11 Facts About Video Toaster


NewTek Video Toaster is a combination of hardware and software for the editing and production of NTSC standard-definition video.

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The Video Toaster won the Emmy Award for Technical Achievement in 1993.

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Video Toaster produces what is essentially a portable pre-packaged version of the Video Toaster along with all the computer hardware needed, as the TriCaster.

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Video Toaster was designed by NewTek founder Tim Jenison in Topeka, Kansas.

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One feature of the Video Toaster is the inclusion of LightWave 3D, a 3D modeling, rendering, and animation program.

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Soon Video Toaster effects were seen everywhere, advertising the device as the brand of switcher those particular production companies were using.

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Third-party low-cost time-base correctors specifically designed to work with the Video Toaster quickly came to market, most of which were designed as standard ISA bus cards, taking advantage of the typically unused Bridgeboard slots.

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The Toaster was the first such video device designed around a general-purpose personal computer that is capable of delivering broadcast quality NTSC signals.

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An updated version called Video Toaster 4000 was later released, using the Amiga 4000's video slot.

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Video Toaster later used his public profile to serve as a technology evangelist for the product.

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The Screamer accelerated the rendering of animations developed using the Video Toaster's bundled Lightwave 3D software, and is supposedly 40 times as powerful as a Video Toaster 4000.

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