Date: 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Collaboration Provides Superior Video Quality at Substantially Lower Bit-Rates

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Cinnafilm, Inc., a pioneering developer of advanced graphics processing unit (GPU)-based film and video post production technology, have teamed up to integrate Cinnafilm’s Dark Energy image processing tools with Harmonic’s Rhozet® universal media transcoding solutions. The integrated solution allows post-production studios, media companies, broadcasters and service providers to produce superior quality video for delivery to TVs, PCs and mobile devices, while saving bandwidth.

The integrated Dark Energy Convert, Optimize and Resize plug-ins are powered by Cinnafilm’s Pixel Strings motion estimation engine, which harnesses the power of GPU parallel processing to deliver unmatched accuracy and performance. The Dark Energy plug-ins are integrated with the full Rhozet product family, which includes Carbon Coder™, Rhozet Workflow System (WFS) and Rhozet Quality Control System (QCS), and provide the following capabilities:

  • The Convert plug-in is a multi-function motion estimation tool providing format conversion, high-quality resolution conversion (up to 2k), intermixed footage normalization, progressive/interlaced conversion and cadence correction.
  • The Optimize plug-in removes noise and grain without any loss in sharpness, and removes single-frame anomalies such as dust and scratches.
  • The Resize plug-in is a single function, entry level solution providing the same high-quality resolution conversion (up to 2k) found in the Convert plug-in.

“This integration offers users of Harmonic’s Rhozet products direct access to many of Cinnafilm's Dark Energy features and the power of Cinnafilm's Pixel Strings motion estimation engine,” said Ernie Sanchez, Vice President at Cinnafilm. “Our Dark Energy plug-in solutions enable Rhozet users to mitigate problems that could degrade transcode image quality and cause transcode failures – all while lowering the transcode bit-rate.”

“The combination of Cinnafilm’s advanced image processing tools and Harmonic’s Rhozet transcoding solutions provide a very powerful solution for removing unwanted noise, grain and artifacts from video footage while improving the transcoding workflow and significantly reducing bandwidth requirements,” said Tom Lattie, Rhozet General Manager at Harmonic. “Rhozet’s open API leads the industry in extensibility and enables best-of-breed technologies, such as Cinnafilm’s Dark Energy, to be easily embedded into the transcoding pipeline.”

Harmonic’s Rhozet product family works together to optimize the transcoding process. Carbon Coder handles transcoding tasks and provides a host of additional functions, including standards conversion, logo insertion, timecode burn-in and digital rights management. Rhozet WFS manages a network of Carbon Coder engines in a distributed “farm” configuration, providing massive scaling for high-volume operations. Meanwhile, the fully integrated and automated Rhozet QCS provides file-based analysis before, during and after the transcode process.

Rhozet transcoding solutions facilitate the creation of multi-format video for Internet, mobile and broadcast applications and are used by leading media companies including Ascent Media Group, British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB), Lifetime Networks, MTV, NBC, YouTube and Yahoo! The full range of Rhozet transcoding solutions will be on display at Harmonic’s stand #1.C61 during IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, September 10-14.

About Cinnafilm
Cinnafilm is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based specialty engineering company focused on creating the most powerful, reliable and simple to use texture control and visual effects image processing solutions for creative professionals working in the film and broadcast postproduction markets. The company's core patent-pending motion estimation technology is the result of years of dedicated research that taps into teraflops of parallel processing power using common off-the-shelf GPU hardware. Cinnafilm's flagship product, Dark EnergyTM, includes such features as: cadence correction, unlimited format/standards conversion, de-noise, de-grain, de-interlacing, retiming, and accurate film simulation. Additional information about the company and its products can be found at www.cinnafilm.com
 

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry's most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic's technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio—including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic's IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: superior quality video, improving the transcoding workflow and significantly reducing bandwidth requirements.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s Rhozet™ universal media transcoding solution integration with Cinnafilm’s Dark Energy image processing tools and the anticipated benefits for customers may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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