NewTek's Video Toaster System Enabled ESPN to Bring Its `Classic Sports Spectacular' to TV, and to Meet an Accelerated Deadline

Producers Were Able to Achieve Superb Quality Quickly and Very Inexpensively



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from NewTek

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB
 (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- NewTek, manufacturer of
 industry-leading 3D animation and video products, can add another major
 broadcast achievement to its growing list of credits:  the role of the Video
 Toaster system and other NewTek software in bringing ESPN's "Classic Sports
 Spectacular" series to the TV screen.
     "There isn't another system that could do what the Video Toaster
 accomplished on the 'Classic Sports Spectacular,'" said Lou Tyrrell, executive
 vice president of production for MHS Productions Inc., producer of the show,
 and owner of LDJ Productions, which was responsible for the creation, writing,
 shooting and editing of the program.
     A veteran video editor, Tyrrell faced the task of editing 17 years' worth
 of "CBS Sports Spectacular" tapes into 13 "Classic Sports Spectacular" shows.
 The quadruplex 2" tapes had sat on shelves in various warehouses, survived
 floods and fires, and finally in 1997 were transferred to a digital format.
     Tyrrell used a turnkey Video Toaster system to create and deliver digital
 masters of the show.  He was able to do nonlinear editing thanks to experience
 with the Video Toaster Flyer's story-board editor, which made the switch to
 timeline editing in Speed Razor an easy learning curve.  The openings and
 closings for the "Classic Sports Spectacular" series were done in Aura and
 LightWave 3D, allowing Tyrrell to provide animated graphics and special show
 logos and to remove now out-of-date network promo signs from the footage.
     "The Video Toaster gave me, for an extraordinarily low cost, the ability
 to produce unsurpassed network-quality video, while allowing me to keep many
 dollars that other producers would have had to spend in the process," Tyrrell
 said.  "The classic 30-year-old footage had some transfer problems using an
 obsolete Quad machine, but these problems were easily cured in Aura, which
 allowed the delivery of a pristine and compelling show even with such old
 material."
     As if the ancient footage didn't provide sufficient challenge, during the
 project the original January 20, 2001 air date was moved up to November 1,
 2000.  Using the optional Video Toaster Serial Digial Interface (SDI) card and
 making use of the Speed Razor editor in Video Toaster, Tyrrell was able to
 meet the early delivery date with minimal anxiety.
     "I have been in the television business for 54 years, having produced more
 than 4,000 shows in places ranging from Elyria, Ohio, to Leningrad in the
 Soviet Union -- and I have never enjoyed working on an easier, more
 problem-free, higher quality production than the 'Classic Sports Spectacular'
 series.  This is all because of Video Toaster did for me on," Tyrrell said.
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools.  NewTek
 launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the
 legendary Video Toaster.  The company's products are now used worldwide on
 projects ranging from home video, broadcast television and feature films.
 Recent film and television projects using NewTek software include Charlie's
 Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie,
 Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, the latest James Bond film: Bond 19 "The
 World Is not Enough, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Voyager, Star
 Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.  Recent game
 titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Torment, HALO and Kiss Psycho Circus.
 Phone: 210-370-8000, fax: 210-370-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.videotoaster.com.
 
     Video Toaster, Aura and LightWave 3D, are trademark of NewTek.  All other
 products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders.
 
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SOURCE NewTek
    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB
 (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- NewTek, manufacturer of
 industry-leading 3D animation and video products, can add another major
 broadcast achievement to its growing list of credits:  the role of the Video
 Toaster system and other NewTek software in bringing ESPN's "Classic Sports
 Spectacular" series to the TV screen.
     "There isn't another system that could do what the Video Toaster
 accomplished on the 'Classic Sports Spectacular,'" said Lou Tyrrell, executive
 vice president of production for MHS Productions Inc., producer of the show,
 and owner of LDJ Productions, which was responsible for the creation, writing,
 shooting and editing of the program.
     A veteran video editor, Tyrrell faced the task of editing 17 years' worth
 of "CBS Sports Spectacular" tapes into 13 "Classic Sports Spectacular" shows.
 The quadruplex 2" tapes had sat on shelves in various warehouses, survived
 floods and fires, and finally in 1997 were transferred to a digital format.
     Tyrrell used a turnkey Video Toaster system to create and deliver digital
 masters of the show.  He was able to do nonlinear editing thanks to experience
 with the Video Toaster Flyer's story-board editor, which made the switch to
 timeline editing in Speed Razor an easy learning curve.  The openings and
 closings for the "Classic Sports Spectacular" series were done in Aura and
 LightWave 3D, allowing Tyrrell to provide animated graphics and special show
 logos and to remove now out-of-date network promo signs from the footage.
     "The Video Toaster gave me, for an extraordinarily low cost, the ability
 to produce unsurpassed network-quality video, while allowing me to keep many
 dollars that other producers would have had to spend in the process," Tyrrell
 said.  "The classic 30-year-old footage had some transfer problems using an
 obsolete Quad machine, but these problems were easily cured in Aura, which
 allowed the delivery of a pristine and compelling show even with such old
 material."
     As if the ancient footage didn't provide sufficient challenge, during the
 project the original January 20, 2001 air date was moved up to November 1,
 2000.  Using the optional Video Toaster Serial Digial Interface (SDI) card and
 making use of the Speed Razor editor in Video Toaster, Tyrrell was able to
 meet the early delivery date with minimal anxiety.
     "I have been in the television business for 54 years, having produced more
 than 4,000 shows in places ranging from Elyria, Ohio, to Leningrad in the
 Soviet Union -- and I have never enjoyed working on an easier, more
 problem-free, higher quality production than the 'Classic Sports Spectacular'
 series.  This is all because of Video Toaster did for me on," Tyrrell said.
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools.  NewTek
 launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the
 legendary Video Toaster.  The company's products are now used worldwide on
 projects ranging from home video, broadcast television and feature films.
 Recent film and television projects using NewTek software include Charlie's
 Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie,
 Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, the latest James Bond film: Bond 19 "The
 World Is not Enough, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Voyager, Star
 Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.  Recent game
 titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Torment, HALO and Kiss Psycho Circus.
 Phone: 210-370-8000, fax: 210-370-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.videotoaster.com.
 
     Video Toaster, Aura and LightWave 3D, are trademark of NewTek.  All other
 products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders.
 
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