The [email protected] Recorder, Based
on Variable Bit Rate Video Codec, Provides Highest Quality and
Reliability in a Use-Anywhere Format
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS
WIRE)--Sept. 10, 1999-- COMO (Computer & Motion) GmbH,
provider of innovative desktop video editing solutions, today
announced a device for real time recording of video material to
CD-R/W or DVD in a standalone format that avoids
software-dependency and hardware incompatibility.
The recorder called [email protected] is
made possible by Stream Machine's SM2210 variable bit rate video
codec. The [email protected] contains a complete solution for recording
and playing MPEG-2 audio/video and, by using standard PC CD R/W
writer or DVD recorder technology, is very attractively priced.
"The [email protected] provides an
innovative solution that can be used anywhere," said Frithjof
Becker president of COMO. "We chose Stream Machine's SM2210 video
codec because we needed to provide the capability for high
quality, real time video documentation at an attractive price
Latest MPEG-2 Encoder/Decoder
Stream Machine's SM2210 video
codec supports real-time MPEG-2 video encoding and decoding using
a variable bit rate (VBR) MPEG-2 encoding technique that, at the
same average bit-rate, provides higher video quality than
traditional constant bit rate (CBR) MPEG-2 encoding.
"The SM2210 offers the latest
MPEG-2 encoder/decoder technology," said Dr. Michael Canning,
president and CEO of Stream Machine, "and COMO has used our video
codec to provide the first high-quality, standalone solution for
recording and playing MPEG-2 audio/video."
COMO Demonstrates [email protected] IBC
99 in Amsterdam
COMO will demonstrate the
standalone video recorder at the International Broadcast
Convention (IBC 99), in Amsterdam, held September 11 through
COMO's [email protected] will be
available in the fourth quarter of 1999. End user price is
expected to be similar to the price of a S-VHS recorder.
COMO's [email protected]
The [email protected] has been designed
for applications in entertainment and in any situation where
high-quality, real time video documentation is a must. The
standalone device provides complete digital VCD, S-VCD, audio CD
and DVD capability.
The [email protected], as a standalone
device, avoids the PC-based problems of incompatible software and
hardware. It comes with a user-friendly interface -- that will be
familiar to users of VCRs and CD players - with standard play,
stop, pause, record, etc. functions. The [email protected] also comes
with an RS-232 interface that will allow integration into a studio
or PC environment.
About COMO Computer & Motion
COMO Computer & Motion GmbH
was founded 1990. COMO develops and distributes products to
connect PC and video in all possible ways. COMO is based in
Raisdorf/Kiel Germany and is owned by Aver Media Technology Group
and MD's Norman Schlomka and Frithjoh Becker.
Today COMO's engineers are working
on a third generation of the Videomixer VideoX3, on MPEG-2
solutions and on several other special applications. For more
detailed information, please check our home page at www.COMO.com.
About Stream Machine Company
Stream Machine Company provides
digital entertainment solutions for the consumer electronics
market. Stream Machine specializes in semiconductor product
solutions using standards-based digital audio/video compression
The company has developed a unique
architecture and a series of proprietary algorithmic techniques to
enable real-time recording and playback of MPEG-2 digital video.
Additional information on Stream Machine can be found on the home
page at www.streammachine.com.
Ray Ivatt, 415/567-6753