November 2013 Meeting Notice

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Detroit Section Meeting Notice

November 2013

DATE: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TIME:  Various 10a – 9p, SMPTE content @ 6PM Demonstration (RSVP requested: see below)

LOCATION: Advanced Lighting & Sound, 1026 Maplelawn, Troy, MI 48084

SUBJECT: NewTek Tricaster

SPEAKER: Shawn Watts, Advanced Lighting and Sound

Our November program will feature a demonstration of the NewTek TriCaster ™, its capabilities and the “under the hood” technology that makes it possible.

In the late 1980s, NewTek pioneered the “television studio-in-a-box” with its Video Toaster (r). 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, character generator, and 3D animation. And the “falling sheep” wipe.

Today, TriCaster is NewTek’s all-in-one, integrated live production system that offers the power of a live network studio. It is capable of accepting and using almost any input video format, with a full Mix/Effects switcher, DDR, audio mixing, setup memories and encoders for live internet streaming. It also continues to offer the award-winning LightWave 3D (r) graphics and animation software.

It is not known if legendary Video Toaster Spokesmodel Kiki Stockhammer will be involved in this presentation.

Shawn Watts has been with Advanced Lighting & Sound for over 3 years after 11 years with Roscor Corporation His primary focus has been on Audio/Video Production and Presentation for local  Government, Public Access, Education and Corporate markets. Shawn has been instrumental in the design and implementation of many local Public Access systems, educational studios and local broadcasting trucks over the last 14 years. Some recent projects include the Green Media Center studio and remote system for the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Commission, Lamphere HS television studio, ONTV Studio renovation and upgrade, City of Auburn Hills, Washington Twp/Michigan Community Media Studio and many Tricaster switcher installations.

Directions for meeting site:

Advanced Lighting and Sound is located 3 lights south of Crooks & Big Beaver, or, 1 light north of Crooks & Maple.

Turn East from Crooks onto Maplelawn.

ALS is 2/3 of the way down the street on the left side, across from the Smart bus depot.

Managers Dinner – 5:00pm (early)

Shield’s, 1476 W. Maple Rd. (Just West of Crooks), Troy, MI 48084

All are welcome to join in a pre-meeting meal.

Non-members and guests are welcome. There is no admission charge.

This is an OPEN INVITATION to all! (But please RSVP to or 248-817-2092 x201)

Producers, Directors, Videographers, Editors, Graphics Professionals, Students, Faculty, Techs (did I miss anyone) ! Oh yes, Web and IPTV network Event Planners! Come see how the new TRICASTER puts an entire production studio at your fingertips! Come network and mingle with your colleagues, knowledgeable techs and potential work prospects!!

For your convenience, ALS has coupled the SMPTE content with three demonstrations throughout the day. So, if you can steal away from work there will be a TRICASTER demonstration at 10a particular to LIVE Sports (Tricaster 460, 3Play 4800, Live Text, etc) 10a -12n, another after lunch at 2pm for STUDIO Production (Tricaster 460, Virtual Sets, PTZ Cams, etc) from 2-4pm, and then at 6pm the Next Generation Productions (Tricaster 8000, Live Production, Web Streaming, etc) 6– 80p.

A Q & A period will follow after each presentation.

Again, please RSVP to or call her 248-817-2092 x201 so that she has an accurate head count (for refreshments and accommodation).

Newtek Open House Flyer (PDF)

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