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Hostworks Selects Digital Rapids Encoders for New Live Streaming Service

  • Australia-based digital solutions provider Hostworks has chosen Digital Rapids encoders for the new Hostworks Media Foundry live streaming service
  • The encoders are used for live 24/7 streaming and ad-hoc live events while also creating file-based outputs for on-demand distribution
  • Digital Rapids’ responsive support and expertise have helped Hostworks bring new services to market in a timely and engaging manner

January 30, 2014 — Sydney, Australia: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that Australia-based digital solutions provider Hostworks has selected Digital Rapids encoders for the new Hostworks Media Foundry live streaming service.

Hostworks has a long history of delivering live and on-demand content for major entertainment and enterprise brands. With the continued growth of online viewing, Hostworks continues to expand the services it offers for online media delivery. For the Hostworks Media Foundry service, the Digital Rapids encoders transform live HD or SD inputs into both live streams and file-based outputs in multiple formats and bit rates to reach audiences on devices and screen sizes ranging from smartphones to ‘smart’ TVs.

Installed at a key satellite downlink facility owned by Hostworks’ parent company Broadcast Australia, the encoders are used for live 24/7 streaming and ad-hoc live events. Outputs are delivered via the Hostworks Content Distribution Service (HCDS), enabling adaptive bit rate live and on-demand distribution from high-capacity infrastructure located in multiple geographical locations.

“A key factor in our selection of Digital Rapids was the very responsive support provided by their team, who were able to provide solutions to a number of specific requirements,” said Mark Heppleston, Media and Broadcast Manager at Hostworks. “The Digital Rapids encoding platform has enabled us to develop and launch new high-quality services for live adaptive bit rate HD video streaming, while Digital Rapids’ support and expertise have helped to save us time and bring our services to market with efficiency, precision and a fast turnaround.”

“Service providers such as Hostworks supporting premium clientele require an encoding solution with proven reliability, outstanding vendor support and exceptional visual quality to protect and elevate the reputations and brand image of both themselves and their clients, ” said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. “Our encoders are perfectly suited to such applications, and we’re thrilled that Hostworks has chosen them for their new live streaming service initiative.”

“We have worked closely with Hostworks to help them meet the specific requirements of a variety of their high-profile clients, and are excited that our solutions are playing a key role in the launch of their new Hostworks Media Foundry offering,” added Neville Paterson, Sales Manager, Asia Pacific at Digital Rapids.

Digital Rapids encoders provide superior quality, outstanding reliability and flexible output format support for audience-expanding live and on-demand multiscreen initiatives. Powering applications from online and mobile video to over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV, Digital Rapids encoders’ rich output capabilities and adaptive streaming support are ideal for capitalizing on today’s lucrative multiscreen distribution opportunities, enabling content owners and service providers to efficiently reach viewers on devices from tablets and mobile phones to game consoles, PCs and ‘smart’ TVs.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Hostworks — Hostworks protects revenue and brand by ensuring that the availability or performance of digital environments do not impact on critical business deadlines or objectives. Our Australian-based people are available 24 /7 to save organisations time and money. Hostworks serves to keep business online and ahead of the game through strong audience engagement and is renowned for providing direction and solutions to household brands, media agencies, commercial enterprises, along with high profile government organisations. With an agile, adaptive and competitive approach to business, coupled with thought-leading enthusiasm, incessant pursuit of innovation and dedicated cultivation of expertise, Hostworks ensures results; all the time, every time.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Digital Rapids Honored Twice in NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards

November 25, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids announced today that two of the company’s solutions were honored in the inaugural NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding recent product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio organizations. The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast and multiscreen live encoder was named a 2013 Product Innovation Award winner, while the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume media file transformation software earned Honorable Mention.

