updated 01:35 pm EST, Wed March 21, 2001
Pixela Corp has announced the "world's first" hardware-encoder that captures video via USB and supports realtime MPEG-2 encoding and playback.
Capty, which currently supports analog video capture in MPEG-1 format in real-time, will also bring support for realtime MPEG-2 encoding (via hardware) and software-based MPEG-2 playback via its AltiVec-enabled software decoder. The updated device will also bring image quality options for compression as well as control over the image bitrate (1-6Mbps), resolution capture area (up to 720x480), and sound bitrate (192-384k).
It is bundled with a MPEG Cutter utility that can read the MPEG-2 image data and remove unwanted frames without re-encoding, conversion of an MPEG-2 file to video stream and audio stream as a source for DVD Video authoring, and support for outputing streams in video CD format.
All operations are supported under Mac OS X Classic environment. The MPEG-2 enabled version of the device will ship at end of April.