NewTek VS-100 TalkShow Video Calling System

BH #NETSVS100 • MFR #FG-000866-R001
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NewTek VS-100 TalkShow Video Calling System
Key Features
  • Host Guests/Correspondents via Skype
  • Optimize Skype Calls for Broadcast
  • Scaling and Image Quality Controls
  • HD-SDI and XLR Input and Output
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Skype provides a great way for guests and correspondents to remote in to a live broadcasts, unfortunately relying on consumer hardware is fraught with glitches and interruptions. Packaged neatly within a 1RU rackmountable frame, the VS-100 TalkShow Video Calling System from NewTek is a bespoke computer running Skype TX software that is purpose-built for integrating Skype calls into live TV/Web broadcasts. It features dual Ethernet ports for TriCaster and 3Play users plus HD-SDI video in and out as well as balanced XLR audio in and out for hardware-based switchers. Quality settings and scaling are handled within the built-in software, helping eliminate many of the artifacts and aspect ratio issues encountered when simply scan-converting the output of a computer. It also features controls for tweaking the caller's audio, helping ensure both picture and sound are up to broadcast requirements.
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NewTek FG-000866-R001 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Benefits
  • 3Software Features
  • 4Hardware Features

Skype provides a great way for guests and correspondents to remote in to a live broadcasts, unfortunately relying on consumer hardware is fraught with glitches and interruptions. Packaged neatly within a 1RU rackmountable frame, the VS-100 TalkShow Video Calling System from NewTek is a bespoke computer running Skype TX software that is purpose-built for integrating Skype calls into live TV/Web broadcasts. It features dual Ethernet ports for TriCaster and 3Play users plus HD-SDI video in and out as well as balanced XLR audio in and out for hardware-based switchers. Quality settings and scaling are handled within the built-in software, helping eliminate many of the artifacts and aspect ratio issues encountered when simply scan-converting the output of a computer. It also features controls for tweaking the caller's audio, helping ensure both picture and sound are up to broadcast requirements.

Apart from quality, the VS-100 mitigates other pitfalls associated with relying on normal Skype software and consumer computers for critical live applications. In particular, interruptions from other calls, personal data getting mingled in by accident, or IT related problems such as the software freezing or crashing. And in case something goes wrong on the caller's end, there is an option to automatically cutaway to a user-defined still image until a good quality signal is restored or the director is able to cut to a new subject.

Key Benefits

Works with Any Skype User

Record on-air conversations with anyone, anywhere in the world who has a Skype account or can download the Skype client

Eliminate the Satellite Truck

Have correspondents "phone" in their reports over Skype to eliminate the need for a broadcast truck or rental of studio space with a satellite link

Works Like Any Video Source

Add behind-the scenes technical quality control to call audio and video, just like any in-studio production source

Get Higher Quality Results

Avoid the conversion loss, aspect-ratio squashing, and video artifacts of using desktop video with scan converters

Reliability of a Dedicated Professional Solution

  • Avoid the risk of consumer-technology glitches, call interruptions, or computer crashes on the receiving end
  • Reduce the risks associated with mixing personal communication applications with professional systems
  • Remove the unexpected interruptions of conventional software, OS, firewall, and IT policies that make it inconvenient to air video calls from traditional laptops and computer screens

Software Features

Studio-Grade Skype TX software

Skype TX is a special, broadcast edition of Skype that provides audio and video free from notifications, adds, or other pop-ups, is designed to avoid aspect ratio mis-matches, and supports multiple calls at once

Tally Notification of Video Calls

Allows operators to see when TalkShow Skype feeds are currently live in a program

Add TalkShow Units for Multiple Skype Calls

Add TalkShow units and manage all within a single interface that offers previews, continuous call quality monitoring, and contact management. Use SkypeTX Control software - rather than direct keyboard and mouse operation - to manage multipe systems in simultaneous call/multiple TalkShow unit environments

Built-In Video Quality Checks

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

Quality Optimizations

Uses a proprietary, real-time video processing engine that incorporates scaling, format conversion, aspect ratio conversion, and color correction routines. In addition, the software limits the return video resolution in order to prioritize quality for the incoming call video

