Canopus debuts real-time MPEG encoder/decoder

Canopus, digital video editing products manufacturers, have announced a real-time MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding and decoding board, as an expansion of its Amber and MediaEdge video distribution system applications.

The new MVRD2200 MPEG encoder board features enhanced analog video signal filtering, cleaning and stabilization technology. An updated software development kit (SDK) provides full board function control and backward compatibility for existing Canopus products.

The MVRD2200 includes the ability to filter, stabilize and enhance analog source video quality prior to encoding. There are also pre-filtering features like advanced 3-D Y/C separation to reduce color noise and improve image quality, 3-D digital noise reduction to eliminate noise in the analog video signal, a line time base corrector (LTBC) to correct jittery video images, and digital frame synchronization and auto gain controls.

Using the Main Profile at Main Level (MP@ML) compression, the system features true IBP frame format, providing the highest quality video output at the lowest bandwidth. In addition, the system's variable bit rate capabilities - from 1Mb/s to 15Mb/s – help maintain video quality while reducing the overall file size. The new encoder board supports both composite and S-video inputs, I-frame-only MPEG-2 encoding and is scalable up to full-D1 resolution in the NTSC and PAL standards.

The software bundle included with MVRD2200 includes MPEG Station, a capture and playback software utility, and a DV AVI-to-MPEG file conversion utility. MPEG Station offers full-resolution overlay for previewing footage during capture and features a detailed selection of adjustable encoding settings that users can modify to meet their video quality requirements.

An Adobe Premiere timeline export plug-in is also included, for fast, high-quality encoding directly from the timeline, as is an SDK to enable program developers to create custom software that utilizes the hardware for a specific encoding tasks.

Canopus’ MediaEdge uses the company's MPEG compression technology to deliver professional-level video over LAN-based networks. Fully compatible, the MVRD2200 board can be installed in a MediaEdge server for live video streaming over a network.

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