Vela Announces CineWaveHD Continuum - Compact, Affordable, High Performance for Live Streaming & Storage Decoding of MPEG-2 & H.264 SD/HD Content - at NAB 2012

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Highly Versatile, Rugged, High Performance, Ultra Compact, Hardware Streaming Decoder System Supports Continuous SD & HD MPEG2, H.264 and AVC Decoding for Live Streaming, Storage, Broadcast, Cable and OTT Applications

CineWave Continuum MPEG-2 H.264 Streaming & Storage Live Event Decoder

CineWave Continuum MPEG-2 H.264 Streaming & Storage Decoder

...ideally suited for live events and streaming applications... machined from aircraft-grade aluminum... DC-powered – and is designed to operate in a plug-and-play, non-stop operation mode.

Vela Research® announced the newest addition to its family of high performance multi-screen, multi-format decoders, the CineWave HD Continuum.

Vela’s CineWaveHD Continuum decoder, a very compact, turnkey solution based upon Vela’s Emmy award winning video processing technology, utilizes a System on IC design to eliminate the need for a host PC. The Continuum enables high performance, continuous decoding, with very high quality video at extremely low bitrates – and is ideally suited for live events and streaming applications – as well as providing a price competitive solution for traditional OTT, Broadcast, Cable, VOD, video distribution, education, defense and healthcare applications. The Continuum is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, is DC-powered, comes in an attractive 1.375” x 5” x 8” form factor – and is designed to operate in a plug-and-play, non-stop operation mode.

The comprehensive feature list of the CineWave HD Continuum system includes these and a wide array of other features required in the most demanding user environments today:

  • Real-time decoding of HD or SD H.264 (AVC)
  • Real-time decoding HD or SD MPEG-2 Main Profile @ Main Level and @ High Level
  • Real-time decoding of VC1, as well as MPEG-4 Part 2
  • PAL, NTSC & Cinema television formats
  • DVB/ASI input
  • Closed Caption support EIA-708B and 608B
  • Genlock (bi-level and tri-level sync)
  • Dolby® Digital bitstream pass-through audio
  • MPEG1 Layer 2
  • AAC LC and AAC HE
  • Intuitive, easy to use web based graphical user interface
  • SD to HD or HD to SD conversion
  • Hardware based video scaling
  • IP output over UDP or RTP
  • 1920 x 1080P @ 23.976/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
  • 1920 x 1080I @ 25/29.97/30
  • 1280 x 720P @ 50/59.94/60
  • 720/704/640/544/528/352x480 @ 29.97
  • 720/704/640/544/528/352x576 @ 25

Mike Reddy, President & CEO of Vela said, “designed with demanding and complex streaming requirements particularly in large scale deployments and service-provider environments in mind, the CineWaveHD Continuum decodes essentially every prevalent format, resolution of content in HD and SD MPEG-2, H.264 (AVC), VC1, MPEG-4 Part 2. The Continuum is made to be very robust, full function, very reliable and very cost effective for our customers. Vela continues its tradition of designing and bringing to its OTT, broadcast, cable, video distribution, VOD and other demanding customers, solutions that offer the highest performance and full functionality - to ensure that each solution integrates seamlessly into operators’ workflow and minimizes the need for extraneous equipment to perform the high performance video encoding, decoding, streaming, distribution and display functions.”

Kevin Grubbs, Vela’s Director of Engineering, said “the CineWaveHD Continuum accepts HD-SDI/SD-SDI, IP and DVB-ASI inputs, and is capable of the full spectrum of output formats, resolutions and frame-rates potentially desired by an operator. Support for EIA 708B and 608B Closed Captioning, Dolby Digital pass through, Genlock, up and down conversion and full-fledged hardware-based video scaling, a comprehensive range of audio options, as well as a full set of input and output options enable the Continuum to meet the wide-ranging needs of our customers. The Continuum supports streaming via IP in Unicast or Multicast modes using UDP or RTP and RTSP. This super-compact and rugged decoder also incorporates an intuitive web based graphical user interface (GUI), for quick configuration and ease of operation within a time-saving and user-friendly encoding environment.”

Users in the broadcast, cable, OTT, content distribution, VOD, post-production, education and digital signage fields interested in further information or in test-driving the UltraStreamHD encoder board are invited to contact Kevin McDowell at 954-558-2063 (kmcdowell(at)vela(dot)com).

About Vela: Vela® is an Emmy® award winning company offering a complete range of high quality standard- and high-definition products for the broadcast, cable, OTT, VOD, post production, enterprise, and education markets. Vela designs and manufactures system and board level solutions used in a variety of MPEG-2, H.264, VC1 and Apple ProRes applications. Over the past 18 years, Vela has earned recognition by virtue of the trouble-free, high-performance and cost-effective solutions in use in demanding customer environments worldwide. Vela is based in Clearwater, Fla., USA, and on the web at

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