Hardware Features

HD-SDI Input and Output

Output a live video call to any production switcher with SDI and receiver SDI video from a router or any production source to send a return image back to remote caller over IP

Dual Channel Ethernet Connectivity

Integrate with other NewTek systems. Output over Ethernet to the 3Play integrated sports production system or TriCaster multi-camera production system, while reserving the SDI hardware connection for other feeds

XLR Audio Input and Output

Bring in professional quality audio to send out over the return feed, and output incoming audio over a professional quality connector for integration via your studio's analog audio mixer

Image Adjustments

Built-in image adjustment includes full proc-amp controls and automatic color correction

Audio Controls

Audio controls include compressor/limiter, graphic equalizer, and adjustable head-room

GPI Tally Port

Incorporate a tally system via the HD15 GPI (general purpose input) connector

HDMI and DVI Outputs

The integrated GPU features one HDMI and one DVI output for local monitoring

Front Panel Display

Rack-viewable RGB preview of Skype video calls, VU metering, caller, time, status, tally (on air) notification, and more

Rackmountable 1RU Form Factor

The standard 1RU rackmount design makes the VS-100 hardware and easy fit for integration alongside your existing studio hardware

NewTek FG-000866-R001 Specs

Connectivity
Video Input1 x HD-SDI plus embedded audio (for return signal from mixer to remote caller)
Audio Inputs2 x Balanced XLR (+4 dBU reference level)
Video Outputs1 x HD-SDI plus embedded audio (for Skype call output to video mixer input)
1 x DVI on GPU (for local monitoring)
1 x HDMI on GPU (for local monitoring)
Audio Outputs2 x Balanced XLR (+4 dBU reference level)
1 x 1/4" Stereo headphone jack (for Skype program audio)
GPI / Tally1 x GPI on HD15 connector
Reference1 x Reference input (black burst / bi-level and tri-level support)
Network2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Virtual I/OsAirSend I/O:
1 x Network video input
1 x Network video output
1 x Network audio input
1 x Network audio output
Tally from mixer over local network
Software
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 Embedded
SoftwareSkype TX
TalkShow control software providing A/V connection configuration
Audio EQ, compressor/limiter
Video proc amps and AutoColor control
Genlock configuration
Call ManagementDirect mouse and keyboard USB interface required for Skype TX management software in single call / single TalkShow unit environment

Over-the-network from SkypeTX control software in simultaneous call / multiple TalkShow unit environments
Hardware
CPU4th Generation i7 Quad-Core
Graphics HardwareIntel HD4600 GPU
RAM8 GB
Storage1 x 120 GB SSD
eSATA for adding external drives
General
Power RequirementsInternal PSU: 110 to 220 VAC
Enclosure1RU rack-mount metal case with rear-mounted connection panel and front-mounted in-call display monitor
Dimensions19 x 1.8 x 16.8" / 48.3 x 4.4 x 42.5 cm
Weight10 lb / 4.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight25.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)26 x 24 x 9.5"
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Yes, just as long as the Ross Switcher has SDI inputs. The VS-100 outputs a live video call to any production switcher with an SDI input.
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Will this work with Wirecast?
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Can you share a desktop with this? We want to do something similar to share desktop using regular skype.
Asked by: Jacob Z.
This can be done in one of two ways. First is to use an external scan converter to take the output of a computer can send it into TalkShow as an SDI signal. The other method is to use NewTek's free iVGA Pro program available for Windows, which will share the desktop of a computer over the network which TalkShow can see as an input. It does have to be iVGA Pro for this to work (not the standard iVGA version).
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Date published: 2018-08-25

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Will talkshow support a Zoom call?
Asked by: Rich T.
This items is integrated with Studio-Grade Skype TX software. It will not work with Zoom I'm afraid, it is made specifically for Skype Broadcasting.
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Date published: 2018-08-25

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Will this work with a TriCaster 455?
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Works with all Tricasters
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Date published: 2018-08-25
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