Video Toaster

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The NewTek Video Toaster is an Emmy Award winning[1] combination of hardware and software for the editing and production of standard-definition and high-definition video in NTSC, PAL, and resolution independent formats on personal computers running the Windows operating system. It comprises various tools for video switching, chroma keying, character generation, animation, and image manipulation.

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First generation systems

The Video Toaster was designed by NewTek founder Tim Jenison in Topeka, Kansas. Engineer Brad Carvey (brother of American actor/comedian Dana Carvey)[2] built the first wire wrap prototype, and Steve Kell wrote the software for the prototype. Many other people worked on the Toaster as it developed.The first Toaster training tape was produced and copyrighted by George Lee. It was called The Toaster Microwave. His tape and the Toaster made it as far as Japan. George now resides in Pasadena, CA working in the television industry.[citation needed]

The Toaster was released as a commercial product in December 1990[2] for the Commodore Amiga 2000 computer system, taking advantage of the video-friendly aspects of that system's hardware to deliver the product at an unusually low cost ($2399)[2]. The Amiga was unique among personal computers in that its system clock (7.16 MHz) was precisely double that of the NTSC color carrier frequency, 3.579 MHz, allowing for simple synchronization of the video signal.[citation needed] The hardware component was a full-sized card which went into the Amiga 2000's unique single video expansion slot rather than the standard bus slots, and therefore could not be used with the A500 and A1000 models. The card had several BNC connectors in the rear, which accepted four video input sources and provided two outputs (preview and program). This initial generation system was essentially a real-time four-channel video switcher.

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