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Digital Rapids Adds Netflix, H.264 Enhancements to StreamZ

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Video transformation and workflow company Digital Rapids has version 3.8 of the Stream software used by its StreamZ, StreamZHD, and Flux products. New to this version are enhancements to H.264, MPEG-2, and DVCPro encoding, including support for 4K Ultra HD. Predefined project files now let users prepare their video for Netflix. The 3.8 version also expands support for workflows that include automated ad insertion for multiscreen delivery.

The H.264 enhancements promise improved video quality, encoding speeds as much as 25 percent faster, and the option for 4K Ultra HD output. MPEG-2 enhancements include improved quality and encoding speeds, as well as better quality when outputting to DVCPro.

The ad insertion improvements come in the form of support for the latest SCTE-104 specification, as well as the HLS protocol. Users can cue ad breaks in live video, than have markers inserted automatically for later ad insertions or replacements in HLS streams.

“While up-and-coming new formats like HEVC are getting most of the buzz right now, the practical reality is that established formats such as H.264 and even MPEG-2 will continue to dominate users workflows for quite some time to come, and there continues to be room for further quality and performance improvements for those formats," says Mike Nann, director or marketing for Digital Rapids. 

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