Discreet and 21st Century Media to Service Apple Developers Conference

21st Century Media will supply the video encoding services for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held June 23-27, 2003 in San Francisco, relying on Discreet cleaner 6 software to encode the 180 conference sessions. The WWDC sessions will be streamed in QuickTime MPEG-4 format from the Apple Developer Connection Television site, and will also be made available in a DVD-ROM box set.

All of the 200+ developer conference sessions taking place at the Apple WWDC will be shot on DVCAM and delivered to 21st Century Media immediately following the conference. The production pipeline (completely Mac OS X-based), will be set up with at least 20 Discreet cleaner 6 encoding stations, fed by four capture workstations, connected to multiple AppleXserve RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) storage units over 2Gb fibre. Because Discreet cleaner 6 software sits so well within the Mac OS X-based, AppleScript workflow, it can take full advantage of Xserve and Xserve RAID to deliver high-quality QuickTime MPEG-4 compressed content.

Discreet (www.discreet.com), with its award-winning systems and software, is a division of Autodesk Inc. and is based in Montreal, Quebec.

Los Angeles-based 21st Century media (www.21stcenturymedia.com), founded in 1991, is a digital media service provider for broadband, DVD and wireless delivery.

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