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Helios software conversion platform merits recognition at NAB2006

Snell & Wilcox’s Helios software conversion platform earned a Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award at NAB2006 last month.

The Pick Hit Awards are presented to the most technologically innovative products and those most likely to make a meaningful impact on the broadcast and film industries. Helios’ contributions come in the signal-distribution area, credited by the award committee as a product that effectively balanced cost, flexibility and quality.

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 it possible to “master once, distribute anywhere.” The system 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 “anytime” pass. Helios’ intelligent job manager scales processing throughput by applying the appropriate amount of CPU power required for an individual task.

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