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Media Excel Transcoder Does Double Duty for HD

Media Excel HERA 4000 Media Excel, an Austin, Texas-based developer of transcoding technologies, introduced the HERA 4000 line of transcoder products at IBC2008.

The HERA 4000 is the first video compression product that can stream two, real-time, simultaneous HD streams in a single product, according to Media Excel, which noted that the encoder/transcoder is the first product of its type to use the Texas Instruments DaVinci digital media processor.

The HERA 4000 allows broadcasters, cable, satellite, telco and Web video firms to rapidly encode, transcode and distribute professional, broadcast-quality video to any device over any network, according to the company. The HERA 4000 allows users to transcode two channels of MPEG-2 HD to H.264 HD or eight channels of MPEG-2 SD to H.264 SD in a live IPTV broadcast scenario.