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Digigami Ships MegaPEG.X Pro HD 3.0 for MacDelivers HD video to the desktop and HD-DVD (May 31, 2005)
Digigami today announced it is now shipping MegaPEG.X Pro HD 3.0 for Macintosh, featuring both improved standard definition "SD" and superb high-definition "HD" MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding. The new encoder, which features a built-in "videophile" MPEG decoder for transcoding from MPEG-2 (DVD, HDTV, DVB, HDV) sources, provides a missing piece to the high-definition puzzle: how to deliver high-definition content to existing Macintosh and PC computer desktops.
High Definition MPEG-1 Playback is Already Ubiquitous
"MPEG-1, also known as ISO-11172, is the de-facto High-Definition Desktop video delivery standard" said Digigami CTO, Gen Kiyooka. "Ratified as an international standard in the early 90s, MPEG-1 supports frame sizes up to 4000x4000 pixels, and frame rates up to 60 fps, well beyond the current HDTV 1920x1080 maximum. Because of the computational simplicity of the MPEG-1 decompression codec, we have found that MPEG-1 VBR at 1280x720x24p, plays well on older models of Macintosh (early G4 systems) and Windows (Pentium 3) computers.
Because MPEG-1 decoding is a standard feature of both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, the delivery of high-definition MPEG-1 content is free of the chicken-and-egg problem which plague newer codecs like MPEG-4 (including H.264) and WindowsMedia 9 - the need for a download-and-install before content can be viewed. By combining MPEG-1 with variable bitrate (VBR) encoding, both High-Definition picture quality and reduced media file sizes/bandwidth can be realized. In our own tests, we're finding that 1280x720px24fps can be encoded at 3-5 Mbs average bitrate, with high-action peaks in the 12-15 Mbs range - only slightly higher than standard definition DVD and well within the streaming capability of 100MB switched ethernet."
With a large installed base of HD MPEG-1 decoders already blanketing the planet, content-creators can immediately begin delivering HD content originated on 35mm film, Prosumer HDV and Professional DVCPRO formats, and edited in Final Cut Pro HD and iMovie HD. Broadband network, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives can easily keep up with the HD MPEG-1 VBR data rates, which means that you can deliver a HD MPEG-1 movie wherever you are currently delivering QuickTime and WindowsMedia content: over the internet, corporate intranet, as bonus materials on CD-extra and DVD-ROM and DVD video discs. Macintosh and PC computer desktops.
Digigami MegaPEG.X Pro is consistently sought out by video professionals who are unable to solve key production problems with other encoding solutions, and by those seeking high-quality and extremely low bitrate encoding.
Improved Encoding Quality and Compression Speed
"Our new encoder achieves even higher quality and lower bitrates than our previous encoder," contined Digigami CTO, Gen Kiyooka. "An improved application of optical-flow in conjunction with advanced motion-detection means the quality goes up and the encoding times go down. With the improved speed, we've added a new Mastering quality setting for quality which exceeds other encoders, albeit at the cost of a lengthy encoding time. In addition, we've completely revamped our preset encoding templates, which means finding the 'sweet-spot' settings for a particular project is even easier."
Digigami MegaPEG.X Pro HD product page: http://www.digigami.com/megapeg/
Demo versions of Digigami Pro video applications: http://www.digigami.com/download/
Pricing and Availability
The new 3.0 version of Digigami "MegaPEG.X Pro HD" is available now in two configurations, starting at $239.76 USD.
MegaPEG.X Pro HD 3.0
Standard and High-Definition MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoder optimized for Velocity Engine.
MegaPEG.X Pro HD QT 3.0
QuickTime Exporter plug-in for Standard and High-Definition MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding from Final Cut Pro HD.
Site licenses, educational and volume discounts are available.
Digigami is a privately held company headquartered in the Anza Borrego desert east of San Diego, California. Digigami was founded in 1994 and released its flagship MPEG-1/MPEG-2 encoder, MegaPEG in 1996 along with an early Netscape plug-in that provided streaming video in AVI, QuickTime and MPEG-1 formats. For the past 10 years, Digigami has been continuously improving its MPEG compression technology; MPressionist.X Pro and MegaPEG.X Pro are the most recent additions to the Digigami line.
For details and pricing information on all Digigami products, please visit our Web site at http://www.digigami.com/.
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