Winners of the Product Innovation Awards were selected from vendor nominations by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“Having our innovation and product excellence highlighted with an award win is always exciting; to have two of our solutions recognized together is a tremendous honor. These accolades reflect not only the advantages of the products themselves, but also the talent and hard work of our teams who created them and our unwavering focus on solving the challenges faced by our customers,” said Mike Nann, Director of Marketing and Communications at Digital Rapids. “While serving different applications, both the StreamZ Live 8000EX and Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 share the benefits and goals of bringing superior quality, flexibility and efficiency to our customers while helping them streamline their operations and lower their costs in the rapidly evolving multiscreen media landscape.”

Designed to simplify the convergence of broadcast television and multiscreen streaming operations, the StreamZ Live 8000EX combines the exceptional multi-format flexibility and superior output quality of the StreamZ Live encoder family with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco and satellite television deployments. Reducing operational complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution to devices from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software seamlessly blends media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency, scalability and agility for applications from post production and archive to multiscreen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with visual workflow design; automated decision-making with rich metadata support; dynamic deployment; easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About NewBay Media — NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services, and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.nbmedia.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Digital Rapids’ New StreamZ Live 4000EX Advanced Multiscreen Encoder Wins STAR Award

October 1, 2013 — Passfield, UK: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that the company’s new StreamZ Live 4000EX encoder for advanced live and linear multiscreen applications was honored with a 2013 STAR Award, given by the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at the 2013 IBC Conference and Exhibition.

Part of the newest generation of Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live encoder family, the recently-released StreamZ Live 4000EX builds on the unsurpassed quality, multi-format flexibility and robust reliability of the StreamZ Live series with enhanced fault-tolerant redundancy, increased performance and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV head-ends to high-profile live event streaming. more

Digital Rapids Unleashes StreamZ Live 4000EX Advanced Multiscreen Encoder

Powerful new encoder for premium live and linear applications now shipping, making European trade show debut at IBC 2013

September 11, 2013 — IBC 2013, Amsterdam, Stand 7.F33: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — today announced the immediate availability of the new StreamZ Live 4000EX encoder for advanced live and linear multiscreen applications. Part of Digital Rapids’ newest generation of the highly-acclaimed StreamZ Live encoder family, the StreamZ Live 4000EX will also make its European trade show debut at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX builds on the unsurpassed quality, multi-format flexibility and robust reliability of the StreamZ Live family with enhanced fault-tolerant redundancy, increased performance and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV head-ends to high-profile live event streaming.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX offers rich adaptive streaming format support to reach audiences across the broadest range of devices and platforms. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously with encodes shareable across differing encapsulations for outstanding processing efficiency. Independent management of each output provides exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped, added and removed separately without interrupting other concurrent outputs.

Designed to be flexible and future-proof, the StreamZ Live 4000EX is built on the powerful software architecture of the Kayak technology platform and can be easily upgraded to support new features, formats and technologies. Meanwhile, the robust new hardware platform bolsters fault tolerance with multiple network interfaces and redundant inputs, outputs and power supplies. Multiple StreamZ Live encoders can be combined with the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager management software for multi-channel automation, scheduling, monitoring and failover.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX is one of three new models being introduced in the StreamZ Live family. The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated encoder simplifies the convergence of core television and multi-platform streaming operations with simultaneous encoding for broadcast, cable or satellite television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate encoding for multiscreen streaming — all in a single 1RU encoder. The new StreamZ Live 6000EX delivers the same robust, premium-quality broadcast encoding capabilities as its sibling 8000EX in a tailored configuration for dedicated linear broadcast, cable and satellite TV applications.

“Watching live and linear content across a broad selection of devices is now firmly ingrained in consumers’ viewing habits, and their expectations of the quality and reliability of those viewing experiences are higher than ever before,” said Tony Huang, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast and Live at Digital Rapids. “The StreamZ Live 4000EX enables content owners and service providers to exceed their audience’s expectations while providing a flexible platform that can easily adapt as market trends and technologies evolve.”

