July 30, 2009
Digital Rapids to Showcase New Technology and Share Expertise at IBC 2009
Passfield, United Kingdom: Digital Rapids -- the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and web content to wider audiences -- is bringing more than just advanced technology to this year's IBC Conference and Exhibition, September 11-15 in Amsterdam. In addition to the IBC debuts of new and enhanced solutions in stand # 7.G41, Digital Rapids will be sharing its expertise with attendees both at the stand and in free sessions in the IBC Training Zone. Digital Rapids systems have also been chosen to power the encoding of content for the IBC TV News website and mobile delivery for the sixth consecutive year. For first time, IBC TV News will feature live streaming of news updates on the Web, complementing their on-demand news clips.
Digital Rapids' award-winning TouchStream portable live streaming appliance will also be featured alongside the Datpresenter rich media webcasting service and software from Datmedia in stand IP511 in the IBC IPTV Zone.
"We believe it's important to offer IBC attendees more than just the chance to experience our technology and products. Robust, versatile and efficient solutions are as important as ever with customers' shrinking budgets and increasing audience expectations, but technology is just part of what media organisations need to meet these challenges. Customers are looking to us for expertise, guidance, and the flexibility to meet their unique needs," said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. "With a range of activities to share our solutions and knowledge both in and beyond our stand, we can help attendees learn how to maximise new revenue opportunities with the flexibility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness they need to come out of the economic storm stronger than ever. "
Advanced Solutions to Connect Content with Opportunity
Digital Rapids' systems continue to enable media organisations to achieve new levels of quality, productivity and efficiency while reaching broader audiences than ever before. Featured solutions at IBC will span the critical points in the content value chain, from content acquisition and repurposing to distribution:
The new MediaMesh digital media distribution system will debut at IBC. Building on the Digital Rapids C2 delivery framework, MediaMesh enables content ranging from ad spots to long-form programming to be transferred between content providers, contributors and distribution partners efficiently, automatically and at substantial cost savings using terrestrial IP networks or satellites. The MediaMesh RX receiving appliance combines integrated inventory management, visual QC, repackaging and output with an intuitive graphical interface. Enhancements to C2 will also be shown.
New capabilities will be featured across our comprehensive range of live streaming solutions for the Web, mobile devices and IPTV. Enhancements to the StreamZ Live family of encoders include support for adaptive streaming technologies such as Microsoft IIS7 Smooth Streaming. The enterprise-class Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager live encoder management software provides centralised control, automation, monitoring and fault tolerance for multiple encoders. New features will also be unveiled in the TouchStream portable appliance, winner of three awards at last year's IBC.
Ingest, Encoding and Transcoding
Digital Rapids' StreamZ and StreamZHD ingest and encoding systems continue their market leadership and unparalleled versatility, creating content in multiple formats simultaneously for both live and on-demand applications. The latest generation of software for StreamZ and StreamZHD will be showcased, further closing the gap between broadcast television operations, production workflows and new distribution platforms. New features include expanded format support, enhanced capabilities for Closed Captioning and ad insertion workflows, and more. The latest version of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager distributed media transcoding software will also be showcased, featuring expanded formats and direct support for leading third-party Quality Control (QC) analysis tools for automated verification of output files.