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April 16, 2007

Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder Advances H.264 Encoding for VOD and IPTV

NAB2007, Las Vegas, Booth SL10705: Digital Rapids – a leading developer of scalable solutions for content ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection and delivery – is launching the Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder™, a new optional module optimized for delivering MPEG-4 AVC/H.264-encoded media meeting the stringent requirements of VOD and IPTV platforms. The Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder will be available for Digital Rapids Stream™ media encoding solutions and Stream Transcode Manager™ distributed transcoding software.

Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder features the ATEME H.264 codec, delivering top encoding quality with support for Baseline, Main and High profiles. Closed Caption data can be embedded in the H.264 elementary stream, with support for EIA-608, EIA-708, SCC and SAMI. Combining Digital Rapids flexible new multiplexing software architecture with technology from Manzanita Systems, Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder can multiplex the resulting H.264 video stream with elementary audio streams (including AAC and MPEG Layer 2 audio) into MPEG-2 transport stream files. Transport streams created with the Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder can also support "trick play" modes for random access viewing features during set-top box playback.

"Digital Rapids encoders are well established as the preferred choice of major studios and post facilities for VOD encoding, and with the Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder, our customers can now combine the benefits of our solutions with the efficiency and quality advantages of H.264 – all while conforming to the strict specifications demanded by set-top boxes and advanced delivery platforms," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation.

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. Stream Transcode Manager provides centralized management, automation and exceptional load balancing intelligence for high-volume, multi-format transcoding workflows.

The complete line of Digital Rapids products is being showcased at NAB2007 in booth number SL10705. For more information, please visit our web site at

About ATEME – ATEME ( is a world-leading provider of MPEG-4 / H.264 video compression solutions. ATEME’s market-leading technology supports both standard and HD content, deployed across any platform. ATEME enables consumer devices such as mobile phones and TVs with the best in A/V technology, as well as providing broadcasters, telcos and other professional video networks with unmatched compression quality for their content.


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