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Digital Rapids Extends Encoding Leadership with Version 2.5 Software Upgrades

NAB Show, Las Vegas, Booth SL8724(4/13/2008) - Digital Rapids today unveiled new version 2.5 of the StreamPro and StreamEnterprise software. The new version further extends the market-leading capabilities of Digital Rapids' encoding solutions that helped earn the company the 2008 Frost & Sullivan award for Customer Value Enhancement in the World Video Encoders and Transcoders market. Version 2.5 offers expanded compression and file format support, enhanced video processing plug-ins, and extended DVD publishing features.

Building on Digital Rapids' renowned format flexibility, version 2.5 adds new support for formats of particular interest to broadcasters and users targeting mobile phones. A new option for version 2.5, powered by technology from OpenCube, adds the ability to output encoded media in an MXF (Material eXchange Format) container. A new 3GPP/Mobile option rounds out Digital Rapids' existing mobile format support with live streaming and formats required by older phones. The 3GPP/Mobile option incorporates H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4 Part 2 video with AAC-LC and AMR (narrow band and wide band) audio.

Version 2.5 also bolsters the SMPTE VC-1 encoding capabilities of StreamPro and StreamEnterprise with the incorporation of the Microsoft VC-1 Encoder SDK. New abilities include the creation of VC-1 elementary video streams, multiplexing Closed Caption information into VC-1 based outputs, and dynamic complexity balancing (dynamically optimizing encoding settings against CPU usage for maximum quality during live encoding). Other format-related enhancements include optional input support for GXF files from Grass Valley servers, input and output of QuickTime-based Omneon server media, and new multi-channel, surround sound MP3 technology from Thomson.

"Digital Rapids has a rich history of support for Windows Media formats, and we're pleased to be working with them closely to bring the quality, performance, and feature enhancements in our new Microsoft VC-1 Encoder to their customers." said Tim Harader, business manager for VC-1 Tools and Technologies at Microsoft Corp.

Video processing plug-ins including de-interlacing and color space conversion are enhanced in version 2.5, while integration with Rimage disc publishing systems extends the automated DVD output capabilities of StreamPro and StreamEnterprise into multi-copy DVD production. Encoded DVD output can be directed to a connected Rimage Producer or Professional server for the production of multiple copies complete with disc label artwork printing, creating a powerful automated workflow from ingest through encoding and disc publishing.

"The expanded format support in version 2.5 extends our leadership in publishing and distribution format flexibility into broadcast-oriented acquisition and production workflows, opening up the benefits of our encoding solutions -- from exceptional productivity and workflow efficiency to our acclaimed output quality -- to an even broader range of media professionals," said Brian Stevenson, Director of Product Management at Digital Rapids Corporation. "Our integration with Rimage systems will also deliver significant workflow benefits to customers regularly producing multiple DVD copies of their encoded media."

Digital Rapids Stream software is available in three configurations -- Stream LE, StreamPro (with expanded workflow automation capabilities) and StreamEnterprise (adding remote control and enterprise-oriented functionality). Stream LE is included with DRC-Stream ingest/encoding hardware bundles, with StreamPro and StreamEnterprise available as software options. StreamEnterprise is also included with StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding servers. The new MXF output, GXF input, and 3GPP/Mobile options are available for StreamPro and StreamEnterprise as separately priced options, with the latter two also available as options for Stream LE. Thomson MP3 support is included with purchases of StreamEnterprise and StreamPro 2.5 after April 14, 2008, and is optional for Stream LE and existing users.

The version 2.5 update will be available as a free download for registered owners of StreamPro and StreamEnterprise version 2.0 or higher, and as chargeable upgrades for users of version 1.5 or earlier. For more information, visit 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.
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