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Harmonic adds Netflix presets to transcoder

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 2:00pm
Brian Santo

Harmonic has created transcoding presets for its ProMedia Carbon transcoder specifically for preparing to deliver video to Netflix.

Digital Rapids did likewise earlier this month. 

The presets are designed to enable to speed the process of programmers using ProMedia Carbon to transform video and audio content into media formats optimized for Netflix.

"With its ability to store and recall parameters that assure transcoded content meets our stringent quality standards, Harmonic's ProMedia Carbon plays a significant role in the digital supply chains of our content and services partners," said Christopher Fetner, director of content partner operations at Netflix. "Collaborating with Harmonic on the new transcoding presets for ProMedia Carbon, we're able to ensure content operators have greater ease when delivering to Netflix."

ProMedia Carbon facilitates the conversion of media content into a massive array of acquisition, editing, broadcast, Web, and mobile formats. The predefined transcoding presets designed specifically for Netflix include SD/HD and MPEG-2 I-Frame video formats at various frame rates, as well as stereo and 5.1 surround sound audio.

ProMedia Carbon also handles a variety of other operations including PAL/NTSC conversion, logo insertion, color space conversion, color correction, and closed-captions extraction.

"Service providers today receive content from a wide variety of sources in many different formats. The challenge is to align the format and quality of that content, making it ready for distribution through Netflix, as well as other over-the-top (OTT) video providers," said Yoav Derazon, director of product management for cloud services and transcoding at Harmonic. “ProMedia Carbon users can instantly create a consistent baseline format optimized for Netflix."

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