April 7, 2008 -- Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids -- a leading developer of scalable solutions for media ingest, encoding, transcoding, protection, streaming, delivery and playout -- has announced a significant new software version for the flexible CarbonHD Digital Disk Recorder (DDR). Version 2.0 of the CarbonHD software features a new user interface design and provides access to the complete range of capabilities offered by CarbonHD's powerful hardware, including JPEG2000 compression and integrated HD/SD format conversion.
CarbonHD raises the bar for flexibility in DDRs by supporting both compressed and uncompressed video recording and playback, plus extensive HD and SD input format support, all in a single cost-effective unit. In addition to 10-bit and 8-bit uncompressed video, CarbonHD includes hardware-based JPEG2000 compression in both lossless and lossy modes at user-selectable data rates, decreasing the cost of HD video storage while matching or surpassing the quality of tape-based compression formats. Integrated input format conversion lets users work with HD or SD high definition or standard definition video in its native format, or convert it in real time from HD to SD, SD to HD, or between HD formats and frame rates.
The new-look user interface streamlines operation of CarbonHD's integrated software for managing ingest, trimming, and playout of clips. New software features include the ability to combine still graphics such as slates and color bars with captured clips in playlists. Deck control and VTR emulation enable CarbonHD to easily integrate anywhere in a facility, from dub rooms to creative suites.
"Version 2.0 unlocks the powerful potential of CarbonHD's format-agile capabilities, letting our customers realize the benefits of the exceptional visual quality of our JPEG2000 support and flexible HD/SD support," said Wesley Thiessen, Product Manager, Digital Rapids Corporation. "Whether used as a VTR replacement, standalone capture and playout device, or integrated into a complete digital media workflow, CarbonHD is the ideal digital disk recorder for today's dynamic media environments."
CarbonHD version 2.0 is currently beta testing at select customer sites, and is slated for general availability in Q2.
CarbonHD and the complete line of Digital Rapids products will be showcased at the NAB Show 2008 in booth number SL8724. For more information, 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, Australia, Argentina and Hong Kong.