Sony is expanding the capabilities of its professional Blu-ray Disc encoding technology, with the Blu-code 3.0 (BAE-VX1000) multi-codec HD video encoder software.
The upgrade brings several enhancements for Blu-ray Disc and DVD-compliant encoding, including multiple noise reduction settings, a real-time playback split-screen, one-step comparison between source and encoded files, and new scaling lists for improved AVC encoding options.
It also boasts a built-in BD-ROM-compliant authoring feature that lets users create BD-RE3.0-compatible image files for quality control, client approvals and viewing dailies on a consumer BD player.
“Professional customers ranging from studios and commercial production companies to sports organizations and post houses are adopting Blu-ray as a production format,” said Chris Marchitelli, senior manager for Sony Electronics’ Content Creation business. “The Blu-code 3.0 upgrade offers a true multi-threaded design that allows capturing through a built-in utility while encoding, along with the ability to multiplex complete projects for quality control, client approvals, or test discs.”
The Blu-code multi-codec video encoder is designed for real-time encoding of MPEG-2 or H.264/AVC primary and secondary video streams compliant for the DVD and Blu-ray Disc format. The unit’s multi-codec design ensures compatibility with all Blu-Ray authoring applications, such as Sony Creative Software’s Blu-print and Sonic Solutions’ Scenarist.
Here are more details on the enhancements:
*Noise Reduction Filters, including updated encoding algorithms, pre-designed low pass filter templates and de-noise filtering for CG, camera noise and film grain management. De-banding filters have also been added.
*New Scaling Lists to simplify encoding with pre-designed AVC scaling lists for complex and demanding content, via simple template selection.
*Built-in Disc Image Creator to create BR-ROM-compliant image files of encoded projects; then, using Vegas Pro 9 or DVDA 5, users can immediately burn the multiplexed image files directly to BD-R discs for playback on consumer BD players, providing a fast and efficient means for quality control, dailies and client approvals.
*Result View with A/B Split Screen playback to view and QC encoded streams against the uncompressed source material in a synchronized split-screen display on a professional monitor. Users can define horizontal and vertical wipe partitions for real-time playback comparisons of the uncompressed source and decoded compressed stream synchronized in the user interface via SD/HD-SDI output.
The Blu-code 3.0 software is available now as a free upgrade for registered users. For new users the suggested list price is $40,000 (application only), and $59,000 for a complete system (includes a PC workstation).
Sony Creative Software www.sonycreativesoftware.com/blucode