Envivio introduced a new version of its on-demand transcoding software that the company’s own testing indicates an improvement of up to 35 percent in file-to-file transcoding speed, as compared to competing platforms that require hardware acceleration.

Release 3.50 of Envivio Muse On-Demand also provides improved video quality, up to 20 percent better than a leading competitor, in tests using objective VQ measurement tools, again in internal testing.

Efficiency and quality gains lead to decreases in capital and operating expenses for content creators and service providers, the company noted. Operators can reduce the amount of time required for encoding jobs or, alternatively, process more high-quality content in the same amount of time.

Muse On-Demand offers integrated content protection, including support for PlayReady, facilitating faster time to market.

“Video quality and efficiency are two of the most important criteria for content and service providers in on-demand applications,” said Julien Signès, Envivio’s president and CEO. “The new Muse On-Demand product has been fine-tuned to optimize both of these parameters and provides best-in-class picture quality while achieving offline transcoding speeds up to 12 times faster than real time. Our architecture also offers a fully converged, power-efficient and extremely flexible design ideal for traditional TV and multi-screen output formats.”

The Envivio 4Balancer combined with Muse On-Demand enables simultaneous processing of assets across a pool of up to 50 encoders, improving system utilization. Muse On-Demand and 4Balancer are integrated with leading digital rights management (DRM) platforms, workflow systems, content management systems (CMSs) and quality control (QC) platforms, the company said.

Envivio’s software-based product architecture and years of video processing expertise allow operators to flexibly manage the full lineup of live and on-demand services in a converged headend architecture, using the Intel-based Envivio 4Caster appliance or HP BladeSystems in an IT-centric datacenter environment.

Muse On-Demand and 4Balancer will be featured at Envivio stand #1.D73 during the upcoming IBC exhibition in Amsterdam Sept. 7-11.