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Inlet Technologies Ships Fathom 2.5

Microsoft Studios, Modern VideoFilm, MetaMedia Training International and others gain workflow efficiencies (March 07, 2006)

Inlet Technologies, a leading provider of advanced encoding solutions for digital media, announced today that it has commenced shipping a new version of its comprehensive encoding solution, Fathom 2.5. This latest product release is the result of Inlets ongoing response to customer needs, and its commitment to delivering breakthrough advancements for professional video production. With the ultimate goal of helping customers monetize their video content quickly and easily, Fathom 2.5 delivers a more powerful set of workflow tools, new encoding options and enhanced flexibility.

Fathom was the industrys first real-time encoding solution for high definition (HD) content in the Windows Media Video and the SMPTE VC-1 formats. Combining hardware for speed, with analysis software for control, Fathom adds efficiencies to the video production process that enables high-quality output in less time. Inlet customers have leveraged these benefits in a range of applications, and realize a 4-6x faster turnaround for standard definition (SD) content and up to 40x faster for HD.

?Our clients expect very quick turnaround times, especially when were producing dailies, said Michael Rebel, data manager, Modern VideoFilm. ?Fathom has been an amazing tool for us in this regard speeding production times by at least 200%. Recently we have been producing WM9 files for Xbox game trailers a process that used to take 3 hours when using other encoding systems, and now takes us about 15 minutes with Fathom. Boosting client satisfaction is the main benefit, but of course we save time and resources as well.

Another customer, MetaMedia Training International, has integrated Fathom in their production process for multi-media educational materials. "Fathom is a user-friendly encoder that gives me a high level of control, along with fast encoding speeds, said Patrick Fisher, senior digital media specialist at MetaMedia Training International, Inc. ?I now have the ability to adjust my encoding parameters and evaluate the results with Fathoms graphical analytics tools, so I can maximize quality while striving for economical bit rates. Inlet Technologies is pushing the envelope for advanced encoding technology."

MPEG 2 file ingest, native encoding of interlaced content and AVISynth support are among Fathom 2.5s capability enhancements. In addition, concurrent with this release, Inlet is offering a new cost-effective SD-only variant, available in most markets for under $10,000. Full product specifications are available online at

?Fathoms speed translates into an easily recognizable ROI win for high volume, quality WMVHD encoding, said Tyler Davis, engineering solutions manager, Microsoft Studios. ?We can accomplish better work in a shorter period of time, saving us money. The Seen by Scene feature will allow an even greater level of quality for the most critical encodes, still within the short turnaround times.

About Microsoft Studios
Microsoft® Studios, the internal studio and production facility of Microsoft, is a real-world test bed of products and services for the media and entertainment industries. The 65,000 square foot facility supports the marketing and presentation needs of Microsoft and its partner organizations throughout the world. Microsoft Studios boasts advanced production and post production facilities, including three large stages, state of the art digital post production facilities and an interactive media development group and technology integration lab, delivering products across the full spectrum of media.

About Modern VideoFilm
Modern VideoFilm's top priorities are QUALITY and SERVICE, and for these, Modern is known to have set the highest standards in the industry. In the early eighties, Modern VideoFilm set a worldwide standard by establishing the first dedicated quality control department in a post-production facility. Since that time, "QC", as it is commonly known, has become an industry standard around the globe. Today, Modern VideoFilm has eight dedicated quality control suites as well as a highly trained QC staff, working 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, to meet client needs and drop-dead deliveries.

Modern VideoFilm's credits include feature length films such as Gladiator, I Robot, 50 First Dates and hundreds of other titles; and television shows including Desperate Housewives, The West Wing and Everybody Loves Raymond.

About MetaMedia Training International:
For 25 years, MetaMedia Training International, Inc. has designed, developed, and delivered performance-based training and communications programs for government agencies, public corporations, and nonprofit groups. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instructional materials including HD-DVD, DVD, CD-ROM, web-based tools, and print media. For more information, please call 301-515-6300 or visit us on the web at

About Inlet Technologies
Inlet Technologies is one of the worlds foremost experts on advanced video encoding technology. The companys innovative solutions enable content providers to drive the proliferation of digital media to a rapidly expanding audience, through a multitude of next-generation distribution vehicles, including video-on-demand, packaged media, broadcast and IP connections.

Inlets Fathom was the industrys first real-time encoding platform for SMPTE VC-1 and Windows Media high definition video, setting a standard of innovation that continues today. With Fathoms real-time encoding, video engineers can reduce file sizes, speed processing time and improve output quality. Advanced tools such as Semaphore video analysis software and Seen by Scene segment re-encoding improve workflow automation, thus reducing staff requirements and increasing throughput. Fathom was selected by Millimeter Magazine as one of the most innovative technology products at NAB 2005, and was honored with a Millimeter ?Pick Hit award.

Inlet Technologies is based in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit


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