Inlet Technologies and NetBlender Knock Down Barriers to Blu-ray Production

Inlet Technologies is partnering with NetBlender makers of
DoStudio software for professional Blu-ray authoring, to bring Blu-ray Disc
production within the reach of every studio. Inlet ’s
latest release of Fathom , an advanced encoding platform,
produces files in any of the codecs that Blu-ray supports.

“In the past, smaller, independent production houses faced barriers
to the creation of high-quality professional Blu-ray content because of the high
equipment cost, ” said John Harrington, NetBlender CEO. “Working with Inlet, we are helping to eliminate that digital
divide by providing a more economical solution for this growing market that
wants to take full advantage of Blu-ray technology and all it has to offer. ”

The joint Inlet/NetBlender solution should help propel the growth of Blu-ray
by enabling a much greater variety of content for the new HD format. According
to market research firm
U.S. consumers
are expected to buy 45 million Blu-ray Discs by the end of 2008, up about 400
percent compared to last year.

Typecast Films and VoloHD are leveraging Inlet ’s
Fathom and NetBlender ’s DoStudio to satisfy customer
demand for BD. Typecast Films, an independent film production and distribution
company, recently released its Academy Award and Emmy-nominated documentary “
in Fragments ” on Blu-ray Disc. The company partnered
with VoloHD for HD production work and encoding.
“This is our first foray into the Blu-ray Disc
market and we would not have been able to do it without the technology and
support from Inlet and NetBlender, ” said Joshua Warren
of Typecast Films.
“It was very important to the integrity of ‘
in Fragments ’ that the Blu-ray encode be
faithful to the color and depth of the original film master. The film has
a unique blend of color, modern cinematography and editing – the dynamic nature
of the film makes for a very complicated job for an encoder, ”
said Marshall Riser with Volo HD. “We’ve been very
impressed with the quality and detail achieved with the use of Fathom. ”

Fathom and DoStudio together provide Blu-ray Disc authors with an
easy-to-use, collaborative solution for creating high-speed, high-quality
professional Blu-ray Discs without the costs associated with other solutions.

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