[opendtv] Re: Transport multiplexor for advanced codecs

  • From: Gary Hughes <ghughesml@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:06:13 -0500

At 02:56 AM 1/24/2006 -0800, Ron Economos wrote:
>Manzanita has a multi program TS muxer.
>It's MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video only, but you may be able
>to convince them into adding H.264 and VC-1. Usually it's
>not that difficult since the muxer doesn't have to know all
>the gory details of the video codec. Typically just start codes
>to find the beginning and end of coded pictures.

Thanks. I've used Manzanita's mux in my previous job. Nice product
but expensive. I had asked them about H.264 and VC1 at NAB, but
got a guarded 'maybe'. A big part of their niche is knowing how
to deal with the idiosyncrasies of certain MPEG-2 digital cable
boxes which has got to be shrinking as encoder products get better.
I wonder where they'll go next.

>I assume this is not a hobby level project because the
>Manzanita stuff is not cheap. I bought the MP2TSA Transport
>Stream analyzer for a project, and it was around $2000. However,
>it was the right tool for the job and was well worth the money.

Not hobby level, but a small consulting job that probably won't
support the $4k to $6k price of Manzanita's MPTS products.


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