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Canopus Ships MediaEdge2

Updated network-based video distribution system supports MPEG-4 (June 09, 2004)

Canopus Corporation, a recognized leader in MPEG codec and streaming technologies, today announced the availability of MediaEdge2, the latest version of its network-based video distribution system. Supporting MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and now MPEG-4, MediaEdge2 provides a multi-channel, multi-location video delivery solution using standard TCP/IP networks. MediaEdge2 offers a cost-effective method of distributing high-quality video content to multiple PC and set-top box clients. MediaEdge2 sets the standard for low-cost video distribution and is ideal for point-of-sale, educational, corporate and other video retrieval and display applications. Canopus will demonstrate MediaEdge2 in booth #3268 at this week's InfoComm convention in Atlanta.

Supporting Windows 2003 Server, the MediaEdge-SVS2 server software facilitates the setup and administration of sophisticated broadcast systems over a client/server-based network, providing video-on-demand, scheduled video and live video-stream playback capabilities. The software features several applications responsible for overall content management and server configuration, as well as utilities for controlling and updating MediaEdge-STB2 set-top boxes. With its HL-based interface, MediaEdge-SVS2 offers remote administration capabilities using a Web browser and a flexible platform for designing customized operations.

Designed as a compact network device, the MediaEdge-STB2 set-top box operates as an MPEG decoding unit. Connecting to a standard Ethernet network and providing both S-Video and composite RCA outputs, MediaEdge-STB2 units include a full-featured remote control to navigate through dynamically updated, Web-styled content menus generated by the MediaEdge server. The remote control also provides volume, pause, search back and search forward functions. MediaEdge-STB2 units can also be controlled remotely from the server.

Canopus's new MVRD4000 board supports realtime encoding and decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video. When MVRD4000 is combined with MediaEdge2, live external video sources, such as VCRs, DVD players and satellite feeds, can be encoded in MPEG-4 and rebroadcast across a MediaEdge2 network in realtime MPEG-4 encoding provides video content that retains a high level of quality while using less bandwidth during transmission when compared to MPEG-2. MediaEdge2 servers can use additional MVRD4000 boards to stream multiple external video sources.

MediaEdge2 server software, set-top boxes and the new MVRD4000 are available now from Canopus-authorized system integrators.

About Canopus Corporation
Canopus Corporation, based in San Jose, Calif., is a subsidiary of Canopus Co., Ltd, headquartered in Kobe, Japan. Canopus designs and markets award-winning digital video and graphics solutions for video professionals and enthusiasts. The company combines innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability. Industry leaders worldwide recognize Canopus's advanced DV and MPEG codec technologies, which are featured in the company's acclaimed realtime render-free, multi-track video editing solutions and transcoding products. Canopus also has offices in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Australia and China in addition to an extensive worldwide distribution network. For more information contact Canopus at (408) 954-4500 or visit their Web site at


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