LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 12, 2010 — RadiantGrid Technologies, developer of leading-edge transcoding, transformation and new media automation service platforms, is adding transwrapping capabilities to its Multichannel Audio Management Feature. This new capability, along with the rest of the RadiantGridTM Platform, will be on display at this year’s NAB (Booth SL2327).
RadiantGrid’s Multichannel Audio Management Feature enables robust surround and multichannel audio processing. During ingestion, a mezzanine audio file is generated, which provides a generic PCM multichannel audio source for further transcodes. Within this process RadiantGrid gives users the ability to map mono channels from the source media to the output files, which can support the rearranging of channels or the selection of a subset of channels. This removes the complications of working with multichannel audio in various container formats, stream layouts and source codecs.
With its new transwrapping (also called transmuxing) option, users can skip the video processing and just process the audio during the transcoding process. Transwrapping allows the source file to be ingested and the video and audio to be demuxed into the essence streams. Then the audio can be processed within the RadiantGrid Platform using one or more of the company’s audio processing options. Finally, both are muxed back together and the transwrapped file can be deployed or further processed using hardware processors.
“The addition of transwrapping capabilities to the RadiantGrid Platform helps give our users even more options and flexibility when processing content,” says Kirk Marple, president, chief software architect, RadiantGrid Technologies. “This allows audio to be processed using Linear Acoustic loudness control and upmixing technologies while simultaneously running additional transcoding processes, maximizing efficiency and cutting down on transcoding time.”
To further enhance the capabilities of Multichannel Audio Management, RadiantGrid has partnered with Linear Acoustic to offer industry-leading solutions for loudness control and upmixing. The Linear Acoustic upMAX algorithm enables delivery of compelling 5.1-channel audio with complete downmix compatibility and bypasses upmixing when applied content is already 5.1 channels. AEROMAX processing provides ITU BS.1770-compliant loudness control as well as selectable multiband, multistage dynamic range control for content destined for devices such as mobile, handheld or streaming decoder, which may require more tightly controlled audio.
RadiantGrid additionally supports transcoding, demuxing, and general management of specialized audio formats like Dolby Digital (AC-3) and Dolby E. It also supports encoding to stereo and multichannel BWAV and AC-3 2.0 and 5.1 from AC-3 or Dolby E sources, as well as applying the many audio normalization and adjustment features offered within the platform.
About Linear Acoustic:
Linear Acoustic is the leading authority in television audio control from production to transmission. The company designs and manufactures the AEROTM range of audio processing and loudness control solutions, e2™ (e-squared) multichannel audio backhaul and distribution, and MetaMAX™ metadata processing products and licenses key technologies to OEM partners. The company is actively involved in standards and practices creation as a member of the ATSC and by participating in other international standards groups. Linear Acoustic is a sustaining member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and is a premier member of the Sports Video Group. Linear Acoustic provided its UPMAX:neo™ 5.1-channel upmixer and technical services for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and provided its AERO.qc™ technology and technical services for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Linear Acoustic is a member of the Telos group of companies along with Omnia and Axia. More information about Linear Acoustic is available at www.linearacoustic.com.
About RadiantGrid Technologies:
RadiantGrid Technologies is an independent software vendor which develops and markets the RadiantGrid™ Platform – a leading-edge media workflow services platform targeting Broadcast & Cable Operators, Content Owners, Advertising Vendors, Digital Cinema Companies, and User-Generated Content Portals. The RadiantGrid Platform provides media transformation capabilities including grid-enabled transcoding, multi-format transcoding, multi-track assembly, standards conversion, and closed caption extraction and upconversion, in addition to metadata management, storage management, and media publishing.
For more information about RadiantGrid Technologies, visit www.radiantgrid.com.