IBC - Canopus 1920 x 1080i HQ+ HD Codec

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Rob Crabtree
Joined: Aug 23 2005

Canopus Previews New HD Codec Technology at IBC that Delivers 1920 x 1080i Resolution

Amsterdam, IBC - (September 9, 2005) - Canopus, leaders in the digital video codec, encoding and production arena, will use IBC to preview the Canopus HQ+ Codec, the third software Codec option in the company’s codec collection for EDIUS Pro 3.

The Canopus HQ+ Codec is scalable up to 1920 x 1080i resolution and is specifically aimed at quality-critical applications, such as compositing and 3D animation.

The Canopus HQ+ Codec uses 4:2:2 colour sampling to attain 1920 luma samples and 960 chroma samples per line for a full 1920 x 1080 interlaced frame that provides quality comparable to uncompressed HD, but at about one-fifth the data size. The HQ+ Codec also maintains picture sharpness by not scaling the image, making it perfect for detailed oriented, high-contrast work such as compositing.

The unique way the Canopus HQ+ Codec processes HD video provides users with picture quality that compares to uncompressed HD, yet requires considerably less bandwidth, said Hiro Yamada, founder and chairman of the board of Canopus. This saving in disk space makes HD production more efficient, and stable.

The Canopus HQ+ software Codec will be available for EDIUS Pro 3 in Europe in Q4 2005. For more information, visit the companys Web site at http://www.canopus.com

About EDIUS Pro 3
EDIUS Pro 3 nonlinear editing software provides native editing and real-time processing of uncompressed SD, HD, HDV, DV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-1 formats. With its seamless real-time workflow, EDIUS Pro 3 lets professionals mix and share video content in multiple formats and work with unlimited video, audio and effects layers, while providing real-time high-quality, on-screen display.

EDIUS Pro 3 delivers increased quality and real-time performance through the companys acclaimed variable-bitrate Canopus HQ codec. EDIUS Pro 3 includes professional features, such as real-time HQ batch capture from 1080i and 720p HDV cameras and decks, advanced audio tools and precise colour correction controls, designed to help editors create the highest quality productions.

EDIUS Pro 3 is also included with Canopuss line of EDIUS hardware and software editing solutions, including the new HDV offering, EDIUS NX for HDV.

About Canopus Co., Ltd.
Based in Kobe, Japan, Canopus Co., Ltd. designs and manufactures award-winning digital video solutions, including nonlinear video editing and visual effects products for video professionals and enthusiasts, comprehensive video distribution solutions, digital video converters and broadcast equipment.

Canopus boasts the industry's most advanced real-time render-free multi-track video editing solutions with the highest quality HD, HDV, DV and MPEG codecs. Combining innovative hardware and software designs to set new standards in performance, functionality and reliability, Canopus is a leading provider of video editing and graphics products. The company has offices in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Australia, U.S.A and China in addition to an extensive worldwide distribution network.

Based in Reading, UK, Canopus Europe distributes the company's full range of award-winning, desktop video processing tools for video professionals and enthusiasts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as the UK.

For further information click on www.canopus.com or call +44 (0) 118 921 0150.

Slightly edited by Rob C