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3Play 425

Monitors not included

Local broadcasters, colleges and production companies who want to make the transition from shooting sports, to full-tilt live sports production know that fans want to be more than spectators. Diving catches. Game-winning plays. Out-of-bounds calls. Without the right production tools, they’re easy to miss.

For years, the cost of those production tools have knocked smaller broadcasters, schools and conferences right out of professional sports coverage ballpark. 3Play 425 delivers the professional instant replay that will put you head-and-shoulders above the local competition, and propel you into the majors.

  • 6-channel live sports “sweet spot”
  • Network-quality production in native HD
  • Seamless mixing of live video with assets from your media library
  • Compact, 2RU design fits perfectly in control rooms and production vehicles of all sizes
  • Included control surface with premium T-bar, speed presets, and jog wheel

Big-game Capability

Your fans feel the thrill: Hitting the six-channel “sweet spot” for sports producers with four cameras in, two fully independent channels out, and a lightweight price point—3Play 425 gets you the professional, multi-camera replay coverage you’ve been aiming for, without going over the cap. Your Cinderella story is about to be written.

Small Team Player

Your small crew’s in the big league: What your crew lacks in numbers, it makes up for in efficiency, productivity and skill. With the 3Play 425 system’s ease of operation, any utility player on your team, from the rookie to the veteran, can step in and shine. The intuitive replay workflow is easy to learn, so your bases are always covered—no matter who the players are.

Booth and Van-friendly

You have a small amount of space for production: From mobile unit, to press booth, the sleek 3Play 425 network-quality replay system tackles the away games as easily as it powers the home games. Slide easily into any existing production space or produce from places you’ve never been able to before. Every angle is just an SDI connection away.

Multi-game Workflow

Boy, do you got game: Tournament-style action can be thrilling and taxing, but 3Play 425 is up to the challenge. 30 hours of recording capacity, plus removable storage to bring drive after drive off the bench when marathon recording is a must. Session management lets you keep games and clips organized. And, built-in applications allow for importing and exporting media to handle any in-game or post-game file requirements.

Show-stopping Slow Motion

You give fans more of what they want to see: Enjoy network-style presentation with smooth, interpolated slow motion. Break down highlights or analyze pivotal moments—frame by frame, and with incredible detail.

In-game Highlights

You don’t have to wait to show the shining moments: Build highlight or sponsor blocks at breakneck speed for instant replay on command―during timeouts, or going into a break. Package the best plays, critical mistakes, and monumental moments together, and then add transitions and background sound for a strong finish.

Standalone and Switcher-friendly

Your production isn’t an island, it’s an ecosystem: By itself, connected to your existing production setup, or teamed up with TriCaster over a local network, 3Play 425 plays well with others. Plug in 3Play to multiply the inputs of your switcher—and the excitement, or better yet, streamline your entire operation with the NewTek live sports combo and have a complete, integrated live production solution using a fraction of the space―with unmatched mobility.

Video Inputs

4 simultaneous inputs
Any combination of:
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Composite, or Y/C (BNC)

Video Outputs

2 fully independent, simultaneous playout channels
HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component, Composite, or Y/C (BNC)
HDMI output
Dedicated HDMI multi-view output
Network output for over-the-network input to TriCaster

Output Modes

A;B; A+B

Video Formats

NTSC model: 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p, 480/60i
Multi-Standard model: NTSC-J; PAL 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 720/50p, 720/25p, 576/25i
Supports 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios

Recording Channels


Recording Capacity

More than 30 hours of combined 1080i storage across internal drive and removable drive (15+ hours per drive)
MPEG-2 all I-frame


Locks to HD or SD analog signals
Supports either tri-level or bi-level sync sources


Supported with 2nd display, including HUD

Audio Inputs

4 SDI Embedded
3 x 2 Balanced 1/4" (Mic/Line)
1 x 2 Balanced XLR (Mic/Line)

Audio Outputs

2 SDI Embedded
1 x 2 Balanced XLR
1 x 2 Balanced 1/4"

Audio Processing

Audio is uncompressed and sampled at 96kHz, 32-bit

Time Code


A/V Standards

HD-SDI video conforms to SMPTE 292M
SD video conforms to SMPTE 259M and ITU-R BT.656
Analog audio levels conform to SMPTE RP-155


Dedicated controller with T-bar, jog wheel, speed presets, and clip transport


19 x 3.5 x 22.5 (in)
48.3 x 8.9 x 57.2(cm)


28 lbs (12.7 kg)

Specifications subject to change without notice.

The 3Play™ 425 interface is designed to put you, the operator, in control of every source and function within your replay system. Fans count on you to deliver the moment of truth. The reality of the game is in your hands. With features that you can configure to suit your needs, you have the ability to stay true to each and every play. Clips list. Playlist. And pop-up Dashboard. All at your fingertips.


1) REPLAY INTERFACE is the control center for your 3Play 425 production. Connect up to four HD or SD cameras, audio sources, and the included control surface to manage recording, playback, clip marking, playlist creation, and more.

2) LIVE DESKTOP MONITORS let you view the action from every angle, with interactive, full field rate displays. Integrated multi-view monitoring allows you to select from additional monitor layouts and send all on-screen monitors to a second display to enlarge your workspace.

3) OUTPUT MONITORS show the output being sent through the two simultaneous, independent playout channels. Camera angles can even be switched during live playback. Full field rate displays include the option to show or hide HUD (Heads-Up Display) information.

4) ONE-BUTTON RECORDING simultaneously captures video from your choice of up to four cameras. 3Play 425 also supports automatic recording (activated by performing select operations).

5) CLIPS LIST provides quick and easy access to all available clips (or events) for immediate playback. Clip notes can be entered for each camera view of an event, allowing you to find and replay the right highlight from the best angle – instantly.

6) PLAY LIST lets you create highlight reels or compile clips for sequenced playback. The play list includes independent speed controls for each clip (for real-time, slo-mo or high-speed playback) and provides options for background music tracks and transitions.

7) INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD lets you view active settings on the control surface or manage 3Play 425 operations using on-screen controls, including playback speed presets, output mode, mark in, mark out, and transport.

3play 425 system diagram