Features In Depth

Complete Sports Production

Engineered with a purpose and built with a commitment to ensuring you have everything you need for professional sports production, NewTek 3Play® systems provide the most comprehensive set of tools and capabilities—and the most value for your investment—of any video replay solution.

Features and capabilities as described are applicable to all 3Play models, unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change without notice.



Set timecode markers to quickly navigate to key moments during recorded events, independent of marked In and Out points. *Not available on 3Play 425


Locate relevant clips and events quickly and easily, filtering content using keywords and metadata.

List Organization

Organize content to preference with multiple Clips List and Play List pages, arranging assets by team, player, play type, time period, and more.

MAM Platform Integration*

Integrate with compatible Media Asset Management (MAM) platforms for shared use and management of stored media assets. *Not available on 3Play 425


Enter text notes and descriptions for assets to easily identify, organize, and manage content.


Save time and effort tagging replay events, entering detailed metadata with fewer keystrokes by using custom numeric codes for keywords and phrases. *Not available on 3Play 425


Audio Configuration

Designate the sound that accompanies each video input for capture, with independent configuration of audio channel and input type.

Mix-and-Match Audio Connections

Use any combination of supported digital, analog, and network audio devices to input and output high-quality audio.


Automatic Replay Recording

Activate recording automatically when you set your first Mark In or Mark Out point.

Multi-Channel Recording

Capture every angle of live action for instant replay, playback, or archive, recording multiple, native-resolution video channels simultaneously.

Redundant Capture Mode*

Protect critical footage and accelerate post-production workflows with a redundant capture mode that optionally creates duplicate recordings of up to four video channels using auxiliary storage. *Exclusive to 3Play 4800

Synchronized, Continuous Capture

Record footage from all active video channels continuously, simultaneously, and in perfect sync, until you manually deactivate recording.


Auto Color*

Optionally enable automatic color matching between video inputs to account for variable lighting conditions and camera settings. *Not available on 3Play 425

Proc Amp Controls

Individually adjust color characteristics and levels for each input source, including brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation.

Recording Options

Choose the destination drive for each active recording and other assets associated with your 3Play session.


Configure and store the framework and assets for your productions, including the video standard and resolution, input and output configuration, and more.

Session Templates*

Set up and store session settings with your user preferences in reusable templates—and jump right to your custom configuration for any production. *Not available on 3Play 425

White Balance

Ensure accurate color properties for your video with manual and automatic white balance controls.


Control Panels*

Take a hands-on approach to operation with companion hardware control panels that map to the user interface. *Compatible hardware control surfaces for 3Play Mini and 3Play 425 sold separately

Event Marking

Start and end events and clips at the exact frame you want with pinpoint Mark In and Mark Out controls.


Record, store, and automate favorite settings, frequent commands, and complex operation sequences, triggering with a single action. *Not available on 3Play 425

MIDI Support*

Optionally connect any of thousands of compatible MIDI devices to extend macro control and to integrate video operations with other MIDI-compatible live production elements like sound, lighting, and effects. *Not available on 3Play 425

Program-Preview Workflow*

Sequence and switch between output channels using your choice of transitions, and set up and see the composition of your next shot before you take it live to air. *Not available on 3Play 425

Transport Controls

Use a simple set of familiar controls to manage playback and list functions, including Play, Stop, Previous, and Next.

User Interface

Operate with point-and-click simplicity, with a dedicated software user interface and the included USB mouse and keyboard.

Web Interface*

Optionally enable control from the browser of any supported device on the same network with a system-specific Web-based interface. *Not available on 3Play 425



Industry-standard SDI input and output connectivity with support for 3G, HD, and SD video formats. *3G exclusive to 3Play 3P1.

AMP Support*

Enable compatible third-party systems supporting AMP (Advanced Media Protocol) to issue commands to 3Play for more fluid and sophisticated workflows. *Not available on 3Play 425


Synchronize the timing with other equipment in your production environment using an external reference signal. *Not available on 3Play Mini

Mix-and-Match Video Inputs

Connect video cameras or devices of any supported connection type, resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio, with per-input configuration.

Mix-and-Match Video Outputs

Configure video outputs for any combination of supported signals and connection types.

