Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
9/8/2013 2:58 AM
At IBC2013, Digital Rapids highlighted a range of new features and enhancements for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume media transformation software and its underlying Kayak dynamic workflow platform.
New capabilities include support for the x264 codec, AVC-Intra format and Digital Production Partnership (DPP) file specification; mixed-platform distributed workflows, including ProRes encoding on Mac OS X; and enhanced core video processing tools. Advances such as HEVC (H.265) format support and 4K Ultra HD encoding were announced earlier this year.
Kayak now offers an array of new output capabilities. Optional support for the x264 codec expands users' choices for high-quality encoding to the H.264 compression standard. An additional new optional component provides encoding to Panasonic's AVC-Intra format. This also combines with new support for the AMWA AS-11 MXF application specification to enable the production of deliverables compliant with DPP media file interchange guidelines.
Enhanced core video processing tools include the first two releases in the new Kayak Studio series of components — Kayak Studio Scaler and Kayak Studio De-Interlacer. Offering a choice of scaling methods including Lanczos and Digital Rapids' own optimized techniques, the Kayak Studio Scaler is designed to produce superior visual quality even while significantly exceeding the performance of typical software scalers. In addition to high-quality motion adaptive de-interlacing, the Kayak Studio De-interlacer also incorporates inverse telecine with comprehensive cadence detection, including robust handling of broken and mixed cadences.