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Digital Rapids StreamZ Live Encoders Power Streaming in the Studio and On the Road for nobeo

Production services provider relies on award-winning live encoders in-house and in the new @-car production vehicle

August 28, 2013 — Passfield, United Kingdom: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that German production services provider nobeo GmbH has deployed Digital Rapids’ StreamZ Live adaptive streaming encoders for live streaming production both within nobeo’s studios and in the field with nobeo’s new @-car compact production vehicle.

Based in Hurth, Germany, nobeo provides studio production, outside production and post production services, including a fleet of mobile control units and HD outside broadcasting vans. With the development of the new @-car compact production vehicle, nobeo also offers high-quality broadcasting for event and business TV plus live online streaming.

One StreamZ Live encoder is deployed in the @-car for live productions from the field, with additional StreamZ Live units in nobeo’s dedicated Internet TV studios for producing live online shows. The encoders transform live high definition source feeds into multiple output streams in a variety of resolutions, bit rates and formats for live OTT delivery as well as creating VoD assets. The most recent systems were acquired through Digital Rapids reseller sono.

“The Digital Rapids systems meet our expectations perfectly and are straightforward to use. In live situations in particular, it is extremely important to be able to rely on the technical components fully and entirely,” said Guido Amann, CTO at nobeo GmbH. “Alongside the technological benefits, it is worth highlighting the excellent support we have received. We wish more products were like this — being simple to use and accompanied by excellent support from the manufacturer.”

“A rapidly growing number of outside broadcast service providers are capitalising on the audience-expanding opportunities of multiscreen delivery and producing dedicated online and mobile experiences directly in the field,” said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. “The unmatched flexibility, comprehensive feature set and robust reliability of our StreamZ Live encoders make them ideal for meeting the rigorous demands of live on-site production environments, and we’re pleased that nobeo has chosen our solutions for their operations both in-studio and in the field.”

StreamZ Live encoders provide superior quality, outstanding reliability and flexible, multiscreen output format support for audience-expanding live streaming applications. Powering applications from online and mobile video to over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV, StreamZ Live’s rich output capabilities and adaptive streaming support are ideal for capitalising on today’s lucrative multi-screen content distribution opportunities, allowing content and rights owners to reach viewers on devices from tablets and mobile phones to game consoles, PCs and ‘smart’ TVs.


The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Digital Rapids StreamZHD Encoding System Hits the Road on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

August 15, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is using Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD encoding system to educate students and deliver online streams of their live productions from its state-of-the-art, mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit organization that has traveled across the US and Canada for the past 16 years serving as a living legacy to John Lennon by providing young people with free access to hands-on music and video creation. Students and emerging artists alike are afforded the opportunity to create original content alongside today’s most recognized musicians and the team of experienced engineers on board. Through studio tours and workshops — which include celebrity appearances, live performances and live multi-camera video productions streamed online in real time — young musicians can learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs and music videos. The StreamZHD system encodes high definition source signals into multiple concurrent live output streams ranging from mobile to HD resolutions.

“We want our students to get hands-on experience with the same equipment they’ll encounter in professional studios should they enter the industry, and since we are often producing shows featuring A-list celebrities, quality and reliability are critically important,” said Jeff Sobel, Chief Engineer, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “We also needed to be able to stream multi-bitrate video with state-of-the-art codec implementations and have complete control over the streams’ specifications. StreamZHD was recommended to us by our streaming infrastructure partner TodoCast and was by far the best solution that fit our needs.”

“Preparing live and on-demand content for delivery to audiences across multiple platforms and viewing devices is now an intrinsic part of video production workflows, making it an important aspect of educating future video professionals,” said Brent Ross, Director of Sales, North America at Digital Rapids. “We’re thrilled that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is using StreamZHD not only to bring their live productions to their online audience, but also to train their students on the same premium media transformation solution used by the world’s leading studios and media organizations.”

Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD ingest, encoding and archive systems deliver high-quality, multi-format video capture, encoding, transcoding and streaming in versatile configurations that integrate easily into any professional environment. Offering the industry’s deepest feature set, they provide superior quality, flexibility, format support and efficient automation for transforming media for applications from post production and archive to live and on-demand multi-screen distribution.

