updated 09:10 am EST, Wed December 6, 2006
Episode Series 4.2
Telestream today released Episode Series 4.2, an update to its scalable suite of desktop and workgroup media encoding applications for the Mac. The software enables users to deliver a wide variety of new media, such as Web, mobile, podcast, DVD and IPTV. Episode v4.2 adds VC-1, HDV and surround sound support and also brings Compression Engine into the Episode product family, completing Telestream's transition of Popwire products to Telestream. When configured into a cluster of Apple's Intel-based Xserves, the Episode Engine enables real-time HD encoding. Episode Series version 4.2 adds VC-1 encoding (the SMPTE-standard video codec) and WMA Pro audio, plus HDV and IMX encoding for professional users. In addition, a new ATSC A/52 compliant audio codec adds support for 5.1 audio encoding. Episode Series desktop encoding applications start at $400 (with the Flash 8 and "Pro" versions for $500 and $900, respectively); it is a free upgrade to existing users.