kg)

 

TalkShow VS 4000

TalkShow VS 100

Skype Channels

Up to 4 simultaneous

1

HD-SDI Inputs

4 with embedded audio

1 with embedded audio

HD-SDI Outputs

4 with embedded audio

1 with embedded audio

Analog Audio I/O

1 x 2 Balanced XLR (input)
1 x 2 Balanced XLR (output)

1 x 2 Balanced XLR (input)
1 x 2 Balanced XLR (output)

Video Over IP

NDI

NDI

Audio Over IP

NDI; Dante

NDI; Dante

Configurable I/O Sources

Yes

Yes

Local Video Management

Yes

Yes

Local Audio Management

Yes

Yes

Color Correction Tools

Yes

Yes

Advanced Audio Controls

Yes; incoming calls only

Yes; incoming call and return signal

Audio VU Metering

Yes

Yes

Talk Back Communication

Local communication with individual callers or all callers

Local communication with caller

Call Recording

Supported via integration with external hardware running NewTek IsoCorder applications

Local control of capture to external storage

Configurable Local Video Preview

Yes

Yes

Video Output Preview

Yes

Yes

Picture-in-Picture View

Call video with return video overlay (configurable per channel)

-

Configurable Monitor Layouts

Yes

-

Configurable Video Overlays

Optionally display safe areas, center cross and VU meters

-

Auto Aspect Ratio Conversion

Yes

Yes

Call Quality Monitoring

Yes

Yes

Optional Skype Watermark Overlay

Yes

Yes

Automatic Failover to Still Image

Yes

Yes

Waveform Monitor / Vectorscope

Yes

-

Genlock

Yes

Yes

System Restore

Yes

Yes

Tally

Yes

Yes

Call Management

Skype TX controller application

Integrated Skype TX interface

Built-In Video Screen

-

Yes

Form Factor

1RU

1RU