We are a group of dedicated image processing specialists with the goal of developing the highest quality video compression software for video developers, animators, and broadcasters.
QUEST FOR SPEED
encoders can spend as much time or as little time as needed on each
frame to provide the best quality. The first MPEG-1 encoder we assembled
produced an amazingly high quality compressed video which proved
we were throwing away the right parts of the video. But the encoding
was rather slow. It would take 33 days (working 24 hours a day) to encode
a 2 hour movie!
Our MPEG-1 encoder, called Expert-1, was released in 1995 and quickly became known for its high quality and flexibility. Most of the MPEG encoding parameters are available for user modification. This makes this encoder ideal for a wide variety of encoding situations, from high bit rate, large frame size MPEG-1 (yes, MPEG-1 is not limited 352x240 frames sizes) through 1.5 mbps constant bit rate, and even low bit rate, small frame size Internet application. In 1996, we marked the release of our MPEG-2 encoder, Expert-2, which includes all of the features of Expert-1. The product produces both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams.
next efforts were concentrated in upgrading our encoder engine to
enable it to change encoding parameters during an encoding session
in response to user written edit decision list file or in response
to changes detected in the source material. Expert-DVD was
released in November 1997. This product, specifically tailored to
the generation of variable bit rate MPEG files for use in DVD applications,
includes all of the features of Expert-1 and Expert-2. Expert-DVD
is also used for segment encoding, where a small video clip (like a
movie title) is needed that will splice shamelessly into a larger
Much of our efforts in the past nine years have been in custom products. We work for clients who need a special version of our encoders, decoders, or analyzers. Compressed video technology is showing a large increase in its utilization. We are able to help clients in accomplishing specialized tasks with our extensive experience in the compression and delivery of video as well as our existing flexible module code base and Dlls.
We were founded in 1994 to fulfill the explosive demand for MPEG compression software for the video-on-demand industry. At the time, most video professionals were impressed in the high compression ratio available from the nascent MPEG-1 algorithm implementations, but felt the quality was not sufficient for Hollywood. We believed that, through careful encoding, MPEG-1 can look great and embarked on the development of Expert-1 an ultra-high quality MPEG-1 video software compressor.
MPEG is a lossy compression algorithm which means that some video data is discarded. Once the video is compressed, it can never be restored exactly to its original form. The clever part of MPEG encoding is to toss those parts of the original video data that will not be noticed when viewing the resultant compressed stream. Hardware MPEG compressors have the additional burden of compressing an entire frame in about 1/30 of a second. Software can creatively store and recall any data that it processed. We keep working everyday to develop our software within the current industry standards and achive the fastest speed possible.
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