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April 11, 2011

Digital Rapids Previews Next Generation of High-Volume Transcoding Software with Cloud Support, Intelligent Automation and More

Transcode Manager 2.0 powered by new Kayak application foundation

NAB Show, Las Vegas, Booth SL6010: Digital Rapids has unveiled version 2.0 of the award-winning Digital Rapids Transcode Manager enterprise-class, multi-screen media file transcoding software. Transcode Manager 2.0, built on the groundbreaking new Kayak application platform, combines outstanding quality, intelligent automation and exceptional performance for transforming high volumes of media between acquisition, production, archive and distribution formats. New features include powerful, logic-driven process automation; greater deployment flexibility; and seamless scalability beyond facilities into the cloud.

In addition to previews of Transcode Manager 2.0 in Digital Rapids' booth (SL6010) at the 2011 NAB Show, the new cloud transcoding capabilities running on the Windows Azure platform will be demonstrated by Digital Rapids in the partner demonstration area of Microsoft Corp.'s booth, SL3812.

"The rapid growth of revenue-expanding, multi-screen distribution opportunities and the exploding volume of available content are driving fundamental shifts in the way media enterprises approach their content processing workflows," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "From the on-demand scalability of the cloud to greater automation 'intelligence', these organizations are seeking more efficient ways to grow their operations while managing costs. Leveraging our new Kayak application foundation, Transcode Manager provides these customers with a powerful, future-proof transcoding platform that addresses these needs and can easily adapt with the evolving media landscape."

Advanced logic-driven process automation

 Transcode Manager 2.0 features sophisticated new process automation capabilities. The included Kayak Designer allows users to visually define sophisticated, decision-based media processing flows with rich metadata support. Processes from video and audio manipulations and compression to progress monitoring and publishing can be easily combined into simple or complex workflows with immediate visual feedback.

Transcode Manager 2.0 integrates its logic-driven automation inline within the transcoding process. Advanced logic branching allows different tasks or parameters to be applied based on the characteristics of the source media and previous processing results. Continuous analysis dynamically adapts processing to changing input attributes on a frame-by-frame basis, such as mixed 3:2 pulldown and 'natively' interlaced content within the same source file.

Into the Cloud

Transcode Manager 2.0 extends its superior scalability with seamless integration between on-premises and cloud-based media processing. Cloud transcoding support enables on-demand, elastic resource expansion without the capital expenditure and time-consuming effort of provisioning of additional local physical systems. Lightweight, self-deploying Kayak Cloud Engines can be instantiated as-needed using available software licenses. Running on the Windows Azure platform, Transcode Manager 2.0's cloud transcoding capabilities tightly integrate with on-premises Transcode Manager installations for seamless hybrid operations.


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