Ligos Releases GoMotion 6.0 MPEG

Reprinted from a Ligos press release:

New MPEG-2 4:2:2, MPEG-4, and Low Bit Rate Features to be Demonstrated At NAB2002

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ — Ligos Corporation today announced that the greatly anticipated update to its award-winning GoMotion MPEG SDK is now available. GoMotion 6.0 includes a number of major advances focused on the broadcast and network video industries, and promises to revolutionize these segments in the same way that Ligos has changed the world of desktop video. Ligos will be showing these new technologies at the National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB2002), April 7-11 in Las Vegas, NV.

GoMotion is a set of high-quality software MPEG codecs that deliver real-time, broadcast quality video encoding and decoding on a standard Windows PC, eliminating the need for compression hardware. The GoMotion.MPG codec currently enables MPEG features in top-selling desktop PC video products from companies such as ArcSoft, ATI, Dazzle, Matrox, Roxio, Sonic Solutions and Ulead, as well as professional solutions from Anystream, Avid, Discreet, DPS/Leitch, ICTV, and Telestream. The latest version of the GoMotion SDK now introduces the following new codecs:

— GoMotion.Pro – MPEG-2 4:2:2P@ML video codec, the first in software to
provide real-time encoding of broadcast quality Studio Profile and IMX
format on a standard Windows workstation
— GoMotion.MP4 – MPEG-4 natural video and audio codecs, with support for
MPEG-4 Systems and the ISO MPEG-4 v2 standard file format

“These latest enhancements to GoMotion represent a major feat in terms of video engineering, and create new opportunities for our partners that simply weren’t possible until now,” said Mark Koziol, Vice-president of Business Development at Ligos Corporation. “We’re looking forward to demonstrating this ground-breaking product to our current customers at NAB2002, and excited about prospects for new partnerships within the Professional and Broadcast industries. From low bit rate streaming media to broadcast quality MPEG-2, Ligos is in a unique position to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for nearly any application of MPEG, regardless of format, bit rate, or network.”

In addition to the new codecs, Ligos has also made a number of major quality and performance enhancements to the original GoMotion.MPG codec for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. One of the most exciting advances that will be shown at NAB2002 is Ligos’ unique method of encoding a standard MPEG-2 stream at near-DVD quality at only 1 Mbit/sec. This “holy grail” of MPEG encoding opens a range of possibilities for DVD-Video, personal video recorder, and broadcast and networked video applications.

Everything is provided in a single, comprehensively documented DirectShow-based Software Development Kit (SDK). A sample application is supplied to demonstrate the usage of the GoMotion API within a DirectShow framework, as well as source code for an encoder filter. The GoMotion SDK is a unique, scalable solution for video developers at all levels who wish to enhance their applications and systems with features such as:

— Transrating MPEG streams from high bit rate to low bitrate;
— Real-time format Transcoding from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, 4:2:2 to 4:2:0, or
— Low Bit Rate encoders for everything from 1 Mbit/sec MPEG-2 that
approaches DVD quality, to 64 kbits/sec MPEG-4 video for IP networks
— Desktop video capture and editing, personal video recorder, game
development, and CD and DVD-Video applications

Available for evaluation and licensing through the Ligos Partner Program, the GoMotion SDK provides application developers the ability to incrementally add MPEG functionality to Windows-based digital media applications on an as-needed basis. To get started today, visit the Ligos website at and register for an evaluation SDK. Developers interested in previewing the SDK are invited to visit Ligos at NAB2002 in Booth #L12815 in the new South Hall of the LVCC.

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