Digital Rapids Upgrades Transcode, Broadcast Managers
Digital Rapids announced new versions of its Transcode Manager automated, distributed transcoding software and its Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software.
Digital Rapids announced new versions of its Transcode Manager automated, distributed transcoding software and its Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software. New features in Transcode Manager include automated "commercial black" removal and extended clip list capabilities, while Broadcast Manager additions include scheduling enhancements and expanded input router support.
Digital Rapids Transcode Manager
The new, automated commercial black removal feature in Transcode Manager 1.5 automatically detects and skips over blank sections of the source content originally intended for television advertising insertion. The results are seamless, transcoded outputs for video on demand, multiplatform distribution, archive, and other non-television applications without the need for time-consuming manual editing. Version 1.5 also adds audio masking, extended clip list functionality for combining multiple distinct clips, and a new user interface style.
"The new commercial black removal feature in Transcode Manager will save our customers a significant amount of costly manual effort while enabling faster content repurposing for revenue-generating opportunities," said Darren Gallipeau, product manager at Digital Rapids, in a statement.
Transcode Manager 1.5 also features additions and options mirroring those in the recently released version 3.2 and 3.3 software for StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems, according to the company. These include transcoding to segmented outputs for adaptive delivery to Apple iPhone and iPad devices; expanded format support including JPEG2000 video and Dolby Pulse audio; Microsoft PlayReady technology for protection of file-based Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming content; YouTube Content ID and Vobile VideoDNA fingerprint generation, and more.
Version 1.5 of Broadcast Manager expands the range of supported third-party video routers for automated management of incoming sources. Broadcast Manager can now control routers from Evertz and Nevion, in addition to existing Harris router support, company officials said. Broadcast Manager can automatically switch upstream video routers to user-selected input sources for scheduled encodes and re-route input signals as necessary during failover to backup encoders.
New asset-creation capabilities in Broadcast Manager 1.5 enable association of scheduled ingests with customizable metadata templates, additional media, and supporting resources such as packaging shots. Complete assets can then be exported for subsequent processing by other Digital Rapids solutions or third-party applications. Broadcast Manager 1.5 also features enhanced scheduling precision, the same new user interface style as Transcode Manager 1.5; and support for encoders powered by Digital Rapids' new Flux hardware.