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NewTek Talkshow VS-4000


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Host Guests/Correspondents via Skype
Optimize Skype Calls for Broadcast
Scaling and Image Quality Controls
HD-SDI and XLR Input and Output
Dual Ethernet Ports for TriCaster/3Play
HDMI and DVI for Local Preview Monitor
Skype TX Software Installed
GPI Port for Tally Input
1RU Rackmountable Form Factor



R151,800.00 Inc. VAT

Available on back-order

Professional broadcasters and media organizations can now incorporate real-time group conversations, panel discussions, and live interview after live interview with remote guests. NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class video calling production system designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously, for both SDI and IP live production workflows. Connect instantly with multiple contacts from among the 300 million monthly connected Skype users around the world, interact with any combination or sequence of remote guests, experts, and reporters in any location, at any time—in real time—and incorporate more compelling conversations and in-depth discussion into your production.


Instantly connect with multiple contacts around the world.

Go live to the field or to anyone in the world you can reach online, immediately—with the facility-class video calling solution for delivering live, production-ready Skype video calls for both SDI and IP live production workflows.


Broadcast-Style Video from Regular Skype Calls

With automatic aspect ratio conversions and balanced audio, and without requiring a scan converter.

Optimized On-Air Video

NewTek’s proprietary, real-time video processing engine incorporates superb scaling, format conversion, aspect, and color correction routines; limit return video resolution in order to prioritize the quality of incoming call video.

Built-In Video Quality Checks

Failover to a custom, still image when unforeseen bandwidth constraints occur below operator-defined preset value.


Output a live video call to any SDI production switcher or router, and accept any SDI input source to send a return signal back to the remote caller over Skype.

Multiple, Simultaneous Skype Calls

Group call or queue any combination of 4 contacts on TalkShow VS 4000 managing all calls within a single interface.

Access to Anyone with a Skype Account

…and to anyone else who downloads and installs the Skype app on their device, and signs up for an account.


Video Over IP

Integrate TalkShow into IP video workflows via NDI®, NewTek’s innovative Network Device Interface technology, which allows TalkShow to send Skype video calls across a standard network to TriCaster® and other NDI-enabled systems and devices, and receive NDI video sources over IP for return to caller. TriCaster will also send a tally notification downstream to TalkShow to indicate when a Skype call is on air.

Small and Simple

Why take up precious space? Each TalkShow system occupies only 1RU of your rack—integrating easily into any facility, control room, or production environment, whether in single or multi-unit installations.

Better Return Sound

With TalkShow’s exclusive support for multi-channel audio on input for signals coming into the system over the network or SDI, operators can have multiple, selectable audio feeds—such as mix-minus—available for use as the return audio back to the caller.

Audio Over IP

You heard right. TalkShow includes integrated support for Audio over IP via NDI. In addition to sending and receiving audio over the network, and versatile audio source selection, TalkShow supports extensive management of network audio signals, including gain, equalization, compression, metering, and more.

Signal Monitoring

Calibrate your video and ensure your signals are broadcast-compliant with built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope displays accessible right from the TalkShow VS 4000 user interface.

System Restore

TalkShow has a comprehensive restore function that allows the operator to undo system changes by returning to the factory default settings at any time.


Talk Back

Communicate off-air with Skype callers directly, with a headset and the click of a button—or an external GPI trigger. With TalkShow’s Talk Back function, operators, producers, or directors can speak with callers as easily as they do with in-studio talent and crew, enabling them to prepare callers, provide instructions, and relay additional information before they go to air.

Color Correction

Outside the controlled studio environment, when lighting conditions or color characteristics are less than ideal, easily compensate with TalkShow. It’s the only solution to include NewTek’s fully configurable proc amp settings and auto color correction, so picture characteristics can be optimized dynamically in real-time—without requiring monitoring. Remote callers’ video can be all over the place, but you can make sure your viewers see a professional presentation.

