Envivio said the forthcoming third generation of its encoder/transcoder will nearly double the processing power of its predecessor and will be capable of supporting twice the HD channel density.

In addition to the 4Caster C4 encoder/transcoder Gen III, Envivio is also introducing version 2.4 firmware for the 4Caster C4 family. The new firmware brings numerous enhancements, including support for the new Envivio Genesis output format – a single intermediate mezzanine format that supports multiple bit rates and resolutions.

The industry continues to look for ways to efficiently distribute video to the expanding number of display devices. It's extremely impractical to save a separate copy of every asset in every different screen resolution, playback protocol and bit rate. Envivio is addressing the issue with its 4Caster encoders and Genesis approach.

The new version 2.4 firmware for Envivio 4Caster C4, C42 and Gen III systems features:

  • Support for the new Envivio Genesis mezzanine format
  • Simultaneous support for both IPTV and OTT outputs compatible with Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0, Silverlight and PlayReady environments
  • Enhanced interoperability for cable MSO networks
  • Increased input redundancy to maximize availability and reduce operational expenditures
  • Fine control over adaptive stream output to enhance quality of experience
  • Simplified deployment using native publishing interfaces to major CDNs including Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight Networks

The 4Caster C4 encoder/transcoder Gen III has already been deployed in trials at four major operators in the U.S., Europe and Asia, the company said. Envivio said its 4Caster C4 Gen III and version 2.4 firmware for 4Caster C4 and 4Caster C42 will be available in March 2011.