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Wired debuts MediaPress LE encoder, Mason HD decoder

updated 08:55 am EST, Thu December 9, 2004

Wired at DV Expo

this week introduced several new products at DV Expo, includuing a new Wired BUB Box (balanced-un-balanced adapter), Mason HD video decoder, and its new MediaPress LE realtime MPEG encoding card. Designed for facilities working with analog sources like Betacam or VHS, it offers the same quality and controls as the industry-standard MediaPress X, and features component, s-video and composite video inputs, along with analog stereo audio inputs. It is built for Mac OS X and compatible with Power Mac G4/G5s as well as supports MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 realtime encoding--both variable bit-rate (VBR) and constant bit-rate (CBR) encoding. It is available now for $2,200.

The BUB Box adds balanced audio inputs and level controls to any MediaPress encoder card. D"esigned for the most demanding pro, this precision accessory is engineered with only the finest components, including Ultralink cables and connectors." The BUB Box will be included at no extra cost with all new MediaPress X encoders, and is also available as an option for the MediaPress LE and older MediaPress cards for $300. The company also previewed its all-new Mason HD video decoder, which allows you to decode and preview MPEG streams to an external SD or HD monitor via s-video, component or DVI outputs.




The Mason HD can decode MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams at bitrates up to 45 mbps, offering full realtime hardware preview while encoding for users of Wired MediaPress encoding systems. Featuring composite, s-video, component and DVI outputs, the Mason HD can display MPEG streams to everything from a standard consumer TV to high resolution projectors and LCD displays. The built-in scaler can output SD or HD material to 480i, 480p, 720i, 720p and 1080i. The Wired Mason HD also features a SP/DIF digital output for connection to external decoders for DTS and Dolby audio.



The Mason HD will be available in the first quarter of 2005 with pricing and configuration options expected to be announced in January.




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