Preview Monitoring

The promise of full-motion Skype calls should pay off with full-motion previews, so operators know exactly how the call is proceeding. Where other solutions may make you rely on video previews with a frame rate of approximately 5 frames per second, TalkShow supports full-motion, high-quality video previews for real-time monitoring of input and output signals.

Tally Support

Always know who’s talking. TalkShow is the only Skype TX solution to support a tally overlay visual for return to callers, indicating when they are on air. The tally overlay is customizable, allowing for a show logo or graphic of choice—not only to let callers know when their conversation is live, but to provide additional branding opportunities for your program as well.

Professional Audio Tools

Incoming and outgoing audio signals are fully configurable, with gain control, compressor/limiter, and 7-band equalizer on inputs and outputs to enhance sound quality, adjust levels for consistency, and prevent clipping or overdriving. TalkShow also includes VU meter displays that are configurable in all common professional audio scales, including dBFS, dBU, and dBVU, for accurate, real-time audio monitoring.

Configurable Monitoring

TalkShow VS 4000 supports dual-display monitoring and control, optional picture-in-picture views of incoming and outgoing video signals, and allows you select from different multi-view layouts and independently apply your choice of video overlays—including safe areas, center cross, and audio VU meters—to each call monitor to configure the workspace to your preference.

Minimal Latency

TalkShow is optimized to provide the lowest latency when integrated into and genlocked within broadcast environments.

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TalkShow VS 4000
Skype Channels
Up to 4 simultaneous
Hardware Video Input
4 x HD-SDI with embedded audio
Hardware Video Output
5 x HD-SDI with embedded audio
Hardware Audio Input
  • 4 x embedded SDI audio
  • 2 x balanced XLR (line)
Hardware Audio Output
  • 5 x embedded SDI audio
  • 2 x balanced XLR (line)
IP Networking
Video and audio over IP via NewTek NDI®
Call Video Configuration
Fully configurable color correction settings, including white balance, proc amp controls and auto color
Return Video Configuration
Selectable video source for return to each Skype caller
Call Audio Configuration
Fully configurable audio settings, including gain control, seven-band equalizer, compressor/limiter, and noise gate
Return Audio Configuration
Selectable audio source and mix-minus channel control for return to each Skype® caller
Talk Back
Supports direct, off-air communication between operator and caller(s) via headset
Video Monitoring
2 x HDMI monitor ports and configurable multiviewer workspace with selectable layouts and optional overlays
Audio Monitoring
1 x stereo 1/4” phone jack and on-screen audio VU metering
Call Management
Skype TX controller software included
Supported Input Formats
  • 1080i – 50, 59.94
  • 1080p – 23.98, 25, 29.97
  • 720p – 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 576i – 50
  • 480i – 59.94
Supported Output Formats
  • 1080i – 50, 59.94
  • 1080p – 25, 29.97
  • 720p – 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 576i – 50
  • 480i – 59.94
Call Recording
Supported via integration with external hardware running NewTek IsoCorder applications
Hardware tally via HD15 GPI connector or network tally via NewTek NDI
Optionally supports Skype logo watermark on output
Control Interface
Direct mouse and keyboard USB interface required
HD15 GPI connector
Genlock input supporting SD (Bi-level) or HD (Tri-level) and +4dBU audio reference level
Signal Monitoring
Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope, full field rate with digital calibration, color preview and support for ITU-R Rec. 601
Call Processing
Auto aspect ratio conversion, call quality monitoring and automatic failover to snapshot with audio when bandwidth falls below operator-defined preset
System Processing
  • Video: Floating Point, YCbCr +A 4:4:4:4
  • Audio: Floating Point, 96 kHz
  • HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
  • SD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 259M
2 x 1 Gigabit NIC
System Fail-Safe
Multi-tiered fail-safe system and comprehensive system restore
System Physical
  • 1RU chassis with 180W PSU
  • 19.0 x 1.75 x 16.75 in (48.3 x 4.5 x 42.5 cm) with rack ears attached
  • 15 lbs (6.8 kg)
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