Digital Rapids Releases High-Performance AVC/H.264 Option for Stream Encoding Solutions

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Last Updated: January 12, 2007 1:24 am GMT
(January 11, 2007 -- Markham, Ontario) Digital Rapids, a leading developer of scalable solutions for content ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection and delivery, is now shipping the Digital Rapids AVC Encoder™, an optional encoding module for Digital Rapids' StreamZ™, StreamZHD™ and DRC-Stream™ media encoding solutions and Stream Transcode Manager™ distributed transcoding system.

 
Supporting the encoding of AVC content for playback on consumer electronics devices, the Digital Rapids AVC Encoder is powered by Nero Digital™ technology -- co-developed by Nero and ATEME -- and expands the existing MPEG-4 and AVC/H.264 support in the Digital Rapids Stream™ product family with superior visual quality and significantly increased encoding speeds, including real-time encoding at maximum quality from live standard definition sources and faster than real-time transcoding from files. Supporting Baseline and Main AVC/H.264 profiles, Simple and Advanced Simple MPEG-4 Part 2 profiles, and AAC and High-Efficiency AAC audio, the Digital Rapids AVC Encoder further enhances the Stream family's strengths in creating content files for platforms ranging from PCs to mobile phones and personal video devices such as the Apple iPod®.    
 
"Nero provides open standards-based solutions to partners to bridge devices, platforms and proprietary systems to ensure interoperability and longevity for consumer electronics devices", said Tim Windsor, General Manager, Nero Digital, Nero AG. "We appreciate the third-party vendor support and Digital Rapids' commitment to deliver such solutions to professionals creating content for these devices." To guarantee interoperability with next generation consumer electronics devices, Nero is launching AVC device playback certification at CES 2007.
 
 "The new Digital Rapids AVC Encoder, combined with our upcoming studio-level AVC options for professional applications such as VOD and IPTV based on technology from ATEME, gives us a comprehensive suite of MPEG-4 and AVC/H.264 encoding capabilities for any level of application," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "The high quality and exceptional performance of the Digital Rapids AVC Encoder enhance our customers' productivity and deliverables when targeting the new generation of delivery devices."
 
Digital Rapids Stream encoding solutions combine powerful hardware for video and audio capture and pre-processing with the intuitive Stream software interface, delivering high-quality, professional multi-format media encoding and streaming. The advanced, hardware-based video processing features -- including motion adaptive de-interlacing, scaling, filtering, and 3D motion-adaptive noise reduction -- enable optimum quality and the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed result.
 
For more information on Digital Rapids products, please visit http://www.digital-rapids.com .
 
About Nero
Nero is a leading provider of digital multimedia solutions for the personal computer, consumer electronics, and mobile industries. Focused on developing technologies for digital media creation and playback, Nero provides strategic partners with applications, codecs, tools, software development kits, and programming interfaces for use with a variety of the latest platforms and devices. Over 240 million units of Nero's award-winning software solutions have been distributed globally and are widely used in the home, on the go and professionally.  

Nero distributes products globally through hardware manufacturers, international partners, retailers, and directly through http://www.nero.com . Nero AG is headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany and serves the world with regional offices in Karlsbad, Germany (EMEA); Glendale, California, USA (Americas); and Yokohama, Japan (APAC).
 
About ATEME
ATEME ( http:..www.ateme.com ) is a world-leading provider of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video compression solutions. The superior quality of its encoding technology makes it the best choice for demanding mobile to HD applications. ATEME's customers benefit from the highest quality video at the lowest bit rates.
 
About Digital Rapids Corporation
Digital Rapids is a leading developer of professional hardware and software solutions for video ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection, streaming, and delivery. Digital Rapids offers solutions that scale from individual applications to enterprise and global workflows, with the proven expertise to help our customers maximize their productivity and the value of their content in the evolving digital media market. Digital Rapids products integrate seamlessly into new and existing post production, broadcast, institutional and media distribution environments, dramatically increasing the volume and quality of media produced while lowering overall costs. Digital Rapids Corporation ( http://www.digital-rapids.com ) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with sales offices in the United States, the UK and Australia.
 
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