Comprimato adds JPEG2000 to Vizrt’s Viz Engine arsenal

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Simple software upgrade adds Ultra HD-ready streaming format to leading realtime compositor and renderer

Last Updated: December 7, 2015 11:32 am GMT
(Brno, Czech Republic--December 7, 2015) Comprimato, a JPEG2000 software codec toolkit provider today announced it has signed an agreement with leading media production tools provider, Vizrt. Comprimato’s JPEG2000 software encoder will be made available to thousands of installed Viz Engines. The combined solution will provide the capability to create JPEG2000 streams, including in Ultra HD, without additional hardware or external devices.

JPEG2000 is a popular and practical codec, adopted by a number of major broadcasters, which uses wavelet compression for efficiency and image quality. The core design of JPEG2000 allows Ultra HD resolution videos to be compressed without tiling, ensuring a seamless and gentle approach to video processing.

“We designed the Viz Engine to be a flexible, customisable graphics and playout device at resolutions up to Ultra HD,” said Christian Huber, Executive VP IT & Logistics of Vizrt. “We already provide a number of popular codecs for those who need to stream direct from the device. Adding JPEG2000, in co-operation with Comprimato, is a real advantage for many of our users.”

Comprimato was founded from a university project to implement JPEG2000 encoding in software running on a standard GPU, in real time. Before the availability of the Comprimato JPEG2000 Codec, system integrators needing to create JPEG2000 outputs required an external appliance to convert video streams from SDI. The software implementation of the codec greatly speeds time to market and simplifies workflows.

Jiri Matela, CEO of Comprimato added, “We are delighted to be working with Vizrt. Adding our compact software module to the Viz Engine means users can configure it for JPEG2000 streaming with no additional hardware: just the NVidia graphics card in the PC. It is an easy upgrade for existing Viz Engine users, and of course it can be incorporated in new systems.”

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About Vizrt
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

About Comprimato
Comprimato is a JPEG2000 Ultra HD software codec toolkit provider offering media & entertainment and geospatial imagery technology company’s life-like viewing experience for better enjoyment and more accurate decision-making. The JPEG2000 standard compliant software codec leverages the power of AMD, Intel and NVidia GPUs and CPUs to speed up real-time Ultra HD video and image compression 4X in video processing devices. Because of its unique GPU acceleration, Comprimato also powers interactive video editing workflows based on the JPEG2000 mezzanine format. Comprimato’s codecs significantly increase transcoding from IMF and MXF master files to distribution formats like H.264 and H.265 (HEVC), saving infrastructure costs by 70%, reducing development cycles by 50% and enabling new revenue streams such as 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) video. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, Comprimato’s codecs are trusted by several leading global media and entertainments companies such as Telestream, Vizrt, and Technicolor. For more information about how Comprimato can help you speed up your video and image compression to transform your business, please visit www.comprimato.com

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