Telestream’s Vantage Adds New Acceleration Technology, Improved Video Quality, CALM Compliance

Telestream (booth SL1405) has unveiled enhancements for its Vantage Transcode video-transcoding products: LightSpeed video-acceleration technology across the product line; expanded format support for Vantage Transcode; expanded workflow-automation capabilities, with new CALM Act loudness and Accessibility Act Web caption support; increased support for Avid production workflows; and Screen subtitling and captioning workflows.

Vantage 4.0 Gets LightSpeed
LightSpeed video-acceleration technology uses the power of OpenCL to provide the highest-quality images at the fastest possible speed. LightSpeed is architected for massively parallel GPUs, including AMD and NVidia, and multicore CPUs, including AMD and Intel. This allows Vantage 4.0 to accelerate video processing and H.264 encoding. Vantage 4.0 provides more-sophisticated algorithms for scaling and deinterlacing and full 16-bit 4:4:4:4 processing, never before available in any CPU-based transcoding product.

LightSpeed technology is available in the optional new Vantage LightSpeed Accelerator, a 1RU transcoding server that improves performance up to five times. All Vantage Transcode products can be run on a LightSpeed Accelerator for the fastest possible throughput. Content owners and service providers no longer need to compromise image quality to achieve significantly faster throughput.

Regulatory Compliance
Vantage 4.0 and FlipFactory 7.3 now support CALM Act loudness monitoring and control as a step in the automated file-based transcoding process. As files are prepped for delivery, loudness measurement and correction are accomplished in the same pass. Telestream also offers  A Guide to CALM Compliance to help demystify the technologies — BS1770, A/85, EBU R128, and dialog detection — and to discuss efficient integration in file-based video workflows. Vantage 4.0 also adds closed captioning for Internet-delivered video for SMPTE 2052 and VPACC Internet-captioning compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

New Web Access
Vantage transcoding user interfaces and Web workflow portals are now available from any Web browser. Also new for Vantage Workflow Portal is improved frame-accurate proxy editing as well as thumbnail and list content views.

Deep System Integration
Vantage 4.0 offers a new advanced Avid option to users. This includes encoding and delivery to Avid Interplay without requiring TransferEngine and a new Avid Web Services interface for creating assets, adding media, and updating metadata. Deep Vantage 4.0 integration with Screen MediaMate allows a range of new workflows for open and closed subtitling and captioning for television and Web delivery.