NEWS: VizRT Buys NewTek in One of the Biggest Disruptive Moves For Decades
Depending on your role in the industry, you’ll know one or other of these two companies. You probably won’t know both of them equally, because they come from kind-of diametrically opposite sectors. But there’s absolutely no doubt that they were converging conceptually, and now they have, completely, physically.
NewTek, from San Antonio in Texas, is famous for extracting real-time video performance from early microcomputers like the Commodore Amiga. The Video Toaster could do Quantel-like things with video but actually cost only a few thousand dollars. In many ways, it was the first glimpse at a paradigm that we’re so familiar with now: real-time video processing on commodity IT devices.
Today the company is riding another wave of innovation and recognition because of NDI, a complete network environment for real-time production. It’s the first video over IP system that is easy to use out of the box, and which already has hundreds of partners.