April 24, 2006
Digital Rapids Extends Flexibility and Enhances Advanced Capabilities with Stream 2.2 Software Upgrade
NAB2006, Las Vegas, Nevada: Digital Rapids, a leader in video ingest, encoding, transcoding, and media delivery systems, is unveiling version 2.2 of the Stream software at NAB2006. The Stream software provides a simple, streamlined interface for video and audio ingest, encoding, transcoding and distribution. Enhancements in Stream 2.2 include new video processing plug-ins, extended MPEG support, additional Closed Caption support and more.
“This release enables new features for transcoding that were previously available only during live ingest, and adds a variety of other enhancements to support the dynamically evolving needs of the industry,” said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. “We’re confident that these new capabilities will boost our customers’ productivity and further streamline their workflows.”
Stream 2.2 adds support for software-based video processing plug-ins that can be used to modify the incoming video during live ingest or during transcoding. In addition to basic processing such as color space conversion, Stream 2.2 includes plug-ins for graphic or video overlay, enabling still images or motion video to be superimposed over the input source. All plug-ins can be keyframed, providing maximum flexibility, and the plug-in architecture is designed to accept future Digital Rapids or third-party plug-ins.
MPEG-related enhancements include a new post-encode muxing tool, enabling multi-channel audio file creation and more; enhanced support for CableLabs-compliant files; additional closed captioning options; and additions to the Stream software’s MPEG2 unicast and multicast streaming capabilities to support both RTP and UDP streaming.
Other new features in Stream 2.2 include:
- Support for additional Windows Media DRM license providers (now including SyncCast, thePlatform, and Entriq)
- Support for SCC and SAMI Closed Caption file creation
- Output of a single media file direct to DVD without menus (direct-to-DVD output of deck-captured media files with menu and chapter marks was already available)
- Clip trimming prior to transcoding clips
- A new uncompressed video format that preserves timecode for batch mastering
For customers using StreamZHD — Digital Rapids’ professional multi-format HD/SD video encoding solution — the Stream 2.2 software upgrade also adds a Preview Player application for previewing clips through StreamZHD’s VGA and SDI outputs.