ProTek Support – At A Glance

NewTek and EAR understand the importance of your production and we are here to ensure nothing lets you down when it matters most. NewTek provides the very best in support, making sure your voice through video is always heard.

ProTek and EAR offer customers support over 4 tiers; Basic, Standard, High and Ultra. Choose a tier that provides the right support for you, at the right time. Each tier covers elements of Warranty, Support, Software Maintenance and Extended Services.

Visit shop.ear.net for the latest pricing and specials for all your NewTek support and products (visit now). Need help fast? Contact us via online form or call 800-473-6914.

House Of Worship In The Time of Covid

Restrictions related to social distancing have forced many faith based organizations to move quickly to on-line streaming. Some are reaching more new members and staying financially viable by leveraging the right technologies

Remaining relevant and accessible to your congregation is a constant process and key to holding people’s interests is quality content and delivery. While EAR can’t write your sermons, we can provide the best products and value for your audio, video and media technology. Here are the 5 most common upgrades spiritual venues undertake to bringing their facility up to contemporary standards or better engage younger families interests.

Sound for House of Worship HOW

SOUND
This topic effects everyone, young and old. It’s not about loud, it’s about clarity, energizing your music and holding people’s attention. If your sound system is over 5-10 years old, chances are a sound upgrade with get you on your way to re-energizing your congregation. Don’t forget that over 10% of people suffer from some form or hearing loss. A “hearing loop” system can literally bring people to your services for this reason alone (besides your timeless messaging!). We’ve been providing professional sound systems for 40+ years and treat it as our first love.

Cameras & Recording
It all starts with great content including broadcast quality cameras, switching and post production editing. EAR specializes in system packages and/or integration with installation and training. We can guide you through the upgrade process and repurpose some of your existing equipment or quickly get you up and running with new technology and customized workflows.

Streaming & Remote Campuses
For growing congregations, it can be challenging to handle multiple services in multiple locations. Next best thing to a challenging the barriers of time and space is linking your campuses via HD quality products via the internet. There are some very cost effective ways to connect your sites or stream to 1,000’s and in many cases use existing internet capabilities to reduce overhead. As for a system evaluation and we’ll provide a cost assessment for you as to charge.

Video Walls & Projection
Video walls and large screen projection are getting more affordable and capable every day. Many faith based facilities have existing video content that can be used to upgrade lobby areas with a video wall or repurpose meetings rooms into overflow areas with stunning visuals. In addition to installation, EAR can provide as free cost assessment, projected budget and financing.

Upgrading to laser projection can actually save you money if you’re operating older tube based projectors. Sparkling clarity and minimal maintenance and power consumption are standard features in today’s nicer projectors. We can provide a free demonstration in most cases.

Lighting
Many houses of worship are limping along with old heat generating or drab colored lighting. The newest generation of LED lighting can make your presentations come alive while reducing your power and air conditioning costs. Most systems pay for themselves in energy savings alone!

These are just some of the advantages of upgrading or building new facilities for faith based organizations. EAR has been providing professional audio, video, lighting and control systems for decades. Our clients are our best sales people, reflecting the lifetime of quality support and performance.

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Legislative AV Infrastructure with Social Distancing

To accommodate live broadcasts, remote collabortion and social distancing, EAR installed system wide upgrades to the existing broadcast center and hearing rooms. A single operator can remotely manage multiple HD cameras, microphones, AV presentations and remote video conferencing.

The Arizona capitol complex includes state senate and house hearing rooms, chambers, remote member participation and broadcast center. The complex spans several buildings connected via a high-speed fiber network .

All audio, video, lighting, AV high-speed-network , hearing loop, Zoom hybrid hearing rooms and voting systems are controlled by Crestron automation, designed, installed and managed by EAR.

