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Transcode Manager

The Digital Rapids Transcode Manager software combines outstanding quality, intelligent automation, rich format support, exceptional performance and seamless scalability for transforming high volumes of media between acquisition, production, archive and distribution formats.

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High-Volume Transcoding for the Multi-format Workflows of Today and Tomorrow

Media organizations are faced with processing and managing an ever-increasing array of digital media file formats. Transcoding is at the heart of almost every video workflow, whether exchanging files between incompatible acquisition, production and delivery systems; standardizing digital media contributions for distribution or archive; or re-purposing content assets for multi-screen distribution opportunities from mobile phones, tablets and game consoles to PCs, IPTV and broadcast television. Transcoding high volumes of media can be operationally complex, time-consuming and costly.

Transcoding hundreds of thousands of clips daily for many of the world's largest media enterprises, Digital Rapids Transcode Manager streamlines and automates your transcoding operations, optimizing quality and delivering faster than real time performance while simplifying management and reducing your costs.

Transcode Manager supports a comprehensive range of compression and container formats for any application, from post production and archive to multi-screen distribution including adaptive bit rate delivery. Deeply configurable output parameters enable precise optimization for target devices and applications, while best-of-breed codec implementations deliver superior quality and exceptional performance.

Scalable from small transcoding 'farms' to enterprise-level operations, a Transcode Manager Server works in conjunction with multiple transcoding engines (nodes), intelligently allocating jobs for optimal throughput and resource usage. Source media files can be submitted through watch folders or directly from Digital Rapids ingest and encoding systems.

Designed for large studios, facilities and service providers, Transcode Manager FE (Facility Edition) combines its performance, intelligence and reliability benefits with robust enterprise-class features and integration. For smaller studios and workgroups without enterprise requirements, Transcode Manager LE offers the same core functionality in a lower-cost configuration (See chart for feature comparison).

Transcode Manager FE: Efficient Automation and Enterprise-Class Integration

Transcode Manager FE's powerful automated capabilities eliminate costly, time-consuming manual effort and reduce errors. Tasks such as 'commercial black' removal, black border detection/correction and more are handled automatically by Transcode Manager, while transcoded outputs can be submitted to Tektronix Cerify or Interra Systems Baton quality control (QC) analysis tools for automated verification.

Automated job-level and server-level failure recovery ensure reliable, uninterrupted operations, while alert notifications let you leave the system unattended with confidence. Error conditions can also be monitored by any SNMP-compatible network management system. Meanwhile, easy integration with enterprise business systems and databases helps users better manage and measure operations.

Transcode Manager FE tracks all events in either its embedded database (also available in Transcode Manager LE) or through support for a variety of third-party databases including Oracle 10g®, Microsoft® SQL Server and PostgreSQL. For those wishing to leverage Transcode Manager’s inherent capabilities through their own applications, a Web Services (SOAP) API is also available, letting developers take advantage of the unparalleled quality, performance and flexibility of Transcode Manager FE through an easy XML-based programming interface.

Additional Resources

Key Features and Benefits (FE Version)

  • Centralized management, automation and control for high-volume transcoding workflows
  • Scalable from small transcoding "farms" to enterprise operations
  • Increases throughput while reducing operational costs
  • Broad compression and file format support
  • Job and server-level failover for exceptional reliability
  • High-quality video processing including graphic overlay, adaptive inverse telecine and more
  • Integration with leading third-party quality control (QC) tools for automatic output verification
  • Intelligent load balancing 'learns' performance of nodes to maximize throughput
  • Easy custom integration with Web Services API and third-party database support

Supported Formats (Standard and Optional)

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  • 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, AVC-Intra (Panasonic P2), 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!

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