Wired on Monday released its new MediaPress LE real-time MPEG encoding card and took advantage of its presence at this week’s DV Expo in Los Angeles to preview its upcoming Mason HD video decoder card, which the company said will ship in the first quarter of 2005. MediaPress LE is aimed at facilities working with Betacam, VHS or other analog sources; it features component, S-Video and composite video inputs as well as analog stereo audio ports. The card also offers the ability to batch encode video items with separate settings and combine them into one output file as well as automatically create DVD Studio Pro chapter markers. Pricing is US$2,199.
The Mason HD decoder card allows users to decode and preview MPEG video streams on standard- or high-definition display via S-Video, composite, component or DVI output. It can decode MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video at bit-rates up to 45mbps and enables color and image adjustments on the fly, with its built-in scaler changing the resolution to 480i, 480p, 720i, 720p or 1080i as needed. On the audio side, the Mason HD card features a SP/DIF port for connecting to external decoders. Wired noted that pricing and configuration options are still to be determined.
Finally, Wired also updated its MediaPress X encoding card with balanced audio inputs for the new BUB Box adapter. Pricing remains $3,799. The company had not posted product pages for the MediaPress LE and Mason HD cards as MacCentral posted this article.