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Telestream announces availability of HEVC transcoding

February 5, 2014

Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, is now shipping HEVC encoding within its Vantage Transcode Multiscreen product. This is the first commercial product to leverage the x265 encoding technology which was developed by an open source community to create a highly optimized HEVC H.265 codec. HEVC offers the promise of higher frame rates and lower bit rates, doubling the compression compared to AVC/H.264, and enabling next-generation Ultra HD 4K video services.

“We’re excited about the addition of x265-based HEVC encoding,” said Paul Turner, vice president of enterprise product management at Telestream. “We had great success in the past with the x264 project, both by contributing OpenCL-based optimisations to the project, and by including a commercially-licensed implementation in our commercial offerings. The x265 project builds on that robust codebase. The consolidated expertise of the open source community ensures that the new codec is as robust, efficient and high quality as its predecessor.”

Telestream is a co-founder of the x265 project which utilises the work of a global community of experts from universities and labs that span the world to bring their creativity and knowledge to bear on the challenge of creating the best H.265 HEVC encoding technology.

“The x265 project is achieving fantastic quality and performance, and we are excited to see it going into production with Telestream’s Vantage Transcode Multiscreen product,” said Curtis Davis, Chief Operating Officer of MulticoreWare.  “We are seeing very strong adoption from leading content producers and video services. Telestream’s leadership in this project has helped us to create an HEVC encoder that is second to none.”

Vantage Transcode Multiscreen is a complete video transcoding, packaging and workflow automation solution that includes x265 and x264/H.264 encoding to provide pristine image quality and compelling bit-rate efficiency.  Vantage Transcode Multiscreen software runs on the Telestream Lightspeed Server to enable blazing-fast video processing and acceleration across multiple GPUs and CPU cores.

Vantage includes a broad range of video transcoding and file-based workflow automation products which scale from a single-server to very large, multi-server systems. Vantage makes content production, multi-screen delivery, and device interoperability a hands-off process. The Vantage platform brings transcoding, media capture, metadata processing, analysis, and content assembly into a unified system. Telestream Vantage was recognized earlier this year by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) for engineering excellence in video processing.

Telestream will be demonstrating the entire family of Vantage Transcode products at several upcoming industry events:
•    BVE, London, Feb 25-27, in stand N18
•    CabSat, Dubai, Mar 11-13, in stand E7-43
•    TV Connect, London, Mar 18-20, in stand 59
•    NAB, Las Vegas, Apr 7-10, in booth SL3905

HEVC encoding technology is available immediately in Vantage Transcode Multiscreen and at no additional cost for existing Vantage Transcode Multiscreen customers. To learn more about HEVC encoding, download Telestream’s free white paper: Advanced HEVC Encoding Considerations. Vantage products can be purchased through Telestream’s worldwide sales distribution network.

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