Network giant ABC is converting the distribution of its network programming from an MPEG-2-based system to more bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4 advanced compression using transmission equipment from Tandberg Television. The migration to MPEG-4 is due to begin next Monday and should be completed by mid-January as a part of ABC's "Accelerated HD Delivery" plan. Stations will decode the feeds and recompress them in MPEG-2 for local broadcast delivery. ABC would be the second major North American broadcaster to shift its program distribution to MPEG-4. The new MPEG-4 encoders and receivers, combined with DVB-S2 advanced modulation, will allow ABC to transmit three HD feeds in the same slice of satellite capacity that it currently uses to broadcast one HD feed.
Sound Devices Releases 4:4:4 Feature for PIX 240 and 240i
Sound Devices has upgraded their PIX 240 and PIX 240i Production Video Recorders. This new update, available for all PIX customers free of charge, offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Recording 4:4:4 offers productions color precision for applications in chroma-keying, color-grading and multi-generational editing.