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MLB Network Taps Cinegy for Compression

MUNICH, GERMANY—The MLB Network is using Cinegy’s DANIEL codec to enhance workflow integration for the sports networks’ in-house production.

“MLB Network is moving to an Adobe Premier platform for all of our editing and we were challenged to find a codec that met our image quality needs and included alpha channel support. We tested the DANIEL codec and found it to meet our requirements for our Emmy Award-nominated “Field Of Dreamers” project for MLB Network Showcase game productions.” said Tab Butler director, media management & post production, MLB Network.

Cinegy DANIEL (Digital ANImation Encoder Library ) is a professional, broadcast-oriented video codec for video with alpha channel. DANIEL strikes the careful balance between computing requirements, video quality and bitrate requirements. DANIEL is an I-Frame codec and it is not mathematically lossless but the company says it has a fairly high PSNR.

“The DANIEL codec allows us to tighten our workflow integration between our creative services, graphics department and our post production environment for sharing graphic content,” Butler added.

The standalone Daniel AVI codec allows installation on Windows machines and use in non-Cinegy products, e.g. Adobe AfterEffects to output animations with alpha channel for use with Cinegy Air as part of Type CG templates or simple animated logos.

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Technology (www.tvtechnology.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.