Rackmount Chassis*

Industry-standard rackmount chassis integrate into any professional production environment, setup, or workflow. *Not applicable to 3Play Mini

Router Support*

Select and switch between router sources directly from the user interface when connected to a compatible upstream video router. *Not available on 3Play 425

Scores and Statistics*

Display real-time scores and statistics in on-screen graphics using compatible network graphics solutions. *Not available on 3Play 425


Import, record, and store hours of video, images, graphics, and more for your production using supported storage methods.


Native IP Processing

True IP production, with software-driven processing maintaining native resolution of every signal from input to output and eliminating the need for conversion to and from baseband video.


Send and receive video, audio, and data over IP to and from compatible production systems, devices, and applications across a network with integrated Network Device Interface (NDI) technology. *NDI® implementation varies between models


Multi-Angle Clip Preview*

Preview every angle of recorded events simultaneously with full-time, full-motion clip monitors available for display within the user interface or multiviewer. *Not available on 3Play Mini or 3Play 425


Monitor the multiple input and output signals in your production simultaneously with viewports built into the user interface, and optionally extend monitoring to additional displays.

Production Clocks

View the system clock, generate and display local timecode, and set start and end times for your video program, including countdown, to time productions precisely.

Visual Indicators

Obtain real-time feedback from a variety of on-screen visual indicators to easily assess the status of production activities.


Configure the multiviewers to display the desired type, quantity, and arrangement of video signals with a variety of layout presets.


Animation Buffers*

Load multiple video loops, motion graphics, and animations into dedicated memory slots for instant recall and playback. *Not available on 3Play 425

Background Audio

Import audio files, songs, and sound effects to provide background music and audio for clips and highlights.


Load multiple images, graphics, and titles into dedicated memory slots for instant recall and overlay. *Not available on 3Play 425


Grab full-resolution still images from your video program for real-time export and post-production use. *Not available on 3Play 425

Media Playback

Store and playback short-form and long-form video clips, motion graphics, and packages of virtually any file format.

Play List Effects

Add transitions between Play List items and combine real-time, slow-mo, and fast-mo with per-clip playback speed settings.

Titles and Graphics

Store and display titles, graphics, photos, and images of virtually any file format.


Automatic Session Clean-Up

3Play® 3P2 now offers operators the opportunity to manage their storage space by auto exporting marked clips, and when finished, delete unprotected sessions. This saves operators critical time and mitigate risk in production with intelligent drive management that runs behind the scenes. *Only available on the 3Play 3P2

Backup and Restore*

Protect your system against unforeseen hardware and software issues, using a comprehensive system restore function to return your system to factory defaults or creating a bootable clone of the system drive on an external drive for backup. *Not available on 3Play 425

Multi-Tiered Failsafe

Ensure productions continue through unexpected circumstances with multiple, redundant failsafe mechanisms that monitor and resolve error conditions with minimal disruption.

Redundant Power*

Safeguard system availability with redundant, removable power supplies included with 4RU system hardware. *Exclusive to 3Play 4800


Launch your session in any of the supported interlaced or progressive scan resolutions and frame rates, including 3G, HD, and SD selections. *3G exclusive to 3Play 3P1.

Signal Processing

Maintain signal quality from end to end with video and images processed at their native resolution—no up conversion or down conversion required.


Clip Playback

Capture and mark live action to create events, then replay clips from multiple angles.

Dual Output Channels

Output live video, replays, recordings, stored media, and more using two fully independent, simultaneous output channels.

List Playback

Create highlight reels, clip sequences, or blocks of content, then hit play to roll from one video to the next automatically.

Live Output

Send any incoming video signal directly to one or both output channels to supply a live feed to downstream displays or production systems.

Multi-Speed Playback

Choose to replay captured clips or roll imported media in real time or at variable playback speeds.

NDI® Output

Supply both output channels to the network via NDI, allowing other NDI-enabled devices connected to the network to use the signals for input or delivery.

Playback Zoom & Tracking

Give fans the best view of every critical and controversial plays—in real time, slow motion, or frame-by-frame. Quickly zoom in and out of replays to enrich the playback during live fast action games. 3Play® 3P2 gives operators ultimate control to accurately scrub or step, frame by frame, through a replay for those mission critical calls and plays. *Only available on the 3Play 3P2

Simultaneous HD/SD Output

Output video in both standard and high definition simultaneously with configurable output resolutions.

Simultaneous SDI/IP Output

Output video to local and network destinations at the same time, with outputs configurable for simultaneous SDI and IP delivery.

