February 19, 2008 -- Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids has begun shipping version 1.2 of the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager live encoder management software, featuring a new graphical scheduling interface and a comprehensive Web Services API for integrating Broadcast Manager into third-party applications.
Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager provides enterprise-level management and control for multiple live streaming encoders. Supporting Digital Rapids' acclaimed StreamZ and StreamZ Live encoding systems, Broadcast Manager simplifies operation with centralized scheduling, remote control and individual and group resource management, while bolstering reliability with automated failover and alerts. Failover management provides fault tolerance by automatically bringing backup systems online, while "self-healing" attempts to resolve problems directly on failed systems.
Version 1.2 extends the scheduling capabilities of Broadcast Manager with a new graphical interface, providing an at-a-glance visual representation of scheduled tasks and enabling easy identification of scheduling gaps and conflicts. Individual or groups of encoders can be started, stopped, or taken offline (such as for maintenance) at scheduled times, with the flexibility of using of a different set of encoding parameters (including different compression formats) for each scheduled task if desired.
The new Web Services interface enables developers to directly integrate Broadcast Manager into their own custom applications and management systems through an easy-to-use SOAP XML-based SDK. All Broadcast Manager capabilities -- from scheduling tasks to monitoring the status of encoders -- are accessible through the Web Services interface.
"Broadcast Manager deployments are in use around the clock and across the globe, bolstering the reliability of live streaming applications from IPTV channels to webcasts, while significantly simplifying operations," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "The new visual scheduling interface in version 1.2 makes controlling multiple encoders even easier, while the Web Services interface lets customers integrate Broadcast Manager even more tightly into their own custom facility and enterprise management systems."
The complete line of Digital Rapids products will be showcased at the NAB Show 2008 in booth number SL8724, April 14-17 in Las Vegas. For more information on Broadcast Manager and other Digital Rapids products, please visit our web site at www.digital-rapids.com.
About Digital Rapids Corporation - Digital Rapids is a leading developer of professional hardware and software solutions for video ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection, streaming, and delivery. Digital Rapids offers solutions that scale from individual applications to enterprise and global workflows, with the proven expertise to help our customers maximize their productivity and the value of their content in the evolving digital media market. Digital Rapids products integrate seamlessly into new and existing post production, broadcast, institutional and media distribution environments, dramatically increasing the volume and quality of media produced while lowering overall costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digital-rapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with sales offices in the United States, the UK and Australia.