Intelligent Constant Bit Rate tool enables unparalleled realtime throughput of video images

Palo Alto 22 June 1998 Since 1983, Optivision Inc. specializes in products for high quality MPEG video creation and network distribution. Recently, the company's new appointed President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Liccardo launched out about the enhancement of the VSTOR 100 series MPEG video encoders and mpegStudio Pro software. Freshly added tools for superior video image output, imply intelligent Constant Bit Rate (iCBR), VideoSpool technology for cost effective network transport and optimized software management for user friendly purposes. Needless to say that medical experts and specialists who are frequently using medical video imaging processing techniques, will be delighted to use these innovative features.

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Since 1983, Optivision Inc. specializes in products for high quality MPEG video creation and network distribution. Recently, the company's new appointed President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Liccardo launched out about the enhancement of the VSTOR 100 series MPEG video encoders and mpegStudio Pro software. Freshly added tools for superior video image output, imply intelligent Constant Bit Rate (iCBR), VideoSpool technology for cost effective network transport and optimized software management for user friendly purposes. Needless to say that medical experts and specialists who are frequently using medical video imaging processing techniques, will be delighted to use these innovative features.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, Optivision supplies both local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs) with distance learning, surveillance, conferencing, and transport implementation through the use of various standards-based video networking solutions. This fairly young market is going through a period of tremendous expansion, according to the firm's newly inaugurated CEO and president Michael Liccardo, who believes in a future of mixed video and multimedia applications in typical fields, such as Digital Video Disk (DVD) authoring, local programme advertisement, digital content insertion, videoconferencing, and telemedicine.

The VSTOR encoder devices accept video images from any imaginable source, ranging from conventional cameras, over satellite transmission, to television or video camera recordings. The images are being compressed into an MPEG video stream in order to capture, store, and finally output them on various kinds of networks. The special VideoSpool technology enables direct-to-server recording of excellent quality video content in MPEG-2 format for distribution over common TCP/IP LANs or WANs at speed rates up to 16 Mbps. The end-user doesn't need to constantly check after transferring an encoded video file over the network since VideoSpool automatically takes care of successful transportation.

The Optivision assortment offers two types of video encoders, namely the professional high-resolution VS-150 system for movie-quality video transport, and the VS-120 system for institutions, organizations or corporations, which are more interested in cost reducing video networking. The mpegStudio Pro software allows to remotely control and monitor any given number of local or wide area networked VSTOR encoding devices from a simple single desktop, without hindering the PC to administer other tasks during the encoding process, even at high speed data rates. The VSTOR systems are able to automatically tackle unplanned events, such as loss of video signal, timecode or user error.

Since the system is able to capture and encode video images at a constant bit rate with one single encode process, unequalled realtime throughput no longer forms any problem. This will certainly interest surgeons dealing with visualization techniques to create pre-determined paths for virtual endoscopic fly throughs, by means of animated video sequences. Medical and computer specialists who are experimenting with volume rendering procedures for the production of multi-modality three-dimensional images of top quality might also benefit from the upgraded VSTOR 100 series systems.


Leslie Versweyveld

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