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MainConcept Unveils Reference 2.0 Professional Transcoder

MainConcept GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc., announced the availability of a new version of its Reference Professional Transcoding application for content creators and the professional broadcast industry.

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MainConcept Unveils Reference 2.0 Professional Transcoding Application

New Version Adds Capturing, Subtitle, Dolby(R) Digital Plus Pro, and Latest Codec Versions for High-Level Production Environments

AACHEN, Germany, March 24 — MainConcept GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc. (Nasdaq: DIVX) and one of the world’s premier providers of video and audio codecs and software development kits (SDKs) to the consumer, broadcast and professional markets, today announced the availability of a new version of its popular Reference Professional Transcoding application for content creators and the professional broadcast industry.

Reference 2.0 is a powerful yet easy-to-use application that enables video professionals to transcode video and audio streams into various delivery formats required for Blu-ray Disc, DVD, AVCHD, HDV, AVC-Intra, XDCAM, Adobe Flash, Apple iPod, Sony PSP, and others. MainConcept Reference contains “pre-sets” for many popular formats to avoid the guesswork of picking the proper output format, and can even capture and encode video from various sources such as SDI capture cards.

The new version also includes a command-line interface for transcoding jobs, and the transcoder now contains support for subtitles, as well as Dolby® Digital Professional and Dolby Digital Plus Pro audio formats for high-level production environments. Additionally, the latest versions of MainConcept Codecs are implemented into the software, ensuring the highest quality, as well as the most compatible encoding results for numerous devices and standards.

New key features of Reference 2.0:

* Capture from analog and digital sources, e.g. SDI devices
* Subtitle rendering support for *.srt and *.sub files
* Command-line interface for preset based transcoding, e.g. on a server (including capturing support)
* Multi-stream support to create ready-to-use broadcast transport streams with flexible PID configuration

Reference 2.0 can be used as an end-user encoding application, and serves as the perfect tool for MainConcept SDK customers who want a quick and easy way to evaluate video quality, encoding speeds or system performance. Developers can use the software to define most suitable encoder settings for the renowned MainConcept Codec SDK as well – a cost effective, ready-to-use implementation for their own software solutions.

MainConcept’s Reference 2.0 is unique in that it creates an ecosystem for MainConcept codec plug-ins. The application is provided as a free download and contains all the available MainConcept Codec plug-ins, fully functional, in demo mode (demo rendered output video contains a watermark). Users can purchase the full version Codec plug-ins from the MainConcept web store, providing maximum flexibility and affordability.

“Reference 2.0 provides a powerful, comprehensive and budget-friendly transcoding solution for prosumers and video professionals with support for all predominant industry standards,” said Muzaffer Beygirci, Managing Director of MainConcept. “In addition, the Reference Engine embedded in Reference 2.0 creates the video encoding/decoding framework used by some of the best brands in the broadcast business within their video editing and delivery systems.”

The application for Windows, including all supported codecs in demo mode, and a full list of features are available for pre-purchase testing and free download from the MainConcept website. Available plug-ins include MPEG-1/2, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4 Part 2, VC-1, JPEG2000, DVCPRO HD, Dolby Digital Professional, and Dolby Digital Plus Pro. A Mac OS X version will follow soon. Learn more at

About MainConcept
MainConcept GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIVX), is one of the world’s premier providers of high-quality audio and video codec solutions for consumer and professional applications. Many of the world’s best consumer electronics and computer manufactures, handheld device makers, and creative software providers rely on MainConcept embedded codec solutions to deliver a superb audio and video experience to their customers, in virtually all popular consumer formats. MainConcept also provides comprehensive encoding and decoding solutions to the broadcast and professional video industry in the form of codecs for integration into creative software suites as well as complete after-market plug-in solutions for adding new video format support into popular Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software packages. MainConcept – The Codec People.

About DivX
DivX, Inc. is a leading digital media company that enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. DivX creates, distributes and licenses digital video technologies that span the “three screens” comprising today’s consumer media environment–the PC, the television and mobile devices. Over 250 million DivX devices have shipped into the market worldwide from leading consumer electronics manufacturers. DivX also offers content providers and publishers a complete solution for the distribution of secure, high-quality digital video content. Driven by a globally recognized brand and a passionate community of hundreds of millions of consumers, DivX is simplifying the video experience to enable the digital home.