Digital Rapids Upgrades Transcode Manager with Powerful Web Services Interface and More

February 11, 2008 -- Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids -- a leading developer of scalable solutions for content ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection, streaming, delivery and playout -- has unveiled a significant new version of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager family of automated media transcoding software. Available immediately, version 1.2 of Transcode Manager FE (Facility Edition) features new video processing functions, enhanced clip list options and a comprehensive Web Services interface, enabling customers and third-party developers to easily integrate Transcode Manager into their own custom applications.

Based on industry-standard SOAP Web Services, the new API lets developers take advantage of the enterprise-level performance, load-balancing intelligence and failover capabilities of Transcode Manager FE in their own applications through an easy XML-based programming interface. The complete range of Transcode Manager features -- from submitting and monitoring the status of jobs to setting video processing options -- can be accessed through the Web Services interface.

New video processing functions include automatic black border detection and removal, enhanced aspect ratio conversion options and more. Extensions to the processing of XML-based clip lists in Transcode Manager allow individually trimmed sections of multiple distinct audio and video source clips to be concatenated into a single transcoded result. Transcode Manager FE 1.2 also includes a number of minor enhancements and refinements, which are also available to users of Transcode Manager LE for smaller studios and workgroups.

"Transcode Manager continues to be the ideal solution for any customer with high-volume, high-throughput transcoding needs, from small studios to large broadcasters and enterprise-class operations," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "Transcode Manager FE has always included powerful tools for integrating into customer workflows, and our new Web Services interface takes that to an unparalleled level, allowing the benefits of intelligent distributed transcoding to be incorporated into third-party and custom applications faster and more easily than ever before."

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager provides centralized management, automation and intelligent load balancing for high-volume, multi-format transcoding workflows, increasing production volume while reducing operational costs. A Transcode Manager server works in conjunction with multiple Transcode Engines, intelligently assigning jobs for optimal throughput. Transcode Manager goes beyond standard load balancing by "learning" which Transcode Engines are most efficient for each type of encoding and allocating jobs accordingly.

The complete line of Digital Rapids products will be showcased at the NAB Show 2008 in booth number SL8724, April 14-17 in Las Vegas. For more information on Transcode Manager and other Digital Rapids products, please visit our web site at

About Digital Rapids Corporation - Digital Rapids is a leading developer of professional hardware and software solutions for video ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection, streaming, and delivery. Digital Rapids offers solutions that scale from individual applications to enterprise and global workflows, with the proven expertise to help our customers maximize their productivity and the value of their content in the evolving digital media market. Digital Rapids products integrate seamlessly into new and existing post production, broadcast, institutional and media distribution environments, dramatically increasing the volume and quality of media produced while lowering overall costs. Digital Rapids Corporation ( is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with sales offices in the United States, the UK and Australia.