MainConcept GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc. and one of the world’s premier providers of video and audio codecs and software development kits (SDKs) to the consumer, broadcast and professional markets, today announced the availability of a special pre-release version of its much anticipated Reference 3D transcoding application encoding solution for Windows.

This new 3D transcoding application will encode video into stereoscopic and multi-view 3D video streams for 3D Blu-ray Disc format as an extension of the H.264 encoding process.

3D has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with a new wave of 3D major motion pictures and next generation televisions and Blu-ray Disc players capable of playing and displaying compelling 3D content. The Reference 3D transcoding application is a specially designed version of MainConcept’s Reference transcoder application dedicated exclusively to MVC/Blu-ray 3D creation which enables users to encode content into MVC/Blu-ray 3D compliant streams that can be played back by any Blu-ray player and TV supporting 3D content for an unprecedented 3D viewing experience.

The Reference 3D transcoding application fills a unique need for those video professionals who require a simple yet highly format compliant stand-alone 3D Blu-ray Disc encoding solution.

Key Features Include:

  • Ready-to-use Blu-ray 3D transcoder application
  • H.264 settings structure for each view
  • MVC Encoder Advanced Settings dialogs for optimized video stream quality
  • Pre-configured Blu-ray 3D profile
  • Multi-view stereoscopic encoding, up to 10 layers
  • Single and multi pass encoding for each view (CBR and VBR)
  • HRD model conformance
  • I, P, B frames in base view
  • P and B frames in dependent views
  • Split view/stream capability
  • Configurable offset metadata SEI
  • Backward compatible to the broadly accepted H.264/AVC standard (baseview)

“The resurgence of consumer 3D demand has fueled an urgent need for video production houses around the world to be able to quickly and affordably encode stunning 3D video for distribution on Blu-ray Disc,” said Muzaffer Beygirci, Managing Director of MainConcept GmbH. “Our special pre-release version of the Reference 3D transcoding application will allow customers with urgent projects to be able to begin using the product today and get the final released version as soon as it’s available.”

Pricing and Availability

The MainConcept Reference 3D transcoding application for Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32/64-bit), and Windows XP® carries an MSRP of $3,900.00. However, it is currently available for special pre-release introductory price of $3,200.00, a $700 savings. Those customers who purchase the pre-release version will also get the full released version at no additional cost and will be automatically notified when the final release is available.

Please visit the MainConcept website for more information. www.mainconcept.com.

Let us know if you’re into this and plan to drop the 3 grand for this home 3D Blu-ray capability.

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