Existing eyeIO user Netflix likely to offer 4K media in future
Video processing company eyeIO has unveilled its second generation of video encoding technology. The new version includes a new option called StudioRes, which is capable of encoding 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 video at a 4K resolution, as well as claims that it will encode video 45-percent faster than its previous incarnation.
Adds support for ProRes, AVC-Intra, more
Telestream has updated its professional video-encoding program for Mac and Windows Episode to version 6.2, which now includes a new API to allow for greater integration with third-party tools. The free version of 6.2 adds the high-end ProRes 4:4:4:4 and AVC-Intra 50 and 100 format support, along with Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS streaming format. Episode is also now Lion-compatible.
Review finds software easy to use, good value
MacNN has reviewed Elgato's Turbo.264 HD Software Edition. The software focuses on exporting and encoding video, especially for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and YouTube, and it handles a wide range of formats, such as AVCHD, AVI, DV, WMV, MPEG, MP4 and VIDEO_TS. While most of the capability of Turbo.264 HD Software is mimicked by QuickTime, the Elgato software is focused on encoding and ease of use, where QuickTime almost hides the features and is focused on playback.
Episode 5.0 debuts at NAB
Telestream on Sunday announced announced its Episode 5.0 encoding software which expands format support to a greater number of specific digital media workflows: the high-performance Episode Engine server software adds input support for RED camera, Cineon and DPX formats and for its core content repurposing to Web and mobile workflows, the entire Episode family adds support for the latest Flash 8, Flash 9 and Blu-ray formats. In addition, for Apple's new Final Cut Server media asset management and workflow automation software, Episode expands format choices beyond QuickTime and brings high-end 10-bit 4:4:4 processing.
Sorensen Squeeze 5 update
Sorensen today unveiled Sorensen Squeeze 5, a major update to its video encoding tool that introduces several speed, quality and workflow enhancements. The new version increases both video and audio quality overall, and includes multi-processor support, allowing users to encode as many fines as they have processor cores. Sorensen Squeeze 5 is available directly from the company's website for prices starting at $200.
VisualHub 1.31 released
Techspansion has released VisualHub 1.31, an update to its universal video conversion software for Mac OS X that works with Apple TV 'Take 2.' VisualHub eases the conversion process while offering pros an advanced panel for changing all pre-set aspects of encoding. "Converting a bunch of AVI files to a DVD shouldn't require a Computer Science degree," the company writes. "Getting movies from your digital camera to your iPod shouldn't take hours." The software is priced at $24, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Flix Publisher 2.0 debuts
On2 Technologies today introduced Flix Publisher 2.0 for Mac at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Flix Publisher is a browser-based video encoding and publishing application for Adobe Flash Player 8 and 9, offering users the ability to allow video encoding and publishing through a browser-based interface. The software is already shipping, and On2 is demonstrating Flix Publisher for Mac at booth no. W-4242 (pricing was unavailable).
Pyro debuts video encoder
Pyro AV has unveiled Pyro Kompressor HD, a PCI Express-based accelerator solution that encodes HD MPEG-2 and HD H.264/AVC up to eight times faster than software-only video compression. The single-slot PYRO Kompressor HD board is powered by the Ambric Am2045, a parallel processor with 336 RISC processors delivering 1.2 teraOPS-class of video horsepower for consistently high throughput encoding. Pyro Kompressor HD for the Mac platform will be available this spring for $3,500.
FontXChange for Mac 1.0
Morrison SoftDesign today released FontXChange for Mac 1.0, an easy to use font conversion application that supports OpenType (PS) as well as PostScript Type 1 and TrueType. The application features batch processing for converting entire font libraries, preferences to set font encodings, a font inspection window with preview functionality, and support for numerous font encodings like Adobe Standard and Unicode. FontXChange for Mac 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and is priced at $60 for a single user license or $100 when bundled with FontDoctor.
Squeeze 4.8 for Flash
Sorenson Media on Wednesday released Sorenson Squeeze 4.8 for Adobe Flash. On the heels of Adobe's Flash Player 9 Update 3 with H.264 video support, the company said that the upgrade enables users of Sorenson Media’s application to encode MPEG-4 video compatible with the newly-released Adobe Flash 9 Update 3 software, using the H.264/AVC, AAC and HE-AAC codecs. The "true" MPEG-4 files are also compatible with popular devices such as Apple's iPod and Sony's PSP, the company noted. Sorenson has also included other MPEG-4 variants within Squeeze 4.8 Flash, including the ability to encode into MPEG-4 Part 10 or 3GPP formats. In addition to the H.264 support, two other Flash-based codecs are also available: Sorenson Spark Pro and, for an additional $100 purchase, the On2 VP6 Pro Encoder plug-in.