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Telestream Announces Episode Series

Telestream’s new Episode
Series
is a scalable suite of desktop applications and server-based
workgroup solutions for  new media distribution needs: podcast,
Web, DVD, IPTV and mobile devices. The Episode software solutions are
the first products to emerge from the company’s recent acquisition of
compression specialist Popwire. Episode Series premieres at this week’s
International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam September 8-12
and is available for immediate online purchase and delivery.

Episode Series complements
Telestream’s Flip4Mac components
for QuickTime
for the Mac as well as its Workgroup and Enterprise
Flip Factory solutions on Windows. Episode targets media enthusiasts,
post-production professionals, and new media departments at broadcast
and other media companies. Episode contains optimized codecs, filters
and extensive fine-tuning capabilities so users can generate high
picture quality with fast conversion speed. These software solutions
offer extensive encoding support for current and emerging video and
audio file formats, up to HD resolutions.

Episode is a desktop media encoding application for content
repurposing and distribution to new media channels, including Web and
DVD, and portable devices such as Apple iPod, Sony PSP, and mobile
phones. Episode Pro adds batch processing and scalability to Episode
Workgroup, a server-based solution that enables high-volume job
processing. Episode Pro also adds support for MPEG-2 (.ts) source and
output to GFX, MXF, IMX,  3GPP and 3GPP2 with H.264 High Profile
and Surround Sound output. 3GPP and 3GPP2 in original profile are
supported by both versions are are MPEG-1, MPEG-2, a variety of
QuickTime .mov formats and Flash Video 8 (via an optional encoding
plug-in). Episode and Episode Pro are the only Mac encoding solution to
offer Intellistream MBR for Windows Media where multiple bitrates are
included in the same file.

These desktop applications are optimized for Macintosh hardware,
including the new Intel laptops, desktops and servers. Episode is
available for US$395 and Episode Pro for US$895. Both are available for
immediate purchase online.

For workgroups with faster, higher-volume needs, Episode Workgroup
is a flexible, configurable solution. It’s scalable client, server and
ingest products can be configured to meet increased capacity, fast
throughput and 24/7 production requirements. For workgroups and
enterprises, multiple clients can be configured to access media in a
central server or a clustered server network. All the components and
options work together seamlessly to provide speed, performance and
reliability.

Episode Pro is used to configure settings, then export them to the
server to handle the heavy workload. An interactive settings editor and
preview functions give users complete control over the output result.
Episode Engine and Episode Engine Pro are server-based software
encoders that offer unlimited auto-batch processing, watch folder
monitoring and maximum workflow throughput, saving valuable time and
labor resources. From any supported input format to any
distribution-ready output format, the entire workflow is completely
automated.

Episode Workgroup products are available for immediate delivery
through Telestream’s direct sales and worldwide resellers.

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