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2013 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus — The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization featuring a state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. A second Bus will provide the same opportunities to songwriters in the U.K. and Europe when it begins traveling abroad in May 2013. The Bus is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Avid, Apple, Montblanc, Sony, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson, Epiphone, NAMM, True Religion, Genelec, Vox, NewTek, TodoCast, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Ableton, Roland, Boss, JamHub, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mackie, Ampeg, Digital Media Academy, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, New Bay Media, Copperpeace, Apogee, Glyph, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi, Boingo, Solid State Logic, and SKB Cases. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

Digital Rapids Releases New 3.8 Software Upgrade for Highly Acclaimed Ingest, Encoding and Streaming Systems

Updates include encoding quality and performance enhancements, expanded ad insertion support and new Netflix production presets
May 16, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — is now shipping version 3.8 of the Digital Rapids Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and Flux ingest, encoding and streaming solutions. Advances in the new version include H.264, MPEG-2 and DVCPro encoding enhancements including 4K Ultra HD H.264 encoding support; expanded support for automated multiscreen advertising insertion workflows; and new predefined project files for transforming content for Netflix delivery.

H.264 (AVC) encoding enhancements in Stream 3.8 include increased quality, significant performance gains — as much as 25% faster depending on host system and content characteristics — and support for 4K Ultra HD encoding. Featuring quadruple the number of pixels per frame (3840×2160) as 1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD enables superior viewing experiences with corresponding displays. Version 3.8 also features increased quality and performance for MPEG-2 encoding, plus improved DVCPro output quality. more

Digital Rapids Expands Award-Winning StreamZ Live Encoder Family with Trio of Powerful New Models

New StreamZ Live 4000EX, 6000EX and 8000EX target live and linear multiscreen, broadcast and converged applications

April 10, 2013 — NAB Show, Las Vegas, Booth SL5624: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — is unveiling powerful new models in the company’s award-winning StreamZ Live family of live encoders. Building on the superior multi-format flexibility, quality and reliability of the StreamZ Live series, the new additions include the StreamZ Live 4000EX for premium multiscreen applications; the StreamZ Live 6000EX for dedicated broadcast applications; and the StreamZ Live 8000EX for converged broadcast and multiscreen deployments.

The new StreamZ Live 4000EX multiscreen encoder combines the proven benefits of existing StreamZ Live models with increased fault-tolerant redundancy and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) services to high-profile and mission-critical live streaming deployments. The StreamZ Live 4000EX features rich adaptive streaming format support for providing viewers with high-quality experiences on the broadest range of devices, from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones.

Leveraging the flexible software architecture of the Kayak technology platform, the StreamZ Live 4000EX can be easily upgraded to support new features, formats and technologies as they emerge. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously, with independent management of each output for exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped and reconfigured separately without interrupting other concurrent outputs — even those from the same input.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX can be managed and controlled through an intuitive web interface, optional touchscreen front-panel controls or through a new version of the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software for multi-channel automation, scheduling, monitoring and failover. Its robust new hardware platform bolsters fault tolerance with features including redundant inputs and outputs, multiple network interfaces and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.

Existing StreamZ Live models also continue to be available for professional live streaming and multiscreen applications not requiring the advanced redundancy and control capabilities of the 4000EX.

Convergence without Compromise

Simplifying the convergence of core television and multi-platform streaming operations now occurring within media enterprises, the StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast/multiscreen encoder combines all of the capabilities of the StreamZ Live 4000EX with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco and satellite television operations. Reducing complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution — all in a single 1RU encoder.

The new StreamZ Live 6000EX delivers the same robust, premium-quality broadcast encoding capabilities as its sibling 8000EX in a tailored configuration for dedicated broadcast, cable and satellite television applications.

