April 11
Media 100 Puts SDI in MPEG Encoder
Company also invests in Beatnik

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Media 100 has started including the serial digital interface in MediaPress Pro, a real-time MPEG encoder for Macintosh from Media 100 subsidiary Wired. The MediaPress encoder captures and compresses video and audio signals into fully compatible MPEG 1 and MPEG 2 bitstreams for media network transmissions and DVD authoring. It supports constant and variable bit rates from 128 Kbps to 15 Mbps, scalable up to full D-1 resolution NTSC or PAL.

MediaPress also encodes audio in realtime into MPEG and PCM streams.

Included with the MediaPress hardware is a complete software application for creation of a variety of MPEG streams, which are fully compatible with Video CD, SuperVideo CD and DVD authoring systems. MediaPress with SDI interface supports YUV, AES/EBU and S/PDIF audio. It retails for $5,499.

Media 100 also anounced today that it has invested in Beatnik Inc., an interactive audio company founded by Thomas Dolby in 1996. The deal will allow Media 100 customers to access content from the Beatnik Production Music destination. For more information, visit http://www.media100.com or http://www.beatnik.com.

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