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Napa Valley TV Goes 4K/HD With Help of NewTek TriCaster

Production switcher was key part of upgrade as station transitioned from SD.

NAPA VALLEY, Calif.—Napa Valley TV is a PEG station that allows anyone in the local community to produce content that can be run on both social media platforms and Napa Valley TV’s cable channels for an annual fee. Recently, the station made the transition from SD production capabilities to HD/4K, with a key piece of that upgrade coming in the form of NewTek’s TriCaster TC1 production switcher.

One of the key features of the TC1 that is beneficial for Napa Valley TV is its virtual set capabilities, which are built-in and offer set assortment and LiveMatte keying functions. The switcher’s ease of use was also a deciding factor.

“Here at the station, almost all of our members—including show producers, directors and camera operators—are non-professional, non-tech savvy people, so the overall production process needs to be as simplified as possible for them to bring their vision to life,” said Justin Bernard, the station’s programming manager. “Because it’s an integrated system rather than a long chain of devices, the TC1 completely simplifies the workflow, the signal path and the potential troubleshooting as nearly everything feeds directly into it.”

Read the full story of Napa Valley’s use of the NewTek system here.