With the challenges of Covid and social distancing, in 2021 the legislature session required support for member participation from off-site. EAR was contracted to upgrade and configure hearing rooms and chambers with hybrid capabilities using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

A key requirement was to allow members offsite and onsite to hear and see each other with minimal delay for optimal interactivity. The existing Crestron controlled systems and broadcast center equipment were modified to allow the remote members to collaborate while also appearing on the public broadcast of meetings.

The right technology can help greatly during challenging times. EAR can provide a free and quick analysis for most production and hearing room applications. We specialize in bringing broadcast quality collaboration to a changing world. Call 800-473-6914 or email us today!

Top 10+ Comparison NewTek TriCaster TC 2 Elite vs. BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Before you scratch your head with disbelief asking “Why would you compare two products that differ in price by 900%?”, this post hopes to shed some sanity on this question with the top 10 and more features comparisons.

In a world where technology can offer amazing functionality for very little cost, it’s difficult to know if you’ve found a shockingly good value or maybe over spending. The comparison between NewTek’s latest TriCaster Elite TC2 and BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K is one example of this “true value” phenomenon.

The chart below does not try to draw a clear winner between these two video switchers. As you read through the features (a very paired down list), keep in mind that today’s live video production in the midst of a pandemic may look very different (hopefully) months or years down the road.

True value is a subjective measure based on your personal workflow and project needs. EAR has over 40 years of broadcast and live production expertise and we’d be happy to help you sort through details and find the best choice for your company, personal or organization’s needs.

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TOP 10+ COMPARISON CHART

(subject to more great features without notice)

Item Feature NewTek
TC2 Elite
BlackMagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K
1 Familiar TriCaster user interface with customizable layouts Yes No
2 Video Conf Management (supported platforms below*) Yes No
3 Inputs NDI up to 32 UHD @60fps 32 n/a
4 Outputs NDI up to 48 UHD 48 n/a
5 Inputs SDI 8 3g 8 12g
6 Outputs SDI 8 3g 8 12g
7 Teleprompter output Yes No
8 Virtual Sets Included n/a
9 ISO Record Video Conference members Up to 9 n/a
10 Shared Storage capable Yes No
11 Number of Mix Effects busses (MEs) 8 1
12 Control Surface Optional Included
13 Simultaneous operation by two productions Yes No
14 Remote Control via tablet and 3rd party controllers Yes No
15 Import Photoshop graphics with layers and alpha Yes No
16 Iso Record camera or other inputs 32 n/a
17 Multiview HD and 4k Yes Yes
18 DVE transitions 256 17
19 Graphics Still images Unlimited 20
20 Audio Mixer Onboard With laptop
21 Playback prerecorded clips (DDR) 4 No
22 Macro automation system/versatile control interface Yes No
23 Dante & NDI digital audio Yes No
24 Direct streams as input source including SRT, RTSP and RTMP 32 Ch No
Price Quick Quote 2,995.00
* Conference more remote callers into productions with multiple channels using Microsoft Skype™, Microsoft Teams™, Zoom Meetings™, Slack, Discord™, and Tencent™

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Video Products & Integration

EAR is the Southwest’s largest provider of broadcast, live streaming and content management systems. We provide factory authorized products, integration and services for over 300 of the industries best manufacturers. We can help you find that perfect replacement add-on part, or a complete system of hardware and software for your specific workflow (check out our design-build guide for helpful advice).

When you are ready for an upgrade or developing a new start-up, choosing the right people to help design and build your system is not just about success or failure, but reliability, efficiency and return on your investment for many years to come. Over the life of a system the relative cost of the initial purchase can easily become secondary to operational costs. The potential recurring expense of training, downtime and inefficiency due to complexity in operation typically over shadow the initial system purchase price.

  • Project Management & Design
  • Integration
  • Sales & Installation
  • Support & Training

Building and designing integrated systems for content creation can be exciting and at the same time a highly profitable investment for media related companies. We’d welcome the opportunity to help you design and build your new system to a successful completion. We can get started today!

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