NetBlender Releases End-to-End Blu-ray Production Suite

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First Season of "Highlander: The Series" Encoded and Authored for Blu-ray by C232, Inc. using DoStudio(TM) Workflow Edition

NetBlender announced today the general availability of their Blu-ray production suite with integrated AVC encoder, DoStudio Workflow Edition (DSW). Announced at NAB this year and extensively tested by NetBlender customers and partners to ensure reliability, performance and ease-of-use, DSW is the end-to-end Blu-ray solution the independent community has been waiting for.

"DoStudio Workflow's features, performance and price point were exactly what I needed to exceed my client's Blu-ray expectations, without blowing my budget" said Elvis Sahakian, CEO of Los Angeles-based DVD and Blu-ray production company C232, Inc. "The first season of 'Highlander: The Series' is more than 21 hours of video, and in order to get the BDs out on time, I needed a fast and 100% reliable Blu-ray encoder. DSW delivered - I'm getting a one to two ratio on my encode times and, because it's AVC, the encodes are beautiful and much smaller in size than MPEG-2, which is key since I am loading the discs with content for download to end-users' iPhones using NetBlender's BD Touch technology. Importantly, the NetBlender team and their local partner Duplitech have been right there the whole way to make sure my project went smoothly - I couldn't ask for better support."

"We're proud to be working with C232 to help bring the first season of Highlander: The Series on Blu-ray to fans around the world," said NetBlender CEO John Harrington. "This title is a real showcase for BD-J. It's a BD Touch enabled disk set with an array of facts, bios and bonus videos that fans can download to their iPhone or iPod Touch and take with them. It is also tri-lingual (English, German and French), and will have full BD-J pop-up menus in all 3 languages."
DSW provides professional Blu-ray producers with all the great features and functionality of NetBlender's widely-deployed DoStudio BD Authoring Edition, plus:

  • Fully integrated Blu-ray compliant AVC encoder that combines the highest video quality with 100% BD compliance and player compatibility
  • Ability to import QuickTime files, including chapter marker, from Final Cut Pro
  • Encoded streams automatically generate the authoring playlist
  • Easy to use Blu-ray encoding templates
  • Integrated subtitling, burning and formatting for replication

A free 30-day trial of DSW is available from NetBlender's web site: http://www.netblender.com

About NetBlender
NetBlender was founded in 2005 by a team of veteran interactive media producers. The company designs and develops practical and professional Blu-ray technology solutions for the global BD production community. NetBlender's Blu-ray solutions include DoStudio Authoring Edition (DSA), a complete Blu-ray authoring tool designed for DVD authors moving to Blu-ray Disc, DoStudio Workflow Edition (DSW) which integrates with DSA Blu-ray encoding, subtitling, playback, burning and formatting, and BD Touch, an acclaimed solution that lets end-users interact with BD content through their iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information, please visit: http://www.netblender.com

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