on Wednesday announced
Ingestion Engine, a new software-based video server for Mac OS X and Sun Solaris. The company declined to offer a specific price or release date for the software, but said that Ingestion Engine should ship in the third quarter of 2004.
Popwire said the Ingestion Engine will play and record MPEG-1/2/4, MX, DVCPro 50, 10-bit uncompressed, PCM, AC3 and other codecs, and supports MPEG, DV, GXF, M2V, M2A, MOV, MP4, 3GP and other formats. With the appropriate hardware installed Ingestion Engine can work with SDI video input and output sources, component, composite, and S-Video, as well as analog audio input and AES3 digital audio input, and can output SDI.
Ingestion Engine is designed to enable a Mac or Solaris system equipped with a pro video capture card and “off-the-shelf hardware” to capture any kind of video feed, whether from tape or live sources, and play out the content as well. Features include on-demand digitizing of tape and automated clip archive retrieval and connectivity with Popwire’s Compression Engine for transcoding.
Specific Mac system requirements call for an Xserve G4 or better, 1GB RAM, Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther,” and QuickTime 6.5.