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The NewTek 3Play 425 (Educational Edition) is a multi-channel instant replay system for small live sports productions. You can use it standalone or with any TriCaster for a combination of instant replay and video switching. 3Play 425 supports up to four channels of live video input and recording in any combination of supported inputs, formats, and frame rates. This discounted educational edition is available for accredited educators and institutions.
Video inputs consist of four HD/SD-SDI and HD/SD Component / Composite / Y/C, all on BNC connectors. Video outputs consist of two HD/SD-SDI, two analog, HDMI, and several display output ports, with DVI the main user interface output port. Recording formats range from 480/60i to 1080/30p/24p/60i, and you can record up to 40 hours of 1080i onto an internal storage drive and an included 1TB removable drive, simultaneously recording up to two channels per drive. An optional full-function control surface with backlit buttons, a rotary dial, and a T-bar can be incorporated for intuitive hands-on control.
Automatic Replay Recording
When you set your first Mark In or Mark Out point, 3Play 425 automatically triggers the Record button to capture incoming video signals.
3Play 425 records multiple channels of video at native resolution simultaneously. Capture every angle of live action for instant replay, playback, or archive.
Synchronized, Continuous Capture
When you press the Record button, configured sources are continuously captured and stored until you manually deactivate recording. Freely focus on 3Play 425's other functions without interrupting capture.
Capture and mark live action as 3Play 425 events, then replay clips from multiple angles. You can also import clips and operate 3Play 425 as a media server.
Once you begin recording, you can initiate playback whenever you like. Output recorded video seconds, minutes, even hours after recording starts.
Dual Playout Channels
3Play 425 provides two fully independent, simultaneous playout channels for output, each capable of supplying a live feed or playback of recorded content to a downstream display or production system, like having two playback devices in one.
Interpolated Slow Motion
Amplify the intensity of highlights or analyze the action frame-by-frame with smooth, interpolated slow motion. Replay the action at half-speed, quarter-speed, and more with incredible clarity and detail.
Choose and compile clips for sequenced playback. Create highlight reels or build blocks of content, then hit play to roll from one clip to the next automatically.
Send any incoming video signal directly to one or both output channels to supply a live feed to downstream displays or production systems.
Choose to replay captured clips or roll imported media in real time or at variable speeds. Show the action again at game speed, or alter the playback rate for dramatic emphasis.
Simultaneous HD/SD Output
Record and playback content in HD and SD simultaneously, with configurable output resolutions.
3Play 425 features fundamental playback controls that let you stop, play, cycle, and scrub through clips.
Start and end events and clips at the exact frame you want with pinpoint Mark In and Mark Out controls. Each marked segment enters the Clips List as an event, a collection of the actively recording camera angles, and becomes available for playback.
Highlight Reel Creation
Build and organize clip sequences in real time using the Play List. Configure audio settings and playback speed for each clip selected, add transitions, then select a background music track - and you have a highlight reel that's ready for in-show playback or export for later use.
Observe all incoming camera feeds and playout signals without an expensive, space-eating bank of monitors. You can even customize your screen layout to align with your preferred view of the action.
Session Format Support
3Play 425 supports live production in all industry-standard interlaced and progressive scan formats up to 1080p, with a variety of frame rates to choose from.
Zero Degradation Signal Processing
3Play 425 processes signals at their native resolution, meaning no in-between down conversion or up conversion that can affect image quality.
Real-time feedback in the form of color-coded visual indicators provides live cues while a production is in progress. Easily see the cameras currently recording, audio levels of incoming signals, clips currently displayed, and more.
Search for and filter clips by metadata descriptions to quickly and easily find the assets you're looking for. Simply enter keywords, and 3Play 425 will display only the events with matching text.
Organize all of your recorded content and stored media across multiple pages in both the Clips List and Play List, arranging assets by team, player, play type, time period, and more.
Enter custom descriptions for each clip to easily identify, organize, and manage 3Play 425 assets.
Create your own coding system for instant metadata entry using the intelligent tagging engine of 3Play 425. Assign keywords to teams, players, and more, then log clips with just a couple of clicks or button taps to stay organized and on top of the action.
View critical information about the signal currently assigned to the output channels, including the control mode, timecode, playback speed, and more.
3Play 425 features a familiar interface for easier navigation through stored media files, with intuitive organization and filtering for efficient, effortless asset retrieval.
Optimize stored media files for virtually any post-production purpose, with a versatile Export Media module that converts files into the most appropriate format or formats for their next destination, ready for use before they even leave 3Play 425.
Import Media module enables batch import of files with or without transcoding, and automatically categorizes and distributes incoming files to the appropriate locations for production use. All media formats are compatible.
