announced that they have joined forces to deliver a hardware-accelerated workstation capable of processing live HD footage using Microsoft’s VC1 compression algorithm and enabling real-time, full HD resolution Internet broadcast.
The 1 Beyond HD OctoFlex with Tarari Encoder Accelerator card combination will be demonstrated for the first time at NAB 2007 in the 1 Beyond booth (SL7427).
Thanks to recent enhancements, Microsoft’s VC1 encoder software can now take advantage of the parallel encoding approach that the Tarari and Intel processors are capable of, where each shares part of the encoding workload. While the 1 Beyond HD OctoFlex system’s Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon (a total of eight) processors prepare frames for encoding, the Tarari processors handle motion estimation and compensation calculations. Meanwhile, the next frames are being prepared for processing by the HD OctoFlex system, thereby taking full advantage of the workstation’s unmatched processing power.
The efficient combination of these two technologies enables the processing of a live HD-SDI input in real-time at high complexity, which means the high HD quality will be preserved as the signal skips across the country or literally around the world. For the first time private companies, TV stations, web casters, hospitals and studios can encode, record to disk and broadcast live high definition events simultaneously for just $26,995, roughly a third of the cost of traditional fixed hardware solutions that required dedicated high speed lines. And, this rack mount or portable multi-function system can also be used for HD ingest, Direct-to-Disk uncompressed HD capture and full HD editing.