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NewTek Incorporated
115 West Crane Street
Topeka, KS 66603
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NewTek, Inc. is a San Antonio, Texas-based hardware and software company that produces live and post-production video tools and visual imaging software for personal computers. The company was founded in 1985 in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., by Tim Jenison, a pioneer of desktop video.

The company's first products included DigiView and DigiPaint, both for the Commodore Amiga personal computer.

The DigiView, the first full color video digitizers, added slow scan digitizing capabilities to the Amiga platform, allowing images to be imported at low cost, before modern image scanning technology was widely available.

DigiPaint product offered at release the unique capability of editing and painting on images in the Amiga's unique hold-and-modify high colour mode in real time.

The company found widespread fame and started the desktop video revolution with the release of the Video Toaster, an innovative system for low cost video switching and post production. The company was featured in magazine articles in such mainstream publications as Rolling Stone Magazine and was featured on the NBC Nightly News.

In 2005, NewTek introduced TriCaster, a product that merged live video switching, broadcast graphics and web streaming into a portable, compact appliance. TriCaster was announced at DEMO@15 and then launched at NAB 2005. At NAB 2006, NewTek announced TriCaster PRO, which introduced professional video and audio connections and virtual sets (using proprietary NewTek LiveSet technology) to the TriCaster line. At NAB 2007, NewTek introduced TriCaster STUDIO, the first TriCaster to support six cameras. At NAB 2008, NewTek introduced TriCaster BROADCAST, the first model to deliver SDI video and audio support. In early 2009, NewTek introduced 3PLAY, a portable multi-channel HD/SD slow motion replay system.

At NAB 2009, NewTek introduced TriCaster TCXD300, the first high definition TriCaster. At NAB 2010, NewTek introduced TriCaster TCXD850, a 22-channel high definition model in a rack mount form factor. The TCXD850 won four industry awards: the Winners Circle Award, STAR, Vidy and Black Diamond awards from EventDV, TV Technology, Videography and DV magazines, respectively, at NAB 2010