Play List Export
Build a sequence of clips or a highlight reel in the Play List, then render as a single file available for playback from the Clips List and export for transfer or archive.
Keep tabs on production time with a primary clock matched to the current timecode, as well as a secondary clock matched to the custom-configured Start or End time, and hit every mark your show needs to hit.
Scrub through and sequence recorded files quickly and easily with embedded timecode. 3Play 425 can generate a local timecode from the internal system clock or support an external linear timecode (LTC) reference.
Fine-tuning at your fingertips. Freely configure input connection types and names, audio settings, color correction, clip settings and more to your specifications. 3Play 425's configuration options are extensive, easy-to-use, and customizable to your particular needs.
Proc Amp Controls
Make subpar sources look better - and all of them perfectly consistent. Adjust color characteristics and levels for input sources, including brightness, contrast, hue and saturation, as well as white balance settings, to perform a quick-fix for visuals and boost the look of your camera angles.
Freely choose the destination drive for each active recording and other assets associated with your 3Play 425 session.
Play List Transitions
Roll from clip to clip in the Play List using hard cuts, or include transitions between clips for added effect.
3Play 425's video input supports independent configuration of the audio channel and audio input type for the simultaneously recorded sound, enabling you to standardize the audio between recordings, or pair an audio source with a specific input for capture.
Mix-and-Match Audio Inputs
Use common digital or analog audio devices to capture natural sound, commentary, and more. 3Play 425 accepts any combination of supported audio connections for flexible setup and top-quality sound.
Background Music for Highlights
Import an MP3 or WAV file of your favorite music bed or song, apply it to your Play List, and add background audio tracks to your highlight reels.
File Format Support
Add media of virtually any file format to the Clips List or Play List for playback, and intermix with captured footage for content variety.
Load and playback both long and short-form video clips, pre-produced video packages and motion graphics, with support for an extensive range of file formats to work with essentially any media asset.
Synchronize 3Play 425 with cameras and other equipment in the video chain using the genlock connection on the rear panel. Each 3Play 425 system is capable of locking to HD or SD reference signals.
Mix-and-Match Video Inputs
Go with new video cameras and get the most out of your existing inventory. 3Play 425 supports digital and analog cameras in HD and SD, with resolutions, frame rates and connection types freely configurable for each live video input.
For added protection and safeguarding, 3Play 425 includes multiple "Always on Air" features that create a multi-tiered redundant fail-safe system that keeps your live production in tip-top shape, with minimal disruption even in the face of catastrophe.
Rackmount Form Factor
Industry-standard 2RU rackmount chassis mean you can install 3Play 425 into any production environment with ease. Slide 3Play 425 into the rack to replace racks of other equipment, or to work alongside your current workflow.
When marathon recording is a must, take advantage of a surplus of recording capacity with 3Play 425's removable drive bays. Extend the base recording capacity even further by swapping out the included drives for fresh storage as needed.
3Play 425 features multi-camera live video, multi-channel recording, instant replay with interpolated slow motion, in-game highlights and more, built into one compact frame.
Network Output to TriCaster
Supply 3Play 425 output feeds over the network to TriCaster. When connected to the same local network, TriCaster recognizes 3Play 425 and can accept the output signals as live sources through the network inputs.
3Play 425 features a "check for updates" function to ensure your system has the most current support.
- Up to 4 simultaneous live sources (any combination of supported inputs/formats/frame rates)
- HD/SD-SDI, HD/SD Component, Y/C, or Composite inputs
- Per-input configuration, scaler (including 3:2 pull-down) and frame synchronizer, enabling mixing of formats
2 fully independent playout channels, individually configurable for output via SDI or Analog (configurable for Component or Y/C + Composite)
Trayless SATA III removable drive bay with hot-swap support for extended storage and backup; simultaneous recording of 2 channels per drive
0% to 100% variable-speed playback
Resizable, full field rate preview monitors for all live sources and playout channels
Supported with 2nd display, including playback data
In the Box
NewTek 3Play 425 (Educational Edition)
1TB Removable Media Drive
430W Power Supply
1-Year Limited Warranty
Table of Contents
4x HD/SD-SDI on BNC
4x Component or Composite + Y/C on BNC
1x Genlock (and 1x loop-through) on BNC
2x HD/SD-SDI on BNC
2x Component or Composite + Y/C on BNC
1x HDMI (follows the actively-controlled playout channel)
1x DVI main user interface multiview port
1x HDMI auxiliary port for display
HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155
1x Gigabit Ethernet port for networking
4x USB for storage and keyboard/mouse
1x PS/2 port for keyboard/mouse
1x eSATA for storage
1x Tally 15-pin