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High-quality, high definition hardware…

Audience expectations of video quality on platforms from IPTV to the Web continue to increase. To meet or exceed these expectations, looks really can be everything, and simply being HD isn’t enough – high definition isn’t necessarily high quality. StreamZHD encoding systems are renowned for their exceptional output quality, powered by the advanced video preprocessing capabilities of our purpose-built Flux hardware cards. Hardware-based preprocessing features (such as motion adaptive de-interlacing with pixel-level analysis) 'groom' the input signal to be more 'compression-friendly', resulting in superior visual quality and the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed output. Preprocessing in hardware also leaves greater CPU power available to encode more multi-format outputs simultaneously. Meanwhile, hardware-based graphic overlay and video proc amp controls let you brand and refine your video.

...tightly integrated with sophisticated software

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StreamZHD includes the powerful and flexible Stream FE software, providing you with a simple, consistent interface with a streamlined workflow from ingest through delivery. The Stream FE software lets you adjust compression settings and hardware pre-processing options as precisely as desired, from production-tested presets to robust manual controls. Video and audio processing plug-ins such as graphic overlay, adaptive inverse telecine, color space conversion and audio mix-down can be applied, and output can be directed to a variety of options including archive files and live streams.

Encoding parameters can be saved in whole or in part in reusable project files and profiles, letting you or your colleagues reuse portions within other jobs, or perform similar tasks later with just a single click or under automation.

Easy workflow integration and automation

StreamZHD combines its format agility and outstanding quality with a comprehensive set of tools for automation and easy integration into any environment. Features including as RS422 deck control, Closed Caption support, standalone logging, e-mail notification and automated FTP delivery let you integrate easily with existing equipment and automate your workflow. Watch folder support can be combined with powerful template-based publishing to streamline your workflows, enabling automated encoding and publishing to websites, archives, FTP servers and more by simply dropping source content into a specified folder. Script commands can be inserted into ASF outputs to trigger downstream events such as advertising insertion or replacement. For ingest automation and live streaming management, the optional Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software provides centralized control, scheduling, management and failover for multiple StreamZHD systems.

Optional Nexguard forensic watermarking by Civolution provides advanced content protection, while the Civolution Teletrax option embeds watermarks for content tracking and monitoring. YouTube Content ID and Vobile VideoDNA support generates ‘fingerprints’ to enable automatic identification of clips on the Web, enabling content owners and publishers to more effectively monitor, protect, manage and monetize their media online. Support for content access technologies such as Microsoft PlayReady ensures that high-value content is used only as specified by the content owner and only by authorized users.

External scripting and XML-based project files let you extend StreamZ functionality and customize how it works in your environment. For more advanced requirements, multiple levels of SDK – including a robust Web Services API – are available for integrating the Stream FE software tightly into your custom applications.

StreamZHD continues to raise the bar for multi-format HD encoding solutions, with an unparalleled combination of versatility, quality, performance and efficiency. StreamZHD – the ideal encoder for today’s multi-platform HD world.

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Key Features and Benefits

  • Top-quality, multi-format HD/SD ingest, encoding, transcoding and streaming
  • Unmatched versatility – encode to files or live streams from live sources or decks; transcode from existing media files
  • Hardware based video preprocessing for optimal quality and bandwidth usage
  • Simultaneous output to multiple formats, resolutions and bitrates lets you optimize for each each target audience or application
  • Broad, expandable compression and file format support including adaptive bit rate delivery technologies
  • Comprehensive analog and digital input options
  • Flexible software with extensive integration, automation and customization features
  • All features and benefits of the Stream FE software

Supported Formats (Standard and Optional)

Click here for a complete chart of formats for each level of software.

  • AVC/H.264
  • Microsoft Silverlight (H.264, VC-1, Windows Media WMV, live and on-demand IIS Smooth Streaming)
  • Adobe Flash (H.264 or On2 VP6, Dynamic Streaming)
  • H.264 for Apple iPhone/iPad with integrated segmenting
  • MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, 3GPP
  • XDCAM HD, DVCPro, Avid DNxHD
  • MXF, GXF, LXF, Omneon
  • JPEG2000
  • QuickTime (including Apple ProRes import)
  • AVI, Uncompressed
  • RED R3D (import)
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3) and Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse AAC, MP3, WAV
  • and more!