Slow Motion Playback

Replay the action at half-speed, quarter-speed and more with smooth, interpolated slow motion.


Delay the broadcast of live productions or video feeds, initiating playback of active recordings seconds, minutes, or even hours after recording starts.


Auto Queue*

Optionally enable media designated for sharing to be uploaded and exported to publishing destinations automatically. *Not available on 3Play 425

File Export*

Live export media from your production for local or remote collaboration, delivering to FTP sites, or copying to local or external storage locations, including network servers. *Not available on 3Play 425

Social Media Export*

Login and publish media to popular social media accounts directly from your system, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. *Not available on 3Play 425


Set new in and out points for video clips you plan to share to change the duration or edit for content. *Not available on 3Play 425


First Replay Telestration*

Perform live telestration and remote playback from any compatible connected device, with support for annotation, custom graphics, and transport control. *Exclusive to 3Play 3P1


Compatible NewTek Products

Add to your existing workflow or create an entirely new one, building around 3Play with a range of seamlessly compatible, software-driven production solutions.

Developer Network

Outfit your live production ecosystem with partner solutions from a growing list of companies and developers that have integrated their products with NewTek live production systems through NewTek’s SDK program.

Professional Services

Leverage NewTek’s expertise in video production technology and workflows to support your installation, workflow design, systems engineering, and automation programming, as well as production development, project coordination, on-site training and assistance, and more.


Obtain premium coverage for all areas of your equipment needs, including expert assistance, product replacement, top-priority 24/7 access, and rapid response. Available only in the continental US with restrictions.

SDK Program

Access the tools needed to build applications and products that integrate with and augment 3Play to serve production needs.


Receive assistance from an experienced, highly trained team of specialists via free phone support, email, and live chat, or utilize online FAQs and knowledge bases for product education and troubleshooting.

Updates, Upgrades and Trade-Ups

Download and install free system updates, add new capabilities with optional add-ons and premium software, and receive credit towards a new model when trading in your existing hardware.

Video Training

Learn about basic and advanced operation with online training videos, including useful tips, tricks, and more that can make production easier and more efficient.


Animated Transitions*

Select from a variety of included animation store transitions or create custom transition effects, embedding branding, logos, and other visuals into full-color animated overlays with sound effects. *Not available on 3Play 425

Play List Transitions

Roll from clip to clip in the Play List using cuts, or optionally insert transitions between clips for added effect.

Program-Preview Transitions*

Transition between A and B outputs using custom effects or hundreds of industry-standard wipes, dissolves, trajectories, and more. *Not available on 3Play 425

Real-Time Layering*

Apply titles, graphics, and animations to live output and video playback, layer one playback angle over another for picture-in-picture replay, or capture the game clock and layer over playback for official review. *Not available on 3Play 425

Warping Effects*

Generate animated transitions with sophisticated video effects, like real-time cloth dynamics, 3D warping, and transformations. *Not available on 3Play 425


Channel Info

View critical information about the signal currently assigned to the output channels, including the control mode, timecode, playback speed and more.

File Format Interoperability

Work with a wide range of stored media file formats natively and interchangeably, including video, images, graphics, and audio, with optional transcoding to optimize real-time performance.

Media Browser

Use a familiar browser interface to explore and select media, transitions, and effects from accessible storage locations.

Media Export

Easily convert and export media files from your production, including batch export, with file format preset and destination configurable per asset.

Media Import

Easily import and optionally transcode media assets, including batch import, with files automatically categorized according to type and assigned to the appropriate locations for production use.

Play List Export

Build a sequence of clips or a highlight reel in the Play List, then render as a single file available for playback from the Clips List and export for transfer or archive.

Real-Time Production Engine

Simultaneously perform the combined functions of multiple individual components in a single, all-in-one integrated production platform with high-performance system architecture.

Shareable Playlists

3Play® 3P2 really is a team player, for the first time, it allows 3P2 and TriCaster® devices to access shareable playlists; operators can simply sync the entire playlists on the network which can be tagged with player names or numbers - offering unprecedented speed and flexibility across your workflow. *Only available on the 3Play-3P2


Time productions, cue video files, synchronize and log recorded media, and more, using multiple timecode fields and settings.

Video Codecs

Download and install free codecs for Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® OS X platforms to enhance media file compatibility between your system and third-party software applications.

Specifications subject to change without notice.