San Antonio Spurs Basketball Team `Shoots and Scores' in Its Weekly Kids' TV Program, Thanks to NewTek's Video Toaster System

Fast-Turnaround TV Show Features the Team's Mascot, The Coyote



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from NewTek

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB
 (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- The San Antonio Spurs
 basketball team produces a weekly TV program for kids, featuring the team's
 mascot, The Coyote, that combines animation and live footage -- and that
 relies on NewTek's Video Toaster system to meet its quality and schedule
 demands.
     "The Video Toaster gave us better overall technical quality than our
 previous editing system at a fraction of the cost," Lawrence Payne, VP of
 Broadcasting, San Antonio Spurs.  "Since we started using the Video Toaster,
 our production costs and turnaround times have gone down drastically."
     The Spurs' weekly TV show, called "Coyote Clubhouse," airs on Saturday
 mornings at 10:30 am on UPN-2, KBEJ-TV in the San Antonio area.  Formatted to
 appeal to young Spurs fans (6 to 14 years old), the show has player
 interviews, game highlights and features such as the Coyote Kitchen, Kid of
 the Week and Study Tips.
     The production staff uses the Video Toaster for the show's many pre-built
 animations, opens, and billboards, as well as to integrate new live footage
 that is included each week.  The show is committed to BetaSP format for both
 acquisition and delivery to the broadcaster, making the Video Toaster's
 uncompressed video and transparent quality imperative for the Spurs.
     "Our turnaround is extremely fast -- we generally shoot and edit an
 episode in two days - so there's no time to mess with an editing system that's
 anything short of lightning fast," said Payne.  "Besides its speed, the Video
 Toaster also gives us all the effects capabilities we need in a single desktop
 package.  No other product could provide the zero compression and transparent
 quality we require, especially for the price of the Video Toaster."
 
     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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    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB
 (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- The San Antonio Spurs
 basketball team produces a weekly TV program for kids, featuring the team's
 mascot, The Coyote, that combines animation and live footage -- and that
 relies on NewTek's Video Toaster system to meet its quality and schedule
 demands.
     "The Video Toaster gave us better overall technical quality than our
 previous editing system at a fraction of the cost," Lawrence Payne, VP of
 Broadcasting, San Antonio Spurs.  "Since we started using the Video Toaster,
 our production costs and turnaround times have gone down drastically."
     The Spurs' weekly TV show, called "Coyote Clubhouse," airs on Saturday
 mornings at 10:30 am on UPN-2, KBEJ-TV in the San Antonio area.  Formatted to
 appeal to young Spurs fans (6 to 14 years old), the show has player
 interviews, game highlights and features such as the Coyote Kitchen, Kid of
 the Week and Study Tips.
     The production staff uses the Video Toaster for the show's many pre-built
 animations, opens, and billboards, as well as to integrate new live footage
 that is included each week.  The show is committed to BetaSP format for both
 acquisition and delivery to the broadcaster, making the Video Toaster's
 uncompressed video and transparent quality imperative for the Spurs.
     "Our turnaround is extremely fast -- we generally shoot and edit an
 episode in two days - so there's no time to mess with an editing system that's
 anything short of lightning fast," said Payne.  "Besides its speed, the Video
 Toaster also gives us all the effects capabilities we need in a single desktop
 package.  No other product could provide the zero compression and transparent
 quality we require, especially for the price of the Video Toaster."
 
     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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