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Chuck Baker
08 August 2002, 04:57 PM
For Immediate Release

NewTek's Video Toaster(r) [2] Offers Seamless Integration with eyeon's Digital Fusion(r)
Pristine Uncompressed Output a Powerful Match for High-End Compositing Tool

San Antonio, TX - August 21, 2002 -- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, and eyeon software today announced that NewTek's Video Toaster(r) [2] now operates transparently with eyeon's Digital Fusion 3.1 and their latest release, Digital Fusion 4 (DF4). Video Toaster [2] is a dual-standard NTSC/PAL Studio-in-a-Box(, which provides uncompressed capture, editing, video paint, 3D animation, keying and live switching, on the Windows( 2000 platform. DF4 is a fully integrated, non-linear compositing and special effects post-production system for finishing, designing and effects creation used in feature films, HDTV, broadcast video, web-based and multimedia projects and more.

"Using NewTek's Video Toaster [2] as a framebuffer in eyeon's Digital Fusion gives us the flexibility we need in working with clients," said Oliver Hotz, Digital Artist/VFX Supervisor at ColoradoFX, in Santa Monica, CA. "Clients can watch the artist work on a regular video monitor, giving them the same environment as they are used to in our flame( suite. The artist's work is greatly speeded up by the instant feedback on how the shot will look on the air. Video Toaster's framebuffer is much faster than other Windows framebuffer products, giving feedback in real-time, with no lag, even with Digital Fusion's Paint Module. Video Toaster [2] and Digital Fusion are an absolutely killer price/performance combination."

DF4 expertly combines an incredible toolset with benchmark speed, bringing previously expensive high-end capabilities at an affordable price to the already cost-effective Video Toaster( [2]. LightWave 3D(r) and other CG animators can now enjoy uncompressed compositing of their work with component or SDI video using the Video Toaster's uncompressed file format. Digital Fusion takes full advantage of Video Toaster's real-time hardware framebuffer, allowing all work to be viewed on NTSC or PAL broadcast monitors.

"We have always been aware of the vast number of LightWave 3D users that realize Digital Fusion is the best way to professionally finish a shot," said eyeon Product Manager, Isaac Guenard. "Our tight integration with Video Toaster [2] streamlines DF with NewTek products making the production pipeline as efficient as possible."

"This is a perfect solution for anyone who does visual effects, animation, or motion graphics," said Andrew Cross, NewTek's Senior Vice President of Engineering. "LightWave 3D's beautiful rendering capabilities, Digital Fusion's complete high-end compositing tools, matched with Video Toaster's uncompressed editing and D1 output form the most complete and powerful, yet affordable content creation suite ever. Users will be well able to take on any project from web to feature film."

Digital Fusion has made several dramatic improvements, including:
( Unlimited floating display views
( Independent color LUT's for each view
( New RAM caching and cluster rendering for interactive real-time playback
( Split screen interface
( Floating point color processing
( Advanced 3D Particle Suite
( Powerful command line scripting

Video Toaster [2] is a complete editing and production suite including:
* Video Toaster PCI capture card
* Aura Video Paint( [2.5] painting, 2D animation and compositing
* LightWave 3D( Express for 3D modeling, animation and rendering
* ToasterEdit(tm) for rapid online creation of PAL or NTSC videos
* Live Switching of 8 component or up to 24 composite inputs with SX-8(tm) option
* Real-time keying of live or captured footage
* ToasterScope software-based waveform monitor/vectorscope

Pricing and Availability

Manufacturer's list pricing for Digital Fusion 4 is $4,995US full version and $495.00US for DF 4 upgrade from DF 3.1. Price for upgrades to DF 4 from DFX+ vary depending on module configuration. Digital Fusion 4 is expected to ship at IBC, September 2002. Please see for more information.

Video Toaster [2] is available now for a suggested retail price of $2995.00US, SX-8 option is available now for a suggested retail price or $1995US, through NewTek's channel of authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. To locate the authorized reseller nearest you, see NewTek's web site at

About eyeon Software
- eyeon Software is dedicated to providing the best possible solutions for creative desktop visual effects of leading production formats. Drawing upon their expertise in film special effects and commercial broadcast production, the creators at eyeon continue to develop qualitative tools to suit realistic working environments, with outstanding product support at no additional charge.

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including Video Toaster(r), LightWave 3D(r) and Aura Video Paint(tm). NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video Toaster. The company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to feature film. Recent film and television projects using NewTek software include We Were Soldiers, Panic Room, Hart's War, Driven, A.I., Oscar(r)-nominated Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down, The Time Machine, Black Knight, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The 6th Day, Jurassic Park III, Behind Enemy Lines, X-Men The Movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Director's Edition DVD, Pitch Black, Dracula 2000, Star Trek: Enterprise, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, The Family Guy, Ally McBeal, Dune: The Miniseries, Dawson's Creek and Family Law. Recent game titles include Deus Ex, Serious Sam I and II, Twisted Metal: Black, Civilization III, Unreal, Quake 3 Arena, Moto Racer World Tour, Giants for PS2, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest, Planescape: Torment, Dead To Rights, and Escape From Monkey Island. Website:

* eyeon Digital Fusion, Digital Fusion and Digital Fusion DFX+ are registered trademarks of eyeon Software Inc.
* Video Toaster, LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek.
* ToasterEdit, Aura Video Paint, LightWave Express, ToasterCG, ToasterVision ToasterScope and ToasterDDR and SX-8 are trademarks of NewTek, Inc.
* All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
* Features, pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Contact Information

eyeon Software
Adam Zolis
Director of Public Relations
eyeon Software Inc.
416-686-8411 x330

Joanne Dicaire
Marketing Manager
eyeon Software Inc.
416-686-8411 x130

NewTek, Inc.
For Press Contact or Review Units Only:
Chuck Baker

Call 1-210-370-8000
or email

08 August 2002, 02:25 AM
Hey Chuck!

I finally got to see a demo of the new Toaster.
Holy Crap! What an awesome piece of Hardware/Software!!!
I thought the Toaster/Flyer setup would be a hard act to follow. Man, you guys make it look easy.

I'm saving my change.:thumbsup:

08 August 2002, 02:48 AM
Even if you have no interest, I strongly recommend trying the Video Toaster - if you can get a demo or at a trade show. It is truly the ultimate geek toy.



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