Pyro Kompressor HD card compresses video

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ADS Tech subsidiary Pyro AV has introduced Pyro Kompressor HD, a new PCI Express (PCIe)-based expansion card for the Mac that speeds the compression of High Definition (HD) video. It's coming for the PC and the Mac in February and Spring, respectively, for $3,495.

The card helps video pros compress HD video up to eight times faster than they can do it using software, according to Pyro AV. It is "future proofed" by being software-programmable; it can be updated with new video compression standards are introduced. For now, however, it supports MPEG-2 and H.264/AVC codecs. It's intended for use by video pros who want to produce video for DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc and the Internet.

The software that drives the card supports watch folders for job automation, upscaling and downscaling, frame rate conversion, custom settings, chapter support, batch encoding to handle multiple tasks, drag and drop, control over target output file size, and muxing, or combining, streams from different input files.

The card is capable of using uncompressed video or compressed video, and includes decoders for DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, AVCHD, AVC-Intra, VC1, DVCPRO 25/50/100, DVCPRO-HD, JPEG2000 and YUV files, along with import support for DirectShow and QuickTime files. The Kompressor HD card also integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and After Effects CS3 Professional, according to Pyro.

The card will be on display at Macworld Expo next week, in booth S2734.

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