All three new models offer a broad range of configuration options to match customer and project requirements. Units are available in single, dual and quad-channel input densities with input options including SDI, IP and ASI interfaces. The StreamZ Live 4000EX features IP outputs, while IP and ASI output options are available for the StreamZ Live 6000EX and 8000EX. The units are also easily field-upgradeable with expansion options including single-channel to dual-channel, SD-only to HD and more.

“The introduction of the StreamZ Live 4000EX, 6000EX and 8000EX rounds out our comprehensive range of high-quality live encoders with robust, application-tailored solutions for multiscreen, broadcast and combined deployments,” said Tony Huang, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast and Live at Digital Rapids. “The expanded resilience, redundancy and control capabilities of the new models reflect the pivotal role that live and linear multiscreen delivery now play in media organizations’ business strategies, while the StreamZ Live 8000EX directly addresses and simplifies the convergence of their multi-platform streaming initiatives into their core television operations.”

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions is being showcased in booth number SL5624 at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Digital Rapids Showcases Strong Partnerships and Expanding Ecosystem at the 2013 NAB Show

April 9, 2013 — NAB Show, Las Vegas, Booth SL5624: Digital Rapids is showcasing the company’s strong industry partnerships and the ongoing expansion of the partner ecosystem for its highly-acclaimed Kayak dynamic workflow platform at the 2013 NAB Show. Digital Rapids’ innovative media transformation and workflow solutions are being highlighted in a variety of booths around the exhibition floor, while five new companies are announcing their participation in the Kayak ecosystem.

“We’re proud to be partnering with some of the industry’s biggest names and innovators to showcase the powerful benefits of our combined solutions, and we continue to be thrilled by the tremendous industry support and excitement for the Kayak platform,” said Brick Eksten, President and CEO of Digital Rapids Corporation. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with them as we bring the benefits of our collaboration to our mutual customers.”

Industry partners highlighting Digital Rapids solutions at the show include:

  • Dell — The Kayak workflow platform is being demonstrated as part of the launch of the new Dell Create(tm) multi-vendor workflow solution being showcased at the ‘StudioXperience sponsored by Intel’ booth (SL9610). Dell Create combines Dell’s open media architecture, hardware, services, security and support with best-of-breed partner solutions to provide customized multi-vendor workflows for content creators.
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Digital Rapids Transcends Transcoding with Release of Highly-Anticipated Media Processing Upgrade

February 19, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing content to wider audiences — today announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated media processing software, powered by the ground-breaking Kayak dynamic workflow platform.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software goes far beyond transcoding and workflow orchestration, seamlessly blending media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency and agility for applications from post production and archive to multi-screen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with powerful new advances including adaptive, logic-driven workflow automation with rich metadata support; intuitive, visual workflow design tools; dynamic deployment; fast, easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager is deployed in a distributed architecture, with dynamic allocation ensuring that the right workflows are available at the right scale to match job requirements and volumes at any given time. A Transcode Manager Server manages and deploys customized tasks across processing Engines on multiple computing resources, optimizing resource utilization and bringing the scalability, flexibility, and transparency of the cloud to on-premises operations. Transcode Manager Server 2.0 can manage both new Kayak Engines and earlier-generation Transcode Engines, providing a smooth transition for existing Transcode Manager users.

The new Kayak Engines also expand Transcode Manager’s extensive capabilities with new format support — including the UltraViolet(tm) Common File Format (CFF) — and new processing features such as Dolby(r) loudness correction with Dolby Dialog Intelligence(tm) for compliance with audio regulations such as the United States’ CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act.

“Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 has been our most anticipated new release to date, and we’re thrilled to be putting its power into the hands of our customers,” said Darren Gallipeau, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. “Transcode Manager 2.0′s logic-driven automation and flexible process design capabilities give users unmatched control of their media transformation workflows while maximizing their efficiency. Meanwhile, its catalog-based, modular architecture and dynamic deployment model enable users to rapidly integrate new capabilities, scale seamlessly and adapt quickly to new opportunities and market trends.”

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0, Kayak and the complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number SL5624 at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

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