NAB 2012: Telestream To Show Transcoding Software Line-Up, Stream Live Interviews With Wirecast

Telestream will feature a full line-up of products and solutions in Booth SL1405, including its Vantage, Agility, FlipFactory and Episode transcoding solutions. Telestream will also introduce Pipeline Replay, developed for NASCAR. Telestream’s video transcoding software products range from desktop applications and single-server installations to large-scale, multi-server systems that produce and assemble millions of finished media packages.

Telestream will also demonstrate its video streaming software products Wirecast and Wirecast Pro to broadcast live news and interviews from NAB.

“Transcoding is at the core of everything we do. Whether for live or on-demand content, the shift to file-based environments makes transcoding a critical element to any workflow,” said Barbara DeHart, VP of marketing at Telestream. “At NAB you’ll see new solutions targeted at broadcast, post-production, cable IPTV, and Internet OTT workflows that allow our customers to get more content to more screens more efficiently than ever before.”

Vantage video transcoding and workflow automation products will address specific workflow needs, including adaptive bit-rate streaming for OTT, enhanced Avid support for postproduction, and greater support for broadcast systems, cable IPTV set-top boxes, and improved audio support. Vantage products handle the complexities of automated transcoding, metadata management, standards conversion, video processing, media analysis, device interoperability, and delivery. A powerful workflow layer allows users to bring these processes together into unified, easy-to-manage workflows. For larger, high-volume workflows, Vantage enterprise system management products provide a high level of visibility, control, and system optimization.

Integrations between Telestream’s Vantage and Agility 2G products bring the best of both worlds to media and entertainment companies. Vantage LCS allows Agility 2G customers to access and control Vantage from within existing Agility 2G installations – enabling access to the unique capabilities of Vantage, including QC, analysis, decision making, direct encode of non-transcoded files, closed captioning, and more. A bridge from Vantage to Agility 2G provides access from Vantage to Agility’s multi-platform content syndication and media packaging capabilities.

Episode products scale from desktop applications to very fast, powerful distributed encoding clusters for post-production and new media environments. Episode 6.2 features high-end ProRes 4:4:4:4, AVC-Intra and image sequence format support for professional workflows. Episode handles frame sizes up to 4K and enables submission of DPX, TIFF, or TGA image sequences for transcoding to a wide range of output formats used in high-end post environments. Episode Engine also supports Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS adaptive streaming formats – including encoding, packaging, and automated delivery of each. Native ProRes 4:4:4:4, with its high-quality color precision and embedded alpha channel, is included in all Episode Mac OS products. At NAB, Telestream will demonstrate new X.264 encoding in addition to existing high-quality Main Concept H.264.

Pipeline Replay
Telestream’s new Pipeline Replay system will make its NAB debut. Developed for the start of NASCAR’s 2012 racing season, Replay is a multichannel video player that combines with Pipeline HD systems to provide video capture and instant, synchronous playback of multiple high-definition camera feeds. The Replay system allows race or game officials to easily locate any camera and scrub forward or backward through any portion of the video. The system provides a means for anyone to simultaneously view and analyze synchronized video from different camera angles. Pipeline provides flexibility in multiformat environments by enabling real-time, user-selectable video encoding and playout to multiple SD and HD formats in a single box. The ability to edit or transcode video while it is being captured, combined with direct ingest into Avid and Final Cut Pro editing systems and Telestream transcoding systems, provides significant time and cost savings over traditional video capture solutions.

Telestream will also demonstrate its video streaming software products Wirecast and Wirecast Pro to broadcast live news and interviews from NAB. Telestream LIVE will be produced and streamed to the web from Telestream Booth SL1405 on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, starting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time each day. Steve Garfield, author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business, and a video blogging pioneer, will host the live webcasts.

“We’re glad to bring Telestream LIVE back to NAB and to be able to bring online video personality, Steve Garfield, to host the show this year,” said Barbara DeHart, VP of marketing at Telestream. “We have an exciting line up of guests and news to bring to our viewers. Telestream LIVE will allow us to share the excitement of the show with those who are unable to be there in person.”

In addition to breaking news from the show floor, Telestream LIVE will feature interviews with Telestream executives and product managers announcing exciting new video transcoding products and capabilities for broadcast, cable/IPTV, post-production, and Internet/OTT.

Telestream LIVE guests will include:
•    Mitch Jacobson, director, editor and author of Mastering MultiCamera Techniques discussing his book and live streaming
•    NASCAR Media Group representatives and Pipeline product manager, Bill Harris, discussing the launch of Telestream Pipeline Replay live HD video analysis system for the 2012 race season
•    Colleen Henry, video engineer at YouTube announcing a new live streaming initiative
•    Cary Harrison, KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles PBS radio and show host
•    Alex Lindsay, chief architect at Pixel Corps, discussing live streaming
•    Jose Luis Tamez from CiberlexMedia discussing virtual sets

Wirecast is live video production software for laptop and desktop computers that is available for a fraction of the cost of broadcast hardware equipment. Wirecast works just like a video switcher, controlling real-time switching between multiple cameras while mixing in other media such as pre-recorded video, audio, and graphics. With features such as chroma key, lower thirds, transitions, 3D graphics, and virtual sets, Wirecast offers high production value for the creation of professional webcasts.

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