MainConcept Releases New Video Converter for Mac/Intel
Posted Jul 17, 2008

MainConcept GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIVX) and one of the world’s leading providers of video and audio codecs as well as software development kits to the broadcast, film and consumer electronic markets, today announced that it has released the next step of its Cross Platform Encoder application called MainConcept™ Reference 1.5 in a new version for Mac/Intel.

MainConcept’s successor of the renowned Mac Encoder allows the quick and easy conversion of multiple audio and video formats, with renowned MainConcept quality, including H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC-1, DVCPRO HD, JPEG2000, AAC and HE-AAC. Consumers and professionals alike will benefit from numerous ready-to-use presets, including those for Blu-ray, Adobe Flash, DVD, Sony PSP, Apple iPod, AVCHD, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD and many more.

Reference 1.5 allows exporting to uncompressed RAW/YUV files and supports the export of WMV and Adobe Flash compliant F4V files to provide video content for AVC/H.264 live streaming with the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Media Server 3, MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.263. The encoder also includes MPEG-4 presets for Apple iPod, Sony PSP and other mobile devices. Powerful features such as batch encoding, watch folder support and logo blending further enhance the daily production workflow. Even command line control is available.

"As one of the leading production houses for physical and non-physical digital media in Europe, we have been using MainConcept Reference H.264/AVC on Intel/Mac for digitizing video for EST (Electronic Sell-Thru), VoD (Video on Demand) and DTO (Download to Own) with excellent results. The H.264 Reference Encoder provides outstanding quality by producing output signals for stationary, portable and mobile devices," said Lothar Kerestedjian, Director Product & Business Development, Enteractive GmbH, Germany.

"Mpmotion exclusively produces high-definition video content for international major customers in more than 14 countries. Within the production process we have evaluated every other software encoder on the market. MainConcept Reference is the only professional encoder delivering an optimal picture quality with a maximum bitrate of 38 MBit for Blu-ray, allowing us to achieve maximum quality and complete satisfaction for our customers," said Thorsten Riedel, Founder and Managing Director mpmotion, Germany.

"We participated in MainConcept’s Prerelease Program and evaluated the Reference Encoder on Mac/Intel for digital delivery and we are now introducing JPEG2000 broadly to our high definition workflow. Reference is the only professional product on the market today that makes even JPEG2000 available in high-quality and at an affordable price. Also the quality for MPEG-2 was unbeaten in comparison to other codec vendors and we are proud to be one of the first customers working with this powerful version on the Mac. We were completely convinced by the extraordinary performance of this transcoding solution," said Peter Morlock, CEO of Kinospot.de, Germany.

MainConcept Reference 1.5 is available for online purchase and instant downloading. To test the power of the codecs and the Reference workflow, a free evaluation version with all important MainConcept codecs in demo mode is available for pre-purchase testing at MainConcept’s website.

 A Linux version will also be available soon and an update to version 1.5 for Windows can be found at www.mainconcept.com.