Snell & Wilcox to feature Helios software-based conversion platform

Snell & Wilcox will unveil Helios, a software-based conversion platform that eliminates the boundaries between video formats, global standards and new media display devices at NAB2006.

Helios ensures that all digital media, including live video, will perform optimally on any platform, anywhere, including a television station, Web site, iPod, mobile telephone, IPTV, video-on-demand, broadband, or a new service yet to be conceived.

Helios brings Snell & Wilcox's conversion, compression, and signal processing expertise to the file-based domain. Combining the company's Ph.C motion estimation and FormatFusion technologies, Helios makes possible the long-held dream of content owners and broadcasters to "master once, distribute anywhere."

Running on generic, open-standards IT hardware, Helios transcends simple transcoding by encompassing a complete automated solution that can convert —under user control — video, audio, and metadata to the required format in a single pass.

See Snell & Wilcox at NAB2006 in booth SU156, or visit

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