updated 02:45 am EDT, Tue April 17, 2007
Episode, Flip4Mac for FCP
Telestream on Monday announced direct integration of its Episode Series media encoding applications with Compressor 3, Apple's new encoding tool included with Final Cut Studio 2 as well as new updated Final Cut Pro components. The integration expands encoding capabilities for Final Cut Studio users to an extensive array of video and audio formats and encoding settings including Flash 8, Windows Media and VC-1, as well as broadcast specific formats like GXF, IMX, MPEG-2 4:2:2 and high profile H.264. Episode provides an extensive range of SD and HD file format support and includes optimized codecs as well as hundreds of filters and fine-tuning compression capabilities.
The company said that direct integration with Final Cut Studio 2 is being demonstrated this week at the NAB Show (Telestream Booth SL9214 and Apple Booth SL5520). Episode desktop products--Universal applications that run on Mac OS X 10.4 or later--range in price from $400-$900, while its Scalable Episode Engine server products start at $3,500.
At NAB 2007 in Las Vegas, Telestream is demonstrating version 4.3 of its software, which includes an open architecture for direct integration with third party products and support for more automated workflows, including Final Cut Studio. It also features broader QuickTime support for decoding of more formats through QuickTime plug-ins and new Dashboard widgets for a simple way to submit encoding jobs and streamline workflows. Version 4.3 is expected to ship later this month, according to the company's website.
The Episode product line offers superior picture quality and exceptionally fast conversion speeds, the company claims, while its exclusive Split-and-Stitch feature distributes files across multiple cores and servers for faster-than-real-time encoding to all supported media file formats.
Flip4Mac components for FCP updated
Telestream also announced expansion of its Flip4Mac professional MXF product line to include support for 360 Systems' Image Servers. The new Flip4Mac component provides file compatibility and direct file transfer between Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system and 360 Systems' video servers. The Flip4Mac Image Server Component imports MPEG-2 IMX 30/40/50 standard definition video, uncompressed audio and metadata from the Image Server directly into the Final Cut Pro project bin for editing, then exports the MPEG project from Final Cut Pro for seamless file transfer back to the Image Server. This file-based workflow provides greater speed, efficiency and productivity, the company claims.
"360 Systems' Image Servers are a new generation of video server that offers broadcast quality and reliability at a reasonable price," Telestream said. "Image Servers use MPEG-2 as the primary file format and are available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Their extensive feature set makes them an excellent choice for VTR replacement, satellite ingest, and as play-to-air servers. The Image Server includes 3 video channels, and stores up to 170 hours of MPEG-2 video on internal drives."
The Flip4Mac Image Server Component is now available for $500.