LIBRARY: Tutorials Reviews Interviews Editorials Features Business Authors RSS Feed

Telestream Episode 6.2 Opens New Doors in Encoding

COW Library : Telestream Episode : Debra Kaufman : Telestream Episode 6.2 Opens New Doors in Encoding
CreativeCOW presents Telestream Episode 6.2 Opens New Doors in Encoding -- Telestream Episode Feature


CreativeCOW.net. All rights reserved.


Telestream Product Manager Kevin Louden
Telestream Product Manager Kevin Louden
Telestream recently announced the release of Episode 6.2, a new version of the multi-format video encoding software. Although a dot release is often a minor event, Telestream upped the ante with version 6.2. "A lot of our development is customer driven," explains Telestream Product Manager Kevin Louden. "We try to stay as close to our customers as we can."

SYSTEM LAYER IMPROVEMENTS
Much of the improvement in 6.2 is in what Louden calls its "system layer" application. A new XML-RPC interface for Episode Engine and the faster Command Line Interface expand third-party integration and control capabilities. "If you look at Episode 6, it's actually a client-server application," he says. "It's a little server that communicates with other machines and passes files around. With 6.0, we added a Command Line Interface. Now, with 6.2, we rewrote and expanded it and made it more robust and responsive."

The new Command Line Interface adds new functions and speed improvements when submitting jobs and requesting job status. Overall, the improvements maximize Episode system integration and increase responsiveness and stability, positively impacting high-volume video transcoding. The new XML-RPC interface offers a standards-based network interface for easy integration with third-party systems. "With the new XML-RPC interface and the enhanced Command Line Interface, Episode 6.2 expanded control to work in larger environments and with larger workflows and be controlled by custom code," says Louden.


DEVELOPER API KIT

Telestream also released the Episode Developer API Kit, a new service that gives Episode Engine users access to technical engineering support for their API integrations and also provides early access to the newest Episode features. Among the new features is the ability to execute custom scripts, which opens the door to numerous encoding workflow scenarios. "We've had a lot of interest from customers. ASSIMILATE, Farmers Wife, Route 6 and similar companies are interested because of the integration capabilities."

Nicholas Stokes, founder of XPlatform Consulting, which focuses on digital asset management for businesses in the advertising and entertainment industries, notes the advantages of Episode 6.2. "With its more robust API, version 6.2 is a lot more feature rich than previous versions," he says. "It enables a software developer or a technology consultant like me to really configure very specific workflows for a customer. Without an API, the usage and application is limited to the buttons you can select in the GUI or application."

As part of the 6.2 beta program, Stokes says he demonstrated the advanced uses of the new API to some of his customers "and got them excited about the possibilities." One of his clients, Thomson Reuters began using features of the new API while it was still in beta. "They had very specific technical requirements as to how they wanted video to be processed that they couldn't do previously," Stokes explains. "The first is EDL sources, which enables a software developer to programmatically tell the Episode Engine which in and out points of a video file you want to extract. Before 6.2, an editor had to manually edit out the commercials. Now, with EDL sources, we can program and specify, based on timecode, which segments to extract...without a person intervening. The ability to submit EDL sources eliminates the need to use legacy tools and middleware to remove slates and counter from master sources." Stokes says he has also used the new Uploader, Mail and YouTube API tasks to automate encoding and distribution. "Everything worked perfectly," he says.

NEW FORMATS
Also available through the Developer API Kit, Episode Engine users have newly added support for HTTP-based adapative streaming formats Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS streaming formats, including encoding, packaging and automated delivery.

The new version update adds native Apple ProRes 4:4:4 input support for all Episode products, plus output support for Episode Mac OS products. Telestream has also added AVC-Intra 50/100 input and MOV output for all Episode encoding products, and AVC-Intra MXF output format support for Episode Pro and Episode Engine.



Episode 6.2 UI for PC. Please click on image above for larger view.


Also new on the format support side, new image sequence input capability enables submission of DPX, TIFF or TGA image sequences for transcoding to the range of output formats supported by Episode encoders. Image sequence input support is available to Episode Engine users via the Developer API Kit.

Other new features include a Timecode Conversion filter that allows Episode to carry timecode through to encoded outputs, even when complex conversions have changed the encoded output frame rate. Users can choose different methods of timecode calculation including scale, round off and keep count. Episode Engine can also be used in more advanced packaging workflows with new EDL conforming capability including playlist conforming, ad insertion and removal and other tasks.

CONCLUSION
Telestream Episode logo"We've greatly expanded our integration capabilities both with the Command Line and XML-RPC interfaces," says Louden. "We've expanded formats, for both the high end and also the distribution market."

"We've always said that post production is a good fit for us because we have a high fidelity encoding system," he adds. "Expanding into more professional formats and DPX sequences, we're further addressing that post production market and expanding the rich support we've had for distribution/end product encoding, our core customer base."

Telestream has clearly listened to its customer base in creating the kind of expanded toolsets that open up Episode to third-party developers and file formats. Louden's assertion that Telestream Episode makes a good match for post production seems right on the money. With the Developer API Kit, Telestream Episode customers will re-invent the tools for their own uses and, in the process, make it more appealing to more potential customers.

Episode 6.2 is available as a free update for existing customers and is available for online purchase here as well as from Telestream's worldwide network of resellers and distributors. The Episode product line includes Episode, priced at $495; Episode Pro, priced at $995; Episode Engine, priced at $3,995.









Related Articles / Tutorials:
Telestream Episode
The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

ABC has been the first network on virtually every new platform. Here is how their workflow has evolved to reach viewers, wherever and however they’re watching.

Feature, People / Interview
Robert Longwell
Telestream Episode
Telestream Episode Pro

Telestream Episode Pro

Recently, Creative COW leader and business owner Walter Biscardi needed a very flexible and fast compression tool that also provided extremely high quality end products for his clients. Oh, and it needed to be easy to use. Enter Telestream's Episode and Episode Pro. In this review, he's using Episode Pro 5.1.1 and he'll explain the differences between the two at the end of this article.

Review
Walter Biscardi
Recent Articles / Tutorials:
TV & Movie Appreciation
Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood. Barbara and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s, not using green screen, sourcing vintage props from eBay, filming the real Playboy Mansion, the challenges of filming on Hollywood Boulevard, and much more.


Ben Consoli
Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?

Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?

As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines in cameras, production hardware, and software.


Creative COW
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial

Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial

Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlights.


Simon Ubsdell
Cinematography
The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC

The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC

Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, shares how they used traditional cinematography to create the life-like virtual film. Caleb and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss modeling cameras and lenses for virtual filmmaking, how Caleb was able to move the sun around in virtual space to get the perfect lighting, using a real drone for the Circle of Life sequence, and more!


Ben Consoli
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization

Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization

You're going to be blown away by how you can power up your After Effects workflow with reverse stabilizing your footage! By separating your tracking from your compositing, you can focus on each step, and in addition, overcome the render order complexities when match moving elements and effects on a moving shot.


Roei Tzoref
Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince

Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince

Here's a great new Adobe After Effects tutorial series from Creative COW leader Graham Quince that takes advantage of the free Orb plug-in from our friend Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. Graham supplies project files, tips and tricks, and good humor on this tour through building every planet in the solar system, with customization options galore!


Creative COW
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't  Work

After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't Work

There’s a new artificial intelligence-powered feature in Adobe After Effects called Content-Aware Fill that allows you to remove anything from your shots fairly easily! It's powerful, but if you’ve tried it you know that it doesn’t always work perfectly. So what do you do when it doesn’t work as well as you'd hoped? Filmmaker Cody Pyper is here to show what to try next!


Cody Pyper
Cinematography
Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday

Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday

The magical romantic comedy Yesterday reunites cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC with director Danny Boyle to tell the story of a singer-songwriter who wakes up to discover that he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles. Christopher selected the RED HELIUM S35 8K sensor (with as many as 17 cameras rolling simultaneously in a single scene!) to capture a variety of looks as the story takes viewers from East Anglia to Los Angeles. With 10-15TB of footage coming in every day, this is also a workflow story, featuring DIT Thomas Patrick and the team at Mission Digital for dailies, and Goldcrest Post for online, VFX, conform, and grade.


Adrian Pennington
MORE
© 2019 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]