TalkShow VS 4000

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000

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

  • Overview
  • Tech Specs

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

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.

Features In-Depth

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.

Setup

Video Over IPIntegrate 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. TalkShow includes integrated support for Audio over IP via NDI. 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.

Professional Audio Tools
Incoming and outgoing audio signals 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.

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

Skype Channels Up to 4 simultaneous
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 Video and audio over IP via NewTek NDI®
Call Video Configuration Fully configurable color correction settings, including white balance, proc amp controls and auto color
Return Video Configuration Selectable video source for return to each Skype caller
Call Audio Configuration Fully configurable audio settings, including gain control, seven-band equalizer, compressor/limiter, and noise gate
Return Audio Configuration Selectable audio source and mix-minus channel control for return to each Skype® caller
Talk Back Supports direct, off-air communication between operator and caller(s) via headset
Video Monitoring 2 x HDMI monitor ports and configurable multiviewer workspace with selectable layouts and optional overlays
Audio Monitoring 1 x stereo 1/4” phone jack and on-screen audio VU metering
Call Management Skype TX controller software included
Supported Output 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
Call Recording Supported via integration with external hardware running NewTek IsoCorder applications
Tally Hardware tally via HD15 GPI connector or network tally via NewTek NDI
Watermark Optionally supports Skype logo watermark on output
Control Interface Direct mouse and keyboard USB interface required
GPI HD15 GPI connector
Reference Genlock input supporting SD (Bi-level) or HD (Tri-level) and +4dBU audio reference level
Call Processing Auto aspect ratio conversion, call quality monitoring and automatic failover to snapshot with audio when bandwidth falls below operator-defined preset
System Processing
  • Video: Floating Point, YCbCr +A 4:4:4:4
  • Audio: Floating Point, 96 kHzv
Standards
  • HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
  • SD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 259M
NIC 2 x 1 Gigabit NIC
System Fail-Safe Multi-tiered fail-safe system and comprehensive system restore
System Physical
  • 1RU chassis with 180W PSU
  • 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)

More live guests.
More compelling conversations.
  • 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.