ViewCast Ships Osprey-2000, Industry's First MPEG Capture Card for Streaming Media

Latest Osprey Video Card Gives High-Quality Streaming Content a Shelf Life



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from ViewCast Corporation

    DALLAS, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Streaming video takes a quantum leap in
 quality today with the availability of the new Osprey-2000 from
 ViewCast Corporation (Nasdaq: VCST), a leading provider of Internet and
 networked video solutions.  The Osprey-2000 is the industry's first product to
 combine the quality of industry standard MPEG with the power of streaming
 video and state-of-the-art professional audio and video inputs.
     ViewCast will demonstrate the Osprey-2000's high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2
 video capture capabilities blended with the benefits of streaming at the
 upcoming NAB2001 trade show, April 23-26 in Las Vegas.
     "Osprey has long been synonymous with quality streaming and the new
 Osprey-2000 raises the bar with high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 capabilities,"
 said Neal Page, vice president and general manager of ViewCast's Osprey
 Technologies Division.  "The Osprey-2000 allows you to encode and archive
 content once from your digital source in MPEG, and then decode and convert to
 the latest version of Real Video or Windows Media streaming formats.  Or you
 can go straight from a digital source to your favorite application.  The
 Osprey-2000 bridges the gap between the streaming and professional video
 markets."
     ViewCast Osprey Video capture cards are widely recognized as the streaming
 industry's de facto standard for video capture cards and codecs for streaming
 video.  The hotly anticipated Osprey-2000 captures and encodes from digital or
 analog sources and integrates seamlessly with leading editing and streaming
 applications.
     Unique to the Osprey-2000 is the card's ability to transcode audio/video
 from high-quality MPEG into popular streaming formats "on-the-fly."  This
 unique capability allows storage of DVD-quality video on a disk and then, with
 the latest streaming encoding tools, produces any desired bitrate for
 streaming delivery.  Therefore, the quality of valuable content is preserved,
 while the benefits of streaming for access and distribution are realized.
 Production workflow is also improved with one encode step instead of the
 several steps currently required for creating multiple streaming bitrates and
 file formats.
     "The Osprey-2000 gives the professional broadcasting market the ability to
 encode in a high-quality MPEG standard, and repurpose it for use on lower
 bandwidth applications, like streaming video from a Web site," added Page.
 "The card also provides professionals the digital I/O they require combined
 with awesome new workflow improvements, giving their valuable streaming
 content a shelf life."
     The Osprey-2000 is a multi-faceted product with four distinct modes of
 operation:  MPEG encode, MPEG decode, capture/preview, and transcoding modes
 which convert MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files into either RealVideo or Windows Media
 streaming formats.
     "One great thing ViewCast did was develop a Video-for-Windows (VFW) driver
 for the card, so it will work with RealProducer.  We have had great success
 using the card for live streaming on Windows 2000 and RealProducer," said
 Danny Pressley, streaming media architect/engineer for Internet Pictures
 Corporation, www.ipix.com, the leader in dynamic imaging.  iPix utilizes the
 Osprey-2000 for DV capture via Firewire from a progressive DV camcorder
 source.  "We recently did a live venue with LiveOnTheNet.com using the Osprey-
 2000 and the card worked flawlessly.  All the testing we have preformed to
 date has gone extremely well and we give this card a high endorsement."
     The Osprey-2000 delivers on many levels, from editing uncompressed video
 in AVI or Extended AVI formats; professional MPEG audio/video archiving and
 streaming applications, playback of high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 MP@ML
 files, transcoding from MPEG source files into RealVideo and Windows Media
 streaming formats "on-the-fly," and professional-grade analog and digital
 audio and video inputs.
 
     Features of the new Osprey-2000 platform include:
 
     --  DV to MPEG transcoding
     --  Live MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 streaming or archive to disk
     --  Decode MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files (Composite, S-Video or VGA output)
     --  Transcode MPEG files into RealVideo(R) or Windows Media(R) streaming
         formats "on the fly"
     --  Professional DV, SDI & analog video inputs
     --  Support for embedded SDI audio capture and encoding
     --  Quality balanced, unbalanced and digital AES/EBU audio inputs
     --  Live RealVideo or Windows Media capture and streaming
     --  AVI or Extended AVI capture for use with the most popular third-party
         editing and streaming software applications
     --  Extensive API set for OEM's and System Integrators including
         DirectShow filters for MPEG encoding and decoding; Osprey's OPI API, a
         comprehensive Windows NT and Windows 2000 programming library, VFW
         drivers, and Osprey-100 and Osprey-200 compatibility mode drivers
 
     About ViewCast Corporation
     ViewCast develops products and services that provide video networked
 solutions.  ViewCast maximizes the value of video through its core businesses:
 Osprey(R) Video provides the streaming media industry's de facto standard
 capture cards; ViewCast Systems integrates turnkey streaming and video
 distribution systems; and ViewCast Online Solutions delivers complete B2B
 solutions and video delivery for online video communications.  From streaming
 digital video on the Internet to distribution of broadcast-quality video
 throughout the corporate enterprise plus comprehensive "click, create and
 view" video software applications, ViewCast provides the complete range of
 video solutions.
     Visit the company's Web sites (http://www.viewcast.com and
 http://www.ospreyvideo.com) for more information.
     This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the
 meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the
 Company's current judgment on certain issues.  Because such statements apply
 to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
 the actual results to differ materially.  Important factors, which could cause
 the actual results to differ materially, include the ability of the Company to
 develop and market new products as technology evolves and the ability of the
 Company to obtain and enforce its patents and trademarks and avoid infringing
 upon third parties' patents and trademarks.  For a detailed discussion of
 these and other cautionary statements and factors that could cause actual
 results to differ from the Company's forward-looking statements, please refer
 to the Company's Prospectus filed on July 14, 2000 and its reports on Form 10-
 KSB and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All
 trademarks are property of their respective holders.
 
 

SOURCE ViewCast Corporation
    DALLAS, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Streaming video takes a quantum leap in
 quality today with the availability of the new Osprey-2000 from
 ViewCast Corporation (Nasdaq: VCST), a leading provider of Internet and
 networked video solutions.  The Osprey-2000 is the industry's first product to
 combine the quality of industry standard MPEG with the power of streaming
 video and state-of-the-art professional audio and video inputs.
     ViewCast will demonstrate the Osprey-2000's high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2
 video capture capabilities blended with the benefits of streaming at the
 upcoming NAB2001 trade show, April 23-26 in Las Vegas.
     "Osprey has long been synonymous with quality streaming and the new
 Osprey-2000 raises the bar with high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 capabilities,"
 said Neal Page, vice president and general manager of ViewCast's Osprey
 Technologies Division.  "The Osprey-2000 allows you to encode and archive
 content once from your digital source in MPEG, and then decode and convert to
 the latest version of Real Video or Windows Media streaming formats.  Or you
 can go straight from a digital source to your favorite application.  The
 Osprey-2000 bridges the gap between the streaming and professional video
 markets."
     ViewCast Osprey Video capture cards are widely recognized as the streaming
 industry's de facto standard for video capture cards and codecs for streaming
 video.  The hotly anticipated Osprey-2000 captures and encodes from digital or
 analog sources and integrates seamlessly with leading editing and streaming
 applications.
     Unique to the Osprey-2000 is the card's ability to transcode audio/video
 from high-quality MPEG into popular streaming formats "on-the-fly."  This
 unique capability allows storage of DVD-quality video on a disk and then, with
 the latest streaming encoding tools, produces any desired bitrate for
 streaming delivery.  Therefore, the quality of valuable content is preserved,
 while the benefits of streaming for access and distribution are realized.
 Production workflow is also improved with one encode step instead of the
 several steps currently required for creating multiple streaming bitrates and
 file formats.
     "The Osprey-2000 gives the professional broadcasting market the ability to
 encode in a high-quality MPEG standard, and repurpose it for use on lower
 bandwidth applications, like streaming video from a Web site," added Page.
 "The card also provides professionals the digital I/O they require combined
 with awesome new workflow improvements, giving their valuable streaming
 content a shelf life."
     The Osprey-2000 is a multi-faceted product with four distinct modes of
 operation:  MPEG encode, MPEG decode, capture/preview, and transcoding modes
 which convert MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files into either RealVideo or Windows Media
 streaming formats.
     "One great thing ViewCast did was develop a Video-for-Windows (VFW) driver
 for the card, so it will work with RealProducer.  We have had great success
 using the card for live streaming on Windows 2000 and RealProducer," said
 Danny Pressley, streaming media architect/engineer for Internet Pictures
 Corporation, www.ipix.com, the leader in dynamic imaging.  iPix utilizes the
 Osprey-2000 for DV capture via Firewire from a progressive DV camcorder
 source.  "We recently did a live venue with LiveOnTheNet.com using the Osprey-
 2000 and the card worked flawlessly.  All the testing we have preformed to
 date has gone extremely well and we give this card a high endorsement."
     The Osprey-2000 delivers on many levels, from editing uncompressed video
 in AVI or Extended AVI formats; professional MPEG audio/video archiving and
 streaming applications, playback of high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 MP@ML
 files, transcoding from MPEG source files into RealVideo and Windows Media
 streaming formats "on-the-fly," and professional-grade analog and digital
 audio and video inputs.
 
     Features of the new Osprey-2000 platform include:
 
     --  DV to MPEG transcoding
     --  Live MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 streaming or archive to disk
     --  Decode MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files (Composite, S-Video or VGA output)
     --  Transcode MPEG files into RealVideo(R) or Windows Media(R) streaming
         formats "on the fly"
     --  Professional DV, SDI & analog video inputs
     --  Support for embedded SDI audio capture and encoding
     --  Quality balanced, unbalanced and digital AES/EBU audio inputs
     --  Live RealVideo or Windows Media capture and streaming
     --  AVI or Extended AVI capture for use with the most popular third-party
         editing and streaming software applications
     --  Extensive API set for OEM's and System Integrators including
         DirectShow filters for MPEG encoding and decoding; Osprey's OPI API, a
         comprehensive Windows NT and Windows 2000 programming library, VFW
         drivers, and Osprey-100 and Osprey-200 compatibility mode drivers
 
     About ViewCast Corporation
     ViewCast develops products and services that provide video networked
 solutions.  ViewCast maximizes the value of video through its core businesses:
 Osprey(R) Video provides the streaming media industry's de facto standard
 capture cards; ViewCast Systems integrates turnkey streaming and video
 distribution systems; and ViewCast Online Solutions delivers complete B2B
 solutions and video delivery for online video communications.  From streaming
 digital video on the Internet to distribution of broadcast-quality video
 throughout the corporate enterprise plus comprehensive "click, create and
 view" video software applications, ViewCast provides the complete range of
 video solutions.
     Visit the company's Web sites (http://www.viewcast.com and
 http://www.ospreyvideo.com) for more information.
     This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the
 meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section
 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the
 Company's current judgment on certain issues.  Because such statements apply
 to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause
 the actual results to differ materially.  Important factors, which could cause
 the actual results to differ materially, include the ability of the Company to
 develop and market new products as technology evolves and the ability of the
 Company to obtain and enforce its patents and trademarks and avoid infringing
 upon third parties' patents and trademarks.  For a detailed discussion of
 these and other cautionary statements and factors that could cause actual
 results to differ from the Company's forward-looking statements, please refer
 to the Company's Prospectus filed on July 14, 2000 and its reports on Form 10-
 KSB and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All
 trademarks are property of their respective holders.
 
 SOURCE  ViewCast Corporation