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Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1986
Amiga
A1000
Interface
parallel port
    framegrabber
  • digitizes colour images in three pass using a colour filter wheel
  • the wheel has to be mounted on a monochrome camera and rotated for each successive scan - an optional motor drive (Digi-Droid) allows automatic rotation of the wheel
  • the composite video signal is fed to the RCA jack on the DigiView unit
  • 12 bit accuracy in colour, 4 bit in monochrome
  • connects to the A1000 parallel port, requires gender changer for later Amigas
  • supports all Amiga resolutions for digitizing and display, from 320 × 200 to 768 × 480
  • uses the Amiga RAM as framebuffer - requires at least 1 MB memory for functioning
NewTek DigiView -  front side
front side

Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1989
Amiga
any Amiga
Interface
parallel port
    framegrabber
  • digitizes colour images in three pass using a colour filter wheel
  • 21 bit accuracy in colour, 7 bit in monochrome
  • composite input (RCA)
  • separate PAL and NTSC versions
  • connects to the parallel port
  • supports all Amiga resolutions for digitizing and display, from 320 × 200 to 768 × 480 (NTSC overscan)
  • uses the Amiga RAM as framebuffer - requires at least 1 MB memory for functioning
    software
  • DigiView 3.0
    • displays 2-32, 64, 4096 colours in lores modes
    • displays 2-16 colours in highres
  • DigiView 4.0
    • displays 2 - 4096 colours in all screen modes
    • Dynamic HiRes allows 768 × 480 images in 4096 colours - achieved using separate 16 colour palettes for each line
    • supports 020+ processors
NewTek DigiView Gold -  front side
front side
NewTek DigiView Gold -  bottom side
bottom side

Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1993
Amiga
A2000, A3000, A4000
Interface
Zorro II
    Video Toaster controller
  • a SCSI based remote controller that allows Video Toaster to be used as a peripheral for an Apple Macintosh
  • as several TV stations and video production companies have experience only with Macs, NewTek had a demand for a Toaster to Mac interface system
  • the system consists of the Amiga interface card, the controller software on the Macintosh, and a simple SCSI cable
  • the controller software allows the use of Mac OS based image- and video processing applications instead of ToasterPaint, provides a Mac like user interface for the Video Toaster Switcher, and provides file transfers to and from the Amiga
  • the interface card is manufactured by Expansion Systems, it's basically a modified version of their DataFlyer Plus SCSI card
    • AMD 5380 SCSI controller
    • DB25 external SCSI connector
    • modified "autoboot ROM" and PALs
    • SCSI ID selector jumpers in place of DataFlyer's IDE header
NewTek Toaster Link -  front side
front side

Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1990
Amiga
A2000, A3000, A4000
Interface
video slot
Autoconfig ID
2191 / 0
  • combination of a video switcher, a genlock, a framebuffer and special effects device
  • 4× composite inputs (BNC)
  • 2× composite outputs (BNC) - Preview and Program
  • Input 1 is used to time all the signals to - although the Toaster has its own sync generator, it is recommended to connect a stable external video source here
  • requires time base corrected video sources
  • stricly a composite device - it works exclusively with composite video signals internally
  • NTSC only
  • the Video Toaster won the Emmy Award, the broadcast industry's most prestigious award
    still-store
  • 2 MB dual frame buffer can hold two 768×400 images in 24 bit
  • stores images freezed from incoming video
  • digital video effects from one stored image to another
    genlock
  • encodes Amiga RGB to composite video
  • overlays and dissolves graphics or video on any input source
  • Luminance Keyer - allows the superimposing of an actor in front of a background or fly text over video
    software
  • Switcher:
    • controls the inputs, framebuffer, framegrabber and serves as a launcher for the other Toaster applications
    • four banks of digital video effects with over 300 combinations and transitions: flips, tumbles, pulls, spins, smooth fades, standard wipes, transparent cast shadows, synchronized sound effects, positionable windows and one hundred color process effects
    • requires at least 3 MB Fast RAM and 1 MB Chip RAM
  • ToasterCG:
    • 35 ns character generator
    • capable of generating up to 100 pages of text using any of the 100 postscript fonts included
    • creates titles with scrolls, crawls, graphics, gradient blends, variable transparency and font scaling from 10-400 lines high
  • ToasterPaint:
    • 24 bit painting
    • the interface uses a standard Amiga screen in HAM mode, 768×400 is achieved as a virtual canvas
    • image information is maintained inetranally as 24 bit data and can be displayed anytime in 24 bit with the still-store
  • LightWave 3D
NewTek Video Toaster -  front side
front side

Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1993
Amiga
A4000
Interface
video slot
  • successor of the Video Toaster
  • when installed in the A4000:
    • works much faster than the original Video Toaster and gives A4000 specific features
    • full AGA support and new effects particular to the AGA mode
    • nine banks of digital video effects
    • plugs into the video slot but takes up the space of the Zorro slot above it
  • when installed in the A2000 or A3000:
    • works slower than the original Video Toaster
    • six banks of digital video effects
  • triple frame buffers
  • the input and output BNC connectors are placed on a removable board - separate versions for A2000 / A3000 / A4000 cases
    new features of v3.0 software
  • Character Generator
    • Compugraphic and Type 1 font support
    • automatic kerning
    • over 300 fonts included
  • LightWave: animations can be recorded in realtime from the switcher
    new features of v4.1 software
  • Switcher
    • 600 effects
    • customizable interface
    • drag and drop effects, CG pages, control elements, Flyer video clips
  • Project Editor
    • allows building a new switcher, creating slide shows with still stores and effects
    • intuitive drag and drop storyboard
  • Character Generator
    • realtime scaling PostScript brushes, gradient fonts
    • realtime display of brushes
    • spell checker
    • expanded ARexx port
  • Toaster Paint
    • full screen painting
    • support for Flyer clips for rotoscoping, filters and special effects
    • global flood fill mode
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 -  front side
front side
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 -  back side
back side
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 -  back side
back side
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 - Line board front side
Line board, front side
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 - Main board front side
Main board, front side
NewTek Video Toaster 4000 - RAM board front side
RAM board, front side

Company
NewTek, USA
Date
1994
Amiga
A2000, A3000, A4000
Interface
Zorro II
    NTSC only non-linear editing system
  • broadcast quality, tapeless nonlinear editing system for the Video Toaster and Video Toaster 4000
  • requirements:
    • Video Toaster with v4.1 software
    • a SCSI 2 drive for Lightwave recording
    • three SCSI 2 drives for A/B roll editing - two for video, one for audio
    • input from video tapes must be time base corrected
  • compresses and plays back video in realtime
  • true broadcast quality - 60 fields per second, full overscan 752×480
  • internally works with D2 data - no D2 / composite transcoding
  • proprietary coporession method: Video Toaster Adaptive Statistical Coding (VTASC):
    • relies on limiting the video signal (i.e. dropping to Beta SP quality) instead of lowering picture quality as do JPEG, MPEG, WaveLet
    • no visible pixelization, artifacts show as video "noise" instead of jpeg "blockiness"
    • by using faster drives, lossless D2 quality can be achieved
  • three SCSI buses (two for video, one for audio), each bus can handle 7 SCSI drives (21 total)
  • two serial ports to control serial-capable VTRs
  • the SCSI and serial ports can be routed outside of the computer with the so called Octopus cable
  • video:
    • video input to the Flyer is provided via the connecting internal ribbon cable from the Toaster, as is video output
    • 14.3 MHz sampling rate
    • 8 bit quantizing
    • 8 MB buffer
  • audio recorder / mixer:
    • ADSP2115
    • digital inputs
      • video disk A and B, left and right
      • audio disk A and B, left and right
    • analog, unbalanced left and right RCA inputs and outputs on the card's backplane
    • 64 kB memory
    • 20 MHz clock rate
    • 16 bit sampling at 44.1 kHz
    • 64x oversampling ratio A/D converter
NewTek Video Toaster Flyer -  front side
front side
NewTek Video Toaster Flyer -  front side
front side
NewTek Video Toaster Flyer -  back side
back side