Canopus Corporation today announced it is adding MPEG encoding, DVD authoring and Internet streaming capabilities to its entire line of DV NLEs for video professionals, prosumers and enthusiasts. By adding these features to EZDV, DVRaptor, DVRex-M1, DVStation, DVRex RT and all turnkey systems, Canopus delivers comprehensive solutions for delivery of video on CD-ROM, DVD and over the Internet. MPEG encoding and Internet streaming features have been added through plug-ins for Canopus’ RexEdit, RaptorEdit and EzEdit nonlinear editing software. For DVD authoring, Canopus is including a trial version of Spruce Technologies’ new SpruceUp DVD authoring software.

Canopus delivers MPEG encoding features through its new SoftMPG Encoder to deliver the high-quality video and audio output required by today’s video professionals. Using advanced algorithms, SoftMPG creates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 streams in near-realtime directly from Canopus RexEdit, RaptorEdit, EzEdit or Adobe Premiere 5.1 nonlinear editing software, allowing users to quickly and easily encode their edited video productions. By using Main Profile at Main Level MPEG-2, also called MP@ML, the Canopus encoder delivers the high-quality video and audio MPEG-2 output essential for CD-ROM delivery, DVD authoring and network transmission. While other MPEG-2 systems use I-frame or IP-frame only, MP@ML features true IBP frame format, providing the highest quality video at the lowest bandwidth. In addition, SoftMPG’s variable bit rate capability is one of the most effective techniques used to maintain video quality while reducing file size.

Internet streaming features are delivered through Canopus’ powerful new video streaming product, Web Video Wizard. Using advanced video pre-processing algorithms, Web Video Wizard allows users to easily prepare their edited video productions for Internet-based streaming. In just a few easy steps, Canopus customers can prepare their DV productions for Web streaming and upload them to is a full service video hosting site that gives Canopus users an ideal solution for video streaming.

The MPEG encoding, DVD authoring and Internet streaming features will be added to the entire line of Canopus DV NLEs in December 2000. Current Canopus customers will also be able to add these new features to their editing systems. Web Video Wizard and the trial version of SpruceUp will be available free directly from the company’s web site at The SoftMPG Encoder will be available to current customers for $99.

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