April 3, 2015

Next generation codec supports real time 4K video processing and increased channels capacity

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video infrastructure, advertising systems and workflow management solutions serving media networks, broadcast stations, digital media, communication service provider and enterprise markets, today unveiled software enhancements to its SelenioFlex™ Live and SelenioFlex™ File solutions. To be demonstrated at NAB 2015, HEVC is designed to allow today’s networks to handle tomorrow’s increased UHD/4K bandwidth requirements.

“By supporting next-generation codecs like HEVC, we are enabling media companies to deliver more channels, at higher resolutions and to a broader array of screens and devices than ever before,” said Steve Reynolds, chief technology officer, Imagine Communications. “This enhancement ensures our customers’ investments are future-proofed to support next generation standards for live and video on demand distribution while also supporting the increasing amount of UHD/4K content being produced. Our SelenioFlex solution resolves the bandwidth constraint issues that have previously challenged broadcasters, video service providers (VSP) and other content creators that want to deliver more content on more devices and at greater resolutions for consumers.”

SelenioFlex is a comprehensive, software-based transcoding and encoding solution for live and file-based media processing built on Imagine Communications’ software-defined workflow platform. Powering a wide range of applications from post production to live event streaming, SelenioFlex provides the operational efficiency, agility and insight today’s media companies require to quickly respond to market trends and capitalize on the rapid growth of multiscreen media consumption. The latest enhancements to the SelenioFlex product line include:

•    File-to-File Transcoding: Powered by Zenium™, Imagine Communications software-defined workflow platform, SelenioFlex file-to-file media processing solutions seamlessly blend customizable transcoding and workflow capabilities, supporting a comprehensive range of formats with superior quality for applications from post production and archive to multiscreen distribution. The SelenioFlex File HEVC software release supports SD, HD and UHD media processing.

•    Live/Linear Multiscreen Encoding: Also powered by Zenium, SelenioFlex Live multiscreen encoding solutions provide superior live encoding for high-value multiscreen applications – from live event streaming to over-the-top (OTT) delivery of linear channels. Combining multiformat output flexibility, software-based upgradeability and rich adaptive streaming (ABR) format support, SelenioFlex enables operators to reach audiences with superior quality, live and linear viewing experiences across the broadest range of devices. The SelenioFlex Live software release supports SD and HD live video streams for existing platforms, while the UHD real-time encoding being demonstrated at NAB will be for a new platform.

For more information regarding this latest innovation, please visit www.imaginecommunications.com and visit Imagine Communications’ booth N2702 at the 2015 NAB Show.


About Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. Broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on our optimized, futureproof, multiscreen video and revenue enablement solutions every day to support their mission-critical operations. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse our products, and our software solutions drive close to a third of global ad revenue. Through continuous innovation, we are delivering